When I first started Slimming World, I know one of the things that I struggled with was keeping my meals varied and interesting. As you will know, if you follow my weekly results blog posts, I’m surprised I don’t look like an actual salmon (I’ve gone through several weird salmon addiction phases). Suffice to say, it’s important to try and vary things … so do as I say, not as I do!
So I’ve done some research, and drawn on what meals go down well for us as a family, and thought I would choose 7 delicious Slimming World dinners, in the hope that it gives you a little inspiration … and also remind me that there’s more to life than fish! When I try out more dinners, and, more importantly, if and when they prove successful, I will keep writing more updates – the worst thing for us is to get bored right?
So these are my go-to dinners, the ones that I’ve tried, that I know are delicious, and that even my kids will eat! Click on the links for full recipes – there’s a recipe for most of them.
I’ve now tried this recipe out using chicken and lamb as well, because I can’t afford to buy steak every week, and I can confirm that it’s just as delicious with any meat. It’s the sauce that makes it – the combination of madras curry powder, beef stock, and tomato puree. In fact, I think that’s what we’ll have for dinner tonight. Again. It produces more of a gravy than a thick sauce so you may want to take the lid off for the last 10 minutes to reduce the sauce to thicken it, but this is honestly the nicest thing I’m cooking right now, which is why it deserves the No.1 slot! I serve it with basmati rice and 1 poppadum, and the boys have the rest, along with a naan bread each. DELICIOUS!
I often wang on about this recipe but if you’ve already made it, you’ll understand why. I make it in my Sage Fast Slow Pro (a slow cooker and pressure cooker in one), and it is gorgeous. It only takes 5-10 minutes to prepare and cook the barbecue sauce, which you can also use in other recipes (eg. Hunters chicken.) Add the sauce to the pork, mourn the loss of the pork skin that you have to throw away, and a few hours later (or 45 minutes in a pressure cooker) it’s ready. Once we’ve eaten ours, it will stay warm in the slow cooker all day and my eldest can help himself when he’s home from a late shift. I tend to increase the amount of balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce, to make it more tangy. Serve with rice, or syn a wrap, add lots of lovely speed salad, and you’re away!
3. Slimming World Beefburgers
We have these every Monday, or on burger Monday as we like to call it. The recipe is really simple. Make sure you use 5% fat beef mince, add one egg yolk, a splash of Worcestershire Sauce, garlic salt, black pepper and mix it all together. I don’t use the whole egg because for a relatively small portion of beef it gets a little too wet. I find that 250g (which costs £2.50 in Tescos) will make three small burgers. Fry them off in a little spray oil (or Frylight if that’s yur thing), top with a slice of low-fat plastic cheese and stick in a wholemeal thin with some salad – lovely and syn-free!
Each time I make this, I adjust the seasoning to get it just right, and I still don’t think it’s perfect – delicious, but not quite 100% yet. I’ve tried making it with sage and onion stuffing as the coating (you would need to syn this), a slice of wholemeal bread blitzed up (my HeB – and a reader has just suggested you could also do this with a Weetabix, just add seasoning), I’ve used panko breadcrumbs (again, you’d need to syn them), and now my coating of choice is Smash. But don’t tell the Tweak Police because I think technically you should syn this too, although I don’t. For the full recipe click on the link, but you just slice your chicken, coat in beaten egg, and then coat in Smash mixed with your choice of seasoning. A winner every time, especially with Dexter.
5. Salmon Salad
I can’t write this blog post and not mention salmon, bearing in mind I eat the damn thing three times a week. I fry it off in a frying pan, making sure I take the skin off halfway through and crisp that up on both sides until its wafer thin and crunchy. This is the key! Once it’s super crispy, it honestly tastes like a pork scratching! I serve this with two cold boiled eggs, a plate of rocket leaves and chopped up red onion, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and any other speed veg I have lying around, like red cabbage or pickled onions. It probably tastes nicer than it sounds to be fair. But it’s quick and easy to prepare after the gym, although I do have to put up with moaning from the kids about how rank the house smells afterwards. They’ve got a point.
I’ve made this a couple of times in the slow cooker but the recipe works just as well when you bake it in the oven. There is a lot of debate about how to make the white sauce – I use a mixture of cottage cheese, quark and low-fat mozzarella all blended up, but some people use the Bisto cauliflower cheese as a white sauce, which I believe is only 1.5 syns per pack. This version is syn-free, depending on how much low-fat mozzarella you use and whether you’ve had your HeA. Once cooked, I finished off in the oven for 10 minutes to crisp up the cheese on top. Oh, and don’t forget to use 5% mince, although I have heard of some people using a higher fat content mince and pouring boiling water over the top once it’s cooked, to remove the fat. Each to their own, but I’d rather buy 5% … shame it’s bloody expensive!
This is the easiest dinner to make and will only take you 15-20 minutes. Just add honey, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar to your choice of chicken, and marinade (if you have time), otherwise just fry it all off in a little spray oil for 15 minutes or so, or until your chicken is cooked. First time I made it it lacked a little flavour, and so I now add a touch of chilli powder, garlic salt and anything else that is lying around. My spice rack has now taken over half of the kitchen so there’s always something random I can throw in.
I hope you found this post useful – I’m a creature of habit so these are the 7 meals I always go back to time and time again. I would love to hear what you think about these recipes and whether you use them yourself.