I’m Tracey! I am a Slimming World Consultant in Tallaght but most importantly I am a Slimming World member. I have lost five stone following the plan and words cannot convey just how much it has changed my life in every single way. I was a comfort eater, a secret eater and miserably unhappy for all of my teenage life.
It may seem a bit contrived but it really is a family favourite in our house. We’ve swapped jars of tomato pasta sauce for an easy home-made version using passata, chopped garlic, onion, oregano, a beef stock pot and a dash of Lee And Perrins. You can add whatever vegetables you like and if the kids don’t enjoy them you can blitz their portion of sauce so they will be none the wiser.
I love that I can make this as mild or as spicy as I like to suit all tastes. We’ve ditched our usual powered sauce for a home-made curry sauce using a tin of chopped tomatoes, a stock cube, curry powder (the spice, not curry sauce powder), garlic, onion and whatever vegetables take our fancy. We even make syn free egg fried rice using boiled rice (it works best to let it go cold first. I make it that morning) soy sauce, an egg, garlic granules and frozen peas). If your children like it milder you can add natural yoghurt to their portion.
This is a real Friday night favourite. I pick up wraps or pitta bread that are on the Healthy Extra B List, passata, mozzarella and an assortment of toppings. My cheese is weighed out but the kids can add as much as they like. We pile the pizzas high with free and speed toppings such as chicken, bacon, sweetcorn, peppers and onion. It’s great fun putting them together and it feels like a real treat. We serve with Slimming World chips and salad.
Comfort food at it’s finest. Slimming World chips are on our menu at least twice a week. Simply peel and chop potatoes and boil for a couple of minutes (or microwave for five minutes). Spray with Frylight and lay down flat on a baking tray. Oven bake for 30 minutes giving them a little shake halfway through. We add salt and vinegar and serve with fried eggs (fried in Frylight). We might add Gammon Steaks or baked beans depending on what we have in and I’ll always sauté some mushrooms, onions and tomatoes for my speed food. It’s a quick and easy dinner that the kids love.
I always thought risotto was really complex but it is really straightforward. It is a bit of a labour of love because you have to add the stock to the pan bit by bit and let the risotto rice absorb it but it is so versatile. Simply fry onion and garlic in a pan, add your risotto rice and slowly add chicken/vegetable stock bit by bit until the rice has absorbed it all and is cooked to your desired texture. We then add whatever meat/fish we have along with vegetables. This week we had chicken, prawns, peppers and green beans and served it dusted with parmesan. Next week I am going to syn some chorizo and throw in some grilled red peppers and broccoli.