Monday, 17 February 2014

Kheema curry (slimming world friendly)

This is a fab really quick and easy curry, It's economical too using extra lean minced beef, It's a great one to make after work as it's all made within 30 minutes. (A real 30 minutes not a Jamie Oliver 30 minutes!!)

If you want to you can leave out the cumin and coriander and just use curry powder but I love these  extra spices they don't make it hotter but more fragrant.

Kheema Curry

1lb extra lean minced beef
1 large onion (sliced)
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp curry powder (less if you don't like it too spicy)
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 pint beef stock
2 cloves garlic (crushed) 
2 tsp grated fresh ginger (I use frozen)
6oz frozen peas
1/2 tsp salt
spray oil

In a large pan or wok spray with the oil and add the minced beef, onion, garlic, ginger and chili. Fry over a medium/high heat until beef cooked through and the onion is soft.

Add the curry powder, cumin, salt  and coriander  and fry for another few minutes then add the tomato puree, tomatoes and beef stock. Stir well and then add the frozen peas and bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes until the sauce is thicker and reduced.

Syn free on extra easy :)

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Beef and peppers in black bean sauce (slimming world friendly)

I LOVE Chinese food and this recipe gives you all the taste of it with hardly any syns, You do need one ingredient not easily available which are fermented black beans. I managed to get some from a local Cardiff Chinese supermarket but they can be bought online too  I also sometimes buy mine from Wai Yee Hong when am in Bristol but their online service is brilliant too and these are mega cheap you only use a tablespoon per recipe and while you are online shopping check out the other bargains HUGE bottles of soy sauce etc really cheap. If you are ever in Bristol it's well worth a wander around for all the fantastic ingredients they have there or have a browse online :).

That said this isn't a completely authentic recipe I added loads more peppers and I use frozen garlic and ginger which personally I just find easier and quicker to use  as a working Mum but please feel free to use fresh if you would rather.

Beef and peppers in black bean sauce (slimming world friendly)

8oz beef sliced thinly (all fat removed = I use frying steak it's cheap and it works really well)
3 peppers (whatever colour you like) sliced 
2 onions (sliced) 
spray oil
1 tbsp fermented black beans
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves garlic (crushed or use frozen) 
2 tsp grated fresh ginger (or use frozen) 
1/4 pint water
1 tbsp cornflour 
Add 2 tbsp hot water to the black beans and leave to stand for 10 minutes then drain, Spray a wok with spray oil and add the onions and pepper and fry for a minute until softened, Add the steak , garlic, ginger and the black beans and stir fry until steak is cooked and vegetables are soft. 
Add the soy sauce and water and cook for another five minutes. Mix 2 tbsp of cold water into the cornflour and then add to the wok and stir well and cook for another few minutes to thicken the sauce. 

serves 4 

 1 syn on extra easy per portion

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tarka lentil dhal (slimming world friendly)

This recipe is really simple to make and although you need a few spices and bits and pieces you can pick them up at any supermarket. If you haven't tried lentils before give this ago it's really tasty and makes a load, It's really good with a curry as a side dish or just serve on it's own.

The other bonus of this is it is very cheap and filling to make, It reheats well so nice to take to work as well, This amount of chili doesn't make it too hot so you can amp up the chili if you like it hotter.

Tarka Dhal

12 oz red split lentils (washed and drained)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp peeled and grated ginger (I used frozen)
spray oil
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
2 cloves crushed garlic (I used frozen)
1 tsp salt

Place the lentils in a large saucepan with the turmeric , ginger, garlic and chili flakes and add 2 pints of water. Bring to a simmer (dont let it boil) and simmer for 35-40 minutes stirring every now and then. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a small frying pan spray with spray oil and place on a medium heat, Add the cumin and mustard seeds and wait for them to start to 'pop' stir and cook for another minute or so then stir into the lentil mixture along with the salt.

Return to the heat and bring back to the boil ,taste in case you need more salt and serve.

Syn free on extra easy and green