Monday, 29 June 2015

Recipe: Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Noddle Soup

I am always trying to make sure that I have a lot of variety in what I am eating, especially for lunches throughout the week.  This super easy shredded chicken noodle soup is easy to make and even easier to eat! It's packed with speed food and will have you filled up until dinner time.  Don't worry if you don't have a slow cooker, you can cook over the stoke instead on a very low heat with the same timeings.

Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn  free

Healthy Extras- none

You will need:- 

900ml chicken or vegetable stock 
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp chopped fresh root ginger
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
50g dried whole wheat noodles
2 tbsp tinned sweetcorn
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 bag of bean sprout stir fry mix
Salt & pepper 
If you like spice, add 1 chopped chillie


Add all the ingredients, except the noodles, (chicken breasts whole) into the slow cooker.

Heat on low for 2 hours

After 2 hours check the chicken breasts, if cooked through shred with 2 forks and add back into the mixture and stir through

Using your hands, scrunch up 1 nest of dried noodles (to make them smaller and less slurpy!) and add to the mix and leave on low for a further 15-20 mins or until the noodles are cooked through

Add a few extra chillies to serve

Monday, 15 June 2015

Slimming World Recipe:- Sizzling Beef Fajita Mix

If you like my pulled chicken fajita mix then you'll love this sizzling beef recipe! Easy to whip up in a frying pan or skillet and can be served in egg wraps, with salad or simply with rice like I have below.

Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:- None

You will need-

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


Add the peppers, onion, garlic and chillies to a frying pan and cook off over a medium heat.

Turn the heat down and add the rest of the ingredients, including the beef.

Stir in the pan and cook for 1-2 mins for rare steak or 3-4 to cook it through, stir to ensure an even coating of herbs and spices across all meat and veg

Severe with your choice of egg wrap, rice or salad

L x

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Readers Photos

When I first set up this blog I never actually imagined that anyone would read my recipes!  It was more to keep them for myself, and it is crazy to thing I now have over 20000 followers across social media! When people post photos of the recipes they have tried, I genuinely love it and it makes all the hard work I put in worth while! Every month I will pick a winner to receive a hamper, and this month I want you to pick the winner!!

Monday, 8 June 2015

My First eBook!

Those of you who follow my Facebook Page may have spotted that I have released my own eBook!  I have compiled my top 10 most popular recipes, including all syn values (most of them are free or low syn!) for you to download and keep forever, for only £3. I put in a lot of hard working running this blog and really appreciate all the support that you all give me!

Just click on the image above or follow this link to pay securely via paypal!

L x
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Sunday, 7 June 2015

How Prepare a Weeks Worth of Slimmimg World Friendly Freezer Meals

One of my most popular posts is "How to prepare 7 Slimming World friendly freezer meals in under 1 hour". I put in a LOT of work putting it together, so I am really glad it was so greatly received! It is such a basic but practical idea, prepare all your meals ahead then freeze or refrigerate them ready for the week ahead. Just take out the evening before you want to eat it, then just stick it in the oven or slow cooker the next day.  Some of the dishes can be cooked from frozen, so you always have a backup in the freezer. Make sure you read through the post thoroughly, including all the notes! Download a shopping list here

The 8 dishes that I will be prepping are:-

Heinz Style Tomato Soup (ideal for lunches!)
Garlic & Herb Chicken Nuggets
Lemon Pork & Pepper Kebabs
Sausage Casserole
Turkey Meatloaf
Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Hasselback Potatoes
Creamy Italian Chicken


Thursday, 4 June 2015

Review: Truffles Cafe Exeter

A little while ago an image popped up on my Facebook timeline.  A delicious looking pizza from a café that I have never heard of in my home town of Exeter, and I was instantly intrigued!  Pizza is one of my favourite things and I've eaten a LOT of it, and after some research I noticed this café is actually one of the highest rated places to eat in Exeter on TripAdvisor!  Of course, I just had to try it out for myself!

Situated on Magdalen Road, a road I rarely explore, it has to be one of Exeter's best kept secrets! During the day they have a delicious menu full of locally sourced ingredients. Although small inside, it has a really likeable quality and the plain white walls are spiced up with bright beautiful pieces of artwork that give a feast for your eyes to go with your meal. During the day they have a wide range of meals and snacks, here are some examples of meals taken from their Facebook Page to wet your appetite!

New season asparagus wrapped in prosciutto on sauté potatoes with poached egg and whole grain mustard dressing

Good game charcuterie board with home made chutney, home pickled onions and cheese of your choice

Our Table

To get our meal started we ordered some Good Game meats and some olives.  It is great to see food is sourced locally, especially from the Topsham based meat company.  Local sourcing, and the clear promotion of it, is part of the judging criteria that helped Truffels Café win a gold award in the Taste of The West awards (I know because I have done some secret judging!).  

Everything on this plate was incredible, even down to the bread and butter! Even Nick, who claims to not be a lover of olives, was eating them like they were going out of fashion! The meat was full of rich gamey flavour and went well with the olives.

I went for "The Spanish" pizza, chicken chorizo and pepper. It was hands down the best pizza I have eaten (and as I mentioned, I have eaten a LOT!) The base was perfectly cooked and was actually pretty light on the stomach, unlike those nasty chain pizza places.  The meat was high quality with big chunks of chicken & chorizo, married perfectly with the tomato sauce.  There was just the right amount of toppings that the pizza wasn't sloppy, but there was still plenty of cheese!  A real thumbs up from me!

The Spanish Pizza

Nick went for "The Carnivore" Good Game charcuterie (venison salami, pancetta, prosciutto & chorizo), red onion, mozzarella and oregano.  The base was perfect, the toppings were delicious and the pizza was very much enjoyed!

The Carnivore

I cannot believe this café has been open for a year and I have only recently discovered it! I can't speak highly enough of the delicious food, as well a the friendly and very attentive staff. I will most definitely be going back for pizza, they have even teamed up with the food deliver service to bring the pizza to your door!

Pizzas are served Friday & Saturday evenings, follow them on Twitter or Facebook

L x

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Are you feeling lucky?

In some ways I have always been pretty lucky, I once won £50 at bingo, and £100 playing poker - sadly no lottery win as yet!

If I enter a raffel I very often win a prize- although they may not always be the best (I once won a gardening apron?!)

Here's some interesting stats and info from the people at Paddy Power at how to maximise your chances of winning in a game of luck!