Monday, 26 January 2015

Slimming World Recipe:- Chicken Fried Rice, Curry Sauce & Crispy Seaweed

I love a good fakeaway.  This is the first recipe that is suitable for both a wok and an air fry (I used my Tefal Actifryer).  I discovered an amazing Slimming World friendly recipe from Natalie at One Busy WAHM. Read her full recipe here.


Serves 4

Extra Easy Syn Value:- 2.5 per person

Healthy Extras:-  None

You will need:- 
Low calorie cooking spray
350g cooked and cooled long-grain 
200g frozen peas
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs lightly beaten
3 tbsp light soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
400g fresh bean sprouts, rinsed
6 spring onions, very finely sliced
6 mushrooms, sliced
Leftover roast chicken, shredded OR 4 chicken beasts cooked and shredded
tablespoon of sesame oil
Low calorie cooking spray
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1cm piece root ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 tbsp curry powder
400g can chopped tomatoes
60ml vegetable stock
2 tbsp sweetener
50g fat free natural fromage frais
1 tbsp of freshly chopped coriander
1 tbsp of freshly chopped mint

Method:-

Curry Sauce:- 

Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add the ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the curry powder and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, stock and sweetener and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes.

Transfer the sauce to a food processor and blend until smooth. Return to the pan, add the fromage frais, coriander and mint and gently heat through before serving (do not boil or the fromage frais will curdle).

Rice:- 

To cook in a hot air fryer, add all the veg in the machine with half a tablespoon of sesame oil and cook for 10 mins. When this has cooked add the cooked rice, chicken, soy sauce, egg and the other half of the tablespoon of oil and cook for a further 10 mins then serve.

Spray a wok or large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. When it is almost at smoking point, add the cooked rice and stir-fry for about 3 minutes.

Add the peas, stir-fry for 5 minutes and season well. Add the beaten eggs and stir-fry for another minute.

Stir in the soy sauce, bean sprouts, mushrooms and most of the spring onion and cook for 2 minutes or until the eggs have set

To make the crispy seaweed I used this amazing recipe from Natalie at One Busy WAHM.  It is only 2 syns per portion and tastes DELICIOUS! Click her image below and visit her site for the full recipe, you won't regret it!

Recipe here
L x

Week 24 weigh in

Oh dear. I've had a good week as I celebrated some good news and went to a gig on Friday night, but that meant my food choices weren't the best! I was on plan for the majority of the week but I had some prosecco on Friday night and a KFC the next day! I also had a Chinese! Previously I would have consumed all of that happily and not worried, but now I feel terribly guilty! I thought a gain was almost certain this week. Here are some of the other meals that I have eaten.




I was shocked to see a loss of 0.8kg (1.7lbs!).  As great as this is I am preparing myself that the gain may appear next week, but I'll take this for now!

Loss This Week- 0.8kg (1.7lb)  

Total Loss So Far- 19.5kg (3.07 stone)

L x

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Slimming World Recipe:- White Chocolate Pavlova

A pavlova is a delicious treat and can be a great way of filling up on some speed fruits. This is my special low syn pavlova that will impress all the family, without having to worry about syns! This recipes makes enough for one large pavlova that can be cut into 8 slices. This means it is only 1.5 syns per slice!


Serves 8

Extra Easy Syn Values:- 1.5 Syns per slice

Healthy Extras:- None

You will need:-
4 egg whites
A pinch of salt
16 tbsp sweetener
1 tub fat free fromage frais
1 tub quark
2 options white hot chocolate sachets
Fruit topping of your choice, e.g strawberries, bananas, kiwi and raspberries
25g white chocolate

Method:- 

Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C Fan/Gas Mark 3 and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Whisk the egg whites and salt with an electric beater until softly peaked. Continuing to whisk, slowly add the sweetener until glossy and smooth.

Spoon onto the baking parchment and spread out into 2 circles. Place in the oven and  reduce the heat to 140°C/120°C Fan/Gas Mark 1 and bake for about 1 hour, or until the meringue is crisp to touch.

Allow to cool and then peel off the paper and place on a serving plate. Beat the quark, fat free fromage frais and options white chocolate mix.  Spoon on top of both meringues.  Scatter fruit on one and then stack the other meringue on top. Arrange the fruit on top to your liking.

Melt the white chocolate and drizzle over the top

L x

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Slimming World Recipe:- "I Can't believe it's not Enchiladas!"

I love Mexican food and Enchiladas are probably one of my favourite dishes.  This is my version and by swapping synfull tortilla wraps for cannelloni pasta I've made it syn free (if using cheese as your HE A).  I cooked the enchilada filling in the slow cooker all day, but you can also cook the filling in the oven. The texture is really similar to the real thing, so much so that you won't believe it's not a real enchilada!


Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:- A
You will need:- 

4 chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 cartons passata
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 whole green seeded and finely chopped (leave out if you don't want spice!)
1 tsp sweetener
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 red onion, finely diced
1 pack cannelloni pasta
160g extra light cheddar (remember to allow 40g per serving as a healthy extra)

Method:- 

To make the filling put all the ingredients apart from the pasta and cheese in the slow cooker/large oven dish and cook on low for 7 hours in the slow cooker or a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/gas for 25 mins.

Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and pull apart and shred with 2 forks. Split the passata, pepper and red onion sauce in half and set one half to the side.  Mix the shredded chicken in with the other half of the sauce.

To stuff the cannelloni I used a zip up freezer bag as a piping bag.  This saves loads of time! Cut off the end and then squeeze the filling into each tube

Lay the cannelloni out in a large oven proof dish and then use the passata sauce you set aside earlier to top the cannelloni.

Top with cheese and bake in the oven for 30 mins or until the pasta has cooked and the cheese is bubbling

Optional:- top with chillies for extra spice!

L x

Monday, 19 January 2015

Week 23 Weigh In

Another week of the new year has passed. This year seems to be flying by as quickly as the last! I have been relatively good this week, but on Friday I did have a few cocktails and a meal out for a review! I have done really well so far this year and I am determined to keep it up.  For the last week or so I have been testing meals from my special post "How to prepare 7 Slimming World friendly freezer meals in under 1 hour!" and then had a small lunch/breakfast. I will get back to making images with my full meals this week.


Another successful week with a loss of 1.5kg (3lbs)!

Loss This Week- 1.5kg (3lb)  

Total Loss So Far- 19.5kg (3.07 stone)
L x

Friday, 16 January 2015

How to prepare 7 Slimming World friendly freezer meals in under 1 hour!


Following the Slimming World plan can be time consuming, with the emphasis being on preparing fresh meals with fresh ingredients. I always try and make my meals fresh daily but I know that after a long day at work the last thing you want to do is start cooking!

I then had an idea!  After lots of recipe developing, timed runs and testing, I can now share this post! This post will show you that if you can spare just 1 hour (excluding time buying the ingredients) you can prepare 7 meals (which can feed up to 4!) and freeze them ready to be placed in your slow cooker in the morning to cook all day (or in the oven if don't have a slow cooker!).

By having everything prepped and ready to go when you need them, all you need to do is put them in the slow cooker in the morning and boil some rice/pasta if needed on the night, which gives you more time to relax after your day!


The 7 meals that we will be preparing are:-

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Garlic & Lemon Chicken Casserole
Chilli Con Carne
Sausage & Bean Casserole
Teryaki Beef 
Turkey Bolognese
Vegetable Curry

First things fist:
  • Make sure you have all the ingredients.  Download my shopping list here, don't forget to tick off anything you already have in the house!
  • When you're ready to start making, ensure all your ingredients are out and ready
  • Get your freezer bags out and label them with each meal. It is easier to have everything to hand once you start making!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Slimming World Recipe:- Pulled Fajita Chicken

I love Mexican food and this is a great twist on the traditional fajita.  Delicious slow cooked pulled chicken with a spicy kick.  I served mine with some Slimming World Chips, salad and beans for a delicious and filling meal. 


Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free


Healthy Extras:- None
You will need:- 

4 large chicken breasts
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
1tsp chilli powder
Juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, crushed
2tbsp tomato purée

Method:- 

Add the peppers, onion and chillies into your slow cooker.  

Mix together the paprika, cumin, chilli powder, lime juice, garlic and tomato purée and smear on the chicken breasts. 

Add the chicken to the slow cooker and cook for 3 hours on high, 7 hours on low OR in the oven for 2 hours at 140 degrees. 

In the last half an hour of cooking take the chicken breasts apart and pull them apart and shred them with 2 forks

L x