Speedy Chicken Jambalaya – Slimming World Recipe

Speedy Chicken Jambalaya

This speedy chicken jambalaya is ready in 30 minutes. It’s great for the nights when one of the girls has to eat early due to Cubs or Guides commitments.
It’s very filling and tasty; you can serve it with a side salad to make up your 1/3 speed or you can add any other vegetables that you like.

None of the kids knew it was a Slimming World recipe and they all asked for seconds.

We made extra and I saved a couple of portions so I could have them for my lunches the following days 🙂

Speedy Chicken Jambalaya Recipe

Yield: Serves 4

Speedy Chicken Jambalaya Recipe


  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • Onion - 1 peeled and Chopped
  • Garlic cloves - 3 peeled and crushed
  • Skinless chicken breasts - 4 cut into bite sized pieces
  • Dried long grain rice - 350g
  • Boiling chicken stock - 1L
  • Smoked paprika - 1 tsp
  • Dried parsley - 2 tsp
  • Tomato puree - 4 tbsp
  • Tabasco sauce - 1/4 tsp
  • Red pepper - 1 bottled and roasted in brine, drained and chopped
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Frozen mixed vegetables - 300g
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Small handful of finely chopped fresh parsley, to garnish


  1. Spray a large, deep non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
  2. Add the onions, garlic and chicken and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan and season well.
  4. Bring to the boil then cover the pan and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until the stock is almost absorbed and the rice is tender.
  5. Serve scattered with parsley


Syn Free on Extra Easy




Speedy Chicken Jambalaya Slimming World Recipe

Chicken Jambalaya Recipe from Slimming World

#Dolmio #ThankGoodness – Midweek Meal Recipe

#ThankGoodness for Dolmio

Chicken and bacon Dolmio pasta bake with melted cheese

#Dolmio #Thankgoodness Chicken and bacon pasta bake with cheese ingredients

#Dolmio #Thankgoodness

We try to eat our evening meal around 6 pm. On a Wednesday, though, Ella has Cubs and has to be there for 5.45 pm. We have to be able to cook something that doesn’t take long, to give her time to eat and then get ready.

We’re very conscious of making sure the kids get their 5 a day. Pasta dishes are great for adding loads of healthy veg without the kids knowing what’s in it!

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Spaghetti Bolognese

Ant now does the majority of cooking in our house. He likes to cook from scratch, but even he agreed that the Chicken and Bacon pasta bake he made, with Dolmio Original Bolognese Sauce, was absolutely delicious.
Kaycee has been complaining that we’ve had spaghetti bolognese too often, just lately, so we decided to use the bolognese sauce with chicken and bacon instead of minced beef.
I have to say, I would never complain about having spaghetti bolognese too often because I don’t think it’s possible! I have a soft spot for Dolmio sauces because I craved Dolmio spicy bolognese throughout my pregnancy, with Kaycee. Everyone got fed up with me wanting it 3-4 times a week! I’d have had it every night if they’d let me! Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the spicy one anymore 🙁

#Dolmio #Thankgoodness chicken and bacon pasta bake with cheese

Here’s our recipe for Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake with Cheese.

Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake with Cheese

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake with Cheese


  • 150g smoked bacon roughly chopped
  • 400g chicken breast chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 large courgette chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bell pepper de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 1 aubergine chopped into cubes
  • 150g mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 1 500g jar Dolmio Original
  • 200g pasta shapes
  • 20ml cooking oil
  • 100g Parmigiano Reggiano shavings
  • 150g mild cheddar


  1. Boil pasta as per packet instructions. Once cooked, drain, rinse and set aside
  2. In a large pan warm the oil then cook the onions and garlic over a medium heat until soft
  3. Add chicken and stir fry for 5 minutes or until it's cooked on the outside
  4. Add bacon and continue to stir fry for 3 minutes or until bacon is cooked
  5. Stir in mushrooms and peppers and cover for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have cooked down
  6. Stir in courgette and aubergine followed by the Dolmio sauce
  7. Stir really well to make sure everything is coated in the sauce
  8. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until courgette is soft
  9. Heat the oven to 200°c/ 180°c fan/ Gas 6
  10. Stir the pasta in to the sauce and mix well
  11. Transfer to a large oven proof dish and grate the mild cheddar all over
  12. Arrange the Parmigiano Reggiano shavings over the cheddar
  13. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is brown and bubbling

We doubled up the recipe as we had Kaycee’s friend for dinner and we also gave a portion to my father in law and one to my mother in law.
Ant makes fresh bread every day and for a change, he made baguettes which worked out well because he was able to make some garlic bread. The kids said he should have made more as he only made half a stick and they wanted more than 2 slices each!

It was enjoyed by everyone 🙂 I asked them which part they liked best. Here’s what they said:

Kaycee said:

The melted cheese was the best bit. It was delicious.

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Ella said

It was all delicious but the best part was the sauce.

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Ant said

The smoky bacon combined with the sauce brought all the ingredients together in a really rich, mmmmm! I didn’t have to worry about adding herbs and seasoning because the sauce took care of all that. It was a pleasure to cook with.


This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness

Irish Stew Recipe – Happy St Patrick’s Day

Irish Stew Recipe

Irish Stew Recipe

Irish stew

My 6 step-children are Irish and Ant lived in Northern Ireland for around 20 years, so we figured we’d make a traditional Irish stew in honour of St Patrick’s Day tomorrow 🙂

I’ve never been to Northern Ireland but it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. It looks so beautiful.

Irish Stew

Yield: 4-6 servings

Irish Stew

The quantities in this recipe are a guide only. You can use whatever quantities you have, as well as adding other vegetables, and still end up with a delicious stew.


  • 4 onions peeled and chopped
  • 6 large carrots roughly chopped
  • 1kg floury potatoes peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1kg cheap cut of mutton or lamb cut into bite sized pieces
  • Handful of parsley
  • Salt to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients to a large lidded saucepan
  2. Cover with water and bring to the boil
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for around 3 hours
  4. Serve hot with soda farls

This was popular with everyone. It was made all the better with chunks of Ant’s homemade bread dipped in! I don’t usually have Ant’s bread. I usually have wholemeal as part of my Slimming World eating plan but, I had a treat today 🙂

Everyone else had his home made soda farls and I’ll be putting a recipe up for those soon.

Happy St Patrick’s Day, for tomorrow, to all who celebrate it.

Pizza Topped Chicken – Slimming World Recipe

Pizza Topped Chicken

I love chicken and I love pizza so for me, this is a perfect combination!

Slimming World Pizza Topped Chicken

Serves 1

Syn free if using the cheese as a healthy extra. If not, add 6 syns.


  • Half a small onion, finely chopped
  • Finely chopped red pepper (half of a small one)
  • Small clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp stock
  • 2 vine tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • Tinned tomatoes – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato puree – 1 tbsp
  • Mixed Italian herbs – 1 tsp
  • Chicken breast
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 30g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Cherry tomato – halved


  1. Place the onion, pepper and garlic in a small saucepan with the stock and simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Add the vine tomatoes, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and mixed Italian herbs.
  3. Slice the chicken breast in half, making sure you don’t cut all the way through then open up like a butterfly.
  4. Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and lightly fry the chicken on both sides to brown .
  5. Place the chicken on a non-stick baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes 220ºC/200°C Fan/Gas 7
  6. When the chicken is cooked, place the tomato mixture on the chicken, sprinkle on the cheese and add the cherry tomato. Put back in the oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with Slimming World chips and a speedy salad.


Pizza topped chicken Slimming World recipe

Pizza Topped Chicken Recipe From Slimming World

Easy Beef Stew – Slimming World Recipe

Easy Beef Stew

It’s still quite chilly out there which means we’re still making lots of warming casseroles and stews. We usually use the slow cooker but sometimes I fancy a stew that doesn’t take so long to cook.
This easy beef stew can be ready in 30 minutes and it’s free on Extra Easy 🙂


  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large cauliflower, florets halved or quartered
  • 200ml boiling beef stock
  • 200g sugar snap peas


  1. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
  2. Fry the steak for 2 minutes on each side and transfer to a plate.
  3. Put the onions and garlic in the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the oregano, tomatoes, cauliflower and stock and cook over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar snap peas and cook for 4 minutes or until the stew is thickened and rich.
  5. Cut the steak into chunks, return to the pan with any juices and simmer for a few minutes.
  6. Serve the stew in warmed bowls with mashed or roasted potatoes.
Slimming World Easy Beef Stew

Slimming World Easy Beef Stew from Extra Easy Express

Pork and Fennel Pasta Recipe – Slimming World

Pork and Fennel Pasta

Slimming World Pork And Fennel Pasta

Slimming World Presto Pork & Fennel Pasta From Extra Easy Express

I’d never had fennel so I was a bit wary about trying this Pork and Fennel Pasta recipe. The kids were having it as well and I expected them not to like it because it was something new!
Turned out we all loved it and we’ll be making it often 🙂

Serves 4

Free on Extra Easy


  • Dried pasta shapes – 500g
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 1 Large onion – finely chopped
  • 1 Large fennel bulb – finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves – finely chopped
  • A large, grated courgette
  • Lean pork mince (5% fat or less) – 550g
  • Can chopped tomatoes – 400g
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • Boiling chicken stock – 200ml
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions then drain and set aside
  2. Meanwhile, spray a large non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. Add the onion, fennel, garlic, courgette and pork and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, basil, tomato puree and stock and bring to the boil. Cook for 7 minutes or until piping hot
  4. Season well, stir the pork mixture into the pasta and serve with a salad

Slimming World Presto Pork and Fennel Pasta

Sticky 5 Spice Gammon – Slimming World Recipe

Sticky 5-Spice Gammon

Slimming World Sticky Five Spice Gammon

Slimming World sticky five-spice gammon

Gammon is one of our favourite meats. I always get a piece bigger than we need because the kids love to have plenty of leftovers to snack on.

Another favourite flavour is 5 spice so I couldn’t wait to try bringing the two together. It was delicious 🙂

Ant did have to cook some without the five-spice, though, because Kaycee doesn’t like it (there’s always one!).

This serves 4 and is 1 syn per serving


  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • Chinese five-spice powder – 2 tsp
  • 4 Gammon steaks – all visible fat removed and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • Red chillies – 2, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Clear honey – 1 level tbsp
  • Boiling chicken stock – 100ml
  • Dark soy sauce – 2 tbsp


  1. Spray a non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. Sprinkle the five-spice powder over the gammon and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until brown at the edges.
  2. Add the chillies, honey, stock and soy sauce. Stir well and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the sauce is sticky and the gammon is glazed and golden.
  3. Serve with noodles and a speed vegetable stir fry or leave the noodles and make it an SP meal.

Sticky Five-Spice Gammon Slimming World

Carrot, Pepper And Pea Dhal – Slimming World Recipe

Carrot, Pepper & Pea Dhal

The super wonderful husband made carrot, pepper and pea dhal for our dinner last week. He served it with a big juicy steak and I really enjoyed it.

Serves 4
Syn Free


  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ground ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • ground cumin – 1 tsp
  • black mustard seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • turmeric – 1 tsp
  • mild or medium curry powder – 2 tbsp
  • split red lentils – 175g
  • carrots peeled and cubed – 3
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • frozen peas – 200g
  • salt
  • small handful finely chopped coriander
  • Lime wedges to serve (optional)


  1. Spray a lidded saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onions ans stir-fry for 4-5 minutes
  2. Turn the heat to low and stir in the garlic and all the spices. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes then add the lentils and 800ml of water and bring to the boil over a high heat.
  3. Add the carrots, cover and turn the heat to low. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in the peppers then cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  4. Stir in the peas, bring back to the boil over a high heat and stir in the coriander. This is delicious served hot with rice and a squeeze of fresh lime juice

Slimming World carrot, pepper and pea dhal

Slimming World Carrot Pepper and Pea Dhal

Recipe taken from the Slimming World book Best Loved Extra Easy Recipes


Deluxe Mac ‘N’ Cheese Slimming World Recipe

Deluxe Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Ant and I have been very busy this past week. We’re redecorating our downstairs shower room so things have been a bit hectic around here. Kaycee (11) offered to cook dinner for everyone yesterday because it was getting late and we were still busy.
She used the Slimming World Deluxe Mac ‘N’ Cheese recipe from the ‘Best Loved Extra Easy’ recipe book and served it with salad and sausages. You can get syn free sausages from Iceland but I had low-fat Tesco ones for 1 syn each.

It was delicious :o)

Here’s the recipe for anyone who wants to give it a go.

Serves 4
3 syns per serving


Dried macaroni – 400g
Low-calorie cooking spray
Leeks sliced – 2 small or 1 large
Courgettes sliced – 2
Mushrooms sliced – 125g

For the sauce

Cornflour – 2 level tbsp
Skimmed milk – 250ml
Fat-free natural fromage frais – 150g
Mustard powder – 1 tsp
Pinch of grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
40g reduced fat Cheddar-style cheese*


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / Gas 4
  2. Cook pasta according to packet instructions. When cooked, set aside until needed.
  3. Spray a large non-stick pan with low-calorie cooking spray and cook the leeks, courgettes and mushrooms over a low heat for 8-10 minutes or until softened.
  4. To make the sauce, blend the cornflour with a little of the milk and set aside. Bring the rest of the milk to the boil then stir in the cornflour mixture, stirring continuously. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  5. Mix the mustard powder and pinch of nutmeg into the fromage frais then add this mixture to the sauce, beating with a wooden spoon. Stir in most of the cheese.
  6. Drain the pasta and tip it into an oven proof dish. Add the vegetables and sauce** and mix well. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top and bake for 20-30 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Slimming World Mac 'n' Cheese with salad

*We used more cheese because there’s only me actually following Slimming World in our family. I counted the cheese on my portion as my healthy extra and everyone else got a cheesier dish :o)
**The original recipe says to pour the sauce over the top and sprinkle the cheese on then bake. We decided to mix it through the pasta and vegetables. We prefer it this way.

Slimming World Deluxe Mac N Cheese

Deluxe Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Slimming World Best Love Extra Easy Recipe Book

BBQ Gammon – Slow Cooker Slimming World Recipe

Slow Cooked BBQ Gammon

We’re all fans of gammon and BBQ sauce in this house. Everyone was quite excited when we said we were going to make a slow cooked BBQ gammon for dinner.
This is very similar to the BBQ pulled pork recipe I posted last week. We love using the slow cooker at this time of year.

It’s syn free on Extra Easy.


  • 1.2kg boneless gammon joint, all fat removed
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 peppers (green, yellow and red), diced
  • 1 carton of passata
  • tomato puree – 4 tbsp
  • ground cinnamon – 1 tsp
  • ground ginger – 1 tsp
  • mustard powder – tsp
  • smoked paprika – 2 tsp
  • Worcestershire sauce – 6 tbsp
  • balsamic vinegar – 6 tbsp
  • soy sauce – 2 tbsp
  • granulated sweetener – 2 tbsp


  1. Place the gammon in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and boil for 12 minutes.
  2. Tip the water away then repeat twice more with fresh water. This removes the salt from the gammon.
  3. Place the chopped onions and peppers in the bottom of the slow cooker then put the gammon on top of the vegetables.
  4. In a jug, mix together all the other ingredients then pour them over the gammon.
  5. Cook on medium for 5-6 hours.
  6. Serve with your favourite speed vegetables.

Slimming World Slow Cooked BBQ Gammon