The Slimming Mama Blog

King Prawn Lunch

Here is a lunch I wanted to re create, as my gym does the most fantastic King Prawn Salad. I always, until now, over cooked my prawns out of fear of not cooking them enough. So.... I heated my pan to a medium heat, then added a test prawn to the pan to time when it was perfectly cooked (crazy, I know). I discovered that around 2 minutes is enough to get the result I wanted. I sprayed my prawns with fry light, not the pan, as I find it disappears as soon as I spray the pan. I cooked the prawns 1 minute on one side, then turned them (which took a little while) for another minute on the other side. I left them cooking for another 30 seconds to allow for the time it took to turn them all. The salad.... Using my Twist & Chop I chopped separately 1/2 red onion, 4 medium tomatoes (juicy bit removed), and about 6cm cucumber. Mix it all together and hey presto a refreshing salad! You can add syns if you wish by putting some Balsamic Glaze over the dish, as shown below the one i use is from Asda....

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My Special Spaghetti Bolognese (hubby's favourite)

I follow the SW recipe from their website, however I always add some additional syn free ingredients to the recipe to make it more tasty. I add some hot chilli powder, some garlic powder and some tomato purée. Here is the basic recipe from SW website: Ingredients Fry Light, for spraying 2 shallots, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 340g/12oz extra lean minced beef 227g/8oz button mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 x 397g/14oz can chopped tomatoes 284ml/10fl oz beef stock 1 level tbsp Worcestershire sauce salt and freshly ground black pepper 283g/10oz spaghetti, dried Method Spray a pan with Fry Light and cook the shallots and garlic for 2â??3 minutes until just softened. Stir in the mince and cook for 2â??3 minutes until browned. Stir in the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes, stock and Worcestershire sauce. Season lightly and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until reduced and thickened. Check the seasoning. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted boiling water, as per the packet instructions, until just tender. Drain and divide between 4 serving plates. Top with the Bolognese sauce and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese if you fancy (1½ Syns per level tbsp).

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Breakfast at the gym

I chose Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs at the gym this morning. I asked for it to be made with no butter, and just a touch of milk. It was yummy and a great alternative to a fry up (as can be seen in background being scoffed by hubby).

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Tandoori Chicken

I made this tandoori chicken using fat free natural yogurt, tandoori spice mix, fresh squeezed lime juice, chilli powder and tomato purée. Mix all the ingredients together and then marinate some chicken legs with the skin removed. Lovely with a mixed salad and some yogurt for dipping - just add some lemon juice to the fat free yogurt for a refreshing dip.

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