Monday, 23 September 2013

Quick beef chow mein (slimming world friendly)

Here is another super quick after work dinner, I really think the secret to making good tasty chinese food at home is to use the ginger and garlic base which is a pain to chop and crush/peel ginger and garlic but I love to use frozen ginger and frozen garlic. The jarred stuff is horrible but frozen is so easy to use no mess or anything and makes a massive difference to the flavour and always on hand.

Bags of stir fry vegetables again save time and also when making a beef stir fry I buy cheap frying steak and cut it into strips with scissors rather than buying packs of beef strips which can be expensive.

Chinese takeaways are expensive and this can be made at home really quickly in fact by the time you could have phoned to order it you could be eating it : )

Quick beef chow mein

1lb frying steak (cut into strips)
1 pack stir fry mixed vegetables
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
(or use frozen like I do no need to defrost previously)
3 tbsp soy sauce
150g dried egg noodles.

Cook the noodles according to pack instructions, Drain well and then rinse in cold water, drain again and set to one side.

Heat a wok or large frying pan with a little spray oil until hot then add the beef strips and stir fry for about 5 minutes , Add the garlic and ginger and keep stir frying for another minute or two,

Add the stir fry vegetables and the soy sauce and stir fry for another  3-4 minutes then add the cooked noodles and stir fry everything mixed well together .

Syn free on extra easy : )

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Beef Goulash in the slow cooker (slimming world friendly)

Now its getting colder its time to start making lots of warming dinners and this is a great one, You can make it in the slow cooker so throw it all in and leave all day for when you get in from work or make it in a saucepan and simmer it on low for a few hours. If you like it spicy make sure you buy hot paprika or smoked if you like it smoky or just regular paprika is fine too. I usually serve with some boiled or mashed potatoes and some carrots or cabbage for your superfree. Of course if you want to make a vegetarian version use the quorn beef style strips but add them near the end of cooking.

Beef Goulash

1lb diced lean braising steak
1 large onion (sliced)
2 red peppers (sliced)
1/2 pint beef stock
1 clove garlic (crushed)
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper

Put everything apart from the salt and pepper into the slow cooker mix well and cook on low for about 7 hours on high or about 4 depending on your slow cooker. (Some run hotter than others). After the cooking time remove the lid and cook on high for another 1/2 hour to 1 hour so the sauce gets to reduce and be thicker. Season well with salt and pepper to taste.

Syn free : )

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Quick tasty storecupboard salsa (slimming world friendly)

This is the salsa I made to go with the previous recipe (Chipotle pork) Its all store cupboard ingredients but just realised I did add a bit of the fresh coriander I'd bought for the following days curry in it but didn't include it in the original photo but it is still really tasty without that if you don't have any.

I made it just before serving s I was rushing but it is better if you can make it a few hours before so the flavours can develop. I love having recipes I can make from store cupboard ingredients and don't have to remember to shop for something especially.

There was no chili in this recipe as I wanted it to cool down the spicy pork but please add it if you want to : )

Storecupboard salsa

1 can chopped tomatoes
1 red onion (chopped)
1 tbsp bottled lime juice
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Combine the tomatoes, red onion, garlic powder and lime juice and mix well, Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well and keep tasting you may want to add more garlic or lime if you prefer.

Syn free : )

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Smoky chipotle pork (slimming world friendly)

This recipe came from me having some diced pork defrosted in the fridge from the freezer and wondering what to do with it, I was on a late shift today so wanted something I could marinade and cook quickly when I got home. I love Mexican food but sometimes it's too hot and spicy at least when cooking it at home you can control the heat and Jamie Oliver with your 30 minute meals  I gave you a run for your money I promise you hand on heart I walked in the door at 8.30pm and dished up dinner at 9pm : )

I bought the chipotle paste in my local Sainsburys I think it is available in most supermarkets now. The only thing I had to do before work was marinate pork did everything else when I got in and it was super quick and easy and really tasty.  Hope you try it and I will post the salsa recipe another time soon.

Smoky Chipotle pork (serves 4)

1lb diced lean pork
2 tsp chipotle paste
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix everything very well together and leave to marinade all day in a covered dish (or the night before if easier) in the fridge  . Line a baking tray with baking parchment or foil (makes it easier to clean) and just spread the pieces of pork across the tray, Place in the oven at Gas 6 / 400/200 for 20-25 minutes until browned and cooked through.

I served this with some wholegrain boiled rice, black eye beans (reheated from a can) and a quick tomato salsa.

1/4 syn per serving : )

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Prawn cocktail (slimming world friendly)

I know prawn cocktails are a bit unfashionable right now but I love a retro dish and I love prawn cocktails. The bought ones are usually mega high in syns and even the 'healthy' versions are very high. I used the syn free ketchup I'd made previously for this 'recipe'. Click on the wording and the link will take you to the recipe.

Well not really a recipe more an assembling of some ingredients! Always good to make an old favourite slimming world friendly....

Prawn Cocktail (serves 1)

4oz prawns
1 tbsp extra light mayonnaise
1-2 tbsp syn free ketchup
shredded lettuce
sprinkle of paprika (if liked)

Place the lettuce in a your serving dish then top with the prawns. In a small bowl mix the mayonnaise and ketchup together and spoon on top of the prawns. (If you like you can mix the prawns into the sauce) then sprinkle with the paprika if liked.

1 syn on extra easy : )