Thursday, 20 November 2014

Slimming World Recipe: Syn Free BBQ Beef Calzone

Yesterday I couldn't help but cook my BBQ Chicken Stack...again!  I had some left over BBQ sauce and decided to put it to good use in this calzone recipe.  A calzone is an Italian filled oven bread that looks like a folded pizza. By using both your Healthy Extras means that this dish is syn free and delicious. (Add 6 Syns for the bread and 6 Syns for the cheese if not using your HE on extra easy plan) As always with recipes like this, you can adapt it and add whatever fillings you like. This recipe makes 2 Calzones.

You will need:-
80g extra light cheddar cheese
1 Beef Steak, sliced
75g wholemeal bread mix
60-70ml for water
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 handfull of chopped mushrooms
(If making your BBQ sauce)
5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard powder
500g passata
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
3 tbsp sweetener
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika


Preheat oven to 200 degrees/Gas Mark 6. Take 75g wholemeal bread mix, save approximately 5g for dusting and add 60ml of water and mix to form a dough.

Knead the dough (according to pack instructions)  Split the dough in half to make approx 60g wholmeal pizza base per person. Make each half into a thin round base.

If making your BBQ sauce, mix the passata, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, smoked paprika, sweetener and seasoning. Mix well.

Fry off the beef, onions, mushrooms and peppers over a medium heat until almost cooked.  Add the BBQ sauce and mix well and allow to cool.

Spoon the BBQ beef mixture onto one half of the pizza dough and top with 40g extra light cheese per pizza.

To make your calzone, carefully lift the far edge of the pizza dough and pull it over the top towards you (basically foling it in half).  Pinch the edge together to make sure no mizture can come out.

Cook for 10 to 15 until the dough cooked through.

L x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Slimming World Recipe:- Stuffed Beef Tomatoes

This is a simple and quick lunch time meal or even a veggi starter! You can include whatever you want as the stuffing, the more superfree foods the better! I served it with a fresh salad.  This is syn free on EE

You will need:-

150g couscous
4 beef tomatoes
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp smoked paprika
4 spring onions, roughly sliced
Small handful of frozen peas 
Small handful of frozen sweetcorn
1 bunch coriander, roughly chopped
Dash lemon juice


Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put couscous in a bowl and pour over 175ml of boiling water. Cover and leave for 5 mins.

Cut each tomato across the top and scoop out the inside with a teaspoon.  Keep the tops of the tomatos to one side.

In a bowl mix the tomato insides, garlic, paprika and couscous. Leave for 1 min then mix with a fork.

Put the spring onions, coriander and mint in a bowl, add the lemon juice and seasoning. Stir in the couscous, sweetcorn and peas.

Using a spoon, fill the tomato skins with the couscous mix. Top with the lids and place in a roasting tray.  Spray with low calorie spray and bake for 20 mins until soft.

L x

Monday, 17 November 2014

Slimming World Recipe: Syn Free Turkey Bolognese

A lot of people ask me what they can create with turkey mince.  I usually point them in the direction of my turkey meatball recipe but have a great new recipe to share.  This is a lovely low fat twist on your traditional Bolognese and is just as delicious.  The turkey goes really well in the dish and I know you will enjoy it!  Syn free on EE

You will need:-

400g lean turkey mince (choose breast instead of thigh mince if you can, as it has less fat)
Low Calorie spray
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
250g mushrooms, finely chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 tbsp tomato purée
2 x 400g cans chopped tomato
1 Garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp basil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Worcester sauce
400ml chicken stock cube (made up as directed)


Spray a large frying pan with low calorie spray and fry the turkey mince until browned, set aside.

Fry off the onion, pepper, mushrooms, carrot and the garlic. Add the tomato purée, and cook for 1 min more, stirring to stop it from sticking.

Add the tomatoes, turkey and stock with the basil, paprika, Worcester sauce. Simmer for at least 20 mins (or longer) until thickened. Serve with pasta.

L x

Slimming World Recipe:- Syn Free Chicken & Bacon Salad with Croutons

I love a nice tasty salad and I love crispy croutons.  I wanted to enjoy this salad syn free on EE, complete with a garlic and herb sauce, and luckily I managed it! I used wholemeal bread as my healthy extra B, but add 2.5 syns for the croutons if not.

You will need:- 

1 chicken breast per person 
2 rashers of bacon
Mixed salad of your choosing
1 slice 400g wholemeal bread
Salt & pepper to taste
Low calorie spray
3 tbsp fat free natural yoghurt
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp mixed Italian herbs


Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in the oven for 25 to 35 minutes

To make the croutons chop the bread into small squares and sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Spray with low calorie spray and bake in the oven for 10-15 mins or until golden brown and crunchy

Mix the garlic clove with the yoghurt and mixed herbs and stir to make the dressing.

Lay the salad out on the plate and add the chicken, bacon and croutons.   Add the dressing and enjoy!

L x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Review: Gluten Free Hot & Steamy Porridge

Hot & Steamy is all about showing off oats' more sumptuous side by bringing a little more variety to the 'free-from' aisle by offering a diverse mix of fabulous flavours: original, spiced apple & maple.

Now that winter is upon us I love nothing more than a nice hot bowl of porridge in the morning.  Some instant porridges are delicious but packed full of sugar and calories which means the breakfast you think is fairly healthy is actually almost as bad as a fry up!  Natures Path are a family-run, passionately independent, sustainably-driven, deliciously-healthy organic food company that believes in "leaving the earth better than we found it".   I have previously reviewed their gluten free bars and loved how delicious and filling they were so was looking forward to trying the porridge out.

It comes in 3 flavours- spiced apple, maple and original in easy to prepare sachets. I love how quick an easy it is to make, just add boiling water and you have a tasty filing breakfast ready for you.  They are great to keep at work if you feel a bit peckish and are less than 120 calories in each sachet (meaning they are no more than 6 syns each!)

L x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Slimming World Recipe: Chilli Nacho Style Pasta Bake

You can't beat chilli nachos with lashings of cheese, sour cream and guacamole.  Tortillas are a no go on SW so I made this instead. It satisfied all my cravings, even though it was completely syn free!  Just use 40g of light cheddar as your healthy extra and cram the chilli with as much veg as possible.  For the topping I made a "mocck mole" instead of guacamole with superspeed mushy peas.

You will need:-

Low calorie cooking spray
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 fresh chillies, deseeded and chopped
500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
2 tsps ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
A pinch of cayenne pepper
1 green pepper and 1 yellow pepper, chopped
4 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped
300ml beef stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
400g tin of red kidney beans
40g extra light cheddar cheese per person
Fat free fromage frais

For the guacamole:-

1 tin mushy peas
juice of 2 limes
a handful of finely chopped onion
a handful of finely chopped tomato
a handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped


Spray a large saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and fry the onion and the garlic gently over a low heat for 5 minutes, until softened and golden. Add the minced beef and cook until browned. Add the chillies and spices and fry for a few minutes.

Add the peppers, tomatoes and stock. Stir well and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes until the liquid is reduced. Season to taste and add the kidney beans. Cook for a further 5 minutes.

Meanwhile to make the guacamole place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz to your desired consistency

Boil enough pasta to fill the dish you are cooking it in.

When the chilli is ready add half of it to the pasta and mix through.  Pour into your cooking dish and use the remaining chilli to pour over the top.

Sprinkle with 40g extra light cheddar per person and bake in the oven for 15 mins.  Top with the guacamole and a dollop fat free fromage fais and some extra chopped chillies

L x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Slimming World Recipe: Syn Free Mushroom Pâté

This is a Slimming World food optimised and easy syn free mushroom pâté.  I love it as an alternative to butter on my toast, with a lovely runny poached egg on top! You can keep it sealed in the fridge for up to a week.

You will need:- 

1 medium onion, finely chopped
Low calorie spray
1 garlic clove, crushed
120g mushrooms, finely chopped
100g Chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
3 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
113g Quark
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Fry the onions in low calorie spray until softened. Add the garlic and cook until everything is beginning to brown.

Add the mushrooms and cook for 6-7 minutes, Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool completely.

Put the Quark, mushroom mixture and seasoning into a blender or food processor with the with the tarragon and blend until smooth.

Line a dish with cling film and pour the mixture in, spread evenly

Chill in the refrigerator to set for a while

L x