SW recipe: Individual steak and mushroom pies

EVERYDAY EASY
Serves 4
Ready in about 1 hour
Syns per serving: 3½

Ingredients

Low-calorie cooking spray

4 lean beef steaks, visible fat removed, cut into bite-size chunks

1 beef stock pot

400g chestnut mushrooms, halved

2 carrots, diced

4 celery sticks, diced

2 onions, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

4 tbsp tomato purée

1 level tbsp gravy granules

2 x 39g Jus-Rol Filo Pastry Sheets, halved

200g cooked kale, to serve

Method

1 Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Spray a large, heavy-based, non-stick saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Add the steak chunks and stir-fry for 5 minutes, or until browned all over.

2 Dissolve the stock pot in 400ml boiling water. Add the stock, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, herbs, tomato purée and gravy granules to the pan, and bring to the boil. Cook over a medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Divide the mixture between 4 deep, individual pie dishes.

3 Lightly scrunch up the pastry halves and place one over each pie to cover the filling completely. Spray the pastry with low-calorie cooking spray and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Serve with the kale.

 

Fill up on Free Food®
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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