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Amazing Chili beef noodles


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I was on a late shift tonight after a busy evening went to the supermarket and was going to grab a ready meal and sod the syns but then when I got there and looked at them they all looked sort of unappetising and had weird stuff in the ingredients even the ‘fresh’ ones.
I remembered I had made these chili noodles a while ago so just picked up some extra lean mince and came home as everything else was in my store cupboard/fridge.
Hand on heart these took me 20 minutes from start to finish quicker than picking up a takeaway or even going to the supermarket to pick up a ready meal. So keep the store cupboard/fridge/freezer stocked up and you can have a delicious meal at your fingertips in less time than it takes to get a takeaway and the bonus is that its syn free and you know exactly what went in it!

Chili Beef Noodles
250g extra lean minced beef
250g dried egg noodles (about 3 slabs of dried egg noodles)
4 tbsps light soy sauce
2 tbsps dark soy sauce
1 tsp chili paste ( 2 tsp if you like it hot or fresh red chili if you like it )
1 red pepper (finely chopped)
ginger and garlic paste (I used frozen but you can use fresh if you like about 1 clove garlic and a thumb sized piece of peeled fresh ginger grated) )
1/2 pint veg stock
spray oil

Cook noodles according to instructions then drain and set aside.

Spray wok or large frying pan with spray oil and over a high heat add the minced beef , red pepper, chili paste and ginger and garlic and stir fry until beef is cooked through keep it moving so it doesnt stick.

Add the stock and soy sauces and cook for a few more minutes.

Add the cooked noodles and stir gently until the liquid has absorbed .

Syn free on extra easy, I usually either have a bowl of stir fried veg with this or a side salad for my superfree.

Serves 2 very generous portions or 4 with lots of stir fried veg

Quick keema curry


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This curry is so quick to make you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes as long as it takes to cook the rice to go with it. Its a recipe I have had for a while but again tweaked it a bit to how I like it. Thats the great thing with recipes I see them more as a guideline I usually follow them correctly the first time I make something then when I make it again I sometimes make notes on the recipe like ‘more garlic’ or ‘bit less chili’ so you can make meals to your own taste.

Its not an authentic recipe I used minced beef instead of the minced pork that was in the original recipe as thats just what I had in the freezer. The addition of fresh tomatoes really make a big difference to the flavour too. I use sambal olek chili paste as it adds just the right amount of heat for me but my husband keeps his bottle of jamaican hot pepper sauce handy as he likes it hotter! You can easily add heat after its made but its harder to cool things down once too much spice is in there.
Quick keema curry

1lb extra lean minced beef
2 onions (sliced)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili paste (or a chopped fresh chili)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tsp grated fresh ginger (or use the frozen garlic and ginger paste)
1/2 punnet fresh cherry tomatoes (halved)
spray oil
Spray wok or large frying pan with oil and fry the onions sprinkled with the salt for a few minutes until soft but not browned .

Add the turmeric, chili, minced beef, garlic and ginger and stir fry for a few minutes until meat is browned and cooked through.

Add the tomatoes and then cover and cook on a low heat for 5-10 minutes. Season to taste.

Syn free on slimming world


Thick vegetable and green lentil soup (slimming world friendly)


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Well, it’s September so I am starting to think about soups and stews and hearty meals and will be starting to use the slow cooker more as Autumn goes on. This soup is almost a stew really thick and hearty with tons of flavour. The lentils make it really filling so it is a meal in itself. You can add any veg you like really I often use leeks too just didn’t happen to have any today also if you want it to go further you can add some canned chickpeas or beans at the end . A great way to use up odds and ends of veg left in the fridge as the rest of the ingredients are just store cupboard bits and pieces. Its syn free on slimming world .
I posted this for my friend Denise in the US who asked me if I had any vegetarian recipes that weren’t curries : )

Thick vegetable and green lentil soup

4-5 carrots (peeled and diced)
2 onions (chopped)
3 sticks celery (sliced)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 mug of green lentils
1 tsp chili paste (or a fresh red chili chopped if you prefer)
2 pints vegetable stock
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tin chopped tomatoes

spray oil
salt and pepper
Spray a large pan with the spray oil and add the carrots, onions, celery, sprinkle with salt and fry over a low heat until vegetables are softened. Add the chili , garlic, oregano and lentils and stir for a few more minutes. (Its smells amazing at this point really herbal and rich)

Add the stock and tomatoes and bring to the boil then turn heat down and simmer until the soup has reduced and thickened. Takes about 30-45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


SW Chili beef noodles


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I love this dish, its really quick and easy to prepare. I have started buying frozen ginger and garlic paste which cuts down on prep time even more. I used sambal olek chili paste but you could use any chili paste or a fresh red chili chopped if you prefer.
Chili beef noodles
250g extra lean beef mince
250g dried egg noodles
4 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp chili paste (2 tsp if you like it hot or use a chopped fresh red chili if you prefer)
1 red pepper (sliced)
1 clove garlic (crushed)

1 tsp grated fresh ginger (or use frozen paste but NOT the jarred kind that stuff is horrible)
1 medium red onion (chopped)
1/2 pint beef stock
spray oil
Place noodles in a pan of salted boiling water and boil until just soft (about 3 minutes then drain and set aside)

Spray wok or large pan with spray oil and add minced beef and red onion and stir fry until mince is brown and onion is soft.

Then add ginger, garlic and red pepper and stir fry for a few more minutes. Add stock and soy sauces and bring to boil then simmer for a few minutes.

Add the noodles and stir carefully and cook for a few more minutes until almost all sauce is absorbed.

(syn free on extra easy)

Syn Free Metabolism Boosting Chilli Speed Soup


If you have been on Slimming World for a while, no doubt you have heard all about tomato speed soup, the soup that resembles Heinz tomato soup and if you haven’t been on Slimming World for long, no doubt you will see it soon. If you want to find out about it now, just search the internet for ‘Slimming World Speed Tomato Soup’ and you’ll find lots of links to take a look at!
So not only does this version contains the majority of the speed food ingredients in the original recipe but it also contains chilli and spices like chilli are thought to raise metabolism by up to 50 percent for up to three hours after eating, due to increasing your heart rate! Can’t be bad!

Metabolism Boosting Chilli Speed Soup
Syn free EE and EE SP
Makes 2 big bowl fulls!

1 carton of pasatta
1 tin of carrots, drained
1 tin of baked beans
1 chicken stock cube
1 pint of water
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
Place all ingredients in a heavy bottomed pan – don’t worry if at this stage it looks pretty disgusting, lol – take a hand blender and blend all the ingredients together until smooth and thick. Heat as much as is required.
It really is very tasty, even my two year old quite likes it when she’s in the mood, lol!

Amazing No Cook CheeseCake


Serves 1
1 small tube of quark
1 tbsp. sweetener
1 tbsp. Philadelphia soft cheese/ Cadbury Chocolate flavour (2 syn)
2 Rich Tea biscuits (crushed up) (3 syn)


In a small bowl, crush the biscuits and add water. Just enough to stick the biscuits together, on greaseproof paper place a cooking ring and fill with the biscuit, press down then place in the fridge to chill.
In another bowl add the Philadelphia and as much quark as required to fill the cooking ring, mix well, add sweetener to taste, remove base from fridge, add mixture, return to fridge to set.
When ready to serve remove from the fridge and using a kitchen blow torch or hot tea towel placed round the ring, heat up the ring and carefully remove it and serve with fresh fruits.

15 amazing things you only know if you’ve done Slimming World


You’re seriously telling me I can eat as much pasta as I want?”
1. At least once you’ll be tired and tidy away your Frylight into the bathroom cupboard thinking it’s heat-protection spray. Just pray you realise before you go to use it…
2. Scan Bran is 100% the most disgusting thing you’ll ever eat. And my god does it make you poop!?
3. Watching the boys shift about awkwardly when you discuss your Star Week woes during group will forever be my favourite thing.
4. You can still eat chips! Not the ones from McDonalds, and not the ones drowning in bucket-loads of full-fat mayonnaise and melted cheese, mind you.

5. Hi-Fi bars are so goddam tasty – especially the popcorn ones. And you can have two for dessert if you play your cards right.
6. Every time you get a sticker in group you’ll be more excited than you were getting stickers from the dentist. Yeah we can all brush our teeth twice a day, but not everyone can lose half a stone!
7. You’ll turn your nose up at the idea of Diet Coke Chicken. But the second you try it for the first time, you’ll wonder how you managed without it for so long.

8. People will never be able to get their heads around the fact you can eat as much pasta, rice, noodles and potatoes as you like…

9. And they’ll look at you like you’re a moron when you say you can’t have avocadoes. “But it’s good fat?”

“Yeah, but did you not just hear yourself say ‘fat’, mate? The clue’s in the word…”

no avocado

10. Taster Evenings are the best. You can cancel your Sainsbury’s delivery that night, because you’ll get fed like a king by Maureen with her Weetabix Cake and Cheryl, whose Coronation Chicken Pasta Salad is world famous.

11. Your kitchen cupboards will become a sea of Mug Shots, mushy peas and passata.

12. Oh, and instead of digestives and custard creams in your biscuit tin, you’ll be confronted by Pink ‘n’ Whites.

13. Learning that fruits that have been juiced or smooshed up have to be synned. “BUT IT’S STILL FRUIT!?!?”
14. You’re well within your rights to cry all the way home when you think you’ve been 100% on plan, and get to group and learn you’ve maintained. Or even worse… gained a pound.
15. There will be times when you feel like giving up and having an entire Black Forest Gateau. And that’s fine. So long as you get back on plan the second you’ve washed the final remnants of chocolate icing off your face.

10 foods you’ll only know if you’re on the Slimming World plan


At first it’s all salads and sunshine, but after a while you start to notice a pattern emerging from your kitchen.
There’s frozen berries stuffed in the back of the freezer, mountains of yogurt taking a seat on your fridge shelf and Diet Coke has become your new best friend.
Scroll down to see the 22 foods you’ll only relate to if you’re on the Slimming World plan…
1. Frozen fruit
Random bits of frozen banana stashed in the freezer drawer. That, and failed yogurt-coated berries.
2. High Fi bars
You can only buy these from ‘group’ (Healthy Extra B choice). But they’re just so small.
3.Jelly babies
To make Slimming World jellies, of course… it’s one of the best Slimming World secrets you’ll discover.
4. Quark
Strangely tasteless, but really creamy – the perfect ingredient to stir into… well let’s face it, you’ll give it a whirl in almost anything!

5. Primula light cheese spread tubes
You can half a tube for a Healthy Extra A! It’s kinda wrong, but kinda good in mac’n’cheese… You know what we’re talking about.
6. Diet coke
The holy grail of 0 Syn drinks – you’ll even be cooking with it, believe me.
7. Bacon medallions
It’s a crime to cut on the tasty fat, so these beauties are Syn free and hassle free. Who else but a Slimming World shopper would choose no fat bacon?!
8. Yogurt, yogurt, yogurt
Meet your new best friend. You never can have enough fat-free yogurt in the fridge.
The world’s supply of potatoes, pasta and rice just shrunk with the next slimmer joining Slimming World!
10. Fat free cottage cheese
This beauty will rescue anything from salad, to crudités, to jacket potatoes… one tub is not enough to last a week now you’re on plan.