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’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
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.
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*
Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / Gas 4
Cook pasta according to packet instructions. When cooked, set aside until needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
Deluxe Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Slimming World Best Love Extra Easy Recipe Book
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
Place the gammon in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and boil for 12 minutes.
Tip the water away then repeat twice more with fresh water. This removes the salt from the gammon.
Place the chopped onions and peppers in the bottom of the slow cooker then put the gammon on top of the vegetables.
In a jug, mix together all the other ingredients then pour them over the gammon.
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