Thursday, 23 July 2015

1 syn berry cheesecake mousse (slimming world friendly)

I've been trying to find some nice healthy desserts for my son as he is now following the Slimming World plan. I know sugar free jelly is low in syns and quark is free so didn't see why I couldn't make a low syn cheesecake mousse.

1 Syn cheesecake mousse

1 packet strawberry or raspberry sugar free jelly
2 Alpen Light Summer Fruit bars
1 tub quark
cup of frozen berries (defrosted)

Make up the sachet of jelly with 1/4 pint of boiling water . Whisk until completely dissolved.  Leave for five minutes then whisk in the tub of quark until smooth.

Line 2  cups with clingfilm ensuring there is enough overlapping outside the cup.

Crumble 1 Alpen Light bar in each cup and press down to make a base.

Pour over the jelly/quark mix between the two cups and then put in the fridge to set for an hour.

Lift up the clingfilm and transfer the cheesecake to a plate and scatter the defrosted berries on top.

Serves 2 individually on extra easy for 1 Healthy Extra and 1 syn each.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Eggs in hash brown nests ( slimming world friendly)

I first saw this recipe on 'Pioneer Woman' on the Food Network and thought it could easily be made Slimming World friendly. I have put up recipes for potato rosti before but you have to grate raw potato and squeeze out the liquid and its a bit messy and time consuming but this way its really quick and easy. The Pioneer Woman version pre baked the potatoes but my sister (Hi Sue!) suggested could just microwave them for a short while which makes it even quicker.

You don't need to peel the potatoes before you grate them as the skins just come off as you grate the potatoes. When I made this I think I overcooked the potatoes slightly but they were still ok just a bit softer. The other tip is not to use large eggs as there will be too much white which will spill over. If you only have large eggs then you can put the yolks in the 'nests' and a small amount of the white. I tend to buy boxes of mixed weight free range eggs then you can just use the small ones for this recipe.

You can also make these ahead of time by preparing them until you have cooked just the potato 'nests' then finish the cooking the next day so makes it quicker in the morning.

Eggs in hash brown nests

4-5 medium sized potatoes
6 small free range eggs (or see above)
salt and pepper
low calorie spray oil

Cut a slit across the top of each potato and microwave for about five minutes, You don't want them cooked through just a little softer. Leave to cool until you can handle them comfortably. Grate the potatoes (The skins will just come away as you grate them , you can discard the skins)

Spray a muffin tin with some spray oil and place some the grated potato into each well in the muffin tin. Push the potato into the muffin tins and press down so you can a little 'nest'. (See photo) . Season with salt and pepper and spray with the oil again.

Bake in a hot oven Gas 6 /200 / 400 for about 20 minutes until browned then remove from the oven and leave to cool for about 15 minutes.

Next break the eggs into each 'nest', season again with salt and pepper and spray lightly with the spray oil.  Place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until you can see the eggs are cooked.

Serves 6 and syn free on extra easy

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Mediterranean sausage stuffed peppers (slimming world friendly)

I made this recipe after having a load of leftover green peppers and wondering what to do with them. I used the mediterranean sausages as they have the same seasonings I was thinking of and just added a few more ingredients. I had intended to crumble the sausages but they are quite dense so I chopped them up instead and they worked fine.

You could also top this with your cheese healthy extra if you liked :)

Mediterreanean sausage stuffed peppers

1 pack Slimming World mediterreanean sausages (cooked and chopped into small pieces)
4 peppers (any colour)
1 tin or pack of chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tsp dried oregano
1 red onion (chopped)
low cal spray oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Cut off the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds then cut in half. Place in a large pan of boiling salted water for about five minutes then remove and set aside.

Spray a large frying pan with spray oil and over a medium heat fry the red onion until soft but not coloured then add the garlic and oregano and fry for a few more minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer over a low heat for about ten minutes until started to thicken.

Add the chopped sausages and cook for another couple of minutes then add salt and pepper. Place the cooked sausage mixture into the pepper halves in the baking dish and place in a hot oven gas 6 /200/400 for about 20-30 minutes until the top is browned.

Serves 4

Syn free on extra easy