My Favourite Recipes

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I have been asked many times for my favourite recipes in a blog post so here are some for you! Please remember that it is your responsibility to check syn values as these can change over time along with healthy extras if following the Slimming World plan. These recipes are not always the complete meal and sometimes are served with other things so do remember to check you have the right proportions on your plate for the best losses, if in doubt ask your Slimming World Consultant! A lot of the recipes include garlic which I often substitute for "Lazy Garlic" for convenience, I use the variety in vinegar so it is syn free but please check yours.



Left: Caramelised Red Onion and Rosemary Mini Quiches, Leek and Macaroni Cheese
Right: Pasta bake, Butternut Squash Risotto with Mediterranean Vegetables is a balsamic tomato sauce,
Tomato Soup   

Butternut Squash Risotto (Syn free)
Serves 4 large portions
45-50 minutes
Low calorie cooking spray
2 large red onions finely chopped
2 tsp lazy garlic or 3 cloves of garlic crushed
300g Arborio rice
2 average size butternut squashes peeled and cubed into bite size pieces
1.2 litres vegetable stock
2 tsp dried parsley
2 bay leaves
2 tsp paprika
Toss the butternut squash in the paprika, spray with low calorie cooking spray and roast in the oven or I use the Actifry until soft but still has a bite to it rather than mushy, approx. 30-40 minutes depending on size of Actifry and how deep they are in oven dish etc.
Spray a large frying pay with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat, add the onion and garlic and stir fry for approximately 5 minutes until onion is soft and starting to brown. Add the rice and stir fry for another 3-4 minutes. Then add two bay leaves to your jug of boiling stock and then put two ladles of the stock into the frying pan and stir frequently until the liquid is absorbed. Then add the stock one ladle at a time continually stirring and only adding the next ladle when the previous has been fully absorbed.
When you are down to the last approximately two ladles of stock remove the bay leaves and add the remaining stock, with the roasted butternut squash and the dried parsley (you could use fresh but I find dry as good and cheaper!). When all liquid is absorbed serve immediately.


Mediterranean Vegetables in a balsamic tomato sauce
Serves 4 as a side dish
45 minutes including preparation time
2 courgettes
1 carton passata
4-5 peppers
3 large red onions
250g small mushrooms with stalks trimmed (or larger ones quartered)
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3tbsp granulated sweetener
15 cherry tomatoes
Preheat oven to 200'c. chop the peppers onions and courgettes into large bite size chunks and place with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes into a large roasting dish.
Mix the passata, balsamic vinegar and sweetener in a bowl and then pour over the vegetables and stir so all are coated then bake for around 30 minutes or until nicely roasted but not too soft!

Winter Vegetable Casserole (Syn Free)
serves 4
Approx 1 hr 15 minutes in oven or 5 hours on low in slow cooker
2 large onions roughly chopped
5 celery sticks roughly chopped
5 large carrots peeled and diced
5 large parsnips peeled and diced
2 large potatoes peeled and cubed
3 tsp lazy garlic or 4 garlic cloves crushed
bag of spinach chopped roughly
2 tsp mustard powder
400ml vegetable stock
These vegetables can be swapped and changed depending what you have in or can buy cheaply so it can be a very cheap meal. Mix all ingredients and put in the slow cooker or in a casserole dish and bake. Very quick but warming meal for when its cold and you don't have much time to prepare!


Pasta Bake (Syn free if using Cheese as Healthy Extra or 6 syns a portion)
Serves 4
45-50 minutes
Low Calorie Cooking Spray
350g dried pasta cooked using packet instructions
1 carton Passata
1 400g can Chopped Tomatoes
2 large red onions roughly chopped
400g Mushrooms quartered
4 Peppers deseeded and sliced
3 tbsp mixed herbs (dried)
1 tsp Black pepper freshly ground
1 tsp Paprika
2 tsp lazy garlic or 3 cloves of garlic crushed
160g light cheddar cheese
This recipe can be made a little cheaper using frozen vegetables.
Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, add the garlic, mushrooms peppers, and onions and stir fry for approximately 10 minutes until cooked but still a little crunchy. Stir in the Passata, chopped tomatoes, black pepper, paprika and mixed herbs. Mix with the cooked pasta and pour into a large roasting dish, sprinkle evenly all over with the cheese, and cook on 200'c for approximately 30 minutes.


Garlic Mushroom Tagliatelle (Syn Free)
Serves 4
25-30 Minutes
Not suitable for those with low immune systems, pregnant women the elderly or young children due to uncooked eggs.
400g dried tagliatelle
3 eggs beaten
600g Mushrooms roughly chopped
1 large red onion finely chopped
4 tsp Lazy garlic or 6 cloves of garlic crushed
Low calorie cooking spray
Cook the tagliatelle according to packet instructions. Meanwhile spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and fry the mushrooms, onion and garlic for approximately 10 minutes until cooked how you like them. Mix the mushroom, onion and garlic with the tagliatelli and then remove from the heat. Stir the beaten eggs into the tagliatelli and stir well until thoroughly coated the eggs will turn into a thick sauce as they cook slightly in the residual heat. Serve immediately.
If cooking for someone who you can not use uncooked eggs for this is also nice with quark stirred into it at the end instead, do not stir in the quark over the heat however or it will split and isn't nice! Additionally parmesan or another cheese could be sprinkled on the top and synned or used as a healthy extra if wanted.


Caramelised Red Onion and Rosemary mini quiches (Syn free)
makes 30 - ideal as snacks
45 minutes
12 eggs beaten
2 tubs of fat free (or other syn free) onion and chive cottage cheese
10g finely chopped fresh rosemary
4 large red onions diced
garlic low calorie cooking spray
1 tbsp granulated sweetener
1/2 tsp mustard powder
Spray a large frying pan with the garlic low calorie cooking spray, or if you only have the normal one use that and a tiny bit of crushed garlic. Over a medium heat stir fry the red onion for 2 minutes, then add the sweetener and mix well then stir fry for a further 3-4 minutes. Add the fresh rosemary and stir fry for a further 2 minutes then remove from the heat. Stir in the mustard powder, cottage cheese, and beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. Spoon into silicone bun cases (they wont stick in silicone!) it usually makes around 30 and then bake in the oven on 200'c for around 25-30 minutes depending on oven. They are lovely served warm or cold as a snack or with a meal. Fresh rosemary freezes well so can be bought reduced and frozen until needed or left overs frozen to save money!

Onion Gravy (Syn Free)
Makes approximately 1-1.5 litres depending on how thick you like it
30 minutes (quite easy though so can easily be done whilst doing other things
Freezes well
1kg onions peeled and sliced
5 cloves of garlic, sliced
Vegetable stock - about 400 ml I use but depends how thick you want it
Low calorie cooking spray
Spray a large frying pan with the low calorie cooking spray and place over medium heat, gently fry the onions and garlic until browning and soft, ideally so they look like the kind of well cooked onions you would have on a burger or hot dog! Blend the onions and with 100ml of the stock and then add more stock until you reach your desired consistency. This freezes well so can be made in advance.

Mixed Vegetable Biryani (Syn Free)
From Slimming World Curry Feast Book (No longer in print)
Serves 4
35 Minutes
low calorie cooking spray
1 onion finely chopped
1tsp finely grated ginger
2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed (or 1tsp lazy garlic!)
1/2tsp turmeric
1tsp mild chilli powder
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander
1tsp crushed cardamom seeds
1tsp ground cinnamon
2 cloves
1 carrot peeled and finely chopped
110g fine green beans trimmed and chopped
1 potato peeled and finely chopped
4tbsp fat free natural yoghurt
110g basmati rice
Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and stir fry for 5-6 minutes until lightly browned and softened. Add the ginger, turmeric, chilli powder, cumin, coriander, cardamom seeds, cinnamon and cloves and stir fry for a further 2-3 minutes. Add the vegetables and yoghurt and cook gently for another 2-3 minutes. Add the rice and atir fry for 2-3 minutes seasoning if you wish. Pour on 200ml boiling water and bring to the boil, cover tightly and reduce heat to very low and cook undisturbed for 12-15 minutes then remove from heat and stand for 10 minutes, still leaving undisturbed. To serve uncover and fluff the tice up with a fork.


Tomato Soup (Syn free)
Serves 4 (depending on portion size!)
5-10 minutes
2 cartons of passata (500g cartons)
1 can of carrots (drained)
I can baked beans
1/2 pint of vegetable stock
1 large pickled onion or 3-4 small pickled onions
Blend all ingredients together, heat and then serve! As simple as that, super cheap too and yummy! Freezes well too!

Leek and Macaroni Cheese (Syn free if using cheese as healthy extra or 6 syns a portion)
From Jan/Feb 2015 Slimming World Magazine
Serves 4 (Large portions)
40 minutes
6 Leeks trimmed and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloved crushed or 1-2 tsp lazy garlic
300ml vegetable stock
300g dried macaroni
6tbsp tomato puree
400 quark
1tsp mustard powder
2 eggs lightly beaten
160g reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated.
Preheat oven to 200'c/gas 6. Cook the macaroni according to packet instructions. Meanwhile, place the leeks, garlic and stock in a pan and bring to the boil then simmer gently for 6-8 minutes until the leeks have softened. Transfer into a mixing bowl and add the cooked macaroni.
Mix the tomato puree, quark, mustard powder, eggs and 1tsp of water until smooth and add to the macaroni and leek mixture. Stir in 120g of the cheddar, season if required and mix well to combine. Transfer to an oven proof dish, I use a large glass roasting dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes. leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
The cost could be reduced using frozen leeks if required. Lovely served with the Mediterranean Vegetables (recipe above).


Cheesecake inspired chocolate orange dessert (Syn free if using healthy extra)
Serves 1 (you wouldn't want to share anyway!)
5-10 minutes
2 Alpen Light Jaffa Cake flavour bars
150g Quark
3tsp Granulated sweetener
Orange essence
Satsuma, clementine or similar.
Place the Alpen lights broken into the bottom of a sundae dish or similar (Microwaveable) and warm in the microwave until soft and can be pushed into the base. This will not take long so keep checking after 10 seconds etc so as not to burn it. Mix quark, sweetener and a couple of drops of orange essence together and pour over the top of the base. Place some segments of the fruit on top and serve. For extra yumminess (but unfortunately using syns) you could add something like choc shot which is low in syns, grated chocolate or even something like a matchmaker! Check out the syns of anything else you add though! The dessert with ingredients above is syn free if using the 2 Alpen light bars as your healthy extra B otherwise it would be 6 syns. Alternative cereal bars could be used and syns/healthy extras adjusted accordingly.


Sweet Potato Cakes (Syn Free)
Serves 4 as an accompaniment to a meal or as a starter
40 minutes
300g potatoes peeled and chopped
250g sweet potatoes peeled and chopped
Red onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic (crushed) or 1 large tsp lazy garlic
2tsp chilli flakes
Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the potatoes and sweet potatoes, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for approximately 15 minutes until soft, then drain and mash. Meanwhile spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, stir fry the onion and garlic for approximately 2 minutes then add the chilli and fry for a further minute. Mix the chilli, onion and garlic into the mashed potatoes and shape into potato cakes. Spray the frying pan with a little more cooking spray and then fry the potato cakes for approximately 5 minutes turning once until evenly cooked and lightly golden on both sides.
Lovely served as a starter with a tomato sauce or salad, or with a variety of main courses!

Tip - if you use crushed chilli with seeds in use less (around half the amount) as this is much stronger than chilli flakes!

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