Sunday, 27 July 2014

Spicy chicken thighs (slimming world friendly)

I found this recipe in Bill Grangers book and just adapted it slightly to make it slimming world friendly. I know it sounds odd using thai fish sauce on chicken but it gives it a savoury deep flavour  I have experimented and use less than the original recipe as it can make it quite salty.You can get thai fish sauce in most supermarkets usually found near the soy sauce.

I cooked these on the BBQ but you can easily pan fry them with some low calorie spray oil too. The amount of chili flakes I used make them slightly spicy but if you love your chili feel free to increase it. Its a really quick marinade just 30 minutes so makes a quick after work dinner too.

Spicy chicken thighs

4-6 chicken thighs (skin and fat removed)
2 tbsp thai fish sauce
1/2 tsp chili flakes
2 tbsp sweetener (I use stevia)
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 cloves crushed garlic

Place everything in a food safe plastic bag and marinate for about 30 minutes.

Cook on BBQ or pan fry.

Syn free on red or extra easy

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Braised potatoes with peas (slimming world friendly)

This is a really quick and easy side dish. I found the recipe in one of Bill Grangers books and adapted it to make it slimming world friendly. I boiled the potatoes to make this but would be a great way to use up leftover cooked potatoes or even tinned potatoes if you were desperate and pushed for time.

Cooking the vegetables in stock and adding the onion gives it a really savoury flavour . It's interesting that when I made this was thinking sometimes you just fancy a different side dish from the usual rice, potatoes, pasta and hopefully this fits the bill.

Braised potatoes and peas

8 cooked new potatoes (cut into thick slices)
1/2 pint chicken or vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
4oz frozen peas
1 onion (sliced)
salt and pepper
low calorie spray oil

Spray a large frying pan with spray oil and fry the onion until softened , Add the stock and the frozen peas and cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the sliced potatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes. Try not to move the potatoes around too much or they will break up.

If there is still a lot of liquid left simmer for a bit longer until almost all the liquid has absorbed, Season with pepper you probably don't need salt as you have the stock which is usually well seasoned.

Syn free on extra easy and green