SW recipe: Fideuà


1 tsp saffron

Low-calorie cooking spray

1 onion, finely diced

4 garlic cloves, crushed

300g romano peppers or sweet mini peppers, deseeded and thickly sliced

2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped

300g dried Spanish fideuà pasta (see cook’s note) or spaghetti, broken into small pieces

1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika

400g can chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato purée

300ml fish or chicken stock

400g mix of raw peeled prawns and fresh cleaned mussels, discard any mussels that are open

Juice of 1 lemon, plus wedges to serve

Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, to serve

½ cucumber, peeled into ribbons, to serve


1 Mix the saffron with 6 tbsp boiling water in a small mug, then set aside.

2 Spray a large, wide, lidded, non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, peppers and chillies, and stir-fry for 8-10 minutes until softened, adding a splash of water if they start to stick.

3 Add the fideuà pasta or spaghetti and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the saffron mixture, paprika, tomatoes, tomato purée and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes.

4 Nestle in the prawns and mussels, cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until the prawns are pink and cooked through, and the mussels have opened (discard any that remain closed). Season and add the lemon juice. Divide between 4 bowls, scatter over the parsley and serve with the lemon wedges and cucumber.


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All our meals are based on Slimming World Free Food – nutritious, everyday foods that fill you up for fewer calories, meaning they’re great for weight loss! Free Food includes lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, fruit, veg and more. And you can eat these foods freely, making them perfect for satisfying the biggest of appetites. Some Free Foods have the extra bonus of being Speed Food – fruit and veg that are super-low in calories and keep you slimming beautifully. For the best results, always reach for Speed Food first in between meals and include at least a third of a plate of Speed Food at every meal, where it makes sense.

Add in Healthy Extras®
To help provide a good balance of nutrients, enjoy two measured portions of milk or cheese each day – your Healthy Extra ‘a’ choices. Options include 350ml skimmed milk or 250ml semi-skimmed milk; 40g reduced-fat or 30g full-fat hard cheese; 50g mozzarella (cow’s milk); 45g feta or 35g Danish blue, which can be eaten as part of a meal or snack. Also have one portion of wholemeal bread or breakfast cereal each day – your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice. To keep things simple we’ve built your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice into the menu plan each day.

Choose your Syns®
Foods and drinks that pose a risk to your weight loss – those high in fat or sugar, as well as alcohol – can be enjoyed as carefully counted Syns. We recommend you plan between 5 and 15 Syns into your day (see the bottom of the next page for some ideas).

Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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