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Red onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp medium curry powder
1-2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp celery salt
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Campfire Stew – Elfy Eating version
1 gammon joint (visible fat removed)
1 carton Passata
2 red peppers
1 red onion
1 tin baked beans
2 tsp Smoked paprika
1-2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp celery salt
2 tsp coriander flakes
Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and leave for 6 hours minimum. The gammon should break up with a spoon once cooked.
I dished mine up with homemade wedges & boiled rice.
Trying an SP day? Or like me, trying to cut back on carbs?
Unfortunately, over the years, I have found that carbs “bloat” me and irritate my IBS (fruit too ironically) so if I want a loss, I do between if I stick with meat and veg.
So, how to we survive a meal without carbs? Easy, BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHIPS!!
Take the solid end of a butternut squash, peel it and slice into rounds
Toss with smoked paprika & chip seasoning (or any herb/spice of your own choice). I toss mine in a carrier bag (rinsed) which I then use to line my food recycling bin like a good girl..
Mine tend not to “crisp” up as good as chips, but they do make a good replacement and taste so deliciously sweet..
One of my all time favs is a Chinese curry sauce! I have posted this recipe before but I tweak it all the time to try & improve it! Full of speed and syn free 💖
Medium curry powder
Chinese 5 spice
Soy sauce (light & rich)
Knorr chicken stock pot/ chicken stock cube
****SORRY FOLKS! Forgot to tell you to add passata****
It was a return to the traditional Saturday night curry in the Fennell household this week and following a HUGE 4lb gain on the scales for me (a 4 day bank holiday weekend AND a change of class from sat am to tues pm – never again 🙀) I needed it to be a simple, syn free speedy one!… So out came old faithful (my slow cooker) and in it I threw:
2 red chilli – chopped
There are some occasions where nothing but a full fat rich pud will do. My favourite is millionnaire’s shortbread BUT the amount of times I have wasted my syns on shop bought ones which just didn’t hit the spot.
Surely I could make better? Apparently, I can, yes! Prepare to be impressed…
Millionnaire’s Shortbread Recipe
None for you! I’m not sharing mwah ha 😜
Saturday night is alway’s a treat night in the Fennell household (normally curry night too but this week I did persuade Mr F to try something new).
Having spotted a couple of low syn Aldi meats on a Facebook page I follow, I NEEDED to try them…
BBQ pulled beef (2 syns) & Minted lamb shoulder (2.5 syns). So I popped to Aldi and purchased said meats.
So, the menu plan was BBQ pulled beef on an olive ciabatta (heb 😳, come on now, I AM a target member, I am allowed to take small liberties) with asda sweet potato fries (4.5 syns per 100g) & asda coleslaw!! Luvvly Jubbly as some might say…
Sadly, whilst the meal was great (still not a curry said Mr F) the coleslaw was sadly lacking in taste! To add insult to injury, it was wasted syns..
Surely I can do better?
To accompany tonight’s minted lamb shoulder I made my own syn free coleslaw along with syn free chips on a small wholemeal roll (the correct heb)… SOOOOOO much better! Why on earth do I try and go against what I know and trust…
Elfy Eating Coleslaw
I grated 2 carrots, finely sliced a red onion and some white cabbage. To this veg mix, I added a small tub of fat free natural yoghurt, a pinch of mustard powder, salt n pepper plus a good glug of Hellman’s fat free vinaigrette… Elfy eating chips
And the chips? Simple, pierce 2 small spuds (I used Sainsbury’s Vivaldi spuds) and microwave for 5 mins.
Sometimes only a pasta bake will do. I haven’t done one of these in ages. To be honest, they can be a bit “faffy” to prepare! Lots of pans & dishes etc BUT, the finished dish is ALWAYS worth the effort, plus, it can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge until your ready to eat!
First things first, finding a speed packed sauce that picky F Minor will eat…. Easy peasy hidden veg!
On the hob, heat a frylight coated pan and add the base mix (keep stirring to prevent burning, add water if necessary).
After a few minutes add extra lean minced beef (I added some chopped smoked bacon that was left over from lunch) and 1 chopped red onion. Continue to fry until the mince is browned.
Add chilli powder, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock pot and Passata and simmer for 5 mins.
Meanwhile, cook your pasta of choice, I always like to throw a few eggs in to cook at the same time (look after the pennies)
DISCLAIMER – I have never caught salmonella by doing this – yes, this HAS been suggested to me 😳
For the white sauce I blended a syn free cottage cheese with a syn free natural fromage frais, seasoning and a pinch of mustard powder. Pour this over the pasta and sauce then sprinkle with some grated cheese (hea or syns – you choose)
To cook, place on the middle shelf of a pre-heated oven (200*) and bake for 30-40 mins until bubbling.
Serve with a big side salad
“Just a bit of onion son, feel free to pick it out” 😜