Saturday, 28 November 2015

Sweet chilli salmon kebabs ( Slimming world friendly)

This recipe is super quick and easy it makes salmon go a lot further and it's change from just a plain salmon fillet. It cooks in around 20 minutes so it's a great one to cook after work looks fab on the plate you would need perhaps a nice side salad for extra speed food or maybe some stir fried vegetables. If you don't like salmon you could use any firm fleshed fish cod especially would be nice.

I served two kebabs per person so makes it a nice filling dinner. Its a bit hard to be exact on how much vegetables you need as it depends on the size of your skewer! I served with some noodles  simply cooked then tossed in some soy sauce but you could serve with rice if you prefer.

Sweet chili salmon kebabs  (serves 2)

2  large salmon fillets (1 per person)
1 red pepper (cut into pieces)
button mushrooms (cut in half)
2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
spray oil

Heat your oven to Gas 6/400/200 then cut each salmon fillet into 6 even pieces , Thread the skewers starting with a mushroom half , then pepper , then salmon and continue finish with a mushroom half this helps to hold it all together.

Line a baking tray with some baking paper or foil (to save the washing up) and lay each kebab on the foil. When all done spray lightly with the spray oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the fish is cooked and the vegetables are soft.

Remove from the oven, brush with the sweet chili sauce and serve.

1.5 syns per person

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Hoisin prawns (Slimming World friendly)

This recipe came about when I had a few leftover peppers and luckily got some reduced raw king prawns in ASDA , Well they say necessity is the mother of invention....

I love Chinese food and I think hoisin sauce goes really well with seafood, I buy my Chinese sauces either online or at Chinese supermarkets but most supermarkets sell it now but don't buy ones labelled as 'stir fry' sauces they are highish in syns you want to get ones just labelled 'hoisin sauce',

Hoisin is quite strong so I add some light soy to make it a lighter sauce. I think you could make this with cooked chicken maybe or some already cooked prawns but if you use them add them right near the end so they don't overcook.

I served this with some egg noodles which are syn free but remember to use dried not fresh as the fresh ones some have syns.

Hoisin prawns

150g raw king prawns
2 red or yellow peppers (sliced)
1 large onion (sliced)
100g mushrooms (sliced)
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
3 tbsp light soy sauce
spray oil

Spray a large wok or large frying pan with the spray oil and over a medium heat stir fry the onions, mushrooms and peppers until just starting to soften.

Add the raw prawns and stir fry them until they turn pink, Add the hoisin sauce and soy sauce and mix well. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until everything is hot (Add a splash or so of water if the sauce seems too thick).

Serves two at 2 syns each.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Chinese Lettuce wraps

One thing I always fancy is Chinese food and although I have posted a few recipes for Chinese meals on this blog this was one of those recipes where I looked at loads of recipes online then made up my own which would be slimming world friendly and extra tasty.

If you like it spicy feel free to add some chili flakes or chopped up fresh chili.

Asian lettuce wraps

1 pack of extra lean turkey mince
1 red pepper (diced small)
3 spring onions (sliced)
2 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce (you can leave this out if you don't have it )
garlic and ginger paste (I use frozen easy to use defrost first)
OR clove of garlic crushed and 2 tsp fresh grated ginger)
low calorie spray oil

Spray a large frying pan with the spray oil and then fry the mince breaking it up into small pieces until cooked through , Add the garlic, ginger, red pepper and spring onions and cook for a few minutes .

Add the soy sauce and fish sauce (if using) and stir well keep cooking until all the liquid is absorbed.

Pull the leaves off either iceberg or baby gem lettuce (washed and dried)  and spoon in the filling.

To make it a full meal I'd serve with either noodles or maybe egg fried rice and some stir fried vegetables.

I also like to add chopped up water chestnuts and mushrooms sometimes. If you leave out the fish sauce and use mushrooms its a really good vegetarian option.

Syn free on extra easy

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Tortilla Restaurants (Slimming world friendly)

I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of a new Cardiff restaurant the other week, The restaurant is called 'Tortilla' and I have to say it was amazing.

I know Slimming World does not endorse any restaurants but I was lucky enough to have a long chat with the chef Bruno Piers and from what he told me a lot of the ingredients they use would be very 'Slimming World friendly'.

Although they do the usual burritos and tacos which we all know are high in syns they also do this other dish called a 'Naked Burrito' and this is a lot of the yummy fillings that go into burritos but are served in a bowl so you don't get the high syn tortilla wrap. You have a choice you can eat in or have a takeaway and the friendly staff really help to give the place a great atmosphere.

When I spoke to Bruno he explained they use only fresh ingredients and in fact don't even have freezers on the premises. He was very open and honest and said they use a very little oil to stick the spices onto the grilled chicken option and a very little oil in the rice before they cook it.

To assemble your Naked Burrito you stand in front of a counter and choose your fillings so it's very easy to make sure you have lots of the speed foods like the salad and free foods like the beans to fill you up.

Mine was started with rice, then some grilled chicken then lots of lettuce and fresh salsa and a mixture of fresh coriander and onion. I also had a few lime wedges to squeeze on top and have to say it was absolutely delicious. Tasted really fresh but was also filling due to the beans and rice it was spicy but not too hot. They serve hot sauces if you like things spicier!!

To be on the safe side I counted the dish as 6 syns for a tbsp of oil but don't think it was anywhere near that much there was no oily or greasy taste to the food.

I was so thrilled to think there was somewhere I could go for food when on a shopping day out with my family or with the girls and no one had to think I was having 'diet' food or we coudn't eat somewhere as there was nothing I could have which has happened countless times in most chain restaurants.

Tortilla has many branches throughout the UK and I will definitely be back again. Have a look at the website to see what they make everything looks so good :)

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Nigellas Chicken Cosima (slimming world friendly)

This is another recipe taken from Nigella Lawsons new book 'Simply Nigella' I have adjusted it slightly to make it Slimming World friendly.

It's a really easy, quick and tasty dinner all in one pot and although there are some spices in this it's not spicy hot at all if you aren't keen on anything like that. I served it over some couscous to make it an even heartier meal.

You will need an ovenproof dish with a lid that you can use on the hob as well but if you only have an ovenproof dish you can start it in a large saucepan and then transfer it to the ovenproof dish for finishing in the oven.

It's called Chicken Cosima as it's named after her daughter who she invented the recipe for on the occasion of her daughters 21st birthday which I think is lovely.

Chicken Cosima

6 chicken thighs (trimmed of fat and cut into chunks)
500g sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into bite size chunks)
2 cans chickpeas (drained)
1 large onion (chopped)
1/2 bag fresh baby spinach (washed)
1 pint hot chicken stock (from a cube or stockpot is fine)
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
low calorie spray oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Spray a large ovenproof dish or saucepan (see note above) with some spray oil and place on a medium heat. Add the chopped onion, sprinkle with the salt and fry gently until soft but not browned.

Add the chicken thighs and fry for a few more minutes and then add the cumin, coriander, paprika and turmeric. Stir well and add the sweet potatoes, chickpeas and the hot stock and bring to a boil.

Put on the lid and place in a medium oven for 25 minutes. (If you started it in a saucepan this is where you transfer it to a ovenproof dish)

Remove from the oven, Take off the lid and put in the spinach, stir well and put the lid back on and leave to stand for five minutes then add the pepper and stir gently.

I served this over some couscous as its got a lot of tasty broth with it.

Serves 4

Syn free on extra easy.