Slimming World: Syn free hash brown and baked eggs. 

© Sarah Woodside

*Syn free if using the 20g cheese as part of your healthy extra allowance.

Ingredients:

2 small potatoes

2 eggs

1 whole pepper 

Mushrooms

Garlic powder

Salt & Pepper

20g Reduced fat cheddar (optional)
Method:

Pre heat your oven to 180/200.

Peel and grate two small potatoes. Once grated squeeze all the excess liquid out of them. I pile them into a clean tea towel and squeeze! Once the liquid is out season generously with salt and black pepper.

Line a baking tray with baking parchment and a generous spray of fry lite.
Transfer the potato onto the tray and spread out thinly into your desired shape. Spray wit fry lite and pop into the pre heated oven for 15 minutes. Then take out and carefully flip over. Bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Whilst the hash brown base is cooking, slice your pepper and mushrooms and pop into an oven dish with fry lite, salt, pepper and garlic powder and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Once your hash brown is cooked crack two eggs on top and bake for another 8-10 minutes depending on how you like your eggs. I also topped with 20g Reduced fat cheddar at this point. (half of your healthy extra A choice) omit this if you have used your choice and don’t wish to syn it.

RECIPE: Slimming World Syn Free Sausage Rolls (Using Healthy Extra B Choice)

© Sarah Woodside

© Sarah Woodside

Let’s be honest who doesn’t love a sausage roll, be it a jumbo one from your local bakery or those irresistible mini ones found at most buffets and parties. This of course does not taste like one of those, it does however taste bloody good and beat the cravings for a pastry rich one.

Ingredients:

Healthy Extra B Choice – I used 3 slices of Kingsmill No Crusts Bread (HeB or 6 syns) a Kingsmill Wholemeal Thin would work just as well.

Sausages of choice. I used Slimming World Syn Free Pork Sausages from Iceland.  But you could use any sausages you like just make sure to count the syns.

1 x egg

Method:

  1. Cook your sausages as the packaging suggests.
  2. Once the sausages are cooked, take them out of the oven, keep the oven on (or turn on if you grilled/fried your sausages.)
  3. Roll your bread so it’s a little thinner, place a sausage in it and roll up. Seal with some beaten egg and egg wash the exterior.
  4. Place on to a baking tray sprayed with frylite, season and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes on around 180 degrees.

I added spinach to the inside of my sausage rolls, but you could add sauce, mushrooms, cheese whatever you fancied, just remember to add the syns up!

 

RECIPE: Slimming World Sausage Casserole

© Sarah Woodside

© Sarah Woodside

Ingredients:

Sausages of choice – I use heck chicken italia sausages 0.5 syns each –
300ml veg stock
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
Punnet of button mushrooms
Punnet of chestnut mushrooms
3 large carrots
1 onion
1 tbsp sweetener
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp garlic – I use lazy garlic in vinegar –
Salt and pepper

For Mash: Potatoes, how ever much it takes to feed your family!

Method:

Prep all the veg and then put the potatoes on to boil. Meanwhile fry the onions and garlic in fry lite.

Place your sausages in the oven.

Once the onions are browned add everything else to the saucepan, let it boil then turn down to simmer for 20-25 minutes. You can come back to taste and tweak but I find it really it better left alone to work its magic.

To serve, mash your potato, top with the casserole and then sliced sausages.

You could add your sausages to the casserole, I cook mine separately so the man and I can have different sausages (he needs more calories/food in general than me.)

The only syns are the sausages you choose. Enjoy.

RECIPE: Cheesy Chilli Wedges

© Sarah Woodside

© Sarah Woodside

Cheesy Chilli Wedges suitable for Slimming World, and syn free if using the cheese as your healthy extra allowance.

Serves 4 – Ingredients:

For the chilli:

500g 5% fat beef mince
2 Onions
2 Peppers
Button Mushrooms
1 Tin of kidney beans
1 Tin of button beans
3 tbsp Tomato puree
1 tsp chilli powder
3 tsp cumin
2 tsp finely chopped garlic (I use ‘Lazy Garlic’ in vinegar)
200ml Beef stock
1 oxo cube
Splash of lea & perrins
1 carton chopped tomatoes with herbs
Salt & Pepper

For the wedges:

Potatoes (however much to feed your family!)
Fry Lite – Olive Oil one is best for roasting
Salt & Pepper

And cheese for on top!

Method:

Brown the mince with a crumbled oxo cube, garlic and chopped onion.
Whilst that is browning, prep your wedges and parboil for 12 minutes.

Once the mince is browned add everything else give it a good stir and then turn down to simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Drain the parboiled potatoes and then transfer to a baking tray (too close together and they won’t crisp up nicely so spread them out) spray with fry lite and top with cracked salt and pepper, the pop into a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 degrees.

Once the wedges are cooked top with the chilli and cheese and place back in the oven until the cheese has melted.

Serve straight away with a side salad.

RECIPE: Slimming World Sweet and Sour Fanta Chicken

© Sarah Woodside

© Sarah Woodside

Serves 4 – Ingredients:

Chicken Breast –  I use one per person, cut into strips or chunks
Onion – slice it fairly thick
3 peppers – cut into chunky strips
Can of zero fanta/ diet orange
A vegetable oxo cube (chicken will work too)
3 tbsp passata
1 tsp vinegar
A shake of dried chilli flakes (add more if you like spice!)
Fresh Pineapple

Method:

Cook the chicken and onions until they’ve browned, then add everything else except the pineapple.

Stir and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the sauce thickens up and gets a ‘sticky’ texture.

At the last minute take off the heat and stir in the pineapple and serve immediately. I DO NOT syn my pineapple as I literally throw it in and serve, if you COOK the pineapple you NEED to syn it.

RECIPE: Slimming World Campfire Stew

© Sarah Woodside

© Sarah Woodside

Serves 4 – Ingredients:

1 small gammon joint with all visible fat removed
2 chopped onions
3 chopped garlic cloves
2 tins of baked beans
mushrooms for extra speed!!
2 chopped peppers
6tbsp tomato puree/ a tin of chopped tomatoes will also work
1tbsp smoked paprika
1tsp chilli powder
A shake of chilli flakes (optional)

Method: Put it all in the slow cooker and forget about it while you go and get some body magic in!!! I cook it on low for 6-8 hours and high 4-6 hours.

Once the gammon is cooked, shred it and stir it back in. Serve with a mash of your choice and extra veg. I served with a sweet potato and butternut squash mash. The stew itself is really filling and syn free!

© Sarah Woodside

© Sarah Woodside

My go to food:Ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

After speaking to a range of people, it’s clear that a lot of us struggle with ideas of what to eat. I know from personal experience that I am more likely to ‘give-up’ on my diet lifestyle change when I get bored of eating the same thing. It is nice to have some variety and enjoy your food even if you are watching the calories.

So here are some of my go to ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What are your go to meals? Please share your recipes and ideas in the comments, so we can all try something new.

Breakfast:

Porridge – I love it so that helps! I add anything I fancy to it in the morning. Fresh fruit, baked apple and cinnamon, a little honey or plain.

Greek Yoghurt – I tend to use either FAGE 0% Fat or Yeo Valley 0% Fat. I top with either a banana, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, honey, or about 30g of plain gluten free granola (or home-made when I’ve had the time to make it!) I sometimes switch up my yoghurts and get some flavoured ones (cherry/strawberry etc.) I get the healthiest ones I can find by comparing all the labels!!

Poached egg, grilled bacon, fried in coconut oil (my oil of choice, substitute for your choice* olive oil, fry-lite etc.) half a tin of baked beans and a slice of wholemeal toast (I try not to use spread on my toast but occasionally I do!)

Fruit

Egg Muffins *Recipe here.

At the weekends, we’ll have something like a bacon sandwich or banana pancakes as a treat. Mix it up just stick within your plan and don’t go mad. Cheat days don’t mean everything you eat is a treat – I’ve done this – then felt guilty for days and gone into starvation mode – then eat everything in sight mode – one week later I’m back on track haha! If you want to go out for breakfast do it, just don’t also have a takeaway in the evening unless you’ve done some serious exercise.

Lunch:

75g wholewheat pasta with tuna.

Tinned tuna salad with sesame seed ryvittas.

A big salad – add anything you fancy.

Homemade veggie soup.

Chicken breast and vegetables.

 

Dinner:

Homemade clean spaghetti bolognaise (I never use jars – just a personal choice, I prefer to home make everything where possible), with either whole-wheat spaghetti or spirilised courgettes.

Chicken, vegtables, with a small jacket potato or sweet potato.

Home-made oven baked sweet potato chips and clean home-made burgers.

Steak and mushrooms, green beans.

Roast – chicken, sweet potato mash, carrots, veg etc.

Jacket Potato

Home-made Stew/Casserole (I make in the slow cooker using only stock and herbs to flavour.)

Stir-Frys

Sweet Potato topped cottage pie.

Snacks – fruits, frozen grapes (10 per portion though as the natural sugars are high!), hummus with carrot or cucumber sticks, salad, vegetables or for the sweet tooth, dark choc chips and chuppa chup mini lollipops (only 5 cals in each lolly!!).

Drinks – water, green tea, decaf tea, sugar free squash.

 

If you have any healthy recipes on your blog share the link in the comments.