Coronation Quorn – 3 syns per portion (Slimming World)

As always I am trying to create new and interesting recipes that I can eat on my Slimming World “eating plan”.

I am a spice lover so many of my recipes contain spices to make low fat food more exciting and tasty. I have only just discovered quorn fillets and I can’t decide whether I like it all that much, I have a feeling this recipe would be just as nice without it but we do need the protein and it does look a bit more like Coronation Chicken.

On a red day you could make this with real chicken and if you’re not on a diet then you could add a handful of raisins and some almonds for texture.

Ingredients

1 onion, diced

1 tsp hot curry powder

salt to season

spray and fry

2 fresh pineapple slices or more if you like the sweetness

4 tbsp pineapple juice (1 syn)

4 tbsp 0% fat Greek yoghurt

2 level tbsp low fat mayonnaise (5 syns)

2 quorn chicken style fillets

Method

Fry the onion in the Spray and Fry until soft.

Stir in the curry powder and salt and add 4 tbsp pineapple juice and the quorn fillets. Cook until the quorn is defrosted and the juice has reduced so that the mixture is thick.

Take out the quorn fillets and dice them

Turn the quorn and the onion mixture into a bowl and cool.

Once cooled, mix in the yoghurt, diced pineapple and mayonnaise.

Serve with cold rice.

Serves 2

Fab Soup

I’ve just made a really brilliant soup so I’m writing it down while I remember what I did. It makes a lot so you can alter the quantities for your needs, or freeze the left overs.

Spicy Butternut Squash and Potato Soup

Ingredients

1 tsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 leek, washed, trimmed and sliced

3 chopped onions – I used red

1/2 diced chili – not too hot

1/2 inch root ginger peeled and finely chopped

2 litres of good strong chicken stock (make sure you boil the stock to reduce by it by half after following my stock recipe. This will give it a much deeper flavour)

2 large potatoes, washed but not peeled and cut into1 – 2 inch dice

1 small butternut squash de-seeded and chopped into 1 inch slices

salt to season

Method

Heat the oil in a large, heavy based pan until it runs quickly when the pan is tipped. Add the cumin and mustard seeds, set the heat to medium and cover the pan. When you hear the mustard seeds popping, let it cook for about half a minute or until the cumin seeds are getting brown.

Remove the lid and add the chopped onions and leeks. Add the chili and stir occasionally until the onions are soft and transparent, try not to make too much brown caramelisation on the bottom of the pan but a little but is fine.

Add the ginger and the potatoes and stir for about a minute then pour over the stock and bring to the boil.

Simmer until the potatoes are soft.

Meanwhile put the butternut squash into a lidded microwavable dish and microwave on full for 8 to 10 minutes or until it is soft.

When the potatoes are cooked, add the squash and liquidise the whole lot before passing it through a sieve or a vegetable mouli.

Add salt to taste.

If I wasn’t watching my weight I would probably stir through some coconut milk or cream before serving but I actually added some cooked basmati rice and made a very substantial lunch.

The Girthmother gives in to the Diet

Dear friends, sadly I must relate that I have been to Waitrose. Not for a major shop you understand, just to get some low fat things I can’t get anywhere else, namely, cottage cheese, 0% fat greek yoghurt and Quark. I kept my eyes straight ahead and bought nothing else. What else could I do? Whizz found a recipe for cottage cheese but I think that’s going a bit far, don’t you? I mean you have to be sensible.

On the plus side my butcher has made me fat free, 100% meat, sausages that work out at about the same price as Tesco’s organic sausages. I had to buy 21lbs of them mind you which was a bit of a shock to the bank balance. They are now wrapped into clumps of 6 or 7 in the freezer. Oh it’s lovely to have sausages again.

The cooking has relaxed a bit. I am due to make another batch of lemon squash but need to buy some more Xylobrit. This stuff is a great find as it tastes just like sugar, has half the calories and, if the blurb is to be believed, is good for you!

The last batch of flapjacks were not a success. I tried grating the chocolate onto the top and popping them back into the oven. This was an unmitigated disaster and they’re still in the tin! The last lot of rice crispy cakes were similarly unsuccessful as I added walnuts and nobody, including myself, liked the taste. I’ve been eating Slimming World Hi Fi bars which have hit the sugar spot when needed. More expensive but a darn sight more convenient!

One thing that has tried to undermine my good intentions has been the existence in our house of the Youth Club tuck shop. I was the Treasurer of the Youth Club, then I resigned because we were planning to move. Nobody else could be found to take my place so I am the Treasurer again, and I am also responsible for the tuck – buying it, pricing it, counting it and storing it. It’s the storing bit we could all do without. it’s so easy to put 40p in the tin and buy yourself a Snickers bar, well it is for Whizz; I have a bit more self restraint. Horace is only allowed sweets at the weekend but that doesn’t stop her from asking for a Mars Bar – every day. The problem is that there is nowhere in our house to store two grocery boxes, three sweet boxes and two large plastic storage containers the size of grocery boxes. They are in the lounge behind the settee like sirens, drawing us to them with their sweet tune.

As I said in my last blog entry, I have returned to Slimming World. For those of you unfamiliar with the eating plan I have a choice each day of a Red or a Green plan. Simply put, with Red I can eat as much meat, lean of course, fruit and vegetable as I like with limited amounts of starchy foods such as potato or pasta. On a green day the meat and the starchy foods are reversed. The red days are much better for my digestion – green induces, as you can imagine, a certain amount of gas, but I find that green is much more enjoyable so I tend to live with the wind – or at least my family does!

I have upped my exercise routine. This week I have walked many miles, most enjoyably with one or other friend. One particular friend was out with me today and as we tramped through the woods we discussed life and food. My friend, The-rapist, suffers from diverticulitis so her flatulence problems put mine in the shade. The-rapist has been divorced for quite some time (nothing to do with the wind) and is thinking of having a go at the Dating Game (see my blog On Computer Dating August, 2005), after a discussion of the pros and cons of having a man about the house I observed, about computer dating, that it is a bit like house hunting in that the target looks fantastic on paper, or on line but when you finally go and see it there’s a gas works right behind it. A bit like you, I concluded in mirth.

I think she is still my friend.