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Smoky paprika chicken

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I know those seasoning packets seem like a good idea but you can easily recreate the flavours at home without spending so much money or using any syns. So if you buy those seasoning packets then please give this a try there is all the flavour but no e numbers or additives. It also means you can adjust the spices to how you like them.
I used chicken thighs as I prefer the flavour but you could easily use chicken breasts or even lean pork chops would be good.
Ingredients:
8 chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts (skin and excess fat removed)
2 red peppers (sliced)
1 large onion (sliced)
1 tsp garlic powder (or use fresh if you prefer)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp tomato puree
salt and pepper
low calorie spray oil

Method:

Place the onion and peppers in an ovenproof dish or small roasting tin and place the chicken on top. Make 3 cuts across the chicken, this helps to allow the flavours to go into the chicken.

Spread the tomato puree evenly onto the chicken and then sprinkle on the garlic powder and paprika, Season well with salt and pepper and spray lightly with the spray oil.

Bake at Gas 6 /200/ 400 for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Syn free on extra easy.

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Spicy chicken burrito (slimming world friendly)

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I have made burrito style meals before but never included a wrap as they were high in syns but now the WW (not going to give them the full title) wraps are a healthy extra thought would be a fab meal and taste a bit ‘naughty’ which is always good. I made these and said nothing to my family and no one thought they were slimming world friendly 🙂
The quantities I give are very generous and you will probably have lots of leftovers but they keep for a good few days in the fridge. I havent frozen any of the ingredients so can’t advise you on that I’m sorry.
I know it seems like a lot a faffing about but it really is a little cooking and then an assembly job. As usual the spice level is up to you I don’t like it very hot so if you use my measurements they’ll be a medium spice level but feel free to increase or lower the heat as you like.
Ingredients for the chicken filling:
3 chicken breasts
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tsp chili powder (mild or hot depending on preference)
1 tsp ground cumin
6 fluid ounces passata
salt and pepper
Ingredients For the salsa:
1 can good quality chopped tomatoes
1 red onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tbsp fresh corinader (chopped)
salt and pepper
8oz boiled rice
1 can black eyed beans (heated and drained)
6 WW high fibre wraps

Method:

Place the chicken breasts in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until no pink is inside the chicken if you pull it apart. Leave to cool in the water and when cool drain the water away and shred the chicken by pulling it apart with your fingers or two forks.

Spray a small frying pan with low cal spray oil then fry the chopped onion over a low heat until its soft, Add the garlic, cumin and chili and fry for another minute then add the passata and cook for a few minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper then mix into the shredded chicken.

Mix all the salsa ingredients together and set aside.

Make up the burritos by laying one wrap on the board and placing a tablespoon of rice down the centre of the wrap, Top with about a tablespoon of the chicken , Half a tablespoon of beans and half a tablespoon of salsa.

To make up the burrito fold up the bottom end of the wrap then fold over the sides and finally roll it over so everything in tucked in. It might leak a little but it will taste just as good 🙂

Serves 6 and syn free if using the wraps as a healthy extra.

P.S. All the ingredients are really good just served in a bowl without the wrap too : )

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Teriyaki pork

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This is a really quick and delicious marinade, I used it for pork this time but its really good with steak or chicken as well. I’ll make no claims for its authenticity but its very tasty and just takes a few minutes to mix the marinade so makes a quick after work dinner.
I usually marinade the meat the night before but you could always do it in the morning before you go to work as long as it gets a few hours in the marinade in the fridge to absorb the flavours. As usual I use frozen garlic and ginger for convenience.
I served it over quick stir fried vegetables and noodles. (Excuse the fork marks on the meat in the picture : )
Ingredients:
1 pork fillet (trimmed of fat)
3 tbsp dry sherry (or chinese cooking wine if you have it)
150ml soy sauce
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp splenda

Method:

Mix all the marinade ingredients together very well and pour over the pork. Put it in a bowl and cover with clingfilm . Place in the fridge and leave to marinate. Turn the pork over every now and then just to make sure the marinade is absorbed evenly.

When ready to cook the pork heat the oven to Gas 5/ 190/375. Place the pork in a foil lined roasting tin (saves making a mess of your tin) and pour over all the marinade and roast for about 25 minutes  and spoon the marinade over the pork a few times while its roasting.

Remove from the oven cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for five minutes. Slice the pork and serve over stir fried vegetables and noodles or rice.

Serves 4 and is 1 syn per portion

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Mexican chicken

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This is a lovely quick and very tasty dinner. I love the ‘throw it all in’ dishes and this is one of those. The simple spice mix makes it deliciously smoky and spicy and uses basic store cupboard ingredients. I used black eyed beans as I really like them but you can use any canned beans red kidney beans would be good too.
I’m not much of a one for very spicy dishes so didn’t use a lot of chili but of course as always if you like it hotter adjust the amount of chili you use and if you are a complete wuss about heat leave it out altogether but please use the smoked paprika it makes all the difference.
Ingredients of Mexican Chicken:
4 chicken breasts (trimmed of all fat)
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 large onion (sliced)
2 cans of black eye beans (drained)
Ingredients of Spice Mix:
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili powder (mild or hot)
1 tsp garlic granules

Method:

Mix the spices together in a small bowl to make the spice mix and set aside.

Place the onion, beans and tomatoes in a casserole dish and sprinkle on half of the spice mix and mix together well.

Place the chicken breasts on top of the onion, beans and tomatoes and sprinkle over the rest of the spice mix.

Bake in the oven on Gas 5/ 190/375 for 30 minutes .I served it with rice and broccoli.

Syn free on extra easy.

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Steak and eggs hash (slimming world friendly)

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I made this dish when I had to feed two people and only had one steak : ) I have made hash like this before but used leftovers but this made a tasty meal which is pretty economical too. The seasonings are simple just salt and pepper but you could add some garlic or some smoked paprika would be lovely as well. This recipe serves two but of course it could be increased or bulked up with some vegetables such as mushrooms or peppers to serve more.
Serve with a side salad for your slimming world super free .
Ingredients:
2 large baking potatoes (diced)
1/2 onion (chopped)
1 lean rump steak (all fat removed and chopped)
salt and pepper
low cal spray oil

Method:

Boil the diced potato cubes in salted water until just cooked (about 5-10 minutes) then drain and set aside. Spray a large non stick frying pan with a little oil and over a medium heat gently fry the onion until soft then add the steak and cook until browned . Add the cooked potatoes and season well with salt and pepper.

In a separate frying pan spray with the oil and fry the eggs and serve each portion topped with the fried egg.

Serves two , Syn free on extra easy

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Hoisin chicken noodles

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I know I know yet another chicken dish but this one is really tasty and quick. I love Chinese food but of course its usually high in syns this dish works out at just 1 syn per portion.
You need to buy hoisin sauce for this recipe not the jarred or sachet stir fry sauces but the real hoisin sauce the reason for this is it is only 1 syn per tablespoon and really concentrated and full of flavour. I bought mine at the Chinese supermarket I visit but some supermarkets sell it too I know Sainsburys and Waitrose definitely sell it .
I used fine dried egg noodles but you can use medium if you prefer just don’t use fresh or those ‘straight to wok’ noodles as they have syns.Also as usual I used chicken thighs as I prefer them but you can use chicken breast if you’d rather.
I tend to pop all the marinade ingredients with the meat into a plastic food bag or bowl with clingfilm over the top in the morning before I make it before I go to work but you can do it the night before too as long as you leave it in the fridge.
Ingredients:
8 chicken thigh fillets (all fat and skin removed chopped into bite sized pieces)
2 garlic cloves (chopped or use frozen)
2 tsp grated fresh ginger (or I use frozen)
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 pack fresh stir fry vegetables
4 sheets of fine dried egg noodles
4 tablespoons soy sauce
low cal spray oil

Method:

In a bowl or in a plastic food bag place the chicken, garlic, ginger and hoisin sauce, mix well and leave to marinate either overnight or in the morning before you cook it in the evening.

When ready to cook, Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the pack and then drain well and rinse in cold water and set aside.

Spray a wok with spray oil and cook the marinaded chicken including the marinade for about five minutes until the chicken is browned.

Add the vegetables and cook for another few minutes then add the noodles and mix well cook for a few more minutes until everything is cooked through and hot then add soy sauce and mix well again add more soy sauce if needed.

Serves 4, 1 syn per portion

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No more surgery to consider after this woman dropped 9 stones with Slimming World..

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At 35, Sarah Kinally from Stourbridge, West Midlands once thought that she could only lose weight by having a surgery. But she found one diet program that worked and made her lose an incredible 9 stones.
“I tried to stop my hands from shaking as I began to type three little words that seemed to spell out my last resort: weight-loss surgery. My eyes filled with tears as I read about the terrifying health risks: bleeding, blockages, blood clots and heart attacks, to name a few.”
She has struggled with her weight for as long as she could remember. And she’s tried everything before, from low carb diets to calorie counting, shakes and even vile cabbage soup diet but none of those worked for her. Soon she went back to her old eating habits and gained more weight.
“My Mum and sister, Jennie, announced they were going to Slimming World but I didn’t feel ready to take the plunge. I agreed to eat the same meals as they did at home and lost 3st!”

When she finally went to group and tried Food Optimising herself, the pounds just kept on dropping. She found it easy to follow the plan.

“My daytime meals were simple, enjoying a huge bowl of fruit and yogurt for breakfast and a jacket potato with beans and salad for lunch. I swapped my oil-laden curries for low-Syn sticky five-spice gammon or pork meatballs and snacked on fruit in between.”

What made her stick with Slimming World is the support she gets from group.

“I picked up loads of tips from Paula and the other members, and I loved taking part in IMAGE Therapy.”

When she reached her target weight of 10st 12lbs she decided to become a Slimming World Consultant and help others achieve what she has.

“Because I’m so much happier in my skin, I’m more fun to be around. I happily pose for pictures and I’m delighted to show off my new figure in flowery, figure-hugging dresses. I never want to go back to the old me who considered weight-loss surgery. I love the new me too much!”

Credits: slimmingworld.co.uk

Supersized Spring rolls (slimming world friendly)

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I have made slimming world friendly spring rolls before but the recipe I found got quite complicated and so when I saw this recipe I had to try it.
The beauty of the slimming world plan is that nothing is denied but just need to find healthier versions of foods you love one of my favourite phrases is when someone has made a ‘fakeaway’ instead of a takeaway which just means they made a healthy version of their favourite takeaway and as an example this recipe shows they don’t have to be complicatedand can be easy and delcious.
They make very large Spring rolls and one eaten as a lunch with some salad maybe as your superfree would be a really filling meal. Of course you could just have them for snacking but they are quite big!
Ingredients:
8 lasange sheets
1 pack stir fry vegetables
2 tbsp soy sauce
low cal spray oil

Method:

Stir fry the vegetables with a little spray oil until soft and add the soy sauce and stir fry until all liquid is absorbed then set aside.

Get a large frying pan fill with water, add some salt and bring to the boil then add dry lasange sheets just 2 at a time and boil them for about 5 minutes just to soften .

Place the sheet flat on a baking tray lined with baking parchment (non stick) and spoon some of the stir fried veg on the sheets. Top with another sheet of softened lasange and then spray with a little oil and repeat .

Bake at gas 7/ 220/425 for about 15-20 minutes until browned and crispy.

Syn free on extra easy

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Soy glazed salmon (slimming world friendly)

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I love salmon and usually just pan fry it but thought I’d try something a bit more asian style for dinner tonight. Lots of the recipes I found had honey or sugar in but to make it slimming world friendly thought could leave this out and it would still be tasty with soy sauce and some other ingredients to liven it up.
I served this with some egg noodles and some spring onions but would be lovely with a stir fry too.It was simple to make and only took 15 minutes in the oven, this recipe serves one but of course just increase quantities to serve more.
Ingredients:
1 skinless salmon fillet
1/2 tsp chinese 5 spice powder
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 clove crushed garlic

Method:

Line a small baking tray with some non stick baking paper or foil and lay the salmon in it. In a small dish mix the soy sauce, 5 spice powder and garlic and spoon 1/3 of it over the salmon.

Place salmon in a hot oven (gas 6/ 200/400) for five minutes then take out and spoon more of the glaze on it then put back in for another five minutes then take out and spoon the rest of the glaze over the fish and place back in for a last five minutes.

Syn free on extra easy and original

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Syn free Spicy pepperoni (slimming world friendly)

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Spicy sausages like pepperoni are very high in syns as they are usually very high in fat but this recipe makes a very low fat and syn free pepperoni. I love to use pepperoni in recipes and thought could use this sliced on slimming world pizzas or in a pasta sauce or even for snacking I think it’s very versatile.
I scoured the web for recipes that would be suitable for slimming world and found this one from ‘Tammy’s recipes’ but altered it to use what we can easily get in the UK and it worked really well. (Thanks Tammy!)
Ingredients:
2 lbs minced beef (less than 5% fat)
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed fennel seeds
1 tsp chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt

Method:

1. Combine seasonings in a little dish then add to the minced beef and meat and mix thoroughly, using hands. Cover and refrigerate for 48-72 hours.

2. Form meat into two log shapes (about 8 inches long) and put on a grill pan and bake at a very low heat 100/200F/gas 1/4 for four hours and turn them every hour.

3. After cooking they should be fairly dry and firm, Allow meat to cool. Chill and then slice thinly. Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for longer storage.

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