Slimming World Mince Pies

OOOOOO I can’t believe it’s taken so long for me to try this recipe!

I have had the Slimming World Christmas book for a few years and only just got round to making these at the weekend. Now I LOVE mince pies, but even I know how high in calories and sugar they are for you.

So I made the Slimming World version with pretty stars and they taste exactly the same, without over doing it on the pastry and butter!

Before the oven 🙂
And all done and ready to nom!

Here’s the link if you want to try them for yourself.

My one point to remember though, is make sure you stick to the oven temp it tells you, as mine somehow managed to come out both burnt and underdone……Baking is not my forte.

I put them in while Lee was cooking a gammon joint, so the oven was at 220 degrees C instead of 170 (fan-assisted). Also I definitely over filled my mince pies…I mean, they are called mince ‘tarts’ on the SW recipe. You’d think I’d twig, but I put as much mince pie loveliness in each one as humanly possible. 😀

And I didn’t sprinkle mine with icing sugar either ( trust me, they don’t need it).

But upon tasting I was in heaven despite the burnt underdone few tarts that didn’t make it… I’m completely lying.. I ate them anyway!

And you know I love a SIMPLE recipe, and it doesn’t get any easier than this if you’re looking to dip your toe into the baking world.

I’m definitely gonna give them another go, with the oven at the right temperature, and hopefully they’ll turn out even better!

Let me know if you make these because if you love Mince pies, these are the same, just a little better for you. 🙂

Oh and before I go, here’s my Christmassy face for your viewing pleasure 😀

SIMW

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Healthy Dhal Recipe

Hi Lovelies! Hope you’ve had a fab weekend! Mine has been nice and chilled with minimal movement as I exercised 4 times last week, so my body deserved a bit of a rest. 🙂

Right, I promised I would post this recipe, so here it is!

I made this GORGEOUS dhal the other day, as my mum’s is so tasty, I had to make it for myself!

It is literally the easiest meal you can make and is packed full of flavour!

So here’s the recipe:

  • You will need:
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Turmeric-1 tbsp
  • Garlic- 1tsp ( I use more coz I LOVE IT)
  • Garam Masala-1tbsp
  • Chilli powder-1/4-1/2 tsp (your taste)
  • Red Lentils Well Rinsed (half a bag)
  • Fresh chopped Coriander
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Fry the onions until light brown, then add the tinned tomatoes, and all spices.
  2. Cook on a medium heat for a few minutes.
  3. Add the red lentils,stir, then add a pint of water and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
  4. When lentils are cooked, add another teaspoon of Garam Masala and add your chopped fresh coriander right at the end before serving.

Not many ingredients and really easy to cook, this veggie weekday meal is really easy and full of flavour.

It’s really important to wash the red lentils (no need to soak as some recipes suggest) as it gets rid of all the grittiness that has gone into the bag during factory processing.

Using half a bag should make 3 meals, so a full bag you’d get from the supermarket would probs do 6, or 8 if you eat normal portions (I’m greedy).

Remember to taste the dhal while cooking, so you can add salt to taste and more chilli powder to better suit your palate.

Happy Cooking!

SIMW

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Slimming World Baked Oats

I can’t believe I haven’t done a blog post about possibly one of my favourite breakfasts ever, Baked Oats.


And they are so simple to make and taste just like a dessert!

The original Slimming World recipe is here: http://www.slimmingworld.co.uk/recipes/baked-oats.aspx

But you can mix it up with different flavours of yoghurt, fruit and essence flavourings.

In fact, I have two favourite baked oats variations: one for summer and one for those cold winter months.

My summer one is made with chopped banana, almond essence, nutmeg and choc shot drizzled on top and my winter one is made with diced apple, vanilla essence,cinnamon and natural yoghurt drizzled on top.

Sound yummy don’t they?

There are a MILLION different ways you can do baked oats. I have put chopped walnuts in before, summer fruits, Options hot chocolate if I’m feeling extra naughty; the possibilities are endless!

You just throw it all together and pop it in the oven and that’s it!

I just love baked oats so much; I might even have them for breakfast tomorrow!

Let me know what you favourite baked oats recipes are. 🙂

SIMW

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Hassleback Potatoes Recipe

This really isn’t a recipe because it’s just so bloody easy!

I made these beautiful little nuggets of loveliness for the first time the other day after my sister in law got me onto them and they are bloody amazing!

They’re called Hassleback Potatoes or if you’re a Yorkshire lass, tatys.

I would use small new potatoes for these, just because they hold in the flavour a lot better. My first go was with bigger tatys and they are nice but little ones are just juicier! 😉

This is how easy it is. All you do is slice your potatoes halfway down and go all the way along the potato (see photo), then spray with Frylight (the butter one is brilliant for this), and cover with garlic, salt and chilli seasoning. Then sprinkle with chives and bang in the oven at 180 degrees c for 45 minutes. Take out halfway and spray with more Frylight and add a little more seasoning, then finish off.

Then I take them out of the oven and cover them for about 15 mins, just because it makes them extra juicy!

And that’s it!

I’m big on super easy recipes to add something different to my plate and these definitely hit the mark!

I’ve also experimented with a few other flavours and I bet a paprika version would be lovely!

Let me know how your hasslebacks go and whether you love them as much as I do!

Oh and HAPPY MONDAY!

SIMW

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I made Broccoli Tots!

My bestie came over a few weeks ago with her little boy Gabriel and told me about this Facebook page called Tasty. It basically has tons of videos of different foods being made in a sped up format. (be warned, it’s also rife with temptation for the naughty stuff like cake and chocolate and uber cheesiness!)

She told me about Broccoli Tots to try and that she had made them for Gabriel; so I thought I’d give them a go too!


It’s a super easy recipe to follow and you can change it up dependant on what view you have. I made mine with broccoli,sweet potato,carrot and parsnip all smooshed together and they are lush!

You cook off your veg then chop/smoosh it up in a bowl. Add salt and pepper, a sprinkle of paprika and any hot sauce you might have (optional), add some breadcrumbs and low fat cheese and an egg. Mix it all together and mould into tot shapes (or croquettes) and bake in the oven for about 20-25 mins on 180 degrees (fan assisted).

Then your tots are ready!

I’m going to make some more but will split up the veg to get different flavours; so I’ll do some carrot and sweet potato and then broccoli and parsnip or whatever takes my fancy really! They almost taste bad for you because of the small amount of cheese in them but you don’t have to add this if you don’t want. You just need the egg to bind it all and the breadcrumbs to hold it together.

They are super moreish too but I give these a 10/10 for how easy they were to make and 9/10 for taste!

Let me know if you try this and what veg variations you make too!

Speak soon lovelies!

SIMW