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Dips

I faced a challenge a few weeks back when I was invited to a night in watching Phantom of the Opera, I knew there was going to be lots of snacks and I was afraid of being tempted so I decided to make up some dips and dippers of my own. The simple recipe follows…

Ingredients-
75g Light Philadelphia (Healthy Extra A)
Crushed garlic (I use the Very Lazy Garlic by EPC)
Dried mixed herbs
Smash (Depends on how many you want to make I would use a 3 person serving packet)
Boiling water
Fry Light

Recipe- Add boiling water to your Smash until it reaches a dough like consistency. Use a fork or a large spoon to keep mixing/mashing it up. If you happen to add too much water and make the smash too thin, just add a little more to bring it back to the dough like consistency. Then take your Smash dough ball and roll it out to about 3/4 to 1 cm thick. Then take a knife and cut it into little rectangles (about 2cm x 5cm). Add these to a frying pan on medium heat coated with fry light and fry until golden brown on both sides. Leave to cool.

Whilst they are cooling you can make your dip. Add about 1 heaped teaspoon of Lazy Garlic to your Light Philidelphia and mix in 1 teaspoon of your mixed herbs.

Easy! Now just dip and enjoy!


Are you counting the right syns?

I have started eating a bit of bread now with my Slimming World diet, normally I don’t have any, opting instead for Alpen Light bars to make up my healthy extra.

The first time I had some slices I knew I had to Syn them, I had already had my healthy extra allowance. I made a pretty fundamental mistake though, I was counting the Syn value of the bread, which for the sake of argument is 5 Syns in total.

But if I normally had bread and Synned out by eating two Alpen Light bars, I would have had 6 Syns (because they are 3 each).

The lesson is that when you are Synning food that would normally be a healthy extra, be sure to Syn the maximum value, not the first one you think of – it could help answer some awkward questions at your next weigh in!


Recipe: Diet Coke Chicken

Diet coke chicken (serves 4)

Sounds like a bit of a weird dish but it’s actually really tasty and completely free. Best to use a deep frying pan or heavy based saucepan for this one.

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 chicken fillets
  • 330mL tin of diet coke
  • Passata
  • Lea and Perrins sauce
  • Vegetables (onions, peppers, mushrooms)
  • Smash (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut your chicken into strips and chop up your vegetables.
  2. Fry your chicken in one cal spray until cooked.
  3. Add chopped vegetables.
  4. Add tin of diet coke to frying pan, 6 tablespoons of Passata (or more if you like because it’s free!), and a few dashes of worcester sauce.
  5. Simmer for approximately 25 minutes to reduce sauce.
  6. A handy tip for thickening sauces which I’ve mentioned on the site before is sprinkling in a little Smash powder to thicken the sauce up a little.
  7. Serve with rice or potatoes and lots of superfree vegetables!

Using Smash to Thicken Sauces

I have made a few dishes with passata and found that the sauce I made with it was nice but a little bit watery.

After looking for some tips I found one which works really well, Smash, which is free (unless it is the buttery one which has syns).

All you have to do is sprinkle in enough and keep stirring until your sauce is the desired thickness. I was worried when I first did this that my sauce would taste of potatoes but it didn’t at all.

This is much better than using cornflour or flour — which has syns, or my old favourite roux which is made by cooking butter and flour together, super tasty but full of syns!


My Journey: 5th Weigh In

First of all, this is more than a few days late and there have been no tips posted in a while – sorry about that!

This week I lost 3lbs.

This puts me at 1st 4lbs off in total since I joined, which I am pretty happy about.

My predicted weight loss chart on the Slimming World website projects that I will have lost 10% of my body weight in the next three weeks.  That would be pretty cool.

This month I am also trying to do 30 minutes of exercise a day which apart from making me feel a bit healthier should also speed up the weight loss.


My Journey: 4th Weigh In

Well this week I am delighted for a few reasons;

  • I lost 1.5 lbs
  • I got my Stone Award
  • This site got a shout out!

I could have lost more this week, but I was aiming for half a pound because that would get me the stone award so am happy enough, especially since I managed to squeeze in an Indian and some Japanese during the week.

Last month my girlfriend and I decided to give up drink for a month – neither of us were particularly heavy drinkers, but we wanted to see if we could do it.  I think that helped me lose so much this month.  It will be interesting what happens to my weight loss when I have a couple of drinks now and then.

Next month we have pledged to do 30 minutes of exercise everyday, which should really help (and hopefully counteract any drinking that is done!)