Blogmas Day 5 – Low Syn Party Food

Party season is officially upon us, and for people who are trying their best to not chub up for Chrimbo the buffet is a Christmas killer.

Below are some healthier options that will help you to resist the crips and choccy:

Slimming World Quiche, Chicken Tikka Drumsticks, Old School Cheese & Pickled Onion, Veg Sticks & Dips, Mini Chicken Fajitas.

 

 

 

 

 

Veggie Chilli

Ingredients

  • 1 red or white onion, diced
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1/2 carrot, finely diced
  • Garlic
  • Beef stock
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Beans (mixed)
  • Cumin
  • Chilli powder
  • Paprika
  • Frylight

Method

  1. Spray some frylight into a saucepan and heat. Then add the garlic, onion, carrot and pepper and soften until the onion darkens.
  2. Add the cumin, chilli powder and paprika (I don’t have an amount just a smidge until you feel it’s about right) and stir.
  3. Sprinkle in the stock cube and add a splash of water, stir/simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Chuck in the tin of chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Drain the mix of beans and add to the saucepan.
  6. Stir and then simmer on low for around 30-40 minutes, keeping an eye on it and stirring every now and then.

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The Bake Offs Worst Bakes

Now the nation is in a state of mourning over the loss of the Great British Bake Off, I thought I’d share some of the worst bakes produced in the presence of Queen Mary Berry.

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The shambles that was Dorret’s chocolate mousse.

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The infamous baked alaska produced by Iain.

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If Ruby rocked up to my wedding with this monstrosity she’d get a swift kick in the crotch.

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I’m still appalled that Mary Berry had to even look at Jame’s gingerbread disaster, let alone taste it.

Banana Bread

If the Great British Bake Off has you dying to bake every week, then you can ease into baking with this easy peasy banana bread recipe.

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Ingredients

100g softened butter
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 mashed ripe bananas
225g self raising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. milk

Optional but recommended: chocolate chips

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4.
2. Grease a 2lb loaf tin with butter
3. Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat until well blended (doesn’t take too long)
4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and give it a little shake to level it out
5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 1 hour, until well risen and golden brown (stick a knife or a skewer into the middle, if it comes out clean you’re good to go)
6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool further

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Slimming in the Summer

One single ray of sunshine is a great excuse for us Brits to whack out the BBQ and overcook any bit of meat in sight.

If you’re on Slimming World then you don’t have to miss out on such delights, as there are many options that are low in syns or syn free.

Iceland

Slimming World have teamed up with Iceland, and you can now get some syn-free BBQ essentials such as burgers and sausages for as little as £3. Top tip: make sure you keep an eye on which items are SW as they can go amiss on a grill full of identical looking burgers.

Kebabs

I’m not talking the drunk at 3am kind unfortunately, but kebabs are a yummy BBQ option that everybody will enjoy. I like marinated chicken ones with peppers, onions and mushrooms or minted lamb ones are amazing.

Veggies

Eat as much as you like of classic BBQ veggies such as corn on the cob, new potatoes and salad.

The food may be a breeze to make SW friendly, the ice cold fruity ciders or Pimms are another story…

 

Slimming World Basics

If you’re thinking of joining a group or starting Slimming World online, I’ve listed the bare basics of what it’s all about.

Free Food is syn-free food that you can eat as much of as you like. Free foods include lean meat, veg, fruit, rice, pasta, eggs and fat-free dairy products. Unlike some diets where carbs are restricted you can fill yourself up on as much pasta, rice and potatoes as you please.

Speed Food are foods that are certain free foods that are meant to speed up your weight loss. They include certain fruits such as melon, peaches and strawberries and also certain vegetables such as asparagus, carrots and green beans.

Healthy Extra A is your daily helping of dairy in order to have some calcium in your diet, it can be anything from 350 ml of skimmed milk to 5 light cheese triangles.

Healthy Extra B, this is the same as the healthy extra A but it ensures you get your fibre. This can be through bread, cereal, nuts and even some types of soup.

Syns are basically treats so include items such as biscuits, ice cream, chocolate and crisps. Different people have different daily allowances, but I think the average is usually 15 syns per day. Just as an example, 15 syns can get you 10 chocolate fingers or 2.5 Curly Wurly’s or 3 bags of Pom Bear crisps.

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Quick Snacks – Slimming World

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Mug Shots

0 – 2 syns depending on the flavour, they’re a quick and easy snack/lunch on Slimming World. You just need boiling water and a mug – surprise surprise!

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Super Low Fat Noodles

Syn free, make sure you pick up the right ones as the original packets are around 10 syns!

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Super Rice

Syn free if you get the old style packets or 1.5 to 2 syns for the new quick cook packets.

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Naked Noodles

0 – 1 ½ syns and super flavourful and delicious, definitely worth it.

Are there any other quick and easy SW friendly snacks that I should try?

Quick, healthy meal for 2 – Oven Baked Risotto

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There’s none of that standing over the hob stirring your little heart out until your arm falls off with this recipe, just whack it in the oven and voila!

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, mushed/finely chopped
  • 300g Arborio rice
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
  • Bacon with fat removed and chopped (optional but delicious)
  • Frozen peas
  • Chicken stock (enough for 1 litre)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Slimming World Holy Grail Frylight

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to around 200ᵒ
  2. Spray a frying pan with Frylight and fry off the onions and garlic on a low heat, until soft.
  3. Add in the rice, chicken, bacon and peas (or any/all veggies) and fry for another minute or two, then add the stock and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the contents of the frying pan into a casserole dish, cover with foil and carefully put it in the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the dish from the oven, stir well and place back in the oven for a further 15 minutes or until the stock is absorbed.
  6. Remove from oven and serve with salad or just as it is.

Quick & Easy Breakfast Ideas

Muller light yoghurt and banana

Easy peasy breakfast that you can grab if you’re running late – just don’t forget a spoon.

Beans on toast

Beans are full of fibre and make you feel fuller for longer, unfortunately I can’t stomach them but apparently this is a good breakfast?!

Weetabix, milk and fruit

Again, Weetabix is packed full of fibre so is a good way to start the day. Is it only me who likes their Weetabix crushed up with warm milk?

Scrambled egg on toast

Bulking not sulking, get in the protein for breakfast.

Overnight oats

I’m not sure if this is just a Slimming World thing? Overnight oats is basically where you layer porridge oats, fruit and yoghurt together, leave overnight and then stir up and enjoy in the morning.

Slimming World Snack Ideas

If, like me, you were born to graze constantly throughout the day then these Slimming World friendly snack ideas may come in handy.

Sweet

Fruit and yoghurt – sounds pretty boring I know, but there are some wild Muller light flavours out there…

Sugar free jelly – the little premade pots are only ½ a syn each or the sachets at 1 ½ syns if you have the motivation to boil some water and wait.

Curly Wurly – if you see an adult purchasing a Curly Wurly without children in tow, I can guarantee that they’re on Slimming World. 6 syns for a full size bar that lasts a lifetime is a good deal, even if you only get about 4 syns worth because the chocolate crumbles off.

Savoury

Crisps – there are so many low syn crisps to choose from, from Quavers at 4 ½ syns to Velvet Crunch at 4 syns. I pride myself in being a crisp connoisseur and there are plenty of Slimming World friendly options.

Mug Shot – they range from being syn-free to ½ syn, personally they’re not to my taste but I know a lot of Slimming Worlders adore them.

Super Noodles – as long as you make sure you pick up the low fat ones you’re good to go with a syn-free snack.

 

Are there any other snacks that I’m missing out on?!

Slimming World Steak & Chips

There really isn’t a lot that you need to change in order to make the easy steak and chips into a syn-free Slimming World dinner.

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Steak

Sprinkle a little seasoning, like mustard powder, over the steaks and rub onto the surface.

Spray with low calorie cooking spray, cover and set aside whilst you start the chips.

To cook the steaks simply place them on a hot griddle pan sprayed with low calorie cooking spray and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until they’re cooked to your liking.

Chips

Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C Fan.

Peel the potatoes  and slice lengthwise into rectangular chips.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.

Add the chips and cook for 4 minutes.

Drain and leave aside for 10 minutes to dry.

Return the chips to the dry saucepan, cover with a lid and shake to roughen up the edges. Don’t be too aggressive with this or you’ll end up with lumpy chip mash.

Spray a metal baking tray with low calorie cooking spray.

Transfer the chips to the tray, spray lightly with low calorie cooking spray cover with salt, garlic and spices and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning occasionally.

You can then serve the steak and chips with some veggies or salad and have a deliciously easy Slimming World meal.

 

 

Lovin’ your leftovers

I personally find it hard to remember that I do not need to cook for a rugby team, meaning that I often have a lot of leftovers. Tupperware is my best friend when it comes to leftovers, but there are often times where it gets pushed to the back of the fridge and left to colonise. However, when the leftovers are used there are times when they’re much nicer than the original meal.

For example, leftover chilli con carne makes amazing nachos, chilli dogs, chilli cheese ‘fries’ and taco bowls.

Leftover pasta (a rarity) can be turned into a pasta bake or a pasta salad for lunch.

My favourite leftover recipe has to be banana bread, I cannot stand overripe bananas but once mashed and added to sugar, and other such ingredients, they turn into one tasty cake. It’s about the only thing that I can bake and I’ve begun to perfect them since moving out.