Saturday, 27 June 2015

Cola BBQ sauce (slimming world friendly)

I made this BBQ sauce the other day after thinking about the diet coke chicken I make and how it makes a thick sauce but could be good as a separate sauce.  I thought would need more tomato in it and so played about with the recipe a bit and came up with this.

 I used pepsi max as I prefer it to diet coke. I know it sounds like it would be expensive but I get worcestershire  sauce in home bargains and balsamic in Lidl where its about £1 a bottle. You can use the red, rose or white one the taste is the same don't use expensive balsamic vinegar of modena though it would be a waste.

It's easy to make just put everything in a saucepan and simmer until it's thick. I keep it in the fridge and it stores very well keeps for at least a month but it usually doesn't last that long!

Cola BBQ sauce

500g passata
2 floz worcestershire sauce
2 floz balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 can diet pepsi or coke as you prefer.

Put everything in a saucepan and mix very well, Bring to a boil then simmer until tomato sauce consistency.

Syn free

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Italian chicken pasta bake (slimming world friendly)

This is a fab easy one pot dinner, I love Italian flavours of tomato, garlic and basil but you can vary the herbs if you don't like basil try oregano or even mixed herbs if you like them or if that's what you have in the cupboard.

I used chicken thighs as I prefer the flavour but if you like you could use chicken breasts if you prefer them. I measured the pasta in mugs as I have always done this as I usually average one mug of pasta makes enough for two people.

Italian chicken pasta bake

8 boneless chicken thighs ( skin and fat removed) cut into bite sized pieces
1 large onion (chopped)
2 mugs dry pasta (I used penne but any shape will do)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 x 500g pack passata
2 tsp dried basil
160g low fat grated cheese
low cal spray oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water until just cooked then drain and set aside.

Spray a large frying pan or wok with the spray oil and place over a medium/high heat and add the chicken and onion cook for about ten minutes until the chicken is browned and cooked through and the onion is soft.

Add the garlic, basil, tomato puree, passata and salt and pepper.  Mix well and cook for another five minutes then add in the cooked pasta and mix again.

Place in a large ovenproof dish and sprinkle the cheese on top.

Bake at gas 6 /200/ 400 for about 20-30 minutes until the cheese is melted and browned.

Serves 4

Syn free on extra easy if using the cheese as a healthy extra