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
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
Spray a large, deep non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
Add the onions, garlic and chicken and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan and season well.
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.
Serve scattered with parsley
3.5 Pound Loss
I didn’t post a weekly weigh in last week as I’ve decided to post my results a week later. I kept forgetting, till late on Wednesdays, to do my update post. I try to stay off the computer in the evening so I can spend time with Ant and I didn’t like having to blog late in the evening.
Doing it a week later means I can schedule it and forget about it 🙂
So, last week, I stuck to plan all week and I lost 3.5lb. I was hoping for more (never satisfied!) but I’m happy with my result.
I’m pledging to lose the same again next week. I’m trying really hard to get out of the 24 stone bracket.
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Pizza Topped Chicken
I love chicken and I love pizza so for me, this is a perfect combination!
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
- Place the onion, pepper and garlic in a small saucepan with the stock and simmer for a few minutes.
- Add the vine tomatoes, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and mixed Italian herbs.
- Slice the chicken breast in half, making sure you don’t cut all the way through then open up like a butterfly.
- Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and lightly fry the chicken on both sides to brown .
- Place the chicken on a non-stick baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes 220ºC/200°C Fan/Gas 7
- 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.
- Serve with Slimming World chips and a speedy salad.
Just a quickie tonight because it’s late. I forgot to post earlier because I’ve been busy working on my old recipe posts. I’ve been updating the SEO and the images. I’m in the process of making better images so they stand out better on Pinterest.
I was expecting a gain at my Slimming World class this week because I’ve not been great at sticking to plan! I’m going to be better this week 🙂
The greatest loser award was given out today and we were all really happy to see Nicky win it with an 8 stone 5.5lb loss :oD
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
- Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
- Fry the steak for 2 minutes on each side and transfer to a plate.
- 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.
- Add the sugar snap peas and cook for 4 minutes or until the stew is thickened and rich.
- Cut the steak into chunks, return to the pan with any juices and simmer for a few minutes.
- Serve the stew in warmed bowls with mashed or roasted potatoes.
I’ve had a good week but I didn’t lose any weight this week. I was ill for most of the week which could be the reason so I’m not upset about it.
Next week the greatest loser will be awarded. I won it in 2015 and 2016 but this year a lovely lady will be getting the award. I’m really pleased for her because she’s done brilliantly. She’ll be getting her 8.5 stone award. It’s been a couple of years since I got my 8.5 stone award and currently, I only have my 6.5 stone award as I’m still struggling to lose the weight I put back in November and December last year.
I’ll be getting it back next year though because she’s nearly at target and I still have lots of stones to get rid of! Haha 🙂
Pork and Fennel Pasta
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 🙂
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
- Cook the pasta according to packet instructions then drain and set aside
- 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
- Add the chopped tomatoes, basil, tomato puree and stock and bring to the boil. Cook for 7 minutes or until piping hot
- Season well, stir the pork mixture into the pasta and serve with a salad
A 7.5lb loss this week at Slimming World made me very happy, in fact, I’m delighted! I had pledged to lose 6lb this week and I worried whether I could actually do it. Seems that I can and I smashed it!
I wasn’t able to do the weighing at my group this morning, though. I started with a cold on Monday which has knocked me off my feet. A runny nose is bad enough to contend with but the pounding headache that’s accompanying it is horrible.
I didn’t go to work at the charity shop on Tuesday and I won’t be cleaning for my mother in law in the morning as I don’t want to pass this horrible virus on to her.
Hopefully, I’ll be better by Friday morning because I need to go and change the book display table at the charity shop.
I want to go for a big loss again this week because I want to get out of the 24 stone category and work towards getting my 7 and a half stone award back 🙂
Sticky 5-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
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve with noodles and a speed vegetable stir fry or leave the noodles and make it an SP meal.
I wasn’t very good at the weekend. Also, we indulged in the Tesco Valentine’s meal deal last night (which was delicious!) which wasn’t SW friendly! However, I was still a bit shocked at the 5lb Gain I got when I weighed at Slimming World this morning.
I’ve vowed to lose 6lb next week so I’ve really got to knuckle down this week and keep in control.
I did try to have today as a holiday so I wouldn’t have to face the scales it but my fellow social team members wouldn’t let me get away with it! I faced my gain and have got my head in place to get rid of it again, thanks to them 🙂