Sunday, 12 February 2017

Malaysian Red Pepper and Chicken Curry

Serves 4

Syns per serving : Negligible

400ml chicken stock
2 tbsp light soy sauce
4 tbsp tomato purée
2 tbsp cider vinegar
¼ tsp sweetener
2 tbsp medium curry powder
1 level tbsp cornflour (1 Syn)
Low calorie cooking spray
4 large skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 red peppers, deseeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
2.5cm piece root ginger, peeled and finely grated
2 small red onions, peeled and quartered
2 tomatoes, quartered
6 spring onions, finely sliced

1. In a large bowl, whisk the stock, soy sauce, tomato purée, vinegar, sweetener, curry powder and cornflour. Set aside.

2. Spray a wok or large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 6-8 minutes until just cooked through. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

3. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper and re-spray with low calorie cooking spray. When hot, stir-fry the peppers for 2-3 minutes then stir in the ginger and stir-fry for a further 30-40 seconds.

4. Pour in the stock mixture, return the chicken to the pan and add the onions and tomatoes. Cook, stirring continuously, for 10-12 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is hot.

5. Scatter over the spring onions and serve immediately.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Toad In The Hole

Serves 3

Syns per serving : 3.5 Syns

6 x low-Syn sausages (I used Marks & Spencers Skinny sausages at 0.5 Syns each - adjust the Syns accordingly depending on which sausages you use)
30gm plain flour (5.5 Syns)
2 eggs
75ml semi skimmed milk (2 Syns)
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to gas mark 7 and preheat an ovenproof dish in the oven.

2. Cook the sausages for 10 minutes until slightly browned and not quite cooked.

3. While the sausages are cooking, make the batter by whisking the eggs, flour, milk and salt in a bowl until there are no lumps.

4. Remove the dish from the oven, spray with Frylight and add the sausages. Pour the batter mix into the dish with the sausages. Place in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until golden brown, risen and crispy.

Monday, 6 February 2017

1 Syn Yorkshire Puddings

Makes 12

Syns per pudding - 1 Syn

50gm plain flour (9 Syns)
120ml semi skimmed milk (3 Syns)
40ml water
2 eggs
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and heat a 12 hole Yorkshire pudding tray in the oven.

2. Mix all the ingredients together. Remove the tray from the oven, spray with Frylight and pour the mixture equally into each of the 12 holes of the tray.

3. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until risen and golden brown.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Potato Salad

Serves 4
Syns per serving : 1 Syn

2lb new potatoes, cooked, cooled and diced
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
4 rashers of bacon, all visible fat removed, grilled and diced
4 spring onions, chopped
5 tbsp lighter than light mayonnaise (2.5 Syns)
5 tbsp fat free natural yogurt
2 tsp wholegrain mustard (1 Syn)
10 basil leaves, torn into pieces
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large bowl mix together the mayonnaise, yogurt, wholegrain mustard, basil and seasoning. Gently stir in the rest of the ingredients, being careful not to break up the potatoes. Let the potato salad rest in the fridge for 30 minutes so that the flavours infuse.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Sticky Lemon Chicken

Serves 4

Syns Per Serving : 1 Syn

• 1 tbsp honey (2.5 Syns)
• juice 1 lemon
• 250ml chicken stock
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• 4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
• 1 tbsp cornflour (1 Syn)
• Frylight
• 2 carrots, finely sliced
•1 red pepper, cut into chunks
• 140g sugar snap peas

1. In a jug, mix together the honey, lemon, stock and soy sauce, then set aside. Toss the chicken with the cornflour so it’s completely coated. Heat a non-stick frying pan sprayed with Frylight, then fry the chicken until it changes colour and starts to become crisp around the edges.

2. Add the carrots and red pepper, then fry for 1 min more. Pour the mixture in the jug into the pan, bring to a simmer, then add the sugar snap peas and bubble everything together for 5 mins until the chicken is cooked and the veg are tender. Serve with noodles.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Beef & Bean Hotpot

Serves 6
Syns Per Serving : Syn Free

• 500gm lean minced beef, 5% fat or less
• 1 beef stock cube
• 2 large onions, diced
• 500gm pack carrot and swede diced
• 2lb potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
• 2 x 400gm cans baked beans in tomato sauce
• Worcestershire sauce, to taste


1. Heat a large non-stick pan, add the beef then fry over a medium-high heat until browned, stirring often and breaking up any lumps with a spoon. Crumble in the stock cube and mix well.

2. Add the vegetables, stir to mix with the beef and pour in enough boiling water (about 1 litre) to cover. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer gently for about 30 mins or until the vegetables are tender.

3. Tip in the baked beans, sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce to taste, stir well and heat through. Taste for seasoning. Serve with extra Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco, for those who like a peppery hot taste.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Beef Rissoles

Serves 4
Syns Per Serving: Extra Easy - FREE
• 700gm small floury potatoes, such as Desiree, scrubbed
• 1 large egg, beaten
• freshly ground black pepper
• Low-calorie cooking spray, such as Frylight
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 500gm lean minced beef (5% fat or less)
• 2tsp Cajun seasoning
• 200gm can chopped tomatoes
• 6tbsp tomato purée
• small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 20-25 minutes, or until tender. Drain well, allow to cool a little, peel and mash to a smooth purée. Leave to cool, then mix in the beaten egg, season and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-low heat. Fry the onion for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and mince, increase the heat to high and fry for 5-6 minutes, or until lightly browned all over.
3. Stir in the Cajun seasoning, tomatoes, tomato purée and the parsley. Season well. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until fairly dry. Leave to cool.
4. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Tip the mince into the mash and mix well. Divide into 12 portions, shape each into a ball and roll into a rissole. Place on the baking tray, cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for 3-4 hours, or overnight if you can.
5. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Spray the rissoles with low-calorie cooking spray and bake for around 20 minutes, or until cooked through.