7 dirty-looking dinners that are actually approved by Slimming World
Slimming World is having a major moment.
Everyone and their neighbour in Cork is baking ‘low syn’ cupcakes and blitzing up ‘syn free’ hummus.
For those of us who usually rely on fad diets to knock off a few excess summer pounds, this retro plan is a revelation.
There’s as much pasta and rice as you can eat, homemade chips (baked in Frylight) are permanently on the menu and there’s even room for a cheeky biscuit with your tea and a glass of merlot with your dinner, as long as you keep your servings in check.
On the subject of dinners, the Slimming World crew have the most anticipated meal of the day locked down. Once a third of your plate is filled with Speed Foods (crunchy veggies and fruit) you’re free to devour a version of whatever dish you fancy, from burgers to creamy casseroles.
Here’s what seven days of Slimming World dinners looks like:
Breakfast for dinner doesn’t have to be a thing of the past when you’re trying to lose weight. Behold; the Slimming World Full Irish. Bacon (once all the fat is trimmed) is on the free food list, along with eggs, and Speed Foods such as tomato, beans and mushrooms. Make up a batch of potato hash browns as per a SW recipe and you can enjoy the whole thing for zero syns… but we’d add a few in for ketchup.
BANGERS AND MASH
Give this old favourite a SW makeover and you can devour it whenever you please. The trick is to use Slimming World sausages (these are available in Iceland stores), pop them atop a big pillow of comforting mashed potato and onions fried in Frylight, then smother the whole thing in gravy made from an Oxo cube.
Do you dream of a world where every night is pizza night? With this way of life it can be. Use a pita or a wrap for your base and slather on some homemade tomato sauce, fresh veggies, lean meat and as much cheese as you fancy (use your syns to make it extra cheesy).
Who doesn’t like to come to a heaping bowl of spaghetti on a cold winter’s evening? Once it’s made using Frylight rather than oil, the sauce and pasta are syn free and you can save one of your Healthy Extras (a serving of fibre, usually bread or cereal) for a small roll to spread with roast garlic and parsley. You’ll have enough syns leftover for a glass of red wine -delizioso!
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CURRY AND RICE
This tasty keema curry is made with lean mince (you could also use chicken), veggies and plenty of spice. Chop some fresh coriander into your steamed rice, add a little homemade cucumber chutney to your plate and delete the local takeaway from your phone contacts for good.
FISH AND CHIPS
As long as you fry or bake it in Frylight, fish is on the ‘free foods’ list, as are peas. And wouldn’t you know it; Slimming World chips are syn-free too! Happily this leaves plenty of room on the menu for a dollop of ketchup or low fat mayo. Salt ‘n’ vinegar, love?
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These bad boys are made with lean beef mince, taco style with tomatoes, peppers and garlic. The chips are sliced from a humble spud, sprinkled with cumin and paprika and baked in Frylight. You’d add on a few syns for your cheese.