Kidney bean burgers

These kidney bean burgers are an alternative to a meat burger.  These kidney bean burgers are a healthy option that is not only simple to make but are also very cheap to make. The kidney bean burgers contain vegetables that can count towards your 5-a-day!

Happy days!

  • Serves: makes 4
  • prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 x 400g tin of kidney beans
  • 1 small onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp veg or sunflower oil + plus extra to fry.
  • 1 teaspoon flour
Preparation method

 

Step 1 Drain and wash kidney beans. and to a saucepan cover with cold water and bring to the boil. once boiling reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes
Step 2 Add onion, carrot, cumin & coriander in to a frying pan and add oil. Fry on low heat until soft.
Step 3 Add the drained kidney to the onions and carrots remove from heat and mash together and stir in flour.
Step 4 flour your hands and make 4 balls of the mixture (caution wait until coll enough to handle.  Shape balls of mixture into burger shape patties.
Step 5 Heat your frying pan and add a small amount of oil and fry the patties and cook for a few minutes on each side.
NB If time available leave in the fridge for a couple of hours before frying as this will firm up burgers.  If you place in an air tight container the patties will keep for 2 day’s

How to cook basmati rice – perfect basmati rice every time!

This is a fool proof way on how to cook basmati rice. This is the perfect basmati rice method. It’s light and fuffy and does not stick together.

You can even go one better and try out adding one our perfect basmati rice flavourings, drastically changing a normal dish into a qualitity dish and is sure to impress friends and loved ones!

This ‘how to cook basmati rice’ receipe serves 2 people based on 65g of uncooked basmati rice, to increase , just add an extra 65g per person.

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  • Serves: 2
  • prepTime: 2 minutes
  • Cook time: *13 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 130g Plain basmati rice (65g rice per person)
  • Water
Preparation method
Step 1 Measure out you basmati rice and rinse under a cold running tap until the water runs clear. Mean while fill the kettle with water and bring to the boil rinsing rice
Step 2 Add the basmati rice to a pot and cover with cold water. Turn on high heat to bring the boil.  Boil rice for no longer the 5 minutes. boiling rice
Step 3 Just as the rice starts to feel cooked (plumpy) remove from the heat and drain into a metal colender. steam rice
Step 4 Fill the same pot that you have just used to cook the rice with the boiling water from the kettle ( 2 inches shold be enougth).
Step 5 Place the colender on top of the pot of boiling water. Making sure that the colender is not touching the water and cover with tin foil. Let the water boil in the pot for 8 minutes then remove from heat. covered steaming rice
Step 6 If you are not quite ready to serve your rice you can leave the rice in the colender over the pot and it will stay warm for 20 minutes or so.  If you are ready to serve then take the colender off of the pot and set a side.  drain the water from the pot and pour the rice from the colender back into the empty pot and “fluf up” with a fork.
Step 7 If you are going to add a flavour to the rice from one of our ‘how to cook basmati rice flavoured receipes’ then this is the time to add the flavour to the pot. lime and coriander rice
Step 8 Now all you have to do is serve your rice and enjoy!

Rogan josh curry & paste

Typically made with lamb but you can substute with chicken or beef. You can make this as a paste to use later or use straight away as a great curry.

Rogan stands for “red colour”, josh stands for passion or heat.

  • Serves: 2-3
  • prepTime: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1hr 10 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
For the paste

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Thumb sized root ginger
  • 75g roasted peppers (from jar)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • Small bunch fresh coriander

Spices for toasting

  • 2  tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper corns

Ingredients for curry

  • Meat such as chicken, beef or lamb
  • 1 medium onions chopped finely
  • 1 fresh  red chilli finely chopped
  • Thumb sized root ginger peel and grate
  • Small bunch fresh coriander chopped
  • Groundnut or vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves twisted
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Rogan josh paste as above
Preparation method
Step 1 For the paste, toast the “spices to be toasted” add to pestle and motar and grind until fine. Peeled the garlic and ginger and add to a food processor along with the toasted ground spices and all the other paste ingredients. Whiz until you have a smooth paste. You can jar the paste and keep in the fridge for a week if you are not using straight away
Step 2 To make the curry, (using the curry ingredients) In a large pan add oil,add onions, chilli, ginger, coriander & bay leaves and cook for around 10 minutes. Add meat and brown.add tomatoes and rogan josh paste. Add water if need to losen up curry. Bring to the boil then turn heat down to a simmer and cover for an hour. Keep checking to make sure curry does not dry out and stick and water in necessary.

Home Made Pot Noodles

Need to take something different to work for lunch?

Even want something different at home for lunch?

This is a simple take on the store bought pot noodle but with fresh ingredients that make it taste nicer!

To start with you will need to get hold of the fine type noodles that you pick up in the supper market.

I have listed several combinations that can be tried but feel free to change and mix around. All you will need to do is combine the “POT” (old fresh soup container) and the “JAR” (baby food jar or simular) and add boiling water from the kettle when you are ready to eat.

Best combienations are are 1 & a, 2 &b

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  • Serves: 2-3
  • prepTime: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 5-8 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes
Spanish style
Ingredients for the pot (option 1)
  • Fine dehydrated noodles
  • Finely sliced carrots
  • One Finely sliced spring onion
  • Frozen peas and sweetcorn
  • Chopped Choretito
Sweet and sour
Ingredients for the pot (option 2)
  • Fine dehydrated noodles
  • One Finely sliced spring onion
  • 1tsp powdered ginger
  • Sugar snap peas 2 or 3
  • 1 chopped red chilli
Ingredients for the Jar (option a)
  • 2 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 3 tbsp pasata
  • 1 tbsp chilliman pasta
  • Pinch of chilli flakes (to taste)
  • Salt and pepper.
Ingredients for the Jar (option b)
  • 2 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • Lime
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper.
Ingredients for the Jar (option c) Devils sauce
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • Dash wostersauce
  • 1 tbsp spicy ketchup
  • Splash of tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • Red current jelly
  • Tinned crab
Preparation method
Step 1 For the pot, finly chop the carrott and spring oinion. Remember the ver is to be wafer thin as the only cooking it will get is from the boiling kettle water that you add to the pot
Step 2 Crush up the noodles and squash them in to your pot. Add the carrots, spring onion, peas and sweetcorn and chotetito.  Thats the pot done. Put on the lid until you are ready to eat.
Step 3 For the jar, add all the ingredients to your small jar. Cloase the jar and shake.  You can leave this until you are ready to serve.
Step 4 To serve, boil kettle. Add contents of the jar to you pot. Poor the boiling water into the pot just to cover the pot contents.  Replace the pot lid and leave for 5-8 minutes. Open stir and enjoy! Better then any store brought pot snack!

 

Lemon drizzle cake

Ideal for high tea, picnics and just cause you love cakes!

Very simple to make.

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Lemon drizzle cake
  • Serves: Many
  • Prep time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 175g Block of butter
  • 175g Sugar
  • 175g Self raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • For the icing
  • 100g Icing sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
Preparation method
Step 1 Line a 2lb loaf tin with grease proof paper
Step 2 Add butter and sugar to a food blender and blend until you get a fluffy mixture
Step 3 Add eggs, flour, baking powder and lemon zest and continue to blend until smooth.
Step 4 Pour you mixture in to you lined tin and place in the oven for 30-35 minutes
Step 5 Once ready, turned golden and edges coming away from side of tin, turn out on a wire rack a let cool

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Lemon drizzle cake
Step 6 Whilst cooling prepare your icing by mixing lemon juice with the icing sugar.
Step 7 Drizzle the icing over the cake and once set and cooled completely serve and enjoy

Lemon drizzle cake
Lemon drizzle cake
Step 8 This will get for a week if wrapped in cling film

Chips / Fry’s – Home made – SYN FREE

You like Chips. Why not make your own simple to do and taste they taste better the the types you can by in the freezer isle of the local supper market.

Swoop the oil with Fry Light mist spray to be Slimming world SYN free.

You can also add some extra flavour by sprinkling with various spices on such as paprika or curry powder or why not try the merguez spice mix.

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 kg potatoes
  • roughly 5 tbsp Rapeseed or olive oil
Preparation method
Step 1 Pre Heat oven to 200c
Step 2 Chop potatoes in to chip shapes. Leave the skin on, however, if you wish this can be removed.
Step 3 Place the chipped potatoes in to a sauce pan of cold water and Bring to the boil. Once the water starts to boil remove from the heat and drain chips.
Step 4 Evenly distribute the part boiled chips to an oven tray. Coat the chips in the oil. (Remember to swoop for Fry Light mist spray if you want this to be SYN free. It is also at this point you can sprinkle your chosen spice on to the chips if using.
Step 5 Place the baking tray in to the oven and cook for 30 minutes turning the chips half way through. Leave in oven longer if chips require.
Step 6 All that left to do is serve!

 

Merguez Spice mix – use with chips, crisps or nachos

This is a spice mix that is based on the flavours of the North African sausage. You can use this spice mix to enhance your meat, chicken, home made oven chips or home made Nachos by simply sprinkling on your meat, chicken, home made oven chips or home made Nachos before you place in the oven.

If you double up the quantiles you can keep stored in an air tight container for another day.

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  • Serves: N/A
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: N/A minutes
  • Total time: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp paprika (smoked and spicy if available)
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Preparation method
Step 1 grind the cumin,fennel, coriander, peppercorns in a mortar and pestle to a fine powder.
Step 2 add the paprika , chilli powder and salt and mix
Step 3 Ta-dah! all done.  Just sprinkle on your meat, chicken, chips or nachos before you cook in the oven

Chilli minced beef noodles – Can be SYN FREE!

If like me, you like spicy food then this is a great easy to cook dinner. Oh, and this dinner can be a Slimming world dinner that can easily be made SYN free by replacing the sugar with sweetener.

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  • Serves: 2
  • prepTime: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 150g Noddles (based on 75g serving per person or 1 nest per person)
  • 200g extra lean minced beef less then 5% fat
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar (replace with sweetener for SYN Free)
  • 1 red chilli chopped ( add more or less if required)
  • 1 tsp chilli paste
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Green pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove chopped or crushed
  • 1-2 spring onions chopped to garnish (optional)
  •  Fry Light mist spray oil
Preparation method
Step 1 Cook noodles as per packet instruction, drain and leave to cool.
Step 2 Spray Fry Light mist oil in to a wok and add minced beef, red chilli, onion, garlic, ginger, red and green pepper. Fry until the mince in cooked (Browned)
Step 3 Add chilli paste, soy sauces and sugar. Fry for a couple of minutes.
Step 4 Add cooked noodles to the wok with the minced beef and mix. Once noodles are coated and heated through serve and garnish with chopped spring onion.

Nachos / Chips – Slimming World SYN free!

Its Friday night, and you watching a film curled up on the couch. You reach for the Nacho’s, Crisps or chips and then your slimming world voice tells you to STOP. Well not any more! below is an alternative to shop nachos and they a Slimming World SYN free!

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  • Serves: 2-3
  • prepTime: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes
Ingredients
  • Dried lasagna sheets – 8 nacho’s per sheet you do the math!
  • Salt
  • Fry Light mist spray
  • Any type of seasoning that you want
Preparation method
Step 1 Pre heat the oven to around 200C
Step 2 Cook your lasagne sheets according to the instruction on the packet
Step 3 Once the lasagne sheets are cooked (soft to touch), drain and cut into triangle shapes (see picture —>)  image
Step 4 Transfer your cut triangle shaped Nacho’s to non stick baking tray and spray one side with the Fry Light mist spray and sprinkle salt.  It is at this point that you can sprinkle your own preferred seasoning.  image
Step 5 Now place baking tray in to the pre heated oven for approx 10 – 15 minutes, turn nacho’s over half way through.
Step 6 Ta-Dah! Syn free Nacho’s

For different seasoning Idea’s try cajin spices, paprika, curry powder or our Merguez spice mix.  Just use your imagination!

Jalfrezi Paste

If you like curries then you will love this paste. Nice and hot and one of my favorites. Don’t like it to spicy then reduce the amount of chilli – simples!

  • Serves: 4
  • prepTime: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb – sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 3 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder  (Easy on the chilli unless you want it hot!)
  • 1 tsp paprika

Spices to toast

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds (optional)
Preparation method
Step 1 Dry toast spices and grind in mortar and pestle.
Step 2 Add toasted ground spices to rest of ingredients and whiz in a food processor or hand processor.
Step 3 Either use straight away of store in a jar for later
Step 4 To use paste, Brown off one onion, add chicken (4 breasts chopped) and cook through, add paste and one tin of chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15- 20 minutes making sure chicken is cooked.