Synfree Pancakes – Slimming World (GF)

I don’t often have a healthy b option spare at the end of the day but when I do this is a great recipe to try.  It uses the 35g of oats, a yoghurt and tonnes of fruit, so a great way to add lots of speed foods.


  • 35 g rolled oats (Mine were gluten free)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pot of Muller Light (I used vanilla with choc chips)
  • 1 tub of Quark
  • Fresh fruit


Beat the eggs.

Stir in the oats and Muller Light

Spray a frying pan with Fylight and pour in some of the mixture.  Cook for about 3 mins per side.  They are really hard to turn over but they get easier to do as you practise.

Make a topping by adding Quark and fresh fruit.

Optional: 2 syns if you mix 11g Highlights hot chocolate to the quark and mix it up…delicious!


Diet Coke Chicken – Slimming World (GF)


OK, I finally opened the can and made Diet Coke chicken.  It was really Pepsi Max chicken but you get the idea.

Once you get over the initial horror of putting a fizzy drink into a meal you’ll realise it’s really great.  It actually tastes fantastic!  A lovely, slightly sweet and rich sauce.  As I was eating it I couldn’t believe it was synfree!  This will definitely be one of my regular meals now.


  • 4 chicken breasts cut into pieces
  • Frylight
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 peppers chopped into chunks
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2tsp Henderson’s Relish (or Worcestershire sauce if you can have gluten)
  • 1tbsp of Kikkoman gluten free soy sauce (or regular soy sauce if you can have gluten)
  • 4 tsp tomato puree
  • 8 tbsp passata
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 330ml can of Diet Coke
  • 200ml chicken stock (I used Knorr stock cubes)


  1. Fry the chicken, onion and peppers in Frylight for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the diet coke, stock, passata, tomato purée, garlic, Henderson’s Relish, Kikkoman gluten free soy sauce and mixed herbs and stir.
  3. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve with: mash, new potatoes, rice…

Looking for more inspiration?  You might like: Chicken Jalfrezi – Slimming World (GF) or Chilli Beef – Slimming World (GF).


Chicken Jalfrezi – Slimming World (GF)

Curries are one of my absolute favourites.  I love experimenting with different ingredients and spices.  For me, it is more about the taste, than the heat of the dish.  You can always add a bit more curry powder but without the right spices it doesn’t always taste right.

Chicken Jalfrezi is a classic curry dish, originally created to use up leftovers by frying them in peppers and onion.  This recipe serves 2 people and is syn-free.



  • 2 chicken breast fillets
  • Frylight
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1/2 red and 1/2 yellow peppers deseeded and sliced
  • 1 tin of tomatoes – chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • very low fat natural yoghurt and chopped cucumber to serve
  • cooked white rice
Or use beef, port or lamb.


  1. Cut the chicken breasts into strips and fry in Frylight until cooked through.
  2. Spray a separate frying pan with Frylight and add the cumin seeds, onion, peppers, garlic and ginger and fry for about 8 minutes.
  3. Transfer the chicken to the mixture and stir well.
  4. Add the curry powder, chilli powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes.  Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with a side dish of very low fat natural yoghurt and chopped cucumber.

Like curries?  You might enjoy Easy Tikka Masala Sauce – Slimming World or Gobi Chana Curry – Slimming World.

Gluten-free buffet food

I had a fantastic evening out for a friend’s husband’s 60th birthday do.  The company was good, the atmosphere was good and the music was very funky 70s.

I had a large lunch to make sure I wouldn’t be hungry as I didn’t know what I’d be able to eat at the buffet.  The last event I ate out at left me glutened and I was a little wary.  However, my friend had been dropping hints such as, “What type of bread do you eat?” and “Can you eat custard?”.  I assumed she was preparing something nice for me, and as she is good at baking I was quite excited.

She reassured me about the food and put all the wheat-free items on the same platter, clearly labelled.  There were sandwiches and THREE desserts!  Across the buffet there was also salad, veg and fruit that I could eat freely.  All credit to my friend, the food was delicious.  The homemade dessert was very tasty and I’ll be asking for the recipe to share with you all soon.  I did go back for seconds of everything so I slipped off the Slimming World wagon a bit.  I’m back on today and not worrying about it.  I don’t do that very often and I’m just focusing on the fact that I’ve enjoyed myself.  I know we can get glutened, even in our own kitchens, where lots of care has been taken.  I’m so glad I didn’t, partly because my friend went to all that trouble.


Worried about eating out at a buffet?

  • Let the hosts know well enough in advance.  Give them a couple of ideas of things they could do for you.
  • Eat plenty before you go.  There’s nothing worse than sitting hungry, watching everyone else eat.
  • Focus on the celebration.  You are there for an occasion (maybe a birthday) not the food!  Have a drink, soak up the atmosphere, socialise and get dancing.

Worried about catering for a coeliac at your buffet?

  • Make sure your guest knows where the gluten-free foods are at the buffet.
  • Put the gluten-free foods on separate, labelled plates.
  • Don’t use the same knife to cut the sandwiches and cakes, and be careful about cross-contamination from using different knives in the butter.  Consider making the gluten-free sandwiches first when you’ve opened the butter so that there is less risk.
  • Make sure other people involved in arranging the food know about cross-contamination so they don’t touch ordinary bread and then gluten-free bread.
  • Fresh fruit is a lovely dessert but please provide something a bit naughtier.  Buy ready made gluten free desserts so you know you won’t be glutening your guest by mistake with your baking.  Marks and Spencers and Mrs Crimbles are always good.
  • Don’t worry too much.  Your guest is there for the celebration, not the food.  They will be happy about any effort you have gone to, as this is often a rare occurrence.


How to prepare – Watermelon

Happy Fruit

Some people can be a bit daunted about tackling a whole watermelon.  There’s no need.  It’s really easy if you follow these steps.

  1. Stand the watermelon on a chopping board and cut in half vertically.  It can be a bit tough.Jpeg
  2. Put half of the watermelon on the board and slice sections as shown.
  3. Use a knife to peel the skin from the flesh.

  4. Chop up the flesh into pieces.

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Celeriac Mash – how to prepare


In a quest for interesting foods I had a go at celeriac mash recently.

I cut off the outer layer and diced the celeriac.  I boiled it until soft (about 20 minutes) and then mashed it up.  I served it with grilled aubergine and Slimming World Mediterranean Style Chicken sausages.



Below are some more gluten-free Slimming World recipes



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How to prepare – Pomegranate

IMG_20160227_083059I’m gradually warming towards this fruit.  I wasn’t sure at first – just eating a spoonful of pips wasn’t my idea of fun.  Now I’ve found that a spoonful sprinkled in a fruit salad, or dessert adds a tasty crunch.  There are a couple of ways of preparing a pomegranate.  I will quickly explain how I did it.  Be careful though as the juice can stain clothing.

  1. Slice off the top.IMG_20160227_083025
  2. Cut out a segment.DSC_0607
  3. Prise out the seeds with your fingers.IMG_20160227_083001
  4. Continue cutting out segments and prising out seeds.
  5. Pick out any bits of pith.

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How to prepare – Papaya

IMG_20160223_190222This is a easy way to prepare a papaya.

  1. Peel the papaya.
  2. Cut in half lengthways.
  3. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
  4. Turn over and then chop into bite sized pieces.




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How to prepare – Mango

I hate struggling with unusual fruits and making a mess.  Here is an easy way to prepare mango without wasting much at all.

  1. Cut a small slice off the bottom so that the mango can stand up straight on the chopping board.DSC_0598.JPG
  2. Cut as close to the stone as you can, just to one side of the centre, and cut all the way down.DSC_0599.JPGDSC_0600.JPG
  3. Repeat this for the other side of the stone.DSC_0601.JPG
  4. Make vertical and horizontal cuts through the flesh of the mango but not through the skin.DSC_0602
  5. Here’s the best bit: turn the piece over and push through the skin with your fingers.  This makes a hedgehog shape!DSC_0603
  6. Cut off the chunks.  If the mango is very ripe you can do this without a knife and just using your fingers to remove the flesh.
  7. Repeat for the other side of the mango.
  8. Pick up the centre piece and peel off the skin with a knife.
  9. Try to slice most of the flesh away from the stone.  This is a bit messy.

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My 20 Favourite Kitchen Gadgets

Here are some of my favourite kitchen gadgets.IMG_20160220_143825.JPG

  1. Sharp knives and chopping boardIMG_20160220_143735
  2. Tin opener – essential for all those syn free items: beans, tomatoes, mushy peas etc…IMG_20160220_144111.JPG
  3. Tupperware, freezer bags and bag clips – for storing leftoversIMG_20160220_143659.JPG
  4. Mortar and pestle – for grounding up spicesIMG_20160220_143714.JPG
  5. Colander – mine folds up neatly to go in the cupboardIMG_20160220_143517.JPG
  6. Long spoon – for removing seeds from papaya, stirring hot chocolate and for dessertsIMG_20160220_143752.JPG
  7. Poach Pods – mine are from Lakeland and are for poaching eggs easilyIMG_20160220_143806
  8. Electronic scales – for weighing ingredients and those Healthy Extras
  9. Measuring jug – for mixing or for measuring out my milk
  10. Measuring spoons – great for accurate alcohol measuresIMG_20160220_143843.JPG
  11. Wooden spoons – for use in non-stick pansIMG_20160220_143917
  12. Variety of slotted spoonsIMG_20160220_143900.JPG
  13. Whisk and potato masherIMG_20160220_143932.JPG
  14. Scissors – for cutting fat off bacon, cutting up chicken breasts, opening packets etc…IMG_20160220_143950
  15. Apple corer – I know this is lazy but it does mean that I eat more fruitIMG_20160220_144008.JPG
  16. Microwave soup mug – handy for warming up baked beans at work as they don’t splash everywhereIMG_20160220_144029.JPG
  17. Cherry pitter – it’s not attractive eating cherries and spitting out pipsIMG_20160220_144049.JPG
  18. Silicone moulds – handy for making mini breakfast omelettesIMG_20160220_144147.JPG
  19. Potato peelerIMG_20160220_144129.JPG
  20. Metal tongs – for lifting meat off the health grill