Thursday, 29 May 2014

Hoisin chicken noodles (slimming world friendly)

I know I know yet another chicken dish but this one is really tasty and quick. I love Chinese food but of course its usually high in syns this dish works out at just 1 syn per portion.

You need to buy hoisin sauce for this recipe not the jarred or sachet stir fry sauces but the real hoisin sauce the reason for this is it is only 1 syn per tablespoon and really concentrated and full of flavour. I bought mine at the Chinese supermarket I visit but some supermarkets sell it too I know Sainsburys and Waitrose definitely sell it .

I used fine dried egg noodles but you can use medium if you prefer just don't use fresh or those 'straight to wok' noodles as they have syns.Also as usual I used chicken thighs as I prefer them but you can use chicken breast if you'd rather.

I tend to pop all the marinade ingredients with the meat into a plastic food bag or  bowl with clingfilm over the top in the morning before I make it before I go to work but you can do it the night before too as long as you leave it in the fridge.

Hoisin Chicken Noodles

8 chicken thigh fillets (all fat and skin removed chopped into bite sized pieces)
2 garlic cloves (chopped or use frozen)
2 tsp grated fresh ginger (or I use frozen)
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 pack fresh stir fry vegetables
4 sheets of fine dried egg noodles
4 tablespoons soy sauce
low cal spray oil

In a bowl or in a plastic food bag place the chicken, garlic, ginger and  hoisin sauce, mix well and leave to marinate either overnight or in the morning before you cook it in the evening.

When ready to cook, Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the pack and then drain well and rinse in cold water and set aside.

Spray a wok with spray oil and cook the marinaded chicken including the marinade for about five minutes until the chicken is browned.

Add the vegetables and cook for another few minutes then add the noodles and mix well cook for a few more minutes until everything is cooked through and hot then add soy sauce and mix well again add more soy sauce if needed.

Serves 4,  1 syn per portion

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Sparkling Summer berry jelly (slimming world friendly)

It's a beautiful sunny day here today (not for long rain due again tomorrow!) so thought would make a Summery recipe. This sparkling jelly is easy to make, looks stunning and is completely syn free too.

Don't be worried about using the leaf gelatine it really is easy to use and is readily available to buy in most supermarkets. I love Nigellas description of the sheets of gelatine as looking like 'fairytale castle windows' which I think they do too.

I used a can of sprite zero for the sparkle but you can use any sugar free pop and fruit variation like oranges and orange fanta maybe but beware if using fresh pineapple or kiwi they can stop a jelly from setting.

 The glasses I used were quite big and I made 3 jellies from this.

Sparkling Summer berry jelly 

6oz  mixed berries (I used defrosted frozen ones)
1 x 330ml can sprite zero
3 leaves of gelatine

Place the berries into glasses and set aside, Put the gelatine leaves in a shallow dish cover with cold water and leave for 5 minutes for the gelatine to soften.

When the gelatine has softened remove the softened sheets  from the water and place them in a microwavable jug (throw away the leftover cold water).

Microwave the gelatine in a microwave for just 10 seconds until it is liquid then take out of the microwave and GENTLY add the can of pop to the jug and stir slowly to try to stop it fizzing up too much. It will fizz up a bit but just leave it for a few minutes to settle down then pour the mixture over the berries.

Place in the fridge to set .

Syn free on extra easy

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Chicken cacciatore (slimming world friendly)

Here we go another chicken dish but we eat a lot of chicken in my family so its always good to find new recipes. I'm with Nigella that I prefer chicken thighs to chicken breast for both flavour and texture but if you prefer to use chicken breasts thats fine.

This recipe is really easy and quick makes a great after work dinner, The use of celery salt is a bit different and you can just use ordinary salt if you like but its a good thing to have in your store cupboard and it lasts for ages, isnt expensive and adds a really good flavour to a lot of dishes.

I make no claims to the authenticity of the recipe I adapted a few different ones I found to make it slimming world friendly. 

Chicken Cacciatore

8 chicken thighs (all skin and fat removed) cut into chunks
4oz lean back bacon (chopped)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1 large onion (chopped)
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 can chopped tomatoes
6 fl oz chicken stock (from a cube is ok)
1 tsp celery salt

In a large wok or pan put the chicken , bacon and onions and cook for five minutes until the chicken is browned slightly and the onions are softer.

Add the garlic, rosemary,celery salt, stock and tomatoes and stir well put in the bay leaves and bring to a simmer, Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the sauce has reduced then remove the bay leaves and serve.

Syn free on extra easy

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Baked egg custard (slimming world friendly)

This is the ultimate comfort food and is one of those dishes that when I get the idea to make it (it suggested by a friend,  thanks Julie!!) I think 'why dont I make this more often? '

It is very easy to make and the only thing to remember is to cook it in a bain marie also known as a water bath this just means you put the dish the mixture is in a baking tin half full of hot water before you put it in the oven. This helps the custard to cook slower and stops the mixture curdling. (see 2nd pic)

Baked egg custard

4 large eggs
400ml skimmed or 1% milk
4 tbsp sweetener
grated nutmeg (if liked)

Simply mix the eggs, milk and sweetener in a large jug and beat well.  Pour the mixture in a ovenproof dish and grate over the nutmeg (if liked)

Place the dish into a baking tin half full of hot water and bake on Gas 4 /180/ 350 and bake for 30 minutes

Note for Slimming World members

serves 4 at 2 syns per portion but if you take the 100ml of milk from your portion from your healthy extra choice then its syn free : )