12 Things All Slimming World Members Can Relate To

If you liked my post 12 Struggles All Slimming World Members Can Relate to, here are some more!

1. Desperately trying to convince yourself that a yogurt is a dessert. 

I mean, they're nice, but they are no match for a big slice of cake.  The cake flavoured yogurts are still just yogurts!

2. Despite avocado being in the fruit/veg category, it has syns. 

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Just when you think you're getting the hang of things, you find out one of the things you actually like has 9.5 syns per 100g.  Pass me the chocolate instead! 

3. Sitting through someone's sob story in group as to why they put on 3lbs this week.


You thought the xfactor sob stories were bad, but they aren't a patch on why Maureen put on 3lbs this week, despite staying 100% totally on plan and only having 2 kebabs and a bottle of wine.

4. Having to refer to being on your period as 'star week'. 


We're all adults here.  It's a normal bodily function. I feel anything but a 'star' during this time.  In fact, I'd like to kill you all. It's bad enough that I will probably have a gain this week due to my normal bodily function. 

5. The anger you feel when you realise you actually believed that ScanBran and Chocolate tastes better than Forrero Roche.

It doesn't. Thanks to someone on a Facebook group or in group waxing lyrical about how it tastes sooo much better than the real thing, you actually attempted to make it...And soon found out it tastes like Scan Bran mixed with chocolate.  Leading you to throw the rest out.  Same for any of these things that are supposed to be just as good or better.

6. Blending fruit turns it into syns. 

'Unlimited fruit and veg' they say. 'More speed the better' they say.  That is, until you try and turn the fruit into a smoothie.  Then, it might as well be a chocolate bar instead.  There's a science behind it, but who cares.  I want a smoothie. 

7. So much more washing up. 

Cooking fresh means more pots and pans used, which in turn means more washing up is needed. 

8. Feeling like a maths genius because your constantly counting syns.

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20 calories = 1 syn. I REALLY want this snack!

9. Freezing to Death in the middle of winter, but at least you have the same light summer dress on for weigh in!

Clothes can be heavy. I don't want clothes to ruin my loss this week.  Shivering counts as body magic, right??

10. Owning more herbs and spices than you have room for.


Cooking fresh means more herbs and spices. 

11. Pretending you're not jealous when someone hits their target.


I mean, good for them! Bad for me.

12.  Wishing it was possible to swap out your shiny stickers


It's totally valid for Pokemon cards, why not the Slimming World stickers too? Forcing me to earn them the hard way...



As much as we moan, the Slimming World plan works. Sometimes it's just nice to know that we're all going through it!!

Slimming World Friendly Recipe: BBQ Bacon Sausages


BBQ Bacon Sausages

This post also features in 'How to Prepare 31 Slimming World Friendly Freezer Bag Meals'



Extra Easy Syn Value: 1 per serving

Serves 4

Healthy Extras: None

You will need- 

6 Slimming World sausages
2 small onions 
200g diced bacon
1 cup water
1 tbsp Mustard powder 
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup

To Prepare-

Pre heat oven to 180.

Slice the onions.

Mix the passata, mustard powder, Worcestershire Sauce, smoked paprika and ketchup. 

Put the sausages in a casserole dish and cover with the BBQ sauce mix and tin foil.

Cook for 15 mins, then remove the foil and cook for a further 10 mins. 

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Slimming World Friendly Recipe: Cheeseburger Stuffed Pasta Shells

This dish features in my post 'How to prepare 31 Slimming World Friendly Freezer Meals in one Batch' but also tastes great freshly prepared and eaten!



Extra Easy syn value- Syn free

Healthy Extras- A

You will need- 

1 onion, finely diced
Dried Jumbo pasta shells
500g Extra lean beef mince
2 Carton passata
1 tbsp Mustard powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
40g extra light cheddar per person
Gherkins, chopped
Low calorie cooking spray

Method- 

In a pan sprayed with low calorie cooking spray, and the onions and mince. Brown the mine and fry the onion until soft.

In a bowl mix the passata, mustard powder, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Add half the mixture to the mince ad stir through.

Stuff each shell with the mince mix then top with rest of the passata, cheese and gherkins.


Bake for about 30 mins or until the pasta is cooked and the sauce is bubbling.

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How to Prepare 31 Slimming World Friendly Freezer Meals in One Batch






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 created 2 really popular posts How to prepare 7 Slimming World friendly freezer meals in under 1 hour & Prepare a week of SW friendly freezer meals.


I wanted to go 1 better for 2017 and create a whole month of meals, 31 dishes that have 4 servings in each, that were also low cost.  I worked really hard and tested and wrote so many recipes before finalising this special post.  If you're going to attempt this yourself, make sure you read the post in full!

The meals on offer are (click the title of the recipe to skip to it!)

Beef 



Keema Matar
Beef Fajita Mix

Chicken



Lemon and Garlic Chicken
Teriyaki Chicken
Lime Chicken
Chicken Curry
BBQ Pulled Chicken
Chicken Parmigiana Casserole
Easy Peasy Chicken Bake
BBQ Chicken Casserole
Creamy Cajun Chicken

Pork 



Ham cheese potatoes
Breakfast Casserole
Cowboy Hotpot
Lemon Pork Pepper Kebabs
BBQ Bacon Sausages
Muffins

Veggie



Potato, Corn and Jalapeno Soup
Tomato and Pasta Soup
Vegetable Fajitas
Sweet Potato Chili
Mushroom Barley Stew
Vegetable Enchiladas

Notes- 

Make sure you have all the ingredients.  Download my shopping list, don't forget to tick off anything you already have in the house, and always double check it!

When you're ready to start making, ensure all your ingredients are out and ready.

Get some large zip up freezer bags and label them with each meal. It is easier to have everything to hand once you start making!

Recipes all serve 4, unless otherwise stated (or 2 with left overs!)

Meals can be cooked from frozen in the slow cooker for 7-10 hours on low.  It is recommended to defrost any of the poultry over night in the fridge before cooking.

For 'bags of frozen chicken' I like to use frozen pre cooked diced chicken, that's cook from frozen.

 I have added every ingredient the recipe includes, but I would expect most people to have a least a few of the ingredients in the house already. It works out as -

Per Meal for 4 people = £4.58

Evening Meals Per week - £35.54 (There should also be leftovers for lunches)

Per serving cost= £1.15

If you give any a go, please send me your pictures!

Beef

Teriyaki Beef




(0.5 syns per serving)

Beef chunks
5 tbsp Teriyaki Marinade
2 tbsp water
Stir fry veg
1 tso minced garlic
2 chillies
small ginger

To Prepare-

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.

Taco Casserole

(Syn free) 

500g Extra Lean Beef Mince
1 red onion
1 Red pepper
1 Tin kidney Beans
1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes tomatoes
2 tbsp Tomato Puree
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 fresh red chillies, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp chilli powder
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp minced garlic

To Serve
cheddar cheese
1 cup (actual cup) of rice per person

To Prepare-

Brown the mince in a frying pan and leave to cool.

Finely dice the onion, peppers and chillies.  Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.

Meatloaf



1.5 syn per slice

450g extra-lean minced pork
2 onions
1 green pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp passata
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp finely chopped mixed herbs
1 egg
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 level tbsp of brown sauce
1 level tbsp tomato sauce
1 level tbsp Worcestershire sauce


To Prepare-

Dice the onions and peppers.

Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Press into foil containers to make the loaf.

Foil containers can be placed directly in the slow cooker.


Philly Cheesesteak Mix



(Syn free) 

4 lean "sizzle steaks" (thin) sliced into strips
1 tbsp worcester sauce
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 red onion
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 fresh red chillies
1tsp chilli powder
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp minced garlic 
2tbsp tomato purée

To serve: SW Chips and 40 g cheese

To Prepare-

Cut the peppers and onions into strips.  Finely chop the chillies.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer ba and seal.



Sloppy Joes

(Syn free) 

500g Extra Lean Beef Mince
2 tsp minced garlic
1 small onion
2 tins chopped tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon sweeter
1 vegetable Stock cube
1 tbsp tomato purée

To Prepare-

Brown the mince in a frying pan and leave to cool.

Finely dice the onion.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Cheese Burger Stuffed Pasta Shells



(Syn free) 

Jumbo pasta shells
500g Extra lean beef mince
2 x Cartons passata
1 tbsp Mustard powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
40g extra light cheddar per person
Gherkins chopped

To Prepare-

Brown the mince in a frying pan and leave to cool.

Mix everything, except the pasta shells, together with half of the passata. Stuff each shell with the mix then top with cheese, rest of the passata and gherkins.

Add to a foil tray or freezer bag.   Foil tray can be placed into slow cooker. 

Meatballs



(Syn free) 

500g Extra Lean Beef Mince
2 tsp minced garlic
1 small onion
2 tins chopped tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon sweeter
1 vegetable Stock cube
1 tbsp tomato purée

To Prepare-

Finely dice the onions

In a bowl, mix together the mince, garlic, tomato purée and the egg. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. 

Form into small meatballs using your hands and fry off to seal them. 

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal. 


Keema Matar




(Syn free) 

450g of extra lean beef mince
1 large onion
2 tsp minced garlic
heaped teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
2 teaspoon of ground coriander
2 teaspoons of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of garam masala
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 cup of frozen peas
4 tablespoons of tomato paste
freshly chopped coriander to serve
salt and black pepper
Low calorie cooking spray

To Prepare-

Finely chop the onion.

Brown the mince, add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.

Beef Casserole

(Syn free) 


700g lean casserole steak, visible fat removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tsp minced garlic
2 onions
3 carrots
handful new potatoes
600ml cold beef stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 carton passata


To Prepare-

Roughly chop all the veg.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.

Beef Fajita Mix




4 lean "sizzle steaks" (thin) sliced into strips
1 tbsp worcester sauce
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 red onion
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 fresh red chillies de seeded 
1tsp chilli powder
Juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, crushed
2tbsp tomato purée

To Prepare-

Cut the veg into strips. 

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Chicken

Lemon and Garlic Chicken

*defrost before cooking*

(Syn free) 

2 tsp minced garlic
Low calorie cooking spray 
1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tbls lemon juice
4 skinless chicken breasts

To Prepare-

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Teriyaki Chicken

(0.5 syns per serving) 

Frozen Chicken Breast Pieces (pre cooked, cook from frozen)
5 tbsp Teriyaki Marinade
2 tbsp water
Stir fry veg
2 cloves garlic
2 chillies
1 tsp pureed ginger
1/2 lime, Sliced

To Prepare-

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.



Lime Chicken

*defrost before cooking*

(Syn free) 

4 medium skinless chicken breasts
Juice of 2 limes
1 Tin sweetcorn
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 tin black beans
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper

To serve: Rice

To Prepare-

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.

Chicken Curry



(Syn free)

1 bag frozen chicken (Pre cooked, cook from frozen) 
Juice of 1 lime
5 tbsp tikka curry powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Low calorie oil spray (less than one calorie per spray)
1 onion
3 tsp minced garlic
2.5cm
1 red chilli
1 tsp each of ground cinnamon and ground cumin
6 level tbsp tomato purée

To serve: Rice
5 tbsp fat free natural fromage frais
140g fat free natural yogurt

To Prepare-


Peal and grate the onion and ginger. Deseed and chop the chilli


Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Creamy Cajun Chicken



(4 Syns per serving)

*Defrost before cooking*

4 medium chicken breasts, thinly sliced into strips
1 x 180g pack light cream cheese
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 red onion
1 red chilli, finely diced (omit if you don't want spice!)
4 tbsp tomato puree or passata
1 tsp minced garlic
4 tbsp Cajun Spice mix
50ml Chicken stock
300g dried pasta
Low calorie cooking spray


To Prepare-


Finely diced the peppers, onion and chillies.


Heat a large, deep frying pan over a medium heat and spray with frylight.  Add the chicken breasts and fry off.   Once the chicken is sealed, add the red & yellow peppers, onion, garlic and chilli.  Fry of for 2-3 minutes.

Add the tomato puree, chicken stock and cream cheese to the frying pan with the chicken and veg mix. Stir until a sauce is formed.

Half cook the pastas (half the cooking time on the pack) and mix everything together.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Chicken Parmigiana Casserole



(Syn free)

1 Bag frozen Chicken pieces (pre cooked, cook from frozen)
240g wholemeal bread, made into breadcrumbs
25g Parmesan, grated
2 tsp minced garlic
1 carton passata
1 tsp sweetener sugar
1 tsp mixed herbs
half a 125g ball of light mozzarella
low calorie cooking spray
1 beef tomato, sliced


To Prepare-

Using a casserole dish, layer with the chicken and pour over the passata.  Add the sweetener and herbs and mix,


Top with breadcrumbs and the 2 cheeses and the beef tomato, sliced.

Cover with clingfilm.  If using a freezer bag, omit the breadcrumbs, cheese and tomato.  Freeze the chicken mix then top with the breadcrumbs and cheese when cooking.

Easy Peasy Chicken Bake



(Syn free)

1 Bag frozen chicken (pre cooked, cook from frozen)
red onions, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
4 large tomatoes, sliced
2 tsp minced garlic
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Low Calorie cooking spray
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tsp cayenne pepper
large handful of new potatoes, quartered
Salt & pepper

To Prepare-

Chop the pepper, tomatoes and onions.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


BBQ Chicken Casserole



(Syn free)

1 Bag Frozen Chicken (pre cooked,  cook from frozen)
8 rashers of bacon- all visible fat removed
10 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp mustard powder
2x 500g passata
6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp minced garlic
6 tbsp sweetener
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 peppers
1 large red onion
Diced 1/2 a bag of frozen vegetables
200ml made up beef stock, cooled

To serve
160g extra light cheddar cheese (40g per person)


To Prepare-

Chop the pepper, tomatoes and onions.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


BBQ Pulled Chicken

(Syn free) 

*defrost before cooking*

4 large chicken breasts
1 tsp mustard powder
5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
500g passata
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
3 tbsp sweetener
Salt and pepper
1 red onion

To Prepare-

Chop the pepper, tomatoes and onions.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Pork

Ham cheese potatoes

(3 per serving ) 

300g potatoes
Low fat ham
Baxters Cream of chicken soup

To serve-
40g extra light cheese per person

To Prepare-

Chop the pepper, tomatoes and onions.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Breakfast Casserole

(Syn free) 

6 SW sausages
2 peppers, diced
Handful of mushrooms
1/2 medium onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
salt and fresh ground black pepper
4 slices day-old gluten free bread
4 large  eggs
40g extra light cheese per person


To Prepare-

Dice the onions and mushrooms

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal. 


Cowboy Hotpot

(Syn free) 

1 onion
1 green pepper
2 carrots
125 g frozen green beans
6 bacon medallions all fat removed
1 tin baked beans
1 tin sweet corn
1 tablespoon tomato puree
450 g potatoes
1 tsp smoked paprika

To Prepare-

Chop the onion, pepper, carrots, potatoes and bacon.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal. 



Muffins

(7 syns each) 

4 English muffins
4 large eggs
5 slices Cheddar cheese
10 thin slices lean ham
salt and pepper



To Prepare-

Cut open the muffins and top with ham and cheese.

Crack the egg into a ramekin dish and microwave for 2 minutes  Add to the muffins with cheese, wrap each one in cling film then add to the freezer bag.



Lemon Pork Pepper Kebabs

(Syn free)



500g diced pork
fresh coriander chopped
fresh mint chopped
1 tsp cayenne chilli pepper
1 lemon (or lime) juice
2 tsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper
1 or 2 green peppers cut into large chunks
Kebab sticks

To Prepare-


Add the pork and peppers to the sticks then place in the freezer bags.


Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.

Sausage Casserole 



(Syn free) 

6 SW Iceland sausages
1 Large potato, chopped into small cubes
3 Carrots
Handful of Mushrooms
1 Red Pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 Red Onion
2 Cartons of Pasata (sieved tomatoes) and a dash of water
1 Teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 Teaspoon of fresh basil
1 Teaspoon of sage
1 teaspoon of chillies
1 tsp smoked paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 clove of garlic
1 Stock Cube
1 tin baked beans
1 tin kidney beans, washed

To Prepare-


Chop the potatoes, carrots mushrooms, peppers and onion.


Top with the rest of the ingredients and seal.


BBQ Bacon Sausages




(1 syn per serving) 

6 Slimming World sausages
2 small onions 
200g diced bacon
1 cup water
1 tbsp Mustard powder 
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup

To Prepare-


Slice the onions


Add all the rest of the ingredients to the bag and seal.


Veggie 


Sweet Potato Chili



(Syn free) 

1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
2 tsp minced garlic 
2 tablespoons chili powder
4 teaspoons ground cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
2½ cups water
2 tins black beans, rinsed
1 tin diced tomatoes
1 tin chopped tomatoes
Juice half a lime

To Prepare-

Peel and shp the potato into bite sized chunks.  Dice the onion,

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Vegetable Fajitas


(Syn free) 

4 Mixed Peppers (red, yellow, orange, green, any)
1 Medium Red
1 Medium Onion
200g Mushrooms
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
1tsp chilli powder
Juice of 1 lime
2tbsp tomato purée

To Prepare-

Slice all the veg.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Tomato and Pasta Soup



(Syn free) 

2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of baked beans
4 small pickled onions (or one large one)
1/2 pint veg stock
salt & pepper
1 tsp Worcester sauce
1/2 tsp sweetener

To Prepare-

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Potato, Corn and Jalapeno Soup

(Syn free) 

6 potatoes
2 cans sweetcorn drained
2 jalapeños, deseeded and sliced
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon ground coriander
300ml veg stock
Before serving:
Juice of 1 lime
chives (optional garnish)

To Prepare


Cut the potatoes into chunks


Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Mushroom Barley Stew

(Syn free) 

1 punnet mushrooms
2 carrots
1 celery rib
1 onion
15 can diced tomatoes
1 cup uncooked barley

To Prepare


Slice the veg


Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.


Vegetable Enchiladas

(Syn free) 

You will need- 


4 Mixed Peppers (red, yellow, orange, green, any)
1 Medium Red
1 Medium Onion
200g Mushrooms
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
1tsp chilli powder
Juice of 1 lime
2tbsp tomato purée
1 pack cannelloni pasta
Cannelloni 

To serve-

Extra Passata 

To Prepare-

Slice all the veg.

Mix everything together, except the pasta.  Stuff the mixture in the pasta shells then place in the freezer bag.

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag and seal.

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