Sunday, 27 January 2013

Vegetable pakoras (slimming world friendly)

Ok these arent the prettiest things I have ever made but they are very tasty and syn free on slimming world. Perfect as a TV snack or as a side with a curry and so easy and quick , Lots of vegetables in them and almost no fat but spicy and delicious so a winner all round.

Vegetable Pakoras

1 packet instant mashed potato (made up as directions with just water)
1 red onion (chopped)
1/2 bag frozen chopped mixed vegetables (defrosted ..can do this in microwave) 
3 tbsp medium curry powder (or use more or less as you like)
4 tbsp fat free greek yogurt
1 large egg (beaten)
spray oil
1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

Put oven on Gas 6/ 300/400

Put mashed potato, onion and defrosted vegetables into a large bowl and mix well.

In a jug place yogurt, beaten egg and curry powder and whisk together well.

Mix this into the vegetable  mixture .

Season well with salt and pepper and mix well.

Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper and then place tablespoons of the mixture on the tray.

Spray with the spray oil and bake for 30-40 minutes until brown.

Carefully lift onto a cooling rack and serve warm as a side or a snack .

Syn free on extra easy. ..... enjoy xxx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Spicy bacon and bean soup (slimming world friendly)

Well the snow is still thick on the ground and I had to make some soup for work so it was a case of 'what have I got in?' I had a dig through cupboards and fridge and found these bits and pieces and was fancying some spice and its so cold. This soup gives you loads of vegetables too and the beans make it filling and bacon....well bacon is always good :  )

Spicy bacon and bean soup

1 pack lean back bacon (sliced into strips)
2 x tins chopped tomatoes
1 tin red kidney beans (drained)
1 tin blackeyed beans (drained)
(or use whatever tinned beans you have in or plain old baked beans will do )
1 large onion (chopped)
3-4 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
3-4 sticks celery (chopped...if you like it )
1 tsp dried oregano
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
3 pints vegetable or chicken stock
2 tsp chili powder (or more or less depends how you like it) 
spray oil
salt and pepper 

Spray a large saucepan with a little spray oil and put in the onions, celery and carrots and cook on a medium heat until the vegetables have started to soften , Add the bacon, garlic and oregano and fry until bacon is cooked (couple of minutes).

Add the tomatoes, stock , chili powder and bring to the boil then simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Finally add the beans and season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for another 5 minutes to heat the beans through.

Stay warm and enjoy xx

Monday, 21 January 2013

Sweetcorn and potato chowder (slimming world friendly)

This recipe is from Nigellas 'Nigella Express' book but thought it could be made slimming world friendly. I changed it very slightly and added a few more things to make it even more filling , Its been lovely to eat this during the recent horrible cold icy weather. Its a really easy to make soup but you do need a food processor to blitz the sweetcorn at the beginnning.

Sweetcorn and potato chowder

1 large bag frozen sweetcorn (defrosted.. I used Icelands 900g bag)
3 spring onions (trimmed and halved)
1 clove garlic (crushed - I use frozen crushed garlic)
8oz potatoes (peeled and cut into smallish cubes)
mugful of frozen peas
3 pints vegetable or chicken stock
6oz lean ham (chopped)

Drain the sweetcorn and place into a food processor with the garlic and spring onions. (You will probably need to do this in 2 batches  )

Place the sweetcorn mush in a large saucepan and add the stock and bring to the boil then add the potatoes, peas and ham and simply simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes.

I like to put loads of freshly ground black pepper on top when I serve it too. 

Syn free on extra easy and of course to make it vegetarian friendly leave out the ham and use vegetable stock.

Enjoy! xx

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Sweet & sour pork (slimming world friendly)

This one is another hit with the family tastes just like proper chinese sweet 'n' sour but is virtually syn free. I used lean diced pork but you could use chicken or quorn . I served it with rice but it's really lovely with egg noodles and although I just added red peppers, onions and bamboo shoots you could easily chuck in any other veg you like for your superfree like mushrooms, beansprouts, carrots whatever you like really.

Its so lovely to be able to have something that tastes really naughty but is really good :  )

Sweet 'n' sour pork

1 lb lean diced pork (or chicken/quorn)
1 large onion (sliced)
2 red peppers (sliced)
1 tin bamboo shoots (drained)
fresh diced pineapple (if liked)
8 floz chicken stock
2 cloves garlic (crushed) or I use the frozen paste
1 level tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp tomato puree
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
4 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp sweetener ( I use stevia)
spray oil

Spray a large frying pan or wok with spray oil and then stir fry the pork for about 5-10 minutes until browned, Add the onions and peppers and stir fry for another 5 minutes until vegetables are soft.

In a jug mix the stock, soy sauce, garlic, tomato puree, vinegar, splenda and cornflour and whisk well.

Stir the sauce into the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes until sauce is thickened then add the bamboo shoots and cook for another minute. Finally stir in the fresh pineapple if liked.

It is virtually syn free, Serves 4 and the only syns are just 1 for the cornflour so if you are being extra good it'll be 1/4 syn per portion.  ... Enjoy xx

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Marmite roasties love them or hate them (SW friendly)

Its the age old problem, Marmite? love it or hate it? I confess I'm a lover of this savoury yeasty spread and when I saw this on a unofficial slimming world page had to have a try of it. (Sorry cant find the original poster of the recipe but I thank you) . Easy as anything and very savoury, I made them to go with a roast chicken dinner...yumm

Marmite roasties

1 bag new potatoes ( I used anya potatoes)
1 tbsp marmite
spray oil

Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes in salted water then drain and add the tbsp of marmite, Place a lid on and shake the pan well so the marmite melts onto the potatoes.

Tip into a roasting tin and spray with oil then roast on 220/ 425/ gas 7  for 30 -40 minutes until roasted and brown. Serve hot

(Actually I just went out to the kitchen and pinched one cold and its quite tasty too :  )

Syn free on extra easy...enjoy xx

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Quick beef stir fry (slimming world friendly)

This is a perfect super quick after work dinner. Stir fry sauces bottles or sachets can be quite high in syns buts its very easy to make your own which taste just as good for only 1 syn  . Stir fries are a brilliant way to get your 1/3 of a plate superfree vegetables too.

I served this with plain boiled rice tonight but its really good with egg noodles . All supermarkets sell packs of ready prepared sliced vegetables for stir fries and oyster sauce is readily available but if you do have access to a chinese supermarket you can get HUGE bottles of oyster sauce and soy sauce really cheaply and so can stock up and they last for ages. 

Personally I feel that ginger and garlic paste makes the world of difference in both Chinese and Indian cooking and I tend to use the frozen ones as there is no added oil and it makes it so quick and easy to use.   I buy mine in ASDA but think other supermarkets sell these and they are much better in my opinion than the ones in jars.

I used beef today but you could use chicken breast or lean pork strips or prawns if you prefer and for a vegetarian version you can buy vegetarian oyster sauce (bought some for my daughter in Waitrose) and use quorn or soya chunks instead of the meat. 

Quick beef stir fry

4 x lean thin steaks (cut into strips)
1 pack stir fry vegetables
4 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
ginger and garlic paste (2 cubes if using frozen or else 1 crushed clove garlic and 1 inch piece grated fresh ginger)
spray oil

Spray a wok or large frying pan with spray oil and stir fry the beef strips until browned , add the garlic and ginger and fry for a few more minutes.

Add the vegetables, soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir fry for a few minutes (not too long you want the vegetables to still have some crunch) .

Serve over boiled rice or egg noodles. It is just 1 syn per serving... enjoy xx

Friday, 11 January 2013

Thai red curry (slimming world friendly)

I LOVE Thai curries but the syns can be high especially with all that coconut milk. This recipe means you can have a lovely curry pretty quick and very tasty for only a few syns.

Thai red curry

4 x chicken breasts (diced)
250 ml chicken stock
100ml light coconut milk
2 tbsp red thai curry paste
big handful of frozen green beans
1 tin bamboo shoots (drained)
spray oil

In a wok or large frying pan  spray with the spray oil and fry the chicken until it is coloured light brown then add the curry paste and fry for a few more minutes.

Add the stock and coconut milk and simmer for 20 minutes on a low heat then add the vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve over boiled rice , Serves 4 and only 1  1/2 syns per portion. If you dont like green beans or bamboo shoots try beansprouts and mushrooms or any vegetables you might fancy .

My Friday night favourite!!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Kale crisps (slimming world friendly) snack

Well they aren't exactly a packet of Walkers but if you have a craving for a crispy salty snack that is syn free then this might be your answer .

Sounds bizarre but had read about 'kale chips' on various websites and I really like them they remind me of that crispy seaweed you get at a Chinese restaurant or takeaway.

You have to keep a close eye on them as they burn very quickly but even burnt they are pretty good. I bought the kale from tesco all bagged, washed and chopped so couldn't be quicker .

Kale crisps

Couple of handfuls washed and chopped kale
Spray oil

preheat oven to 200/400/gas 6

Just place kale spread evenly on a baking tray , spray lightly with oil and sprinkle with salt .

Bake for about 6 minutes but check every 2 minutes as they burn very quickly.

Enjoy xx