Serves 4 /Free
Ready in about 1 and 3/4 hours, plus standing

Ingredients:

low calorie cooking spray

1 onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated

1 celery stick, finely chopped

100g back bacon. all visible fat removed, chopped

400g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)

500g lean pork steaks, all visible fat removed, roughly chopped

1 level tsp Dijon mustard

4 large gherkins, roughly chopped

1 egg, beaten

2 tsp chopped fresh thyme

4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

a pinch of grated nutmeg

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Little Gem salad leaves, separated, to serve

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Cook the onion, garlic, carrot and celery for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until softened. Place in a fine sieve and press out any juices with the back of a spoon. Transfer the vegetables to a mixing bowl and set aside. Discard the juices.
Sauté the bacon in the same pan over a medium heat for around 5 minutes or until crispy, then add to the onion mixture.
Add the beef, pork, mustard, gherkins, egg, herbs and nutmeg. Season and mix well with your fingers.
Put the mixture in a 900g non-stick loaf tin and bake for 1-11A hours, or until firm. Drain away any juices from the tin. Leave the meatloaf in the tin for 1 hour then turn out on to a board and cut into thick slices.
Cool, cover and chill until you’re ready to eat. Serve with the salad leaves. This is also delicious with chilli jam (1 and 1/2 Syns per level tablespoon).

 

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.