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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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Amazing speedy one pot pasta dinner

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Always in the search for quick and easy recipes I came across this one on the blog ‘Apron Strings’ (http://www.apronstringsblog.com/one-pot-wonder-tomato-basil-pasta-recipe/)
I thought it would be brilliant to adapt to make it Slimming World friendly , I made it this morning and am very impressed its really tasty, only took 10 minutes to make and is syn free (whoop! whoop!)
I am looking forward to making variations of this too adding maybe ham or mushrooms or cooked chicken maybe. The fact you cook the pasta in vegetable stock and tomatoes in the pan makes the sauce really thick and tasty. I added some spare cherry tomatoes I had lying around but the recipe I’ve given is just the basic one.
The recipe makes a big pot of it so think it would easily serve four hungry people wish I’d known this when had three hungry teenagers to feed as its very economical too!
Ingredients:
1 packet linguine (500g) break into half lengths
1 can chopped tomatoes
4 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 large onion (sliced)
1/2 tsp chili flakes (if liked)
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
2 pints vegetable stock
salt and pepper

Method:

Take a LARGE saucepan (a pressure cooker base would be good). Place all the ingredients apart from the salt and pepper into the pot and stir very well together cover with a lid and bring to the boil.

Simmer for 10 minutes still covered but stir well every 2 minutes to stop the pasta sticking to the bottom of the pot.

After 10 minutes almost all the liquid will have evaporated and the pasta should be cooked, Take a bit to taste and if not cooked as you like it just simmer a little longer but keep stirring every few minutes. I didn’t add any salt as the vegetable stock was salty enough just added some freshly ground black pepper.

Stir well and serve.

Syn free on extra easy and green

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Spicy Cajun rice and beans

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I made this after it being taster night in class not knowing what to make and seeing what I had in the fridge and cupboards. It’s vegetarian but could easily add some chicken or prawns to it or serve it as a filling side dish with a piece of chicken or fish.
It’s easy to make but you do have to keep an eye on it as the rice can stick to the pan, Also this makes a LOT so you may want to halve the recipe but my son loved it so has had it for his lunch most days this week.
Ingredients:
8oz long grain rice
2 pints vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
1 large onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 large can blackeyed beans (drained)
2 peppers (chopped)
1 can sweetcorn (drained)
2-3 tsp Cajun spice mix
low calorie spray oil
salt and pepper

Method:

Spray a large saucepan with spray oil and over a medium heat fry the onion and garlic until the onion is soft. Add the peppers and Cajun spice and fry for a few more minutes then add the rice and fry for another minute.

Add the stock and peppers and over a lowish heat leave to simmer until the stock has almost all absorbed but keep stirring every now and then so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan.

Taste to check if the rice is cooked if not add a little boiling water and leave to cook a little longer. Add the drained beans and corn and mix well. Cook for another couple of minutes just to warm the beans and corn through.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, Add more Cajun spice if you like it more spicy.
Syn free on extra easy

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Slimming world Curried rice

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I always used to make a variation of this dish as a side dish for when we had a BBQ but used to use a bought curry paste which is quite high in syns so thought I needed to find how to make a syn free version of this. By using the tomato puree and stock it seems to make the curry powder more like a paste but with no oil 🙂
I serve this dish cold but its nice warm too and although always used to serve it as a side dish I’m sure you could put some chicken in it and maybe a side salad or mix some cooked peas in it to make it a main meal.
Ingredients:
250g (dry weight) white rice
1 large onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
2 tbsp medium curry powder (more if you like it very hot less if you dont like it too spicy)
2 tbsp tomato puree
1/4 pt vegetable stock
spray oil

Method:

Cook the rice according to packet instructions and set aside.

In a large frying pan sprayed with the spray oil fry the onion over a low heat for a few minutes until soft then add the garlic and fry for another minute. Add in the stock, tomato puree and curry powder and mix well and cook for another couple of minutes.

Add the in the cooked rice and mix very well till all the rice is coated with the curry mixture.

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