SW recipe: Irish stew and colcannon

serves 4
½ Syn per serving
ready in 2 hours 35 mins

What you need:

700g lean lamb leg steaks, visible fat removed, cut into large chunks
3 onions, thickly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 turnips or 1 swede, peeled and roughly chopped
4 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
4 celery sticks, roughly chopped
900ml hot chicken stock
1 level tbsp chicken gravy granules

What you do:

1. Put the lamb, onions, garlic, turnips or swede, carrots and celery in a large, heavy-based flameproof casserole pan. Add the stock and gravy granules, stir well and bring to the boil over a high heat.

2. Season lightly, then cover tightly. Reduce the heat to very low and cook for 2 hours, or until the lamb is very tender.

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Colcannon recipe

Slimming World colcannon

Fancy doing something extra special with the vegetables you serve with your stew? Go green with colcannon! This popular Irish dish is a simple mix of mashed potatoes and cabbage – and it’s another two-step wonder. To keep things light, the Slimming World colcannon recipe swaps the usual cream or butter for fat-free natural fromage frais.

serves 4
ready in 25 mins

What you need:

1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
½ Savoy cabbage, cored and shredded
100g fat-free natural fromage frais

What you do:

  1. Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water for 12-15 minutes, adding the cabbage for the last 5 minutes to soften the leaves. Drain and return to a low heat to drive off any excess moisture.
  1. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the fromage frais and mash until smooth. Season lightly and serve hot.


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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