Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slimming World Sunday #12 - two quick dinners

So I'm nearly back to normal after being sick for the past couple of weeks and after feeling like crap for so long, am almost back in business!  Work is busy at the moment which means that when I come home, I'm exhausted and the effort of making dinner is too much.  But I've knuckled down and made it my business to make healthy yet quick meals for myself and most days I cook a double batch which means that dinner for the following day is usually sorted which is a bonus.

I used the Maggie So Tender Italian Herbs (read more here) during the week making a quick double batch of dinner.  I made a quick tomato sauce with onion, garlic, a tin of tomatoes and basil, added it all to boiled pasta, for a dinner worth 1.5 syns.  I cooked the sauce and chicken for as long as it took the pasta to cook, so 10 minutes and my dinner was on the plate.  It was so tasty and something I'll definitely be making again.  Yummy.

On Friday, for some reason I was craving chicken soup, so I went with that craving, happy I wasn't yearning for a pizza!  I used my food processor to slice an onion, 3 carrots, 1/4 of a head of cabbage and softened it all in a big pot with Fry Light.  I crumbled in a vegetable stock cube and then added enough hot water to cover everything before adding in some raw chicken boobs to poach.  I decided I wanted it to be even more chicken-y, and added in a chicken stock cube too and let it all simmer away for about 45 minutes, or as long as it took me to watch the season finale of Pretty Little Liars!  In another pot, I boiled some pasta and I know it sounds weird that I did it separately, but I knew I was making a double batch and didn't want to cook the pasta in the soup itself because it would have gone all claggy by the second day.  So after I boiled the pasta, I plopped it into the bottom of my bowl and poured the soup over it, adding a little black pepper at the very end.  Syn free, comforting and filling.

I really want to start making more soups now because they're quick, easy, generally low in syns and grand for freezing for future dinners.

So tell me, what are your favourite quick and healthy dinners?  I want to try and incorporate some new dishes into my repertoire, so any suggestions are very welcome!


  1. I love stir frys so much, I always throw either rice, noodles or pasta in at the very end and it feels like an amazing big dinner. Also homemade meatballs take no time at all and are yummy with green beans and homemade wedges!

  2. One of my faves is to make a small cut in chicken breast then stuff in some basil and feta from your allowance ( or goats cheese) then wrap a rasher ( fat removed) around the entire stuffed breast. Serve with baby potatoes or sw chips. Takes no time to prep & utterly yum!


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