Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Syn free hummus (slimming world friendly)

Sometimes you just need something to snack on and it difficult if like me you like savoury things rather than sweet. Hummus would normally be banned on a healthy eating plan as it is very high in fat due to the olive oil and tahini used to make it. This version is very easy to make, very tasty and most importantly is syn free!

I like to serve with carrot and celery sticks so you get your superfree vegetables too.

Syn Free Hummus

2 x tins chickpeas (drained)
1 pot quark
2 cloves garlic (crushed) 
salt and pepper
lemon juice

Place chickpeas, quark and garlic in a food processor and blitz until quite smooth. Then start to add a little salt and pepper and a squirt of lemon juice, Blitz again for a minute then taste again. Its is a very personal thing how you like the hummus whether you like it more lemony or with more pepper so its best to start adding just a little seasoning at a time. Just keep blitzing and tasting till it is how you like it. If the mixture is very thick just add a little water to make it softer. 

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Potato Rosti (slimming world friendly)

I LOVE potatoes in any shape or form but they can get a bit boring jacket, boiled , mash etc so was thinking of something different for tonights dinner remembered making something like this years ago but with a lot of oil as they were fried but didnt see any reason they couldnt be baked. I cooked them in silicone little patty tins but you could put them in ordinary ones if you spray with oil first or even in a round or square dish and divide them up afterwards.

Potato Rosti

4/5 potatoes (grated)
1 onion (chopped finely)
1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper
spray oil

Place the potatoes and onion in a large bowl and season with the salt and pepper and mix well.

Place the mixture in a cotton tea towel and gather up the ends and over a sink twist the tea towel and squeeze to drain away any excess water (dont skip this step or the rosti will be really 'wet' and sticky).

Spoon into the pans and press down lightly, Spray the top with oil and bake at gas 5/ 190/375 for about 30-40 minutes.

 This recipe makes about 12 , I had mine with steak and a salad , really tasty and syn free :  ) I am planning on having the leftovers with a fried egg and bacon tomorrow morning .....

Sunday, 17 February 2013

The singing swede !!! ( slimming world friendly)

When I heard of people cooking a swede this way it sounded so bizarre I didnt think it would work but hey for 80p for a swede if it didnt work not got much to lose.

The simple answer is it works and works very well, The nickname 'the singing swede' apparently comes from the noise it makes in the microwave when cooking the swede its sort of whistles...very weird I know...and this is the easiest most basic thing I have ever posted I dont think it could even be called a recipe! You dont need to prick the swede or even wash it as you discard the skin.

Singing Swede

1 swede

Place swede in microwave for 15 minutes turning it over halfway through


When cooked cut off the top and scrape out all the cooked swede and its done. (see picture for details)

I love that this is a super easy way to cook a vegetable no peeling, chopping, mashing its all done and I love plain swede with loads of black pepper as a side dish so enjoy and I know this is a bit of a daft post but was so pleased it worked thought worth sharing with everyone.

EDIT:  For my US friends a swede is known over with you as a rutabaga I believe xx

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Onion bhaji ( slimming world friendly)

Onion bhajis would normally be a no-no on slimming world as they are deep fried yumminess. This way of making them means they are slimming world friendly, They arent syn free as you need that little bit of flour for them to stick together but they are very very tasty. Gram flour is chickpea flour you can buy in large supermarkets or asian stores.These are lovely as a side with a curry and rice but equally delicious as a snack served warm but share them as they are still 1 syn each :  )

Onion Bhajis

8oz onions peeled and very thinly sliced
2oz gram flour
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp chili powder(mild or hot as you like it )
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
spray oil

put everything in a mixing bowl and mix well, add water slowly until you have a thick paste (prob need a few tbsp ) mix well then leave for 5 minutes then mix well again.

Line a baking tray with baking paper then drop tablespoons of the mixture on the tray.

Should make about 12 small bhajis, Spray with the spray oil and then bake at Gas 5 / 190/375 for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

1 syn each

Enjoy :  )

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Pancakes and syrup (slimming world friendly)

I adore pancake day and was a bit sad today to get a text from one of my daughters friends now at uni saying "I should be at your house eating pancakes" reminds me of the years and years I stood by the cooker making loads of pancakes for my kids and their friends.

Sooo this year with no one at home wanting pancakes thought would make my own slimming world friendly version for me and granted they arent exactly the same as the traditional ones but they arent half bad and now this year found a secret weapon to make them even better....

syn free pancake syrup!!

Its from Waldens farms (google it) and it is a pretty good substitute for ordinary syrup not exactly the same but damn close and makes the syn free pancakes and syrup a really yum syn free treat.

Syn free pancakes 

1 egg
2 tsp sweetener
spray oil

In two small bowls separate the white from the yolk of the egg.
whisk the white until frothy

whisk the sweetener into the yolk.
Using a metal spoon gently fold the yolk mixture into the whisked white.

spray a small frying pan with oil over a medium heat and add half the mixture, Fry for a minute or so until cooked underneath then gently turn the pancake over.

Place on a plate and repeat the process.

Serve with the sugar free syrup (if you can get it) .....or else lovely with fresh fruit like bananas or berries and some 0% fat greek yogurt ...

Syn free ... 

Oh and texted her back we'll have a belated pancake day when they are both home from uni for Easter :  ) 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Mussels in wine, garlic and cream (slimming world friendly)

I took my Mum out for lunch the other day to Raymond Blanc brasserie and indulged in the moules marinieres so delicious but thought I wonder if I can make this slimming world friendly?

I know a lot of people think mussels are expensive and a pain to prepare but they really aren't and a net of mussels this week in ASDA were just £2.50 and that serves 4 people!

I could go on for ages about how to prepare mussels but the easiest thing to do if you are unsure is to go on youtube and look at 'preparing mussels' and there are loads of very helpful videos to show you what to do and better to see what to do than me trying to describe it.

I served them over a bed of taglietelle and had a side salad for my superfree, So if you want to try this restaurant dish at home it is easy I promise you and just need a few ingredients.

Might be a nice idea for Valentines Day :  ) 

Mussels in wine, garlic and cream 

1 net of mussels from fish counter (and watch youtube how to prepare them :  )

150ml dry white wine

1 clove garlic (crushed)

2 shallots (diced)

30g weightwatchers thick cream (sorry but this was the lowest syn cream I could find)

spray oil

handful of flat leaf parsley (chopped)

If you are serving it with pasta dont start cooking the pasta until you start the mussels as they take about the same time (10 minutes from start to finish)

Spray a large saucepan with the spray oil on a low heat and add the shallots and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes until shallots are soft and then add the herbs and cook for another minute or two.

Turn up the heat and then add the wine and let it bubble away for a couple of minutes then tip in all the mussels.

Place a lid on the pan and leave alone apart from shaking the pan a bit for 4 minutes then check and see if all the mussels are open.

If not put lid back on for another minute or two then remove lid and stir in the cream and spoon out on top of the cooked pasta and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.

Enjoy and dont forget if some of the mussels didnt open during cooking throw them out, got to be careful with shellfish but dont be scared. xx

Serves 4 at only 1 syn per serving :  ) 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

BBQ style pulled pork (slimming world friendly)

I LOVE traditional low and slow pulled pork smoked on a smoker but not everyone has a smoker!

This version of BBQ style pulled pork is so delicious and I found this recipe on a slimming world facebook page thanks to Miki Knight who posted the recipe.

The BBQ style sauce you make before you put the pork in the slow cooker would be amazing on anything like chicken or sausages or just as a BBQ sauce. I make it to use like ketchup to save some syns and the sauce will keep well for a up to a month in the fridge.

The pork comes out very tender and juicy and the whole meal was syn free. I served it with some of the coleslaw ( recipe on this blog) potato wedges, baked beans and a corn on the cob.

Yum :  )  Diet? what diet?

Pulled Pork

3lb-4lb pork shoulder (trimmed well of all fat)

5 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard powder
500g passata
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
3 tbsp sweener like splenda
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper

Place all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk together, bring to the boil then simmer while whisking for about 15 minutes until thicker, Taste for seasoning might need a little more salt or pepper.

Place pork into a slow cooker and pour over the sauce and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (depends if your slow cooker runs 'hot' mine does so I just do 6 hours) After this time remove the lid from the slow cooker and turn it up to high for an hour to help to reduce the sauce.

After this time use two forks to pull the meat apart into shreds and mix well into the sauce.

Enjoy xx

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Syn free Coleslaw (slimming world friendly)

I love coleslaw but the rich creamy dressings usually make it mega high in syns, This recipe makes it completely syn free and still gives it a creamy yet tangy dressing. Very easy to make only a few ingredients. I admit life is made easier for me as I have a shredder/grater attachment on my kitchenaid but have made this for years just using a sharp knife just be careful!

Syn free coleslaw

1/2 red cabbage (take the core out and shred)
1 small white cabbage (take the core out and shred)
1 red onion (shredded or chopped)
2 carrots (grated)
1 tub quark
1 bottle fat free french dressing
salt and pepper

Place all the vegetables in a large mixing bowl,

In a jug whisk together the quark and french dressing, Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour over the vegetables and mix together very well. 

Keep in a covered bowl in the fridge and it will keep for about 5 days and this recipe makes a LOT!! Please feel free to halve the ingredients to make less but as you use the whole bottle of french dressing and whole tub of quark its easier to make a big batch and give some away to your slimming world buddies :  )

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Sticky sesame chicken OMG delicious (slimming world friendly)

Oh wow this is so fab so tasty you'll never want to waste syns on a  takeaway again. It is a bit time consuming but nothing major and the end result is sooo worth it believe me it is the best 3 syns you have ever spent!

I found this recipe watching a 'hungry girl' episode on TV (check out but had to do a few little tweaks to make it slimming world friendly.If you love chinese takeaway food make this and serve as I did with some stir fry veg and noodles makes a wonderful Saturday night Chinese 'fakeway'.

Sticky sesame chicken

4 chicken breasts (cut into chunks)
salt and pepper
2 eggs (beaten)
2 tbsp plain flour

1/4 pt chicken stock
2 tbsp rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar if you can't get rice vinegar)
1 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp sweetener (I use splenda )
1 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1 tsp sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 375/190/gas 5

Line a couple of baking trays with non stick baking parchment/greaseproof paper

Place beaten eggs in a small bowl and next to that place a shallow bowl with the plain flour and season the flour with salt and pepper.

Dip each piece of chicken first into the  beaten egg and then into the flour and place each piece on a baking tray. (Takes a little while but put the radio on and day dream it doesnt take too long)

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes then remove from the oven.

In a small pan place the stock, cornflour, vinegar, tomato puree, soy sauce, splenda and garlic mix well and whisk on a medium heat until sauce is thickened and smooth.

Put chicken into a bowl and then add the sauce,  mix very well so the sticky sauce coats the chicken then serve on top of rice or noodles and sprinkle each portion with 1/4 tsp sesame seeds.

Serves 4 and works out as  3 syns each  portion.