Ready in about 10 minutes, plus chilling
Syns per jelly: 3
250ml fruity red wine, such as Merlot
3 level tbsp sweetener granules, plus a pinch
½ small cinnamon stick
Pared zest of 1 large orange, reserving a little to decorate
4 small sheets fine leaf gelatine
2 small ripe blush pears, 1 quartered, cored and thinly sliced lengthways
1 tbsp fat-free natural Greek-style yogurt
1 tbsp plain quark
Pinch of ground cinnamon, to decorate
1 Add the wine, 3 level tbsp sweetener, cinnamon stick, cloves, orange zest, and 300ml water to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over a low heat. Meanwhile, put the gelatine into a bowl of cold water and leave to soak for 5 minutes.
2 Strain the mulled wine into a clean pan, discarding what’s left in the sieve, and bring to a gentle simmer.
3 Lift the gelatine out of the bowl, squeeze out any excess water and add to the mulled wine. Stir until dissolved, then pour the jelly into a jug and leave until cool, but not set.
4 Divide the jelly between 4 glasses and top with the pear slices, pushing them down into each glass. Chill for 8 hours, or overnight, until set.
5 Just before serving, core, quarter and slice the remaining pear. Mix together the yogurt, quark, and a pinch of sweetener until smooth. Spoon the mixture onto the tops of the jellies, and decorate with the pear slices and orange zest, and scatter over the cinnamon.
To pare the orange zest, use a small, sharp knife to remove the rind, discard any pith, and slice the peel into fine strips
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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