Thursday, 6 December 2012

Smoked Mackerel Pate

I had a look at a few recipes online and the ingredients ranged from cream to cottage cheese to creme fraiche to yoghurt, so I thought I'd give my own a go! It tastes fantastic served on wholemeal toast or as a dip served with crudites.

Extra Easy - 
For the whole batch = 0.5 syns, 2 x HEXa

Makes Approx 330-350g

Half a pack (about 3) Asda Smoked Mackerel Fillets (0.5 syns)
150g Philadelphia Light (2 x HEXa)
100g 0% Greek Yoghurt
Squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice
Black Pepper

1. Flake the mackerel fillets into a food processor, ensuring any bones you may come across are removed.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and whizz until it reaches your preferred consistency. It's as simple as that!

Singapore Noodles

Here is a recipe from October's Slimming World magazine that I've decided to put on here for ease of access. I decided to add some chicken and prawns, as well as the recommended pork, in order to make the dish more like one you'd get from the takeaway!

Serves 2

Extra Easy - syns negligable

2 Sharwoods dried egg noodle nests
2 lean pork loins, fat removed and sliced into strips
1 chicken breast, cut into chunks
Handful of raw King Prawns
1 onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
Handful of mangetout, sliced diagonally
Handful of babycorn, diced
Small bunch of Spring Onions, diced
100g beansprouts
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp Very Lazy Ginger, finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 tbsp mild curry powder
1 tsp tumeric
1 tbsp Asda Sweet Chilli sauce (0.5 syns)
3 tbsps Soy sauce
2 eggs, beaten

1. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions.
2. Stirfry the pork and chicken in a wok sprayed with frylight until cooked through, and remove from the pan.
3. Respray the wok with frylight and stirfry the onion, red pepper, mangetout, babycorn and spring onions until softened.
4. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger and fry for 1 minute.
5. Add the curry powder and tumeric and stirfry for a further minute.
6. Add the pork, chicken, prawns, beansprouts, noodles and 2 tbsps water to the wok and mix through. Then add the chilli sauce and soy sauce and stirfry for 1 minute.
7. Push the mixture to one side and pour in the eggs. Stir them continuously until they are scrambled and cooked through, then combine with the noodles.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Creamy Smoked Salmon & Broccoli Pasta

Here's something I threw together after needing to use up some smoked salmon. A really tasty and quick dish packed full of Super Free.

Serves 1

Extra Easy - 0 syns, part of HEXa

80g Dried Fusilli Pasta
Couple of slices of Smoked Salmon, torn into strips
Handful of Tenderstem Broccoli
Half a Courgette, sliced and halved
Half a Red Onion, sliced
Half a Carrot, grated
40g Philadelphia Light (HEXa)
20g 0% Greek Yoghurt
A Squeeze of Lemon Juice
Salt & Black Pepper
1 tbsp Pasta Cooking water

1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Halfway through the cooking time, add the broccoli to the saucepan and cook until tender.
2. Fry the courgette, grated carrot and red onion in a frying pan sprayed with frylight until soft.
3. Mix the philadelphia with the greek yoghurt and season.
3. Drain the pasta and broccoli, reserving 1 tbsp of the cooking water, and put back into the saucepan. Add the onion, carrot, courgette, smoked salmon, philadephia mixture and cooking water to the saucepan and combine. Season with black pepper and squeeze over the lemon juice.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Asian-style Sea Bass with Fragrant Vegetables

I made this after feeling inspired by some Asian style fish recipes I found online.

Serves 2

Extra Easy - 0 syns

Ingredients (Asian-style Sea Bass)
2 Sea Bass fillets
Half a Red Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
Small bunch of spring onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp Very Lazy Ginger, finely chopped
Salt & Black Pepper

1. Spray a frying pan with frylight and heat until very hot.
2. Slash the skin of the Sea Bass diagonally a few times, season with salt and black pepper and spray with frylight.
3. Add the garlic, chilli, spring onion and ginger to the pan and fry for 10 seconds then add the sea bass to the pan, skin side down, and fry for 5 minutes of until the skin is crispy. Flip over and fry until the fish is cooked through. Serve with the spring onion mixture spooned over the top of the fish.

Ingredients (Fragrant Vegetables)
Handful of Tenderstem Brocolli
Handful of Mangetout, sliced diagonally
5 Babycorn, chopped
1 medium Courgette, sliced and halved
Small bunch of Spring Onions, chopped
1 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
Half a Red Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
Half a pint of hot Chicken Stock
Soy Sauce
Black Pepper

1. Fry all of the vegetables in a hot wok sprayed with frylight, until slightly softened. Add the garlic and chilli and stirfry for 1 minute.
2. Add the stock, soy sauce and black pepper and stirfry until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
3. Serve with the Sea Bass and boiled rice.