Friday, 26 August 2016

Tasty turkey meatloaf (Slimming World friendly)

This meatloaf recipe is one of my families favourite dinners and it's simple to make just mix and place in a loaf tin for an hour while you can get on and do other things.

The cooked onion mixture makes the meatloaf really savoury and I left out breadcrumbs to save syns and don't think you notice the difference .

 I served this with bisto best onion gravy 2. 1/2 syns for 142ml and veg and another comfort food my version of sour cream and chive mashed potato (recipe to follow another day : )


500g turkey mince (less than 5% fat)
1 large onion (chopped)
1 chicken stock cube (crumbled)
100ml water
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg (beaten)
Low calorie spray oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Spray a small frying pan with spray oil and fry the onions gently sprinkled with salt until onions are soft.

Add stock cube, water, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée and pepper and simmer until almost all the stock has absorbed. Leave to cool for 10 minutes .

Place mince in a bowl with the beaten egg and add the onion mixture and mix very well. You can use your hands or a food mixer.

Place in a loaf tin sprayed with oil or use a silicone one. .

Bake on gas 6/200/400 for 1 hour.

Syn free

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Nigella praised chicken

This recipe I first saw Nigella make on an episode of 'Kitchen' and thought at the time it looked so lovely and tasty and a brilliant way of making chicken go a long way. I honestly thought I would have to add some chicken stock cube or such like to the broth afterwards but no I think if you use good quality chicken it makes the most delicious tasty broth, If however when you make it you feel it lacks flavour feel free to add some chicken stock concentrate or a chicken stock cube. The chicken is soft and really juicy and the vegetables tender.

Nigella makes it with a whole chicken but it's very fiddly to remove the skin and fat from a whole raw chicken so I use a mixture of thighs and chicken breast and also this way if you only like chicken breast you can make it that way but I think chicken thighs have much more flavour.

I also love to reheat the next day with some broken pieces of spaghetti in so its like chicken noodle soup but be careful just make sure its reheated very well.

Oh and its called 'praised' chicken as Nigella says its a cross between braised and poached and was one of her Mothers favourite recipes so to make it seems like an act of devotion which I think sounds so lovely.

Nigellas Praised Chicken

1 chicken breast and 4-6 chicken thighs all fat and skin removed.
3 large carrots (peeled and cut into chunks)
2 sticks celery (cut into chunks)
2 leeks (washed well and cut into chunks)
salt and pepper
1 tsp dried or fresh thyme
1 tsp dried or a bunch of fresh parsley (chopped)
low calorie spray oil

(You need a large pot that can fit the chicken portions in comfortably with all the vegetables)

   Spray some oil into the pot and heat then place the chicken in for a few minutes until slightly browned.

Drop in the vegetables and herbs around the chicken with a good grinding of salt and pepper then just cover with cold water and bring to the boil.

Place a lid on the pot and then simmer on a low heat for about  1 hr and then leave it sitting in the pot for another 30 minutes.

Remove the chicken portions from the pot and place on a board leave to cool for a little while  cut into chunks and put the meat back into the broth.

Taste for seasoning you might need more salt and pepper.

I served it (as Nigella did) over plain boiled rice.

serves 4-6 and is syn free

Friday, 5 August 2016

Easy turkey kofta kebabs

I use turkey mince a lot in cooking it's a bit lighter in taste than beef and for this recipe it helps to hold the shape of the koftas better. I know lamb is traditional for koftas but you can't really get extra lean lamb mince unless you get it minced yourself.

This is a really quick recipe too just make up the mix, shape it, pop in the oven and its ready really quickly.

I served them in a pitta bread but there aren't any healthy extra pitta breads now (there used to be) but they are also good with salad and SW friendly chips or wedges.

Easy turkey kofta kebabs

500g turkey mince (less than 5% fat)
1 red onion (grated)
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder (or 1-2 cloves grated)
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
low calorie spray oil

Preheat the oven to gas 6 /200/400

Place all the ingredients together apart from the oil in a mixing bowl and just mix it all together really well the best method is to get your hands in and squish it all (children love doing this!)

Shape in either 8 sausage shapes or 4 large sausage shapes, Spray with oil and place in an foil lined tray or use a disposable foil tray (saves clean up later) and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes until browned.

Syn free koftas (pitta bread approximately 6-7 syns if used)