Friday, 13 March 2015

Recipe:- Slimming World Friendly Easy Peasy Chicken Bake

This is, as the title suggests, a very easy recipe.  With minimal effort, maximum flavour and very little washing up, it is the perfect week night meal.  It is packed with veg and goes perfectly with a fresh salad, and it's all syn free!


Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn free

Healthy Extras;- None


You will need:- 

6 skinless, boneless free-range chicken breasts
2 red onions, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
4 large tomatoes, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Low Calorie cooking spray
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tsp cayenne pepper
large handful of new potatoes, quartered
Salt & pepper


Method:- 

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

Put everything, apart from the frylight, in a large baking tray.

Mix all then ingredients together and coat in the vinigar and seasonings.

Spray with fry light and bake in the oven on a medium heat heat for 1 hour, or until the chicken and veg is cooked through

Serve with a crisp fresh salad

L x



Sunday, 8 March 2015

Recipe:- Cheese, Bacon and Onion Stuffed Burgers & BBQ Sauce

There's only one thing better than a cheese stuffed burger- a Slimming World friendly cheese, bacon and onion stuffed burger! If using your healthy extras this meal can be totally syn free. It is really easy to make and is guaranteed to be a hit with all the family. This recipe makes 4 burgers and when fed to Nick he described them as "INCREDIBLE!".  The stuffing ensures a moist and flavoursome burger.


Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:- A & B

You will need:-

1 small onion, finely chopped 
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
2 garlic cloves, crushed 
Bacon, all fat removed
500g extra lean beef mince 
1 tbsp fat free fromage frais
5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (bbq sauce)
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce (burgers) 
1 tsp mustard powder
500g passata
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp sweetener
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
4 bacon madalians (all fat removed)
4 x 40g of Low fat cheddar cheese
4 x 60g wholemeal rolls
1 tbsp fat free fromage frais


Method:-

In a pan mix passata, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, smoked paprika, sweetener and seasoning. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for around 10 mins on a low heat. Leave to reduce,

Add 2tbsp worcestershire sauce to the beef mince with salt and pepper and combine

Spray some low calorie spray in a frying pan and heat.  Finely chop the bacon and fry off with the onions until crispy.  Remove from heat and put on a paper towel to cool.

Once cooled mix with the cheese, fat free fromage frais, bacon and onions. Form a spoonful of bacon-cheese mixture into a ball and place in the centre of 4 patties. Fold the mixture around to seal and form your burgers.

Cook on a medium heat in a frying pan or griddle. Grill burgers over medium-high heat, flipping once until cooked (about 4 minutes each side for a medium burger)

Place in a bun and top with BBQ sauce

L x

Monday, 2 March 2015

Slimming World Recipe:- BBQ Pulled Pork

My BBQ pulled chicken recipe is one of my personal favourites, as well as being popular with all my readers. I decided to make the classic pulled pork recipe using similar ingredients and it turned out perfectly! Totally delicious and syn free!



Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:- None
You will need:- 


1.5-2kg pork shoulder, all fat removed
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
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp tomato puree

Method:-

Mix passata, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweetener, seasoning, smoked paprika and tomato puree. Transfer to a small pan and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.

Chop a red onion and layer on the bottom of your slow cooker

Add the pork and the BBQ sauce and leave on low for 6 hours.  Alternatively you can cook in the oven on a low heat for 1.5 hours.

Pull the meat apart with 2 forks and mix with the excess sauce. Serve in a 60g wholemeal bap with syn free coleslaw!

L x

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Recipe:- 5 Syn Indian Fakeaway Feast!

It's Saturday night and we both decide we really fancied an Indian takeaway! Before we reached for the menu I checked what ingredients we had in the house, and turns out I was able to whip up an entire Indian feast that is delicious and a fraction of the syn value (and price!).  I chose to make a chicken tikka with garlic and coriander pittas, saag aloo, onion baghis, and rice. While I could have used less syns I wanted to make it taste as authentic as possible, so used some syns on flour and oil- trust me it's worth it! If you have one large onion bhaji and one naan bread this meal will be 5 syns!



Chicken Tikka Masala

I cooked this in the slow cooker to give a beautiful tender chicken that melts in the mouth!


Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:-  None
You will need:- 

4 x 140g skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
Juice of 1 lime
140g fat free natural yogurt
1-2 drops of red food colouring (optional)
5 tbsp tikka curry powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Low calorie oil spray (less than one calorie per spray)
1 onion, peeled and grated
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2.5cm piece root ginger, grated
1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
1 tsp each of ground cinnamon and ground cumin
6 level tbsp tomato purée
5 tbsp fat free natural fromage frais

Method:-

Place the chicken in a bowl. Mix the lime juice with the yogurt, food colouring, if using, and 3 tbsp of the tikka curry powder. Season and pour over chicken. Toss to coat the chicken, cover and marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours (or overnight if time permits).

Heat a frying pan sprayed with low calorie oil spray. Add the onion and fry for 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, red chilli, cinnamon, cumin and remaining curry powder and fry for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the tomato purée and 250ml of water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes stirring often.

After the chicken has marinated, you can either add straight to the slow cooker, or to seal the chicken first thread it onto eight metal skewers, spray with low calorie oil spray and put on a griddle pan or under the grill with a medium heat for 5-10 minutes just to seal the edges, turning once or twice. Then chicken from the skewers and stir into the sauce. Stir in the fromage frais and put in the slow cooker on low for up to 6 hours.

Delicious served with boiled rice and vegetables of your choice.

Garlic & coriander naan

Naan bread is very high in syns so I used wholemeal pittas as a healthy extra, check the most up to date Slimming World list to check which ones class as being a HE.


Makes - 2 naans

Extra Easy syn value:- 2 syns each

Healthy Extras:- B
You will need:-

2 syn free wholemeal pittas (check up to date SW list for details)
1 clove of garlic
chopped corriander
salt & pepper
1 spoon extra light butter

Method:-

Mix the garlic, salt, pepper and butter together.  Rub on the pitta and top with freshly chopped coriander.

Cook in the oven for 5 mins

Sag Aloo


A delicious potato side dish that's full of flavour

Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:-  None

You will need:- 
1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
Low calorie cooking spray
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1cm piece of root ginger, peeled and grated
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into small pieces
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp chilli powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
200ml boiling vegetable stock
Large bag baby leaf spinach, roughly chopped
Red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced, to garnish (optional)

Method:-

Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes or until just tender. Drain thoroughly and set aside.

Spray a non-stick wok or frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Add the red onion, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the potatoes and peppers and stir-fry for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned.

Turn the heat to low and add the ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, garam masala and chilli powder. Season well and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to medium, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the spinach and let it wilt into the potato mixture. Season well and scatter over the coriander and chilli,

Onion Bhaji

I used up some syns to make them as tasty and authentic as possible!


Extra Easy syn value:-  3 syns each (makes 4 large ones)

Healthy extras:- None

You will need:- 

2 red onions, finely sliced
1 green chilli, finely chopped and de-seeded, if preferred
2 garlic cloves
8g of root ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp butter
1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
1/2 tsp of ground turmeric
2 curry leaves
1 tsp flour
1/4 bunch of coriander, chopped
low calorie spray

Method:- 

In a mixing bowl, mix together the sliced onions, green chilli, garlic, ginger, curry leaves and melted butter

Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder,  chopped coriander and salt to taste. Sprinkle with water and mix well so it is thick enough to hold its shape

Check the temperature of the oil by dropping in a small spoonful of the mixture - it should sizzle.  Fry off the baghis and then cook in the oven for 15 mins, or until golden brown

L x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Win a SW Friendly Hamper, Made By Me!:- Readers Pictures

When I first started my blog I never imagined anyone actually reading it. As time goes on I have been gaining more and more views and one of the most rewarding things is seeing pictures of the recipes some of you tried out. It makes all the effort I put into this page worthwhile!

Here's a selection of my favourite pics, scroll down to see the overall winner!  Please keep them coming in as I genuinely LOVE to see them!

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 The winner is... Tori Priestley!

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Please message me Tori to receive a special SW friendly hamper, handmade by me!  This is going to be a new monthly feature, so please send your pictures to me and each month I will select a winner!

L x

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Bullies.

"In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion." - Wikipedia

If you follow my Facebook page then you probably noticed I got 'trolled' this week. Someone made comments directly on my blog page- anonymously.


I shared these on Facebook and it provoked such a response from all of you, I was overwhelmed at all of the support.  Something became really clear in the hundreds of comments posted.  This wasn't the first time anyone had seen something like this happen. Trolling now seems to be a common, normal thing that we must get used to and deal with accordingly.  Some suggested contacting the police, others suggested ignoring it and made assumptions about the sad life the anonymous poster has.  It could be someone I know, but the likelihood is that it is a total stranger.

"Bullying" is a term that is over used nowadays, in my opinion. For pretty much my entire school life I was bullied.  Kids can be so cruel, picking up on any slight difference and being as mean and vile as possible. I had a lazy eye, was slightly overweight, called Latoyah and liked to sing.  This all sounds normal, but to the kids at school it was all the ammunition they needed- "La-toilet-seat" which quickly turned in "Latoyah pissed herself", that stuck forever. There was always the fat comments and "are you looking at me or looking over there, wonky eyes!".  I had a small group of friends and when I moved up to secondary school I thought I could rely on them.  Some of them actually turned against me and joined in with the crowd (something they have apologised for since) and at times I just felt so alone. As I got older it got worse and I experienced violence, but to me it was always the words that hurt more. I used to dread lunchtimes, and sometimes I locked myself in the toilet cubical on my own to eat my lunch, just to hide away. School was the most miserable time of my life, but that experience made me who I am today. I suffered in silence for a long time until one day I broke down and told my parents, they went to the school and things did eventually get better.

The worst part is that in adult life I have bumped into a few of the people who used to pick on me and challenged them on it- they didn't even remember.  Something that is so prominent in my mind, and a massive part of my childhood that I will never be able to forget, means nothing to them - and why would it? It was just a bit of a laugh for them.

I can't imagine how bad my time at school would have been if social media was as big as it is now! The digital age has introduced a whole new platform for nastiness, and it was only a matter of time before I got some kind of negativity. The particular post that the comments were on had a before/during picture of my weight loss journey- something I debated long and hard about posting. It is something very personal and after much debating I decided that if it can inspire just 1 person, it would be worth it.

These comments did not upset me in any way. I didn't reply, I just deleted the comments and shared the screenshots on Facebook to laugh at the idiocy of it all.  I am actually quite flattered that someone has taken the time to comment on something I wrote, not once, but twice. That's a few minutes of their life that they've spent on me that they can never get back! They also spent time checking my Facebook page, so they are pretty dedicated to their cause. I will not be reporting anything to the police, they have much better things to do with their time than go after everyone who has ever been nasty on the internet! If I spent less time worrying and feeling downtrodden about the bullies in school I would have enjoyed my time more. So what if someone thinks I am fat, ugly, stupid or anything else; it should have no affect on my life. My blog is my personal space and I won't let anyone be intentionally mean on it. If they have an issue with me then the least they could do is post using their real name- using anonymity really is cowardly. Life is too short to waste time being mean to people on the internet, or in real life and if someone has been mean to you, life is too short to spend time worrying about it.


L x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Slimming World Recipe:- Iced Mocha Frappuccino

I used to love having coffee shop iced frappuccinos, until I found out how many calories are in them! A large mocha frap with cream on top can set you back 35 syns!!! I really fancied one and used Choc Shot to make my own version, which if using milk as your healthy extra is only 4 syns!


Extra Easy Syn Value:- 4

Health Extras:- Some of your A milk allowance


You will need:- 

Handful of ice cubes
1 mug of strong black coffee, made up and cooled
1 tbsp choc shot
100ml skimmed milk
1 tbsp sweetner
Low fat squirty cream

Method:- 

Mix everything together in a blender

Pour into a pint glass and top with 1 squirt of low fat squirt cream

L x