SW recipe: Gremolata pork chops

Serves 4
Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes


2 large sweet potatoes, cut into wedges

2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into small chunks

2 large red onions, cut into small chunks

2 large courgettes, sliced

6 garlic cloves

25g fresh thyme, leaves picked

Low-calorie cooking spray

2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

4 lean pork loin chops, visible fat removed

Zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Zest of 1 small orange

25g fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped


1 Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7. Put the sweet potatoes, peppers, onions, courgettes, garlic and thyme in a large, non-stick roasting tin, and season. Spray with low-calorie cooking spray, toss and roast for 30 minutes.

2 When the vegetables have 5 minutes left to cook, sprinkle the paprika on both sides of the chops and season lightly. Spray a large, non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Cook the chops for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until beginning to brown.

3 Pick out the garlic from the roasting tin and squeeze the flesh from the skins into a small bowl. Add the lemon and lime juice and mash. Toss the mixture through the roasted veg, then lay the chops on top and roast for a further 20 minutes, or until the chops are cooked through.

4 When ready to serve, make the gremolata by mixing the lemon, lime and orange zest with the parsley. Spoon over the chops and vegetables.


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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.

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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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