Saturday, 28 January 2017

General Tso chicken (Slimming World friendly)

It's Chinese New Year! I saw this recipe a little while ago on 'Saturday Kitchen' and thought I could adapt it slightly to make it Slimming World friendly. It's easy to make and only a few syns so a lot less than a takeaway and I make no claims for it's authenticity but I know my family really enjoyed it and I hope you do too.

General Tso Chicken

8 chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts (all skin and fat removed) cut into chunks
1 tbsp cornflour
1 large onion (cut in chunks)
2 red peppers (cut into chunks)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper

3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp hot chili sauce
2 tsp honey

1 tbsp sesame seeds

spray oil

  • Place the cornflour, salt and pepper in a large food safe plastic bag and add the chicken chunks , Seal the bag and give it a good shake so the chicken is coated with the cornflour. 
  • Spray a wok or large frying pan with spray oil,take out the chicken chunks and place in the wok then fry for a 5-10 minutes until cooked through (you might need to spray some more oil on) then remove from the wok and put to one side. 
Mix the soy sauce, tomato puree, rice vinegar, hot chili sauce and honey in a small bowl and whisk together well. 

Spray the wok again and over a high heat fry the onions, peppers, chili flakes and garlic until just starting to soften. Add the chicken and stir fry for a few more minutes then add the sauce mixture and mix well. Simmer for a few minutes until the sauce is thicker.

I served it over noodles with some stir fried vegetables and sprinkled each portion with 1/2 tsp sesame seeds. 

Serves 4 and is 1 1/2 syns per portion 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Beef hotpot (Slimming World friendly)

This cold weather I love to make real comfort food and make the most of my slow cooker as well. This recipe is great as you throw almost all the ingredients apart from the topping in the slow cooker and let it get on with it. I just used carrots and onions this time with the beef but you can use root vegetables like swede and parnsip in it too if you like them and I serve it with other veg so you get your 1/3 superfree . Its a good one to cook on low in the slow cooker while at work then when you come in just have to put the topping on and put in the oven.


Beef Hotpot

1 kg lean braising steak (cubed)
1 large onion (chopped) 
3 large carrots (sliced)
1/2 pint beef stock
1 tsp dried or fresh thyme
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper
2 large potatoes (sliced very thinly) 
spray oil


Put the steak, onions, carrots, stock, thyme and salt and pepper in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours until steak is tender. Take the lid off and turn it up to high for the last half hour or so (helps it to thicken up)  Taste for seasoning it may need more salt and pepper.

Cook the sliced potatoes in boiling salted water just for a couple of minutes then drain well . Put the beef mixture into a casserole dish and top with overlapping slices of the potato, spray lightly with oil sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and place in the oven at gas 5/375/190 for about an hour until potatoes are cooked and browned on the top. Its a good idea to place the dish on a baking sheet you can see from the pic the gravy sometimes bubbles up over the top of the dish during cooking and will save your oven :  )



Serves 6 with extra vegetables and is syn free on extra easy ...enjoy x


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sausage and potato tray bake (Slimming World friendly)

This came about when I was going to cook sausages and potato wedges for dinner and then thought might fry some onions to go with it and was thinking of all the pans then thought why not put in all in together?

I like to use ASDA extra special light and lean sausages they are 1/2 syn each but feel free to use Slimming World sausages which are syn free or whatever low syn sausages you prefer. . I also added peppers and mushrooms for some speed but next time might put some cherry tomatoes in too it was seasoned simply with just some smoky paprika and salt and pepper.

Best of all you just put it all in together and put in the oven and leave it to get on with it just giving it a stir around every now and then.

Very simple and very tasty :)




Sausage and potato tray bake

8 sausages (whatever syn free or low syn sausages you prefer)
1 kg potatoes (cut into wedges)
1 large onion (sliced)
2 or 3 peppers (cut into chunks)
8oz mushrooms (sliced)
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp salt
1-2 tsp pepper
low calorie spray oil


Place everything in a roasting tin spray with some of the oil and mix well, Place in a hot oven Gas 7/ 220/425 for about 45 minutes just stir a couple of times while cooking  until the sausages and potatoes are brown and the vegetables are soft.


Serves 4


syns depend on sausages used xx