Thursday, 27 June 2013

Summer rolls (slimming world friendly)

This recipe isn't complicated but it is a bit fiddly and time consuming I will be honest with you!! They are delicious and work out at just 2 syns each on extra easy. There are a lot of ingredients too not trying to put you off trying to make them or anything they are well worth the wait : ) I got the recipe from Gok Wan book  'Gok cooks chinese' . They taste very light and fresh and although not ultra low in syns they are nice for a special occasion.

Summer rolls

pork filling

2 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
2cm piece of ginger finely chopped
(I used the frozen ginger and garlic defrosted so can save some time)
200g extra lean minced pork
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
salt and white pepper

To assemble rolls 

12 rice paper sheets (16cm diameter)
12 leave of fresh mint
1 bunch fresh coriander leaves
1 large peeled carrot cut into thin matchsticks
2-3 spring onions cut into matchsticks
1 handful beansprouts
1/4 iceberg shredded lettuce
200g cooked fine rice noodles (rinsed in cold water and drained)
juice of 2 limes
fish sauce

Heat a wok or large frying pan and add the minced pork, ginger and garlic and stir fry till pork is cooked through. Add fish sauce, vinegar and a little salt and pepper and stir well cook for a minute or two stir well then set aside to cool.

Get a bowl of warm water and a tea towel ready and briefly dip the rice paper sheet in the warm water till it starts to soften then lay it on the tea towel. Place a mint leaf and some coriander onto the roll then add a little carrot and spring onion, few beansprouts and a little lettuce , Add a tbsp of noodles and pork mixture then drizzle a little lime juice and fish sauce on.

Fold over the two side of the rice paper then fold down both ends (you can use a little water to stick them down if you need to )

Repeat the process until done. You can of course lay out all the ready ingredients and get people to make their own rolls if you want to.

Like I said it is very fiddly but they do taste delicious, I serve them with some dark soy sauce mixed with a little lime juice as a syn free dipping sauce.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Lemon & thyme chicken (slimming world friendly)

Chicken again? Well yes but its such a versatile meat and this recipe is another one that is so simple to make and a great after work dinner . I used fresh lemons because I had them in and it makes it look prettier but if you only have bottled lemon juice in then it's ok to use that too .Whatever makes life easier :)

Lemon & Thyme Chicken

8 chicken thighs (skinned and excess fat removed)
2 lemons (1 sliced and one cut in half and juice squeezed over chicken)
1 red onion (sliced)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 clove crushed garlic
salt and pepper
spray oil

Place the chicken thighs in an ovenproof dish and place slices of onions and lemon on top and between the chicken.

Sprinkle over the thyme, Drizzle over the lemon juice, salt and pepper and dot over the crushed garlic. Spray lightly with the spray oil.

Bake at Gas 5 /190/375 for 30-40 minutes ( every now and then spoon over the juices ) cook until the chicken is browned and sticky.

Syn free on extra easy and red.




Saturday, 15 June 2013

Chocolate brownies (slimming world friendly)

How delicious are brownies and they are usually so mega high in syns there is no way you could make them slimming world friendly but you can :  ) I couldn't believe these could be so good and so chocolately for so few syns. Soooo easy to make too just a few ingredients and you make them in the microwave too!......

100g all bran or high bran cereal 
25g cocoa powder
4 tbsp splenda (or low syn sweetener) 
2 large eggs
6 floz boiling water 

Put the all bran cereal in a bowl and add the boiling water mix well and leave for 10 minutes. Mix again and beat in the eggs, sweetener and cocoa and mix very well. 

Place the mixture in a preferably silicone square dish but if you don't have one put in  a ceramic dish but line with baking paper first, DO NOT use a foil tray or tin as its cooked in the microwave. Microwave for 6 minutes and leave to sit for 2 minutes after this. When it comes out leave to cool and cut into 6 generous portions.

I served it with some fat free greek yogurt and it was gorgeous!! 

3 syns per portion







Friday, 7 June 2013

Quiche (slimming world friendly )

Now Summer is finally here (hopefully) have begun taking my lunches into work again. Packing a salad is an easy option but gets boring with just ham or something like that , This quiche has no pastry base which makes it syn free and by using cottage cheese in the filling you do get a cheese flavour without using any syns. I don't mind the bits of cottage cheese in it but if you prefer a smoother filling you can blend it first. I used natural cottage cheese but you can use one with onion and chives in it or any other flavour you fancy (not pineapple please ...ugh) I just used spring onions and ham for this one but you can add any vegetables or meat you like. Red peppers, mushrooms, leftover cooked meats are all good but beware using red onion it tends to make it turn black it still tastes fine but doesnt look so appetising! I made mine in a square silicone container (only a cheap one from a pound shop) so it comes out easily but if you are using a tin or a dish I'd line it first with baking paper because they do tend to stick. It seems like a lot of eggs but it does make six good size portions.

Syn free quiche

6 large eggs
1 large tub (300g) of virtually fat free cottage cheese
6-8oz ham or cold meats (chopped)
4 large spring onions (chopped) or any vegetables you fancy
salt and pepper

Mix the eggs and cottage cheese in a large jug and season well with salt and pepper. Blend it if you want a smoother texture. Pour over the ham and vegetables in the dish and bake on gas 5/375/190 for approximately 45 minutes until brown on top.

Syn free : )

Monday, 3 June 2013

Jambalaya (slimming world friendly)

I have had this recipe for ages and make it quite often and it makes a vast amount so you might want to halve the recipe , I make no claims to its authenticity but it tastes very good. I took it to my Slimming World class tonight as it was a taster evening and it was popular. I used Joes sausages so they were syn free but you would have to syn any other sausages used but you could make it with quorn sausages and vegetable stock to make it both vegetarian and still syn free.

Jambalaya

1 onion (chopped)
2 red peppers (sliced)
1 green pepper (sliced)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
6 quorn sausages (or whatever sausages you choose to use cooked and sliced)
2 pints chicken stock
1/2 tbsp cajun spice mix (bought from supermarket mine is from ASDA)
12oz easy cook white long grain rice
salt and pepper

Place the onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, stock and spice into a large saucepan and bring to the boil.

Add the rice and sausages and bring to the boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes then season to taste and serve.