Category Archives: Meal Hacks

Red Thai Beef Curry

Steven and I love Thai food, our favourite restaurant being Chayophraya. So after having a think about dairy free meals I came to the conclusion that Thai is quite a safe bet? A lot of Thai cooking involves Coconut milk/ cream, which is even better than dairy right?

We have been eating a lot of chicken recently so I decided to crack open the slow cooker, once more, and go for a beef curry.

I have to say, It was really tasty and I actually winged the recipe- yep it’s a botch job that actually worked!

Here it is…

Ingrediants

* Morrisons lean beef stewing steak

*2 packs of Morrisons coconut milk

*1 small tub of red Thai curry paste (could be used twice but I put it all in)

*1 red chilli (finely chopped)

* 1 red bell pepper (sliced into thin strips)

*1 yellow bell pepper (sliced into thin strips)

*1 red onion (thinly sliced)

* a handful of small broccoli florets

* lemongrass

* 1 tbsp of ginger

*1 tbsp of garlic

Method

add the beef into the slow cooker with a cup of water, the full lemongrass stem, the ginger and garlic. Leave this to slow cook on low for around 4-6 hours (until tender).

Once the meat is almost ready remove the lemon grass. Then add in the red Thai curry paste, coconut milk, chilli, peppers, onion and broccoli. Allow to cook in the slow cook for another 30 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.

Make sure you give the mix a good stir and serve with some Thai crackers and microwaveable coconut rice (the only quick part!).

Although this is quite a time consuming recipe the prep is actually not to much and very worth it! Yum

Please let me know if you have any dairy free recipes I can try out or some easy and quick treats.

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Syn Free Slimming world wild Salmon Risotto

This is a recipe supplied by a reader and it looks delish. What’s more, if you are following the slimming world diet, this recipe is COMPLETELY syn free! 🎉

Wild Salmon Risotto- serves about 4.

Ingredients:

2 cups of rice (wholemeal)
400g Salmon Fillet (works out at about 2 large fillets)
1 tbsp ginger (i bought the Asda easy ginger)
1 tbsp garlic (I bought the Lazy Garlic from Asda)
1 tbsp chopped red chilli (Again, i bought pre chopped chilli)
3 x limes
Chives
150mls light soy sauce

Salmon:
wrap the salmon fillets in tin foil, season with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 30 mins at 200 (or until cooked through).

Sauce & Rice:
In a measuring jug, mix together the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, chopped chilli and the juice of all three limes.

When the salmon is cooked, remove the foil and the skin. Flake into large chunks and pour in half of the sauce. Leave to marinate for 20 mins while you cook the rice.

When the rice has boiled, drain and add in the salmon. Pour in the remaining sauce, mix and sprinkle with chives.

Serve immediately.

#slimmingworld #synfree #salmon #easytomakedinner

Roasted tomato, red pepper and onion soup…

This is a delicious and really easy soup to make. Prep time is about 5 minutes and cook time is about 21 minutes. I use a soup maker machine, but a pressure cooker would work just as well.

Ingredients

10 x tomatos

2 x red peppers

1 x red onion

2 x ham stock cubes

A pinch of salt & pepper

 

Method

Rough chop the veg and add to the soup maker.

Add in 1 cup of boiling water and the crumbled ham stock cubes.

set for 21 minutes and relax. The soup maker cooks and blends on the ‘smooth’ setting.

Cost

This soup made 4 good sized bowls. I bought the ingredients from Lidl (already had the stock cubes n my store cupboard). All together the cost was;

Tomatoes £0.79

Onions £0.20 (roughly as bought in a bag)

Red peppers £0.98

Total= £1.97 ( roughly 50p a bowl!)

 

I served this with a loaf of crusty tiger bead!

 

Slow Cooker Saviour

I’m not going to lie, when I first heard about a slow cooker a few years ago I didn’t really fancy the idea. The prep required, the thought of leaving it on for so long and the cleaning up at the end.

Well some things don’t change, as much as I LOVE my slow cooker now, the cleaning up at the end sends shivers down my spine. Because of the role it plays in the cooking process, the contents inevitably seems to get stuck and ingrained on the inside ceramic pot. My usual practise post cook was- steep, wipe, dishwasher and the scrub. What a faff!

Well, I (through friend recommendation) have now found an absolute life saver. Its called a slow cooker liner. This marvellous creation takes all the hassle out of cleaning. In fact it almost completely eliminates the needs to clean it at all. Place your liner in the slow cooker, add the ingredients, cook, serve, wait for the remaining contents to cool and then remove the liner and bin!

I buy these at Home bargains for less than a £1. However, if yours doesn’t stock them or you don’t have a HB near you then you can also buy them here at Amazon Slow Cooker Liners

You can thank me later!