Homemade tomato sauce

This great little recipe for tomato sauce works really well with chicken, pasta etc. Sorry I don’t have a picture at the moment, I will rectify that soon! I tend to make a fairly large batch and then use it for various recipes throughout the week.

Syns on Extra Easy: 0

Ingredients

400g passata
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
125ml chicken stock (I use a Knorr stock pot)
Fresh basil (use dried if you don’t have fresh)

How to make it

1. Saute the onions for a couple of minutes until soft.
2. Add the passata and chicken stock, simmer for 45 minutes.
3. Add the fresh basil for the last few minutes of cooking.

 

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Baked chicken parmesan

I hadn’t tried any new slimming world recipes in a while when I decided to give this baked chicken parmesan a go and it was so good that it has re-inspired my focus on cooking healthy, delicious meals. This recipe uses both your Healthy Extra A and B but it’s worth it.

The picture doesn't do justice to how delightful this tasted

The picture doesn’t do justice to how delightful this tasted

Syns on Extra Easy: Approx 2.5 per serving

Ingredients – for two people

1 x large chicken breast, butterflied to make two pieces
2 x slice of wholemeal bread, made into breadcrumbs
84g reduced fat mozzarella (HexA)
15g grated parmesan
1 x egg
100ml tomato sauce

How to make it

1. Preheat the oven to 220°.
2. Mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan in a bowl.
3. Beat the egg and brush it on your butterflied chicken breasts, then dip them into the breadcrumb mixture.
4. Put the chicken on a baking tray and spray with fry lite, bake for 20 minutes then turn them over and cook for five minutes on the other side.
5. Remove the chicken from the oven and spoon a tablespoon of tomato sauce over each piece, then place the mozzarella on the top.
6. Put the chicken back in the oven for about five minutes or until the cheese has melted.
7. Serve with salad/pasta/potatoes.

 

Spaghetti carbonara

Another firm favourite in my repertoire is this SYN FREE spaghetti carbonara recipe. Syn free carbonara, I hear you say, it’s not possible! Well it is actually, if you use your HEA allowance for the philly light.

Spaghetti carbonara, just like mama used to make ;)

Spaghetti carbonara, just like mama used to make 😉

Syns on Extra Easy: 0

Ingredients – for two people

4 x rashers bacon – cut the fat off before cooking or risk consuming zillions of syns
90g Philadelphia light (your HEXA allowance per person is 75g)
2 x egg yolks
150 ml vegetable stock
Handful of mushrooms, sliced
80g spaghetti per person

How to make it

1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet – while it’s cooking follow step 2 and 3.

2. Chop the bacon into strips and fry in fry light spray. Add the mushrooms after the bacon has been cooking for a couple of minutes, and let it cook for another couple of minutes before adding the vegetable stock. Let the liquid simmer until about half of it has disappeared.

3. While the bacon and mushrooms are cooking, add the Philadelphia light and egg yolks to a bowl and beat them together.

4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and put it back in the hot pan, add the bacon mixture and the egg mixture, and stir to make sure it’s well mixed. I usually add a good bit of black pepper at this point.

5. Serve and devour.