If there is one thing that I miss since being on a Slimming World diet is takeaways. Whether its Chinese, Italian, Indian or a good old burger and chips, I miss it! In my previous life before Slimming World I would have happily just picked whatever I wanted to eat without a second thought to how many calories it contained. If I wanted it, I had it. Its not until you take your booklets home after your first class that you realise just how many calories (or syns) your favourites have. Keen for a KFC? A Zinger Tower Burger is 31 syns and that’s without any fries (that’s an extra 10.5 for regular fries). A Romana pizza from Pizza Express is 47 syns and chicken Chimichangas from a Mexican restaurant is 37.5 syns. So they are all huge amounts of syns and that’s without adding any sides, sauces and alcohol into your dining experience.
Seeing as I love seafood I decided to give a prawn dopiaza a try and I wasn’t disappointed. Although it has a bit of a kick to it, it wasn’t too spicy but feel free to adjust the spice quantity according to taste. It is free and you could serve it with either boiled rice or you could use cauliflower rice if you are having an Extra Easy SP day.
Makes enough for 2 people. Syn free.
What you need:
165g raw king prawns
1 tbsp medium curry powder
1/2 tbsp Garam masala
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 onion sliced
2 garlic cloves minced
100ml vegetable stock
400g can chopped tomatoes
salt & pepper
chopped fresh coriander to garnish
How to make:
Spray a frying pan with frylight and place on a low heat.
Add the spices and cook for 60 seconds and then throw in the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes until they soften.
Add the garlic, stock, tomatoes and season well. Increase the heat to high and bring to the boil. Then reduce to a medium-low heat and cook for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Chuck in the prawns and cook for another 5 minutes or so until they’re pink and cooked through.
Serve with the chopped coriander and rice.
Even though I didn’t really start back on plan properly until Monday I did manage to lose 2lbs this week making my total loss to date 10.5lbs. I’m still more or less on plan but still have moments where I hear a packet of crisps calling out my name from the cupboard to be eaten. Hopefully I can reach my one stone target in the next couple of weeks.
What takeaway would you miss the most if you were/are on a diet?