Chicken Korma Slimming World Style

October 28th, 2014, Posted in Life by Alexandra | No Comments

Gavin and I love our Indian takeaways (who doesn’t). Whenever we go to the takeaway or to an Indian restaurant I always like to have a classic Chicken Korma, I just love the creaminess and taste of the Korma and it is just an all time favourite of mine. I really fancied an Indian tonight, but I was kind of naughty on the weekend having too many syns, so I decided to try and make one of my own (Slimming World style of course) from scratch. Yet again this is a nice and simple recipe to follow.

Ingredients needed:

2 large chicken fillets, cut into small chunks

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

500g passata

3tbsp tomato puree

2tbsp Korma curry powder

300ml vegetable stock

250g fat free fromage frais

frylight or low calorie spray of your choice

rice to serve of your choice.

How to make:

1. Spray a frying pan with frylight, add the chicken pieces and fry until browned all over or for roughly 4-5 minutes.

2. Transfer the chicken to another bowl and set aside.

3. Re-spray the frying pan with frylight, start frying the onion and the garlic until the onion is tender.

4. Add the tomato puree, vegetable stock, korma curry powder and passata. Cook until boiling, then add the cooked chicken pieces, stir, cover and place over a medium-low heat for 45 minutes on simmer.

 5. Meanwhile cook the rice according to packet instructions.

6. Remove the curry from the heat, add the fromage frais, then serve with the rice.

This recipe serves 4 and is syn free. 

Let us know how you get on with this recipe and what you think of it.

Graze Boxes from Graze.com – my review

October 27th, 2014, Posted in Reviews by Gavin | No Comments
Graze Boxes from Graze.com – my review

We’ve been given the chance to review Graze boxes from Graze.com. I’ve had them delivered to me at work on a fortnightly basis and these little snackers are amazing. I was at first sceptical due to the price, size and the general quality inside. But after having 2-3 already it’s almost as good as having that Friday night takeaway.

The box comes with 4 little snack-sized finger food nibbles. And the best part is you get to choose what type of food you would like to receive from their ever-increasing range. I thought it was just nuts of all types, and me personally I’m not a huge fan of nuts, but after trying a few of there’s I’ve really come to love pistachios, cashews etc

Aside from nuts, they do dippers (which I love), dried fruit of all kinds, savoury bites, cake (which we all love) and some tea time items. I.e green teas etc.

My Graze box

My main gripe about Graze’s service was the price per box which is roughly £4.00 including delivery, for some reason I couldn’t justify the cost, but after receiving a few it came to my attention that if I was to order some clothes off the internet I would be ‘roped’ into paying for delivery which this is usually £3.99 or similar.

I guess the real conundrum is weighing up the cost of making it yourself and the time into small lunch boxes. I think my philosophy with this service would be to keep paying until I’ve tried everything I would like to try then narrow down my choices to ones that I would like again. Then after this I would most likely cancel my subscription. – By then I would hope they would have new snacks to choose from which keeps you coming back for more.

Great thing about this service is their website where after you’ve had your Graze box you can rate your items and choose whether you would like to have these sent to you again. When I first signed up, I was like no nuts, just give me cake, cake, fruit, more cake and savoury, since then this has changed.

Here’s what was in my graze box!

Scandinavian Forest

Scandinavian Forest

blueberries, lingonberries, cherry infused raisins and apple

Lovely all-rounder if your a fruit fan, quite sweet but went well with the savoury items.

Salted Fudge Peanut Cookie

Salted Fudge Peanut Cookie

baked salted peanuts, fudge pieces, mini chocolate cookies and redskin peanuts

Lovely selection of treats, made me not put the tray down.

Herby Bread Basket

Herby Bread Basket

mini basil breadsticks, garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers

Absolutely amazing, if you are a savoury fan, this is what heaven would be. Lovely flavours.

Wholegrain Banoffee Dippers

Wholegrain Banoffee Dippers

toffee sauce with wholemeal banana shortbread dippers

The icing on the cake for my box this week and it wasn’t too bad, quite salty but an healthier option with the wholegran dippers.

I think as an overall opinion, I would honestly recommend you to try out their service, after-all currently they offer their first box to you for free so why not!! I think this service is great for people in the office at work, I don’t think it’s practical for people out on the job as some of the items require kettles, microwaves etc.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Simple Slimming World Stuffing for Roast Dinners

October 27th, 2014, Posted in Recipes by Gavin | No Comments

Roast Chicken Recipe with Stuffing

I kind of stumbled across this mix when trying to cook a simple roast chicken dinner last week. I was quite surprised with the results considering. I think this recipe is great for those Sunday roasts with family where your slightly restricted with your diets and the rest of the family can go all out. I’m not sure if this is Syn free or you’ll need to add this as an healthy extra. So if you do know, please let us know in the comments below!

This will serve roughly 4, depending on your portion size.

Ingredients for Stuffing mix

  • 1 Large Onion (White, but if no white I used Red in mine)
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves (depending on how much you like garlic)
  • Mixed herbs, or Thyme, Parsley, Sage & Tarragon (1-2 tsp)
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 4-5 slices of brown wholemeal bread
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten

What you’ll need to make and cook the stuffing

  • Sharp chopping knife
  • chopping board
  • frying pan
  • baking tray
  • Large Bowl or similar

The Slimming World Stuffing Mix Recipe

  1. Chop & Dice the large online into small pieces and add to frying pan with a little cooking spray, bring the onion to soften but don’t brown. Add the onion to the bowl.
  2. Peel and chop finely the Garlic gloves and add this to the onions.
  3. Add the slices of bread but with each one cut off the crust (or add the crust if you like) but break away the slices of bread into small flaky chunks. I used a fork and ‘raked’ the slice of bread to make breadcrumbs.
  4. Sprinkle your herbs (depending what you have) to the mixture.
  5. add salt and pepper to season your mix.
  6. Add the beaten egg to the mixture, add in small parts only enough to bind the mixture together. Mix up the bowl well using your hands.
  7. Make small balls or large depending on your preference and place on baking tray.
  8. Add a little cooking spray again and sprinkle more herbs if desired.
  9. Roast in the oven at 180 degrees for 25mins. When it gets to 15-20 just keep an eye that they aren’t burning depending on the size of your stuffing balls.
  10. Enjoy!

Let us know what you think and how you get on with your recipe!