LENTIL COTTAGE PIE | SLIMMING WORLD | VEGAN

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Nutritional Yeast… or nooch as we connoisseurs like to call it, is a savoury, cheesey flavoured seasoning, jam-packed with a load of essential nutrients that is a staple of most vegans’ food cupboard. If you haven’t tried it, you need to. This stuff is brilliant.

To me (and most other rational people) nooch is a seasoning, however the big bad guys over at Slimming World have added a syn value to it (a whopping 2.5 per ‘level’ tablespoon)… which in my opinion is just ridiculous. So I did a little research…

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BACK ON THE BANDWAGON | SLIMMING WORLD | VEGAN

Wow… 2017….

Time has really been getting away from me lately. The house has come on leaps and bounds since I last posted, in fact we have just submitted plans to building control for the long-awaited extension. And let me tell you, I cannot wait to FINALLY have a kitchen!

But in the mean time, I’m back on the Slimming World band wagon (after falling off HARD). I thought I’d post some of the Slimming World friendly Vegan recipes I’ve been enjoying. I’m all about quick, low-syn and tasty… and if you’re like me then I know you’ll love these.

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Blogmas Day 22 | Slimming World Christmas Dinner

Hello my lovelies,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 22! Apologies for the long absence this month – in the run up to Christmas everything has just gone a bit manic! I did however manage to make a spectacular 9 syn Christmas Dinner last Sunday (as the hubs and I are going to my parents for Christmas Dinner this year we thought we would do a ‘test run’ at home). I know that Christmas is generally the time of excess, and trust me I’m pretty sure I will be consuming a fair bit of the Christmas Eve cheeseboard, but Christmas dinner itself doesn’t have to be jam packed with syns – in fact its one of the few things about Christmas that can be relatively healthy!

This Christmas dinner is 9 syns – the syns are for the cocktail sausages, gravy and stuffing, but you can easily make it syn free… or at least lower in syns, and I’ll explain how as we go along.

So here is my Slimming World Christmas Dinner! All the taste, little syns!

So first and foremost, the turkey – as I was doing this only for the two of us I used turkey breast fillets. I know a lot of people will want to do the full turkey and thats perfectly fine. I suggest you get your butcher to skin it for you, stuff it using one of the stuffing recipes in this post and cook it covered upside down on a really low heat (about 140oC) and half an hour before it’s finished (obviously I can’t give you a cooking time as it will be based on the weight of the turkey) turn it right side up and recover. You don’t need to take the foil off as there is no skin on a Slimming World turkey to crisp!

I also used pre-sliced ham off the bone and Tesco Finest Outdoor Bred Cocktail Sausages (3 for 5 syns) but if you have a butcher who does the syn free sausages use them – I usually would, but I couldn’t get them in time for doing this…

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When it comes to the veg I started with the free veg – potatoes and parsnips…

I’m all for saving time, so I choose the You Say Potato microwave in the bag potatoes to use as my roasties and the Tesco Fresh Peeled microwave in the bag potatoes for the mash. The parsnips were just the bog standard value range ones from Tesco.

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And now for the most important part of every Slimming World Christmas dinner, the Superfree! I went for carrots, brussels sprouts, mange tout and cranberries…

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I started by getting the superfree cranberry sauce on the hob… Put the cranberries in a pot along with enough boiling water to just about cover them. Bring to the boil and keep boiling until they open up. As soon as they open up reduce the heat down to a simmer and cover with a lid. You can let this simmer away while you make the rest of the dinner and when the dinner is ready just take the cranberries off the hob and stir in some sweetener to taste…

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While the cranberry sauce was simmering away I got the veg ready. My potatoes and carrots were all microwavable in the bag so I simply pierced the bag and put them in the microwave one after the other. Then I put the parsnips and mange tout in two separate pots with boiling water and let them cook. Once they were cooked I drained them. I left the mange tout in the pot and put the parsnips in a roasting tray.

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Once I had all that on the go I started on the stuffing. I used this box stuffing from the Tesco value range. You get six portions from this box at 3 syns each. You can make this stretch by mixing the made up stuffing (follow the directions on the box – it’s real simple, just add water) with mashed potato. This is great for using to stuff a whole turkey. Also for a great free alternative to bread stuffing or box stuffing you could make Irish Stuffing.

Irish Stuffing is made using mashed potato, celery, apple, onions, sage, parsley, salt and pepper. Boil and mash the potatoes, cook the celery, onion and apple together in a pot until soft. Add to the mashed potato along with the sage, parsley, salt and pepper then either use to stuff the turkey or roll into balls and cook covered in the oven for 30 minutes.

Now for the turkey. I put each breast between two sheets of baking parchment and bashed it with a rolling pin until it was about 1cm thick. Then I put the stuffing in the centre of the flattened turkey and folded into parcels. I finished them off by wrapping them in slices of ham. I then cooked the turkey parcels covered in the oven for 30 minutes at 180oC and then uncovered for 15 minutes.

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Now everything is ready to go in the oven, so a quick spray of frylight over everything and then get it all in the oven…

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Once everything has been in the oven for around 30 minutes it’s time to get the brussels on the go. These are really simple to do, just slice them all up and put them in a pan with some fry light, pop the lid on and let them cook for about 20 minutes on a low heat…

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I mixed my mange tout with some frylight and garlic and put it on a low heat to brown a little…

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For the mash potato I put it in a pot and used a potato masher to mash it down, then I added some cheese (I used two HEa worth as my husband and I were sharing it). Using cheese is a great alternative to butter. You can also use milk, but I really like cheesey mash potatoes.

I used the Bisto Chip Shop Gravy for my gravy. You can use the Slimming World Onion Gravy if you want to have a syn free gravy, but I find it too thin, so I use the Bisto one. One 280ml portion is 6 syns and I used 2 syns for my serving.

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So all in all this Christmas Slimming World dinner was 9 syns – but you can use the alternatives I suggested throughout this post to make it lower in syns or completely syn free.

And here’s the finished product… minus the gravy…

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I made a bed of brussels sprouts for my turkey parcels to sit on which was roughly the same size as the turkey parcel so that I had a good amount of superfree to start with, then I added the potatoes and balanced that out with the superfree carrots and mange tout. Then we added the parsnips and the cocktail sausages. It’s a really good amount of food, cooked with no butter or oil and with plenty of superfree added in. I have to mention that we did not finish these plates, there was way too much food for one meal and when I was eating it I was conscious of getting a good balance of free and superfree on my fork.

Hope this helps any of you who are worrying about staying on plan at Christmas – and don’t worry too much about it, remember to enjoy it and spend plenty of quality time with friends and family.

Merry Christmas and big love,

Kiki x

Blogmas Day Ten, Eleven & Twelve | Slimming World Cheesy Pasta Bake

Hello my lovelies,

Today’s Blogmas post is a lovely Slimming World recipe for you all. I know its been a long while since I’ve posted any Slimming World recipes, but I find it really hard not to completely pig out over the festive period (especially as it’s so cold, and the takeaways are so near) so I’ve started operation damage limitation. This recipe is a really quick, simple comfort food that you can make the night before and just heat up when you come home form work. Knowing that I have some food already made and prepared at home takes a little bit of the stress from my day.

For this Pasta Bake all you will need is:

One jar of Homepride Cheese and Bacon Pasta Sauce

200g of a dried pasta of your choice

160g low fat cheddar cheese

This dish serves four people and I usually serve it with a rocket and cherry tomato salad as my superfree if I’m doing EE or peas and sweetcorn if I’m doing Green. It’s 4.5 syns per serving and 1 HEA, which for a comfort food, I think is pretty good – at least it’s much better than phoning for a takeaway!

So here goes…

Get all your ingredients together (you will also need a dish to cook it in) – I don’t have the cheese out here because you don’t add it until later and I find leaving it in the fridge until I need to use it stops it melting too fast and/or burning in the oven.

Pour the contents of the sauce jar into a bowl, then fill the empty jar up to the top of the label with cold water and add it to the sauce in the bowl. Mix well…

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Weigh out 200g of pasta of your choice and put it in your baking dish. Pour over the sauce mixture…

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Then pop this baby in the oven for 25 minutes…

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After 25 minutes, take the dish out of the oven and sprinkle the reduced fat cheddar cheese evenly on top. Pop it back in the oven for 20 minutes and make yourself a cup of tea… or a highlights hot chocolate…

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After 20 minutes your pasta bake will be done! What an easy Slimming World friendly winter dinner!

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I hope you all enjoyed this and that you give it a go – for 4.5 syns it is really worth it – super cheesy and absolutely delicious! If you do green days I really suggest roasting some baby potatoes for with this and adding in some pan fried chilli sweetcorn and peas – winter time carb overload!

If you are a fan of my Slimming World recipe posts then make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss my next post – Christmas Dinner with all the Trimming Slimming World Style – 9 syns total if you can’t get the syn-free sausages and 4 syns total if you can – not bad at all!

I also have a couple of syn-free stuffing recipes which incorporate lots of superfree, and I will be posting that next week. If you use the syn free stuffing recipe in your Christmas dinner instead of the traditional bread one you can have your Christmas dinner for only 1 syn!

And if you want to have a totally syn free Chritmas dinner, you can make the syn-free onion gravy that I think everyone knows about? Personally I don’t like it as it’s too runny and I can never make it thicken up enough for my tastes, which is why I make my own for 1 syn.

Anyways, I’ll go into way more detail about everything in the next couple of posts. In the meantime try and keep away from that extremely tempting shortbread… I’m sure I can’t be the only one struggling to do that?

Big love,

Kiki x

Lists are taking over our lives!

I am a list person… I make lists for everything an anything (although I should point out that the pic above is not one of my lists), but for the past week and a half the amount of lists made in our house has been ridiculous! The count down is now on to get everything ready for November… it may seem like a long way away, but trust me it isn’t. Last July when we got engaged I thought I’d have everything done and dusted by December… now we are in to April and I’ve still masses to do!

It’s the little things that take up a lot of the time, so we sat down last week and made a list of all the little things we still have left to do – for instance, we completely forgot the we need new shoes!

We need to get the invitations sent out pronto so that we get the RSVP and menu choices back in plenty of time to make up the table plan and the hotel needs at least 10 weeks notice of the menu choices… and J has to find his birth certificate so we can get the marriage license… it’s all the little things that need to come together!

We’ve also been considering taking on a renovation project… so have been working out the figures for that!

So I haven’t been keeping up with the squat challenge, in fact I never made it past Day 1, but I do want to give it a good shot, so I’m getting back on the wagon with it today I’m starting all over again. I have also been quite naughty and been a little too flexible with my syns… back on track now though which feels good!

Goodlife Sausages and the 30 Day Squat Challenge

I popped in and bought a box of the Goodlife Glamorgan Sausages – had a look at the syns online, but could only find the ones with cheese in them… also tried the syns calculator, but it would only let me add one free food. The main ingredients are onion, leek, potato and cauliflower – so it isn’t really acurrate to use the syns calculator. I would guess they were about 2 syns if I only syn the synful ingredients – rapseed oil and rice starch. I don’t think there’s much of either in them.

I’ve also started the 30 Day Squat Challenge…

50 squats DONE… not looking forward to the 250 in 30 days time… I’ll keep you all updated on my progress though 🙂
J’s furnace is now up and running and he has a fair few ingots created already… he’s now on to making the moulds to create his masterpieces’s… I’m very proud!

Week Two of the Scan Bran Challenge Day 1

So I’m now into my second week of the Scan Bran Challenge… the idea being to add more fibre and less useless calories into your diet on the Slimming World plan and kick start your metabolism… I had my weigh-in last night and had lost 2lbs… I am very happy with that, would have been better if I had gotten 3lbs off, but 2lbs if definitely better than nothing, or worse – a gain!

I’m sticking with the Challenge this week too, I’ve enjoyed getting so much from my Healthy Extras… in fact I don’t know how I would manage to stay on plan without them!

I love the Good Life veggie sausages (the vegan ones without cheese) but can only ever find the syns online for the cheese filled ones. I’m going to do a little bit of top up shopping (yoghurts, jellies, veggies etc) so I’ll buy a box and run them through the syn calculator online. They are delicious, and should be pretty low in syns, so fingers crossed!