Saturday, 22 November 2014

Curried beef pilaff (slimming world friendly)

This is a great quick after work dinner, It's all cooked in one pan so not much washing up and only need a side salad to serve with it to get all your superfree vegetables. I used yellow and red peppers but feel free to use whatever you like, I also used mild curry powder as I'm a bit of a wuss with heat but you can use hot if you want or add a bit of tabasco afterwards (That's what my husband does he likes it hot!!)

Curried beef pilaff

1lb extra lean minced beef
1 large onion (peeled and chopped)
1 pint beef stock (from a cube is fine)
2 peppers (sliced)
2 tbsp curry powder (mild or hot)
8oz basmati rice

Fry the onion and minced beef together in a large deep frying pan for about 5-10 minutes until mince is brown and the onion is soft.

Add the curry powder and cook for another minute then add the rice and peppers and mix everything together very well.

Put a lid on the pan (if you don't have a lid cover tightly with foil) and place on a low heat for 15 minutes then remove lid and check. The rice should be cooked and the liquid absorbed. Season to taste with salt and pepper if you need to.

Serves 4 and free on extra easy 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Spaghetti sauce -like Dolmio (slimming world friendly)

I love pasta and the sauces that go with it but traditional jars of pasta sauce can be quite high in syns . I have tried making different versions of pasta sauce and this is the best one I have come up with. It has a smooth texture due to using granulated garlic so no bits of crushed garlic in it. I use basil and oregano in my version but you can add less or more as you like it which of course is the benefit of making it yourself. You might think it seems a bit odd to add sweetener to it but but it helps to bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes.

Even though it is quite thick when you first put everything in the pan it is important to simmer it for at least 10 minutes to allow the herbs to soften and the flavours to develop.  If it gets too thick just add a little water. I served it over Slimming World meatballs with spaghetti.

Spaghetti sauce

500g passata
1 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp granulated sweetener (I used splenda)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Place all the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer for at least 10 minutes. If it gets too thick add a little water. Taste for seasoning you might need a little more salt.