Syns per serving 3
Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes
4 baking potatoes
4 back bacon rashers, visible fat removed
4 tomatoes, halved widthways
4 large flat mushrooms
4 lean sirloin steaks, visible fat removed
1 iceberg lettuce, trimmed and cut into 4 wedges
For the chive & onion topping:
200g fat-free natural Greek yogurt
10g fresh chives, finely chopped
2 spring onions, finely sliced
For the blue cheese dressing:
30g blue Stilton
100g fat-free natural Greek yogurt
1-2 tbsp lemon juice, to taste
½ garlic clove, crushed
For the onion rings:
1 large onion, peeled and thickly sliced into 12 x 1cm-thick rings (remove the inner core and separate out the rings)
30g plain flour
1 tsp paprika
4 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked
½ tsp garlic granules
150g fat-free natural yogurt
Low-calorie cooking spray
1 Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork, place directly on the oven shelf and bake for 1 hour. Meanwhile, mix together all the chive and onion topping ingredients, and season. For the blue cheese dressing, mash the cheese until almost smooth, then stir through the remaining dressing ingredients. Stir in a little water (enough to give you a thick, drizzling consistency), then season to taste. Set the topping and dressing aside.
2 While the potatoes are cooking, put the onion rings in a bowl of just-boiled water for 10 minutes to soften. Mix the flour with the paprika, thyme leaves and garlic granules. Season, then tip out onto a plate. Drain and pat the onion rings dry.
3 Dip an onion ring into the natural yogurt, then briefly drop into the flour mix to coat all over. Shake off any excess and place on a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Repeat with the remaining onion rings. If you have any flour left over, dab the onion rings with a bit more yogurt and evenly scatter the flour on top. Lightly spray with low-calorie cooking spray. Add the bacon to the tray, then bake in the oven for the last 20 minutes of the potatoes’ cooking time until the onion rings and bacon are crisp.
4 Meanwhile, place a non-stick griddle or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Season the tomatoes and mushrooms, spray with low-calorie cooking spray and cook for 4 minutes on each side until tender. Transfer to a baking tray and finish cooking in the oven for 10 minutes.
5 Return the griddle or frying pan to the heat. When hot, spray the steaks with low-calorie cooking spray, season and cook for 2 minutes on each side for medium-rare, 3-4 minutes for medium, or 5 minutes for well done. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for 2-3 minutes.
6 Cut the bacon into small pieces. Divide the potatoes, onion rings, steaks, tomatoes and mushrooms between 4 plates. Split open the potatoes and spoon over the chive and onion topping. Serve each platter with a lettuce wedge topped with a quarter of the blue cheese dressing and bacon pieces.
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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