Slow cooker Chilli Con Carne – Slimming World recipe – Syn free

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I have been trying lots of recipes in my new Crock pot slow cooker. Tonight was a delicious Chilli Con Carne. Just 10 minutes prep time and 4 hours in the slow cooker on high or 8 hours on low.

Portion size perfect for 3 – 4 people (or keep and reheat the next night, and the next.. or freeze)

 

 

 

Ingredients:

– 500g of 5% lean beef mince (or you could use turkey mince)
– 1 Beef Stock cube
– 150ml of boiling water
– 1 Red chilli
– 1 Yellow pepper
– 1 Red pepper
– 1 Large onion (or frozen onion)
– 1/2 Tsp Hot chilli powder (or 1 Tsp if you like it hot)
– 1/2 Tsp ground Cumin
– 2 x Chopped tomatoes
– 1 Tin of 500g kidney beans
– 1 Tsp Worcestshire sauce
– 1 Glove of garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder or flakes)
– 1 Tsp Paprika
– A season of salt and pepper
Fry light

Method:

– Spray a little Fry Light into a pan (or your Crock-Pot Saute pan) and brown your mince.
– Drain any excess fat from the mince. I am quite obsessed with this so i even put the mince into kitchen roll and really soak up any extra fat or water. (Shown above)
– Finely chop peppers, onion, chilli etc. Drain your kidney beans and put into the slow cooker with your mince.
– Add your chopped tomatoes, spices and seasoning. I suggest draining the chopped tomatoes before adding them to the slow cooker, you want as little moisture going in as possible because so much water will come out of the vegetables etc.
– Make your stock with stock cube and 150ml of boiling water and add that to the slow cooker.
– Cook on high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 8 hours.

Such as easy recipe and so tasty too!
Serve over rice or cauliflower rice or vegetables.

If you don’t already have a slow cooker I HIGHLY recommend this amazing slow cooker from Crock Pot.

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The best thing about the CSC026 Crock-Pot slow cooker is the saute pan which can even be used on an induction hob and stored in fridge or freezer too.

I will be honest the main reason I went for this slow cooker is because I wanted it to fit in with our White/Grey kitchen theme but it turns out it really is an amazing product.

My old slow cooker was cheap and didn’t even have a timer on it. It’s definitely worth paying a little extra for a quality classy looking product.

It’s great for creating loads of wonderful Slimming World recipes and saves so much time when cooking.

If you fancy purchasing one of these you can have a look here

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A true Non scale victory – Overcoming the Roller coaster fear

FullSizeRender (9)I have been meaning to write this post since we returned from our “big trip” back at the end of November.. but I have been so busy with Christmas, another holiday and work! But finally I am putting fingers to keyboard!

Many of you will know that hubby and I took a month long trip on 21st October.. It was a long time to be away but it really was amazing.

A rough break down.. we flew to Barcelona where we spent two days exploring the city. We have been there before on a cruise stop but not spent more than a few hours there before. It was nice but VERY busy. Not my ideal place to holiday.. I probably wouldn’t be too fussed if I didn’t visit again.

On 23rd October we boarded the Biggest ship in the world (currently Jan 2017), Royal Caribbean’sHarmony of the Seas“. Anyone who knows us well will realise we are addicted to cruising :) But this ship really was another world.. when we pulled up at the port it just looked like a building rather than a ship! The interior was like a city on water. We spent 13 nights on the ship, doing just two ports Mallorca and Malaga before hitting the seas for 10 days transatlantic. We were worried we were going to be bored but with all inclusive food and a drinks package who on earth could be bored ;) The weather was beautiful and we spent most of our days sunbathing and chilling out.
The ships staff keep you entertained with many shows and activities. We even got to see Grease the musical on board!

For any Slimming World follower who is considering going on a cruise but scared of a HUGE weight gain.. You really could stay on plan if you really wanted to (or partly anyway haha). The amount of lean meat, fresh fruit and vegetables available is amazing!

After 13 nights on the ship we arrived in Fort lauderdale where we met hubbys best mate who flew out as he didn’t fancy the cruise too. We spent 2 weeks visiting Key West, Miami and Orlando.

So where did my non scale victory come from?…?

When I was a child and teen I ADORED theme parks, fast rides etc! I can sadly say I had not been to a theme park since I was probably around 14! Over the years the more weight I put on the more I wouldn’t even consider going on a ride for the fear of not fitting on them! Well I can happily say I did pretty much every ride in Universal Studios IMG_6493including 2 huge Roller coasters! Not only did I fit on them just fine.. I loved them :) The great thing about Universal and most of Florida is there are loads of “test seats” outside of the rides for us “larger” guests to try! When I tried that first test seat and it fitted I could have literally jumped for joy!! I am so glad I lost weight for this holiday because it made all of the difference :) Hopefully we will be back soon to ride some more :)

I found I didn’t actually gain that much weight on holiday.. probably because we did so much walking around the parks.. 15 miles some days. It’s after the holiday when I didn’t bother to go back on plan where I gained :( So here I am 15lb heavier again! Grrrrr….but it’s my own fault! I will get it off again with some willpower and determination :)

 

Anyway take care for now

 

Kirsty x

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Slow cooker BBQ Pulled pork – Slimming World recipe – Syn free

 

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I have only really ever had pulled pork on top of an unhealthy burger in a restaurant.. so I thought I would try this amazing SYN FREE Slimming world pulled pork recipe. I am so glad i did. Hubby was extremely impressed too!

Ingredients:

– 1.3kg – 2kg Pork shoulder with all fat removed (1.3kg is absolutely fine for 2 people for one meal)
– 500g Passata 
– 5 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
– 2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
– 2 Cloves of garlic (or 2 tsp garlic powder or flakes)
– 1 Tsp Mustard powder
– 4 Tbsp Sweetener 
– 1/2 Tsp Paprika
– Salt and pepper seasoning
Fry light

Method:

– Add Passata, Worcestershire sauce, Balsamic vinegar, Mustard powder, Sweetener, Garlic, Salt and Pepper to a small saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.

– Remove all of the visible fat from the pork shoulder. This is not always easy, but with a sharp knife it can be managed without loosing too much of the meat.

– In a hot frying pan and a little fry light sear each side of the pork. (Or use your saute crock pot)

– Transfer the pork to your slow cooker and cover with the BBQ sauce. Cook on low heat for 8-12 hours depending on the weight of your pork.

– Once cooked place the pork onto a plate or cutting board and tear the meat apart with two forks. You should find the meat falls off of the bone easily.

– Mix with some of the sauce or drizzle once served. Serve in a Healthy Extra B roll or just on it’s own with Slimming world chips and salad.

If you don’t already have a slow cooker I HIGHLY recommend this amazing slow cooker from Crock Pot.

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The best thing about the CSC026 Crock-Pot slow cooker is the saute pan which can even be used on an induction hob and stored in fridge or freezer too.

I will be honest the main reason I went for this slow cooker is because I wanted it to fit in with our White/Grey kitchen theme but it turns out it really is an amazing product.

My old slow cooker was cheap and didn’t even have a timer on it. It’s definitely worth paying a little extra for a quality classy looking product.

It’s great for creating loads of wonderful Slimming World recipes and saves so much time when cooking.

If you fancy purchasing one of these you can have a look here

 

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Beef in Black bean sauce – Slimming World recipe – 1/2 a syn

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Wow, I tried this amazing recipe tonight and it was fantastic. A new favorite in our house that is for sure.

Portions: 2
Syns: 0.5
Warmth: Spicy (reduce chillis for less spicy)

Ingredients:

For the marinade

– 1/2 tsp Sesame oil (1 syn)
– 1 tsp light soy sauce
– 1 tsp dark soy sauce
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– Pinch of salt

For the sauce

– 1 Beef stock cube
– 150ml boiling water
– 1 tbsp oyster sauce
– 1 tsp light soy sauce
– 1 tsp dark soy sauce

Other ingredients

– 375g beef strips (or you can use chicken, turkey or pork)
– 1 large onion (or frozen onion)
– 2 garlic cloves (or 2 tsp garlic powder/flakes)
– 1/2 tsp ground ginger
– 1 red pepper
– 3 tbsp black beans (mashed)
– 2 red chilli peppers (use 1 for a less spicy recipe)
– 4 spring onions
– 1 tbsp rice vinegar
Fry light

Method

Marinade:
– Try to marinade overnight if possible.. or as long as you can.

– Add all of the marinade ingredients to a mixing bowl.

– Add the beef and cover all of the strips allowing the marinade to soak in.

– Put the beef into a freezer bag or a covered bowl and keep in the fridge overnight or for as long as possible.

Sauce:

– Once you are ready to create your meal first start with the sauce.

– Add the boiling water and a stock cube into a jug to dissolve.

– Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix. Set this to one side until later.

The rest:

– Spray your pan with fry light and brown your beef.

– Once browned remove from pan and put to one side

– Chop your spring onion, onion, chillis and pepper and add to the pan with ginger and garlic.

– Fry until softened.

– Add your rice vinegar, Black beans and beef.

– Cook on a low heat for around 3 minutes ensuring the beef is cooked.

– Add your stock sauce and simmer for a further 3 minutes.

Serve with rice :) Enjoy, we certainly did!

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Progress update – Yes I am still here… :)

IMG_4405Hey all :) I have had loads of messages recently asking how I am and how I am doing so I thought it was time for a progress update :)

Things here are going well.. To date I have lost 4 stone 5lb with Slimming World.. I have reached a fairly amazing milestone for me.. I am the lightest I have been since I was 18 years old and it really does feel amazing :) I keep looking at myself in the mirror and prancing around telling Nik (hubby) how slim I look.. as if he hasn’t already noticed :D I have a shape finally.. I can see a waist.. and finally see where my boobs stop and stomach starts :D I said that to my mum the other night and she wet herself laughing!

I am going to the gym pretty much daily.. and starting to go walking a lot (great time to start when winter is settling in up here in sunny Scotland). I do still struggle with the gym.. I am addicted to the results but not really addicted to the exercise. But I am slowly starting to find a routine I like and pushing myself each time.

My stress at the moment is that we are going away in just over 2 weeks to America and we are going to be away for a month! Let’s face it.. there’s going to be a gain and it’s most likely going to be big! But I have always said.. I will win the race but it may just take me a little bit longer. I will gain, but I will lose again and I will NEVER go back to being that fat girl who was good at covering up the fact she hated it :) Unfortunately there will always be a fat girl trapped inside me because I love to eat! But I just have to fight her :)

Anyway dudes, thank you so much for all of the lovely messages on here and facebook. I love reading how my recipes and progress spurs you on and I am here fighting the same as you.

 

Take care

 

Kirsty xxxxx

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Slimming World weight loss success story with Luke

There is nothing better for our weight loss than to read motivational stories from others. So I am going to start posting regular Slimming World success stories.

This week meet Luke, a 30 year old weight loss success :)

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START DATE: I joined Slimming World 7th February 2013, however I did not “see sense” until 16th October 2013.

START WEIGHT: 28 stone 5lb (180kg)

GOAL WEIGHT: 15 stone (95.2kg) but i would like to go a little further if my body can do it.

CURRENT WEIGHT : 16 stone 4lb (103.4kg)

CURRENT WEIGHT LOSS: 12 stone 1lb (76.6kg)

Are you a group member? If so which one? Who is your group leader?

Current group leader – Amy Reeves
Group – Dawlish group on Thursdays

However throughout my journey I have moved to different groups due to changing jobs and I must include them as they have helped so much. Emma Ray at the Bovey Tracy group and Emma Jeffery’s at the Ashburton group.

What were your reasons for wanting to lose weight?

The reasons for making my life better were not only for me but also for those around me. I was blind to what I was doing to my family and myself and I came to a moment where I wished to make a difference.

Everyday since then I have become a new person with new ideas and ambitions.

Have you tried any other diets in the past? Have you had any success with them?

I never tried a formal diet previously. I spoke to the doctor about my health and my family pointed me in directions for ideas but nothing official.

Sadly previous assistance by concerned friends and family fell on deaf ears and I did not lose weight.

Why did you join Slimming world? How did you hear about it?

My reason is a little sad but all things have to start somewhere.

I have always been of a large build, ever since being a child. But growing up fat means you gain a tough hide to comments and so I pretended to be happy for countless years through primary, secondary, college and eventually university.

Then in Christmas 2008 my mother passed away, which as you can imagine hit me like a ton of bricks. In a small amount of time due to emotional eating, I gained weight dramatically. I was averaging about 4 takeaways a week, 4 pints of milk a day, one round of sandwiches was never enough and I didn’t walk anywhere.

I would hurt physically from the strain and I would go through 4 or five shirts a day because of sweat from moving around the house. It got really bad.

My sister returned from travelling, and without exaggerating… she literally saved my life.

She asked me to attend Slimming World with her and see what it was like. But for the first few months, I didn’t care and had no intention of losing weight, I would yoyo so much that at my worst I was heavier than when I first joined.

One day in October after a massive 5-pound gain my sister stood in front of me and hit me with cold hard truth. “Luke do you realise what you are doing to yourself and your family?. Mum is gone and Dad is all that’s left. When Dad goes it will be just us and if you eat yourself to death I will be all alone”. The idea of leaving my sister alone in the world made me realise what I was doing to myself, her and everyone who cared for me. The following week I lost a whole stone and I took control of my life for me and for all the amazing people in my life.

What do you enjoy most about the Slimming World diet?

The fact that it isn’t really a diet. The way that I can enjoy everything I used to love. No restrictions except my own decision as to whether it is worth the syns. If I wish for a takeaway I can cook it.

The biggest and most amazing part of Slimming World is how much my culinary palette has widened since I joined. Many would think that a “diet” restricts but I would say gosh no. I have used more spices, seasons, foods and flavors in the last couple of year than I have utilised my entire life.

If you embrace the possibilities of your food options it can become very exotic and inspiring.

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Can you describe Slimming World in five words?

-Freedom
-Friendship
-Inspiration
-Hope
-Help

Do you have five Slimming World top tips?

1. Don’t be afraid to experiment with food.
2. Look at what you can have over the things you cannot.
3. Scrambled eggs are the easiest meal to cook and are syn free. Egg, salt and pepper in the microwave.
4. During your journey if you lie about eating something the only person you are lying to is yourself.
5. Don’t give up. At the start it can be hard only because it’s new. Before you stop or you feel like eating something high in syns because you don’t think its working, just keep going a little longer.

Do you have any Slimming World essentials you just couldn’t live without?

1. Eggs: quick meal
2. Mugshots: perfect lunch
3. Slimming World App: good to help on the go
4. My group: for guidance and advice
5. My family and friends: my rocks and inspiration
6. Muller lights: sweet, syn free and good for baking

What is an average daily food diary for you ?

Breakfast – Overnight oats made from HEB oats, fat free yogurt and frozen cherries or banana and marmite on HEB toast (don’t knock it till you try it).

Lunch – Mugshot with two poached eggs, Muller Light Yogurt and a banana. I am on the go and it’s an easy and quick lunch.

Dinner – I am currently in love with Kirsty’s Cous Cous KFC fakeaway recipe however I use turkey to make a turkey breaded steak with salad.

Also my slow cooker is my world so I make all sorts just by throwing in syn free goodies.

The Extra Easy All In One Cook Book is with me all the time these days.

Syn free snacks – Muller Lights, pickled eggs, Gherkins, grapes and bananas.

Syns – Sadly I am a terrible Syn spender which can sometimes cause a slow down my weight loss or a reverse however I syn milk for coffee and sometimes cheese but that’s it syn wise.

What is your most favourite Slimming World recipe?

Hee hee not to sound like I am promoting but seriously the KFC fakeaway is a goody.

However I have a sweet tooth so the half-syn cake is great, quick and easy. Plus you can eat a whole cake for half a syn, which feels amazing.

Do you reward yourself for weight loss in anyway?

Cheesy as it sounds but I feel the weight loss is the reward however if I want to treat myself I buy art supplies and a mini milk (35ml – 1.5 syns for an ice cream taster).

Is any one else in your household or family following the Slimming World plan?

My sister and brother in law are slimming world followers however they have recently had a baby boy so they have postponed group for the moment. They still follow it and are proud of my achievements.

I love them so much and without my sister I would not be here today.

Is there anything you can do now that you couldn’t do before losing weight?

I can do so much now, I am the total polar opposite to the guy I used to be. I can walk miles let alone a few feet without sweating or needing to change a shirt. I built a bike and now I ride it all the time, this is something

I would never have been able to do without causing severe damage to the bike and me. I feel like I have unlocked a cage and can run freely without pains or restrictions and I do not know why it took so long to do so.

The sky is the limit and I can’t wait to see so much that I have missed out on all these years.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Luke. I have to say it brought a little tear to my eye when you told me about your sister and how she supported you :) I hope Luke’s story helps to motivate others.

If you are interested in having your story featured on the blog please use the contact form to send me a message or find me on Facebook.

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WIN – A vegetable spiral cutter

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Win an awesome vegetable spiral cutter.. i have one of these for creating carrot and courgette spaghetti.. i couldn’t live without it. Enter below:

1. Amazing healthy product

2.With the Spiral Slicer you can conjure up endless julienne strips of carrot, radish, cucumber and all kinds of other firm vegetables.

3.The 2 x 3mm or 3.5 x 5mm spirals are perfect to create vegetable stir-fries or pasta dishes.

4.Also great for garnishes, plating and decorating serving dishes.

5.The constructed from high-quality plastic and stainless steel.

6.Easy cleaning under running water.

7.Special, sturdy Japanese blades made of stainless steel.

8.Create endless Julienne strips.

9.Dishwasher-safe Stainless steel / plastic.

GOOD LUCK!!! X

Win a vegetable spiral cutter

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My first Non scale victory!

l991970229So today I experienced one of my first non-scale victories.. For the past week I couldn’t find anything to wear that wasn’t baggy from my wardrobe, so I dragged out the other half to Stirling to do some shopping..

What I came home with was 2 tops.. one sized 16 and one sized 18.. I haven’t been in a size 16 since I was about 18 years old!
Even looking in the mirror in the fitting room I felt proud because suddenly I realised I wasn’t repulsed by my body anymore :) Mega happy moment.. I was even taking photos of myself and sending them to my poor mother :D

But what I realised was.. I have been so overweight for over half of my life that i would just instantly head to the same shops! Evans, Yours clothing, New look plus range, George and that is pretty much it on the high street! It hit me that actually being a size 20 and under suddenly opens up a whole new range of shops for me and actually I don’t know where I want to shop, what kind of fashion I like and what I want to wear! When you have been forced to take whatever you can get in 4 shops and just praying something will make you look stunning.. it’s pretty exciting to know I am not forced to give my money to some of these overpriced places anymore.  My goal is to be able to shop in Superdry and have a pair of Levi jeans :) I will get there no matter how much it kills me!!

Happy times ahead :)

 

 

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Homemade healthy pizza recipe- Slimming world 16.5 syns or 551 calories

I am in no way saying this is syn free.. it’s 100% not.. but it’s absolutely delicious and a great way of making a healthier pizza fakeaway… Also great fun to make with all of the family.

You can see exactly what is going into it.. and add the toppings you like too.

Ingredients (Makes 1 pizza.. just double/triple etc for more pizzas)

16.5 Slimming world syns OR 551 calories for one cheese pizza (choose syn free toppings and count calories on your chosen toppings)

For the base:

– 100g Self raising flour (340 calories / 16 syns)
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder (5 calories / 0.5 syns)
– Pinch of salt
– 100g of fat free natural yoghurt (52 calories / Syn free)

For the topping (If having a plain cheese pizza.. )

– 200g of chopped tomatoes (50 calories / syn free)
– 2 tsp sweetener (4 calories / syn free)
– Pinch of mixed herbs, black pepper and garlic powder.

– 65g Half fat mozzarella (100 calories / syn free if using your healthy extra A)

Fry light

Try to choose syn free toppings such as:

Pepper, mushrooms, onion, chicken, beef, pork, pineapple, ham, spinach, sweetcorn.. the list is endless :)
I can highly recommend these steak fajita bits from tesco here

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Method:

– Add your chopped tomatoes, mixed herbs, garlic, black pepper and sweetener into a sauce pan.. bring to boil and then allow to simmer to reduce down and thicken.

– Meanwhile prepare your base. Preheat the oven to 220c and pre heat your baking tray. I can highly recommend one of these awesome pizza trays..

– Add your flour, baking powder and salt to a bowl, mix together and then make a well in the middle. Add your yoghurt and then mix together with a fork to form a dough.

– Sprinkle some flour on to your work surface and on to your hands (this mixture really is sticky). Kneed the dough until you have a perfectly smooth ball.

– Remove your hot tray from the oven and spray with fry light or lightly grease.. place your dough ball onto the tray and mold into a pizza like shape..

– Place in the base in the oven for around 5 minutes or until you can see it is starting to go slightly golden.. remove from the oven and flip the base over.. now its time to add your toppings…

– Spread your tomato sauce over the base evenly.. then shred your mozzarella and place in pieces dotted over the base.. Lightly season with black pepper and salt..(If you are going for a cheese pizza skip to the next step)
Add your other toppings.. such as cooked chicken, peppers.. whatever you fancy.. (do not use raw meat it will not have time to cook)

– Place your pizza back in the oven for around 6 – 8 minutes or until you can see it is cooked.. we sometimes grill for the last minute or two to crisp it up a little :)

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