Monday, 26 October 2015

Nigellas criss cross potatoes (slimming world friendly)

I had the privilege of meeting Nigella Lawson last Friday in Bath at an event including a signing of her new book. I have loved her cookery books and TV series for years and this was the 2nd time I have met her an she has always been so lovely and gracious and yes she is as beautiful in the flesh as she is on TV.

I have been looking through her book all weekend and found many recipes which with a little adjustment could be slimming world friendly but this one in particular I thought sounded delicious a cross between a roast potato and a baked potato? Yes please!!

This is hardly even a recipe but it works brilliantly. ..

Nigellas Criss Cross Potatoes

4 large baking potatoes (cut in half lengthways)
low calorie spray oil
sea salt

Put your oven on gas 7 /225/450 and place the potatoes in a roasting tin.

Make criss cross cuts in the top of each potato with a sharp knife not too deeply just about 1-2cm deep. 

Spray the potatoes with low calorie spray oil and sprinkle generously with salt.

Roast for approximately 45 minutes until brown and beautiful.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Tasty Chinese style pork (Slimming world friendly)

This is a brilliant super quick after work dinner. I work full time so love any either quick after work recipes or slow cooker ones both help me to be organised for the evening meal for my family.

I used pork tenderloin for this recipe but it can be expensive so I usually wait until its on offer somewhere and stock up in the freezer. Morrisons and ASDA often have it on offer.

Although there is no speed food in this recipe you can easily add mushrooms, peppers , onions or even serve it with some simply stir fried vegetables to add more speed food.

I served this with my egg fried rice (You can search for the recipe in the top right hand side search box on this page) I'm sure I should be able to post a link to it but I'm not that handy with a computer!!

Tasty Chinese style pork

400-500g pork tenderloin (trimmed of any fat)
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tbsp runny honey
2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
1 tbsp cornflour
Low calorie spray oil

Slice the tenderloin into slices (about the thickness of a pound coin) and put in a dish with the garlic, soy sauce, 5 spice and honey mix well and leave to marinate for about 5 minutes.

Spray a wok or large frying pan with low calorie spray oil and put all the pork and the marinade in and cook over a medium heat until the pork is no longer pink.

Add about 200ml of boiling water and stir well. In a separate small dish mix the tablespoon of cornflour with a few table spoons of cold water, mix well and add to the pan. Stir well and simmer for a few minutes until the sauce is thickened.

Serves 4 at 1 syn per portion

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Slow cooker best ever bolognese ( Slimming world friendly)

I love spaghetti  bolognese such an easy dinner and this recipe means you can just turn on the slow cooker as you leave for work and come home to your bolognese sauce all ready when you get in.

I really think you need to pre fry the mince and onions before you put it in the slow cooker but it doesn't take long and I usually do that the day before and put it in the fridge (once cooled)  as  I don't like to  leave the meat in the slow cooker overnight but I do put all the other ingredients in the night before (tomatoes, stock etc) then add the cooked mince and onion in the morning before I put the slow cooker on.

As always vary the herbs as you like you can add more or less or even mixed Italian herbs or leave them out please feel free to adjust the herbs to how you like them.

Slow cooker best ever bolognese 

500g less than 5% fat beef mince
I large onion (chopped)
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 carton passata
1/2 pint beef stock (from a cube is fine)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
2 tbsp tomato puree
low calorie spray oil
salt and pepper

Spray a large pan with the spray oil and fry the mince and onions until the beef is cooked and onions are soft.

Put all the ingredients (apart from salt and pepper) in the slow cooker and mix well.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours (longer is ok too)

When you get in (or about an hour before you want to serve it) take off the lid and let the sauce bubble away so its not so liquid and gives you a chance to get changed and put the kettle on or get a glass of wine...

Taste and then season with salt and pepper as needed.

Cook your pasta as the instructions on the pack then either serve the sauce on top of the cooked pasta or I like to mix it into the pasta to serve.

Syn free on extra easy