Archive for May, 2011


In true spectacular fashion Dani found a product she loved and then the manufacturer changed it and it just isn’t as good anymore. That’s right. The Thai Green Curry I recently reviewed on my blog here has now had its recipe ‘improved’ only in my opinion the improvements suck!

Most noticeable changes are there is less spinach than in the original, it’s now a paltry amount and in the meal I tried was very bitty rather than being rich and vivid green like fresh spinach should be. They’ve also taken out the red pepper’s which were a gorgeous addition and added a little sweetness and swapped them for chunks of butternut squash, admittedly a vegetable I have never tried before and after trying it in this meal I am not sure I want to again. Thirdly and finally they seem to have changed the sauce and amount of chicken meaning your curry is slightly drier, slightly spicier and in my opinion slightly less enjoyable. 

As well as these changes the nutritional values have changed which in turn means the syn values have changed Sad smile The syn values are as follows:

7½ Syns per package/portion on Extra Easy

7½ Syns per package/portion on Green

13 Syns per package/portion on Original

 

The original was 6 syns and in my opinion was well worth it as an occasional treat, this new improved recipe won’t even get a look in now, especially not for 7.5 syns. Sorry Sainsbury’s but you’ve robbed me of my favourite meal and I really ain’t happy.

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Ready meals are bad! They are evil! When your on a diet you shouldn’t be eating them! That seems to be the general consensus between people when they know your on a diet but they are wrong as I have shown before by blog posts about meals from Iceland not all convenience food is evil or bad for you. I have a new favourite Sainsbury’s Thai Green Chicken Curry which comes in a 400g pack and costs between £3 and £3.85 depending on the store (it’s regularly on promotion) and takes just 5.5 minutes in the microwave.

It’s described as Coriander chicken in a green Thai sauce with jasmine rice, baby leaf spinach, red peppers and sliced baby sweetcorn. Perfect for those of us on Extra Easy as it gives just the right proportions of Super free foods and free foods.

Due to the fact its quick, easy and affordable this quickly became a favourite in our house. I love the fact that it’s all cooked at the same time. I love spinach and there’s plenty in these meals. The rice is delicately flavoured and the baby corn and red peppers compliment the meal really well. The Thai green sauce is really tasty and you get just enough sauce in this meal too. Not too dry not too saucy, absolutely yummy.

Syns wise are as follows:

6 Syns per package/portion on Extra Easy

6 Syns per package/portion on Green

9 Syns per package/portion on Original

 

 

Picture courtesy of Sainsbury’s.

I could make excuses for this week, like the fact it’s been highly emotional and volatile and that I just turned to food for comfort but the truth is that yeah I had a rubbish week, yeah it wasn’t the best in any sense of the word apart from the fact it was. I went away for a few days and had a really nice time, I didn’t stick to plan and that showed when I gained 3.5lb at weigh in. Now had I stuck on plan and not eaten foods such as pizza, sweets, chocolate and burger and chips then I would be understandably upset but that isn’t the case. I took a week off, I ate bad food, I gained weight and I’m ok with it because I enjoyed my time off. That’s the great thing about Slimming World, it fits in with you. You can have days off or weeks off and then get straight back on it just like I have.

Red Pepper Houmous

I am a huge lover of houmous, I absolutely love it. A few crudités or a cheeky packet of crisps and I am in heaven. My favourites are red pepper or jalapeno. However, on Slimming World the syns are just so high!

Co-op Roasted Red Pepper Houmous, 1 level tbsp. – 2 syns on all plans

Waitrose Roasted Red Pepper Houmous, 1 level tbsp. – 2 syns on all plans

Sainsbury’s Roasted Red Pepper Houmous, chilled, 1 level tbsp. – 2 syns on all plans

 

So… I came up with a plan…. I would make my own houmous, then I would know exactly what went into it and would be able to make sure it wasn’t so high in syns! My first attempt ended up in the bin as I used raw garlic cloves and the taste was just too strong and bitter and left a horrible after taste but with a little bit of trial and error I came up with this beauty:

houmous

Ingredients:

1 Large can of chickpeas (in water/brine)

2 sweet red peppers, cut in half and deseeded

3 cloves of garlic, peeled

salt, pepper, paprika

1 tsp. Quark

1 tsp. Lemon juice

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200C, spray a baking tray with Fry Light, place the sweet red peppers and garlic cloves on the baking tray and place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until soft.

Drain the chickpeas and place in a bowl with the quark, lemon juice and seasoning. Add the now slightly roasted garlic and peppers and then using a hand mixer blitz into a smooth paste. Taste and then if necessary add a little more seasoning to personal taste.

Really simple, really easy and even better it’s syn free on Green and Extra Easy! Kept in a sealed container it should last at least a week in the fridge although in reality it will probably only last me a day or two!