Thursday, 25 April 2013

Macaroni cheese (slimming world friendly)

I have made this recipe a few times now and it's really tasty and although you don't get a gooey macaroni cheese you get a cheesy, tomatoey macaroni dish. The additions of spring onions, garlic and tomatoes give it a good flavour and always great to add extra vegetables.

It was a big hit in my household and the recipe says serves four but I served it as a side dish with some lean gammon, broccoli and peas and it was a very filling and made a change from potatoes or rice and  I think could easily serve six generously as a side dish and a very generous portion for four served as a main course with salad.

Macaroni Cheese

500g dried macaroni
6 spring onions (sliced, I do this with scissors)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
200g cherry tomatoes (halved)
400ml vegetable stock
4 tbsp tomato puree
250g fromage frais (fat free)
2 eggs (beaten)
120g red leicester cheese (grated)
low cal spray oil
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to gas 6 / 200c/ 400f , Cook the macaroni in lots of salted, boiling water until just cooked then drain and set aside.

Place a frying pan over a medium heat and spray with oil and gently fry spring onions , garlic and cherry tomatoes for five minutes until soft.

Place cooked macaroni with the tomatoes and spring onions in a large mixing bowl.

In a large jug mix together the stock, tomato puree, fromage frais and eggs and whisk till smooth , Pour over the macaroni mixture and add 100g of the cheese , mix very well and season well with salt and pepper.

Place in a large ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the rest of the red leicester cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes then leave to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 4 generously and is Syn free but add 6 syns per portion  if not counting cheese as a healthy extra.

Enjoy xx 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Cowboy hotpot (slimming world friendly)

  I found this recipe in this months slimming world magazine and while it looked lovely I thought of a few other ways to make it even more tasty. This is something I really like to do , find a recipe and then adapt it. I know a lot of people are worried to change recipes but dont be scared if there is something in there you really dont like leave it out of course it will alter the finished dish and I dont mean change the main ingredients but just some of the spices can be lessened or left out if you dont like for example chili or garlic. In this recipe I left out the green beans which were in the original recipe (some in my family arent keen on them) but I added celery and a can of tomatoes for extra flavour. It could also easily be made vegetarian using quorn mince and vegetable stock.

I thought the hotpot was lovely and it was all made in one pan but be warned you need a BIG pan and the recipe states serves four but I think with extra vegetables served with it could easily feed six. I also froze some of the leftovers in 'pour and store' bags.

Cowboy Hotpot

700g extra lean minced beef

2 onions (chopped)

2 sticks celery (chopped) 

4 large carrots (chopped)

700g-1kg new potatoes thickly sliced

1 litre beef stock

4 tbsp tomato puree

1 can chopped tomatoes

1-2 tsp chili powder

2 x cans baked beans

salt and pepper

Place a very large pan over a medium heat and add the minced beef and fry for a few minutes breaking it up then add the carrots, celery and onion and fry for a few minutes until vegetables are soft.

Add the potatoes, stock, tomato puree and the can of tomatoes. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until the potatoes are cooked.

Stir in the baked beans and heat through and then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Syn free on extra easy x

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Luxury fish pie (slimming world friendly)

  Fish pie can be a boring dish at times but this version has a bit more to it with the addition of salmon and prawns and smoked fish. Its quite quick and easy to make . I often buy fish that is on special offer and keep it in the freezer so can make it a standby dinner if I want to. The white sauce and the mash are made the slimming world friendly way so per portion it works out quite low in syns.

Luxury Fish Pie

1- 1 1/2lb mixed fish (I use a mixture of salmon, white fish and smoked fish)
4oz prawns
4 hardboiled eggs (cut in quarters)
1 pint skimmed milk
2 tbsps cornflour
salt and pepper

4-6 large potatoes (peeled and cut into pieces) 
1/2 tub quark
1 egg yolk
 spray oil.

Place the fish, prawns and hardboiled eggs in a large ovenproof dish, Place the skimmed milk and cornflour in a saucepan and bring to a boil (whisking all the time) and simmer for about 4 minutes until sauce is thick and shiny , keep whisking all the time . Add salt and pepper to taste and then pour over the fish mixture.

In a large saucepan put the potatoes in salted water and bring to the boil and boil until potatoes are tender. Drain, then mash with the quark and egg yolk until smooth then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the mash over the fish and sauce to make the mashed potato topping . Spray the top with a little spray oil and bake at gas 6/ 200/400 until top of the pie is browned.

Serve with loads of superfree veg . This is a large dish and serves 6 and  the syns are 3 per portion on extra easy .

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Almond milk rice pudding (slimming world friendly)

I had this recipe from one of the girls in my slimming world group (Hi Liz!) and its really good. Makes a baked style rice pudding really warming and creamy.

I avoid sweeteners that contain aspartame and prefer a natural sweetener like stevia, Splenda or any more from sucralose I think are better for you.

Almond milk rice pudding

200g pudding rice
850ml water
400ml Blue diamond almond breeze unsweetened milk
4-6 tbsps sweetener (see above) )
freshly grated nutmeg or cinnamon

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
Put in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle the top with nutmeg.
Bake at 180/350/gas4 for 20 minutes or until top slightly browned .

EDIT: sweetener is now synned at 1/2 syn per tbsp after one tbsp  so syns for the whole dish are now approx 7 syns.

Recipe serves 4-6 so each serving is just under 2 syns.

Enjoy x