Thursday, 23 October 2014

Mexican chicken (slimming world friendly)

This is a lovely quick and very tasty dinner. I love the 'throw it all in' dishes and this is one of those. The simple spice mix makes it deliciously smoky and spicy and uses basic store cupboard ingredients. I used black eyed beans as I really like them but you can use any canned beans red kidney beans would be good too.

  I'm not much of a one for very spicy dishes so didn't use a lot of chili but of course as always if you like it hotter adjust the amount of chili you use and if you are a complete wuss about heat leave it out altogether but please use the smoked paprika it makes all the difference.



Mexican Chicken


4 chicken breasts (trimmed of all fat)
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 large onion (sliced)
2 cans of black eye beans (drained)


Spice Mix

1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili powder (mild or hot)
1 tsp garlic granules



Mix the spices together in a small bowl to make the spice mix and set aside.

Place the onion, beans and tomatoes in a casserole dish and sprinkle on half of the spice mix and mix together well.

Place the chicken breasts on top of the onion, beans and tomatoes and sprinkle over the rest of the spice mix.

Bake in the oven on Gas 5/ 190/375 for 30 minutes .I served it with rice and broccoli.

Syn free on extra easy.




Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Slow cooker chili ( slimming world friendly)

It's getting colder and so I tend to use the slow cooker more and more this weather. This recipe is an easy throw it all (almost all) in and come in from work to a tasty dinner. You can vary the chili to how you like it . I'm a bit of a wuss with chili so don't use that much but you can always add some tabasco at the end if you want it hotter.

I also like to vary the beans I use in chili this time I used black eyed beans and pinto beans (nothing fancy all available in ASDA) but of course use whatever you like. It is important to put the beans in near the end if you put them in with everything else at the beginning they will be mushy by the end.



Slow cooker chili


500g extra lean minced beef
1 large onion (chopped)
2 cans chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 beef stock pots (or stock cubes like oxos)
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1/2 tsp chili flakes (or more if you prefer)
1/2 pint water
salt and pepper


Put everything apart from the salt, pepper and beans into a slow cooker and mix together very well so there are no lumps of mince stuck together. Cook on low for about 6-8 hours depending how hot your slow cooker runs.

After this time check and if the sauce is too thin take the lid off the slow cooker and turn it up to high for half an hour or so. Add the beans and then season to taste with salt and pepper.


Syn free on extra easy 




Thursday, 2 October 2014

Quiche (slimming world friendly)

Slimming world quiche is a long standing favourite of everyone I know at Slimming World, It is so versatile you can put any leftover vegetables, lean meats or anything you fancy really.

My version is slightly different because I prefer to blend the cottage cheese to make it smoother but you don't have to do this. The other tip is to use a silicon pan to cook the quiche so you don't need to bother with lining or greasing the tin.

I only had one smallish tub of cottage cheese to make this today but you can use the bigger tubs as long as you make sure it is a fat free version. I like to use the onion and chive variety to give it more flavour. This quiche is great to take to work to eat and you can serve it  hot or cold I always have one in the fridge.


Quiche


6 large eggs
large tub of fat free cottage cheese
cooked lean back bacon or whatever fillings you choose to add enough to cover the base of the dish.
chopped spring onions
salt and pepper.


Break all the eggs into a blender or food processor and add the cottage cheese with a tsp of pepper and 1/2 tsp of salt and blitz till smooth. (Skip the blending if you don't mind the cottage cheese bits in the quiche. )

Place the silicon dish onto a baking tray to support it then place cooked bacon and spring onions in the base of the silicon dish and pour over the egg mixture. 

Bake at gas 6 / 200/ 400 for approximately 20-30 minutes until golden brown serve hot or cold.

Syn free on extra easy.