Ready in 50 minutes
1 large fennel bulb, trimmed and sliced, any fronds reserved
3 sweet peppers (red, orange or yellow), deseeded and cut into small chunks
300g dried pearl barley
300g passata with garlic and onions
400g fresh or frozen and thawed mixed seafood
Bring 800ml water to the boil in a saucepan, then reduce the heat. Place a frying pan over a medium heat and add the fennel, peppers and 3 tbsp water.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
Uncover the frying pan and stir in the pearl barley, passata, 200ml of the hot water and a little seasoning.
Reduce the heat and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, stirring often. Keep adding the hot water until it has all been absorbed and the pearl barley is tender, 30-35 minutes.
Add the seafood and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed, the seafood has heated through and the pearl barley is cooked. Serve hot, with any fennel fronds scattered over.
Helping you to get motivated
When you join Slimming World, you’ll become a member of a large supportive community of people in a similar situation to you, with a wealth of advice and tips on recipe ideas, meal planning and motivation whenever you need it.
You’ll also be assigned your own highly-trained consultant — a former member who can help you to set your own weight-loss and fitness goals. Members agree that this support is often key to their success.
You can choose between joining your local group or online.
If you’d like to join a group, please contact your local Consultant to find out how your group is running safely in line with local and national guidance.
All offer full details of how Slimming World’s Food Optimising programme works.
There is a huge list of Free Food to choose from, which doesn’t need to be weighed, calorie counted or measured.
You can also snack on these to satisfy your hunger in between meals.
In addition, you are encouraged to eat measured quantities of certain foods, known as ‘Healthy Extras’ that provide nutrients essential for a healthy, balanced diet.
These include milk and cheese (for calcium) and cereals and wholemeal bread (for fibre and minerals).
And so you never feel deprived you can enjoy limited amounts of treats which are higher-calorie, less filling foods that include chocolate, crisps and alcohol.
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