Fat Fighting Friday – Meal Ideas

I’ve never been much of a chef, but on the Slimming World plan, all meals are best if they’re made from scratch.

So i thought every Friday, as well as an update on how I’m getting on, I’d give a few meal ideas and recipes – that even a rubbish cook like myself can master!

Slimming World Minestrone Soup

Extra Easy – Free

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What you’ll need:

One small onion

Half a courgette

3 sticks of celery

3 carrots

1 large leek (or 3 baby leeks)

Bacon Rashers (all visible fat cut off)

Spinach (frozen or fresh)

Garlic (puree or fresh) (for Gia Garlic puree, above, add 3 syns per tablespoon)

Cannelini beans (optional)

Pasta

Fry Light

One carton chopped tomatoes

One ham stock cube

The good thing with this soup, is that it can be adapted for whatever vegetables you want and/or fancy.

First of all, you sweat off the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and courgette in Fry Light, in a large pan. You then add the chopped up bacon and cook until browned. Then, add water to cover all of the vegetables, the stock cube, carton of chopped tomatoes, a couple of handfuls of pasta and the beans. Boil this until the pasta and all the vegetables are cooked. Then add the chopped leeks and spinach and cook for a further 5-7 minutes until they are also cooked through.

This recipe is syn free if using fresh garlic. If, like me, you use puree garlic which is mixed with vegetable oil, (Gia brand) add 3 syns for every tablespoon of garlic used. That is 3 syns for the entire pot of soup.

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Baked Fish

Extra Easy – Free

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What you’ll need:

Fish of your choice (i used cod loin)

Lemon

Tomatoes

Mushrooms

Asparagus

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Maybe the easiest dinner in the world. All you have to do is get a piece of tinfoil and place the piece of fish in the centre. I then layered on top slices of lemon, mushrooms, tomatoes and asparagus. You then fold the tinfoil into a little package, leaving plenty of room for the steam to move about inside, and put it in the oven at gas mark 6 for about 15-20 minutes (obviously depending on the size of fish used)

I served mine with coucous made with chicken stock, tomatoes and onions, Brussel sprouts and a watercress spinach and rocket salad. This entire meal is completely free on Extra Easy.

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I think all this cooking calls for a small (large) glass of wine 😉

The Southside Girl x

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