Thursday, 28 September 2017

Easy syn free chicken chow mein

Here is another super quick after work dinner, I really think the secret to making good tasty chinese food at home is to use the ginger and garlic base which is a pain to chop and crush/peel ginger and garlic but I love to use frozen ginger and frozen garlic. The jarred stuff is not so nice but frozen is so easy to use no mess or anything and makes a massive difference to the flavour and always on hand it's usually available at larger supermarkets. 

Bags of stir fry vegetables again save time and also when making a chicken chow mein  I buy chicken thighs and  and cut them into strips with scissors rather than buying packs of chicken stir fry strips which can be expensive.

Chinese takeaways are expensive and this can be made at home really quickly in fact by the time you could have phoned to order it you could be eating it : ) 

Chicken chow mein

500g chicken thighs all fat removed and cut into strips
1 pack stir fry mixed vegetables
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
(or use frozen like I do no need to defrost previously)
3 tbsp soy sauce
200g dried medium egg noodles.

Cook the noodles according to pack instructions, Drain well and then rinse in cold water, drain again and set to one side.

Heat a wok or large frying pan with a little low calorie spray oil until hot then add the chicken and stir fry for about 5 -10 minutes until cooked , Add the garlic and ginger and keep stir frying for another minute or two,

Add the stir fry vegetables and the soy sauce and stir fry for another  3-4 minutes then add the cooked noodles and stir fry everything mixed well together .

Serves 4 and is  Syn free on extra easy : ) 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Old fashioned faggots (Slimming World friendly)

This is proper comfort food, They are easy to make and taste so good, Nothing better now the evenings are drawing in than a warming plate of faggots, peas and mash.

I know they aren't traditional in the sense that they don't have the fat layer on the top but even though lost the fat they have kept all the flavour. I used minced beef but you can use lean pork mince if you prefer.

Old fashioned faggots

500g extra lean minced beef
100g lambs liver
100g lean smoked bacon medallions
2 slices wholemeal bread (from a small loaf)
1 onion
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried sage
1 tsp each salt and pepper
low calorie spray oil

Place the bread in a food processor blitz to crumbs then take them out and set aside. Place the onion in the food processor and blitz until finely chopped then add the liver, bacon, herbs, salt and pepper and blitz and then add the breadcrumbs back in and blitz briefly to mix all together.

Place the minced beef in a bowl and then add the mixture from the food processor and mix very well. I do this by hand so you keep the texture of the minced beef.

Place large spoonfuls of the mixture into rough ball shapes so to make 12 faggots. (If you have one use an ice cream scoop that's what I use makes it a bit easier to shape)

Spray a rectangular baking dish or small roasting tin with the spray oil then place the faggots in the dish.

Bake on gas 4/ 180/350 for 1 hour until browned.

Faggots are 1/2 syn each on Slimming World


Friday, 8 September 2017

Kedgeree (Slimming World friendly)

Another quick family friendly dinner, Its a great one to prepare the night before and then assemble on the day. I often use frozen or boil in the bag rice . This recipe serves 4 people very generously.


1lb smoked haddock (poached in water, drained and skin removed and flaked)
1lb cooked rice
1 chopped onion
spray oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
8oz frozen peas
1/4 pint vegetable stock 
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
 4 hardboiled eggs cut into quarters 

Spray wok or a large deep frying pan with the spray oil and add the onion and fry on a medium heat until soft but not coloured.

Add the rice, peas and stock and stir well for a few more minutes.

Now add the turmeric, caynenne and pepper and fish and stir gently until heated through.Taste for seasoning you probably won't need salt as the smoked fish is salty but taste to check. 

Place quarters of hardboiled eggs on top to serve.

(syn free on extra easy)