Spaghetti Bolognese

The beauty of Slimming World is taking your favourite recipes, and altering them to suit the sw ideals!

With that in mind, this Spaghetti Bolognese by Jamie Oliver is absolutely gorgeous, I came across It as part of a food club I’m in on a forum. On this occasion I used an 850g pack of minced steak so I amended the veg quantities to match.


First, I trimmed all visible fat off the smoked bacon (I used 5 medallions of smoked back bacon instead of streaky to keep the sun value of zero.


While the bacon was in the pan, with the oregano (using fry light instead of oil), I prepared the veg, I added an extra onion, carrot, stick of celery and clove of garlic as was using more meat than in Jamie’s original recipe! It took a lonnnnng time to chop all of this, while kneeling on my wheelie chair…..I realised about 3/4 of the way through I should have just used my processor, but I was nearly done when I had that lightbulb moment!



Sauté the veg, adding more spray oil or a little water to prevent sticking, then add the meat and brown, followed by the tomatoes and 1 tin of water, salt and pepper and finely chopped basil stalks. Bring to the boil, reduce and summer for an hour covered, then half an hour uncovered. Boil pasta. Stir in half the Parmesan and the basil leaves.


I used whole wheat penne on this occasion, and served the plate 1/3 full with streamed green beans, mangetout, sugar snaps and brocolli (tesco do a handy microwave steam pack). The remaining half Parmesan can be used for sprinkling over the dish. This recipe made enough for 2 adults and 1 four year old x 4 dinners (I froze the remainder in bags of portions of 2.5)

Spaghetti and Meatballs

I used the recipe on the Slimming Worldwebsite for these meatballs. I added a grated carrot to both the meatball mix and the tomato sauce mix to hide extra nutrients from Junior 1.


While the meatballs were in the grill I made the sauce which was super quick to prepare!


The recipe instructs you to grill the meatballs, turning half way, I preheated the grill then switched it to top and bottom oven mode to save me having to turn them! Worked like a charm!


I dropped the browned meatballs into the sauce and left it simmering on a low heat for about 20 mins, meanwhile boiled some whole wheat spaghetti. Served with a little fresh basil sprinkled over (would have been nice with some grated Parmesan but we had none!) Delicious recipe and Syn Free


Recent Dinners

Here are some dinner ideas from during the last 2 weeks since I started in Slimming World.

This is a version of the “Tricolour Carbonara” from the SW books. My husband, who does not normally like carbonara said it was the nicest he ever had – it’s really light and very tasty!

I was doing a freezer hunt for the day’s meals and found a ham fillet at the bottom and decided to cook it, when it was cooked and I cut into it, it had a lot of fat running through the centre, which I hate so I decided to trim every single piece I could see off and cut the ham into small cubes to throw into a salad or carbonara. The carbonara I made by frying the ham cubes in a hot pan until slighly coloured, then softening a leek in fry light with a clove of garlic, added a chopped green chilli and a handful of frozen peas. I added dashes of water to keep things from sticking/burning. Meanwhile had pasta (250g wholewheat spaghetti) and in a bowl whisked 2 egg yolks with 3 tablespoons fat free fromage frais and 20g Parmesan grated
When pasta cooked, drain, keep a little of the water in the end, throw in the leek and bacon and take off the heat and stir in the egg and ffff mix and stir well.
Divided into 4 bowls and sprinkled with a little grated Parmesan.
(30g Parmesan is a healthy A but it’s split between 4 portions here)


Friday Night Food – Burger and Chips SW Style

Junior1 had great fun making these with me. Into the food processor went a small onion which was finely chopped then salt and pepper, a tablespoon of ketchup and some dried oregano. We shaped them into burgers (“big one for daddy, medium for mammy and small for me”) and onto a hot griddle. The chips made in the usual way and I put the burgers into the oven after they were sealed.

I used a brown burger bun (from tesco) as my healthy B and some low fat Chedder cheese, rocket and tomato, with chilli ketchup and some cherry tomatoes on the side. Better than a Chipper take away any day 🙂


Sirloin Steak with soy, ginger and honey glaze, with stir fried Veg and wholewheat noodles. I got the recipe from a Food Club i’m in on a forum, the recipe called for Duck, which i’m not a big fan of so I griddled the sirloin and made the glaze. I used a tablepsoon of sesame oil in the veg (3 syns between 2 servings) and soy sauce, and just a drop of soy on the noodles. Really really tasty.