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Curried Lentils with Ginger – Slimming World Recipe

curried lentils with ginger

I love lentil dishes and I love curry so this curried lentils with ginger recipe from Slimming World is perfect for me.
We’re going to have to make Ella something else, however, as she isn’t a curry fan!

Curried Lentils with Ginger

Serves 2
2 syns per serving

Ingredients

  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh root ginger
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 level tsp turmeric
  • 4 tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 75ml canned coconut milk
  • 275ml vegetable stock
  • 460g cooked lentils
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 level tsp lime pickle
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
  • Fresh coriander sprigs, to serve

For the spice mixture

  • 1 level tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 level tbsp coriander seeds

Method

  1. To make the spice mixture dry roast the spices for 2 minutes over a medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally. Remove the spices and grind in a pestle and mortar.
  2. Cook the onions and garlic in low-calorie cooking spray over a high heat for 5 minutes, until golden.
  3. Add the ginger, chilli, cinnamon, turmeric and spice mixture and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, coconut milk and stock and simmer gently for about 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cooked lentils, lime zest and juice and the lime pickle and continue simmering for 15 minutes.
  6. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper, if required. Serve the curry with the hard-boiled eggs, garnished with coriander sprigs.

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Creamy Basil and Chilli Linguine Slimming World Recipe

creamy basil and chilli linguine slimming world recipe

We have to keep the heat quite low when making anything with chilli in it as Ella and I don’t like it too spicy so Ant never puts the recipe amount in when we’re eating!
This basil and chilli linguine pasta is a vegetarian Slimming World recipe and is quick to make. It’s also is another comfort food for me.

creamy basil and chilli linguine

Basil and Chilli Linguine Pasta

Serves 4
Syn free

Ingredients

  • 500g dried linguine or spaghetti
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • ¼ tsp sweetener
  • A large handful of fresh basil, chopped, plus leaves to garnish
  • 100g fat-free natural yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water until just tender. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and garlic. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the tomatoes, chilli and sweetener.
  4. Turn the heat to high and bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook gently for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped basil and the yogurt, season well, and stir through the drained pasta. Serve garnished with basil leaves.

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Colcannon – Slimming World Recipe

Colcannon

Colcannon is comfort food for me and it’s also a quick and easy dish to make. We served ours with meat-free burgers and roast vegetables.

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Ingredients

  • 1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • ½ Savoy cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 100g fat-free natural fromage frais
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Cook the potatoes in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 12-15 minutes, adding the cabbage for the last 5 minutes to soften the leaves.
  2. Drain and return to a low heat to dry off any excess moisture.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the fromage frais and mash until smooth. Season to taste and serve hot.

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Cumin Scented Falafels Slimming World Recipe

Cumin Scented Falafels

I love anything flavoured with cumin and these cumin scented falafels didn’t disappoint. It’s another vegetarian recipe and we’re serving it with sweet potato wedges and beans.

Cumin Scented Falafels

Serves 4
Syn free

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 2x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2cm piece root ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tbsp very finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 small egg
  • Salt
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • Paprika and fat-free natural yogurt, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Place the onion, carrot, chickpeas, garlic, ginger, cumin, chilli powder and the ground and fresh coriander in a food processor.
  2. Pulse and process for 1-2 minutes until blended but still fairly chunky in texture.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl. Lightly beat the egg and add to the mixture.
  4. Season with salt and, using your fingers, mix thoroughly to combine. Cover and chill in the fridge for 6-8 hours to firm up and allow the flavours to develop.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas 6.
  6. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment and spray lightly with low-calorie cooking spray.
  7. Shape the chickpea mixture into 24 bite-sized balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Spray lightly with low-calorie cooking spray and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden and firm.
  9. Serve warm, sprinkled with paprika and the yogurt alongside to dip into.

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Meal Planning Menu – Slimming World Menu Week 4

Meal Planning Monday Slimming World Vegetarian Menu

Here’s another week of Slimming World vegetarian dinner menus. I’m looking forward to the chilli bean cottage pie.

Because I weigh at Slimming World on a Wednesday, our meal planning menus run from Wednesday to Tuesday each week, just in case you were wondering why I start on a Wednesday!

Meal Planning Menu Week 4 – 22nd to 28th January

Wednesday – Bonfire night cheese topped bangers and mash pie

Thursday – Cauliflower rosti pie

Friday – Cheesy Mexican bake

Saturday – Chunky root vegetable hotpot

Sunday – Baked vegetable frittata with meat-free burgers and baked beans

Monday – Bean and rice burritos

Tuesday – Chilli bean cottage pie

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Chunky Bean Burger With Cajun Wedges Slimming World Recipe

We had some vegetable burgers from Tesco and everyone loved them, except me because I didn’t want to use 9 syns on a veggie burger so I went without!
With this chunky bean burger recipe, I can have the same as everyone else for zero syns!

Chunky Bean Burgers with Cajun Wedges

Serves 4
Syn free

Ingredients

  • 400g can haricot or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small onion or shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • Bunch of spring onions, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 tsp dried Cajun seasoning
  • 6 tbsp fat-free natural Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Place the beans, onion, garlic, chilli, red pepper and half the spring onions into a food processor and whizz to chop roughly.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, season lightly and stir in the beaten egg.
  3. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape into burgers.
  4. Spray a baking tray with low-calorie cooking spray, place the burgers on the tray and chill for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
  6. Cut the potatoes into wedges and toss with the Cajun seasoning, then arrange on a baking tray, spray lightly with low-calorie cooking spray and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.
  7. When the wedges have been cooking for about 10 minutes, put the burgers on the oven shelf below them and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.
  8. Meanwhile, mix the yogurt, tomatoes and remaining spring onions in a bowl and season lightly.
  9. Serve the bean burgers with the wedges, chunky sauce and your favourite salad.

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Baked Couscous with Vegetable Chunky Chilli Slimming World Recipe

Ella’s not a fan of anything chilli flavoured so we’ll have to make hers without the spices. Everyone else, however, loves chilli so we’ve all been looking forward to this baked couscous with vegetable chunky chilli 🙂

Baked Couscous with Vegetable Chunky Chilli

Serves 4
Syn free

Ingredients

  • 225g pre-cooked couscous
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten
  • 225g fat-free natural fromage frais
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped chives
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large courgette
  • 2 baby aubergines
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • ½ – 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • Fresh chives to garnish

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas 4.
  2. Soak the couscous according to the directions on the packet, and then place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the eggs, fromage frais, chives and plenty of seasoning. Mix well and transfer to a small non-stick baking tin lined with baking parchment.
  4. Press down well and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until firm and lightly browned. Stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Trim and roughly chop the courgette and aubergines and place in a saucepan with the stock.
  6. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the tomatoes, chilli powder to taste and seasoning.
  8. Bring to the boil and simmer for a further 5 minutes until thick and tender.
  9. Cut the couscous into wedges and serve with the sauce, garnished with fresh chives and sprinkled with more ground black pepper if liked.

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Slimming World Recipe – Bean Cassoulet

Slimming world bean cassoulet vegetarian recipe

This Slimming World bean cassoulet is a lovely comforting dish for cold winter evenings.

Bean Cassoulet

Serves 4
1.5 syns per serving

Ingredients

  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 level tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 110ml red wine
  • 110ml hot vegetable stock
  • 4 tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce/tamari
  • 400g canned haricot beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Method

  1. Spray a non-stick saucepan with a little low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots and leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden.
  3. Stir in the tomato purée, oregano, red wine, stock and tomatoes and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and season lightly.
  5. Cover and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, until reduced.
  6. Add the soy sauce and cooked beans and continue cooking for about 10-15 minutes, until the sauce is thickened and richly coloured.
  7. Sprinkle the cassoulet with the parsley and serve with your favourite green veg.

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Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta Slimming World Recipe

We’re cutting down the amount of red meat we eat and making all our family meals vegetarian so we’re starting with this asparagus and mushroom pasta from Slimming World.

asparagus and mushrom pasta

Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta

Serves 4
Syn free

Ingredients

  • 500g asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 500g dried tagliatelle or spaghetti or linguine
  • 400g mushrooms, sliced if large
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 roasted red peppers in brine from a jar, drained and sliced

Method

  1. Cut off the asparagus tips and set aside. Roughly chop the stalks and cook in a saucepan of boiling water over a high heat for 6 minutes or until tender.
  2. Remove with a slotted spoon and put in a food processor with 150ml of the cooking liquid. Purée, season to taste and keep warm.
  3. Top up the pan with boiling water and cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, adding the asparagus tips 3 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  4. Meanwhile, spray a large non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
  5. Add the mushrooms and fry for 3 minutes then reduce the heat to low, add the garlic and fry for a further 1 minute.
  6. Drain the pasta and asparagus tips and return to the pan. Stir in the peppers, mushrooms and asparagus sauce and serve in shallow bowls.
asparagus and mushroom pasta slimming world vegetrian pasta

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Meal Planning Menu – Slimming World Menu Week 3

Meal Planning Monday Slimming World Vegetarian Menu

It’s been a while since I’ve done a meal planning menu because planning a menu every week became a bit hit or miss!
Now that I’m fully back on track with Slimming World I have to preplan a menu because it makes it so much easier to shop and helps keep me on plan.

We’re also cutting down on our meat consumption so the majority of our menus from now on will be vegetarian.
These are all new recipes to us so I’ll be adding the recipes to the blog as we make them and will link to them asap 🙂

Because I weigh at Slimming World on a Wednesday, our meal planning menus run from Wednesday to Tuesday each week, just in case you were wondering why I start on a Wednesday!

Meal Planning Menu Week 3 – 15th to 21st January

Wednesday – Asparagus and mushroom pasta

Thursday – Baked couscous with chunky vegetable chilli

Friday – Chunky vegetable soup

Saturday – Cumin scented falafels with sweet potato wedges and baked beans

Sunday – Colcannon with meat-free burgers and roasted carrots, onions and parsnips

Monday – Basil and chilli linguine

Tuesday – Curried lentils with ginger

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