About four- five years’ ago me and my mum first started at Slimming World and I lost almost five stone within my first year. I was so close to target and then one thing after another happened and over the subsequent years I put all the weight (and some more) back on. At the beginning of this year I made the decision with myself that I’d get back on the bandwagon and get myself into a healthier lifestyle and to a point where I was happier with my body. I’ve been cooking a lot more recently and finding that I really do love it despite the fact that I am not very adventurous. Here are some of my favourite Slimming World meals.
Full English Breakfast
I absolutely love making a full English breakfast as you can have them totally syn free including bacon (with no fat), sausages (I go for Linda McCartney Rosemary and Red Onion or the Weightwatchers one are 0.5 syns each), mushrooms, toast (I tend to go for the crustless bread so I can have three slices), fried egg cooked with Frylight and cooked potatoes.
An omelette pizza is something which is super easy to make and can be done for pretty much any meal. Just mix up an omelette and cook it like you would a pancake, add a little passata for the base and smoother whatever toppings you want/ have in the fridge on top. I tend to go for my healthy extra A allocation of cheddar cheese alongside bacon, mushrooms, and peppers.
Seamore Seaweed Pasta
I know normal dried pasta is free, but sometimes I feel that I’m eating too many carbs so try to find alternatives. I’ve tried courgetti which is amazing, and carrot spaghetti which isn’t quite so great, but recently I came across Seamore* which is Seaweed Pasta. All up for trying something new I cooked it up just as you would normal pasta and cooked it with a homemade tomato sauce – my staple chopped tomatoes, passata, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and herbs and gave it a try and it’s incredibly yummy. The I sea Pasta looks exactly like tagliatelle and even fooled it’s founder the first time he tried it, but it’s actually handpicked seaweed from Connemara, Ireland. This Seaweed pasta is the equivalent of 500g of fresh sea vegetables, is great for your health and is a superfood *hooray*
My mum used to make pulled pork all the time but despite having a slow cooker I never made it myself but as soon as I did I couldn’t stop. This is a meal you need to plan in advance as it takes 9-12 hours to slowly cook (the longer the better) but when it clocks in at a syn free value it’s worth it. The sauce is just passata, Worchester sauce, balsamic vinegar, sweetener and salt/ pepper boiled and poured over a pork shoulder.
Frittata’s are such a good thing to make as you can use whatever food you have left in the cupboard in them. Start by grating some potatoes and spread them thinly on a baking tray along with some seasoning and trusty fry light and bake them until they’re golden brown. You then cook your fillings in a pan- my favourite combination is ham, onion, red pepper and some spinach. Once cooked just mix in the hash brown potatoes, whisk up 6 eggs and pour over the top of the mixture before cooking until it’s golden brown.
Spag bowl is a complete staple and so easy to cook, and yet again syn free *hooray*. After browning some pork mince I add in a tin of chopped tomatoes, a small carton of passata, salt, pepper, garlic, onions, and herbs and cook until it bubbles and the meat is browned. Although all dried pasta is free I always go for wholemeal as it seems like it should be better, and then if I haven’t had my Healthy Extra A I’ll whack some cheese on the top to melt.
Garlic and tomato chicken
Chicken is my spirit meat and something I eat so much of but sometimes it can taste so boring which is why I do a lot of garlic and tomato bases for meat. Once my chicken is mainly cooked I’ll add tomato puree, garlic, salt, pepper, herbs and some balsamic vinegar, I’m not one for measurements but I am pretty liberal with the garlic to create a strong flavour. Pretty much everytime I make this I make some slimming world chips, especially now I have my Halo Fryer which cooks them perfectly.
Beef and Caramelized Red Onion Burgers
This was a recipe from my Halo Fryer book and I can not get over how good it was. You cook some red onions with a teaspoon of brown sugar (0.5 syns but this is for 4 burgers) and mix them in with extra lean mince and plenty of herbs and spices. Pop them in the fridge for an hour then cook serving them with a slice of cheese and a wholemeal bread roll as your Healthy Extra B.
Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs on toast
This is pretty much what it says on the tin and there’s little to no cooking involved but it is one of my absolute favourites. As I go for crustless bread I can have three slices which I then pile high with smoked salmon and the scrambled eggs which I cook with a bit of salt and pepper, and the best thing is both the toppings are absolutely free.
What are your favourite things to cook?