This recipe is something my husband created using the contents of our cupboards not long after we got married. He spent a while in the kitchen ‘knocking something together’ and it was an absolute hit! I adore this meal but always felt that it was really indulgent, even though we always used crème fraiche rather than cream. So I took it upon myself to create a Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta.
Since following Slimming World we haven’t had it and I missed it so much. I had a look at the ingredients and realised that with a simple swap for Quark or fat free fromage frais – I’d only have to syn the pesto (and if you’re mega keen, you could even make the SW version of that).
Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta
7 syns for whole thing – serves between 2 and 3 people as a main meal
Two breasts of chicken cut into cubes
5 rashers of bacon (fat trimmed off) cut into small squares
3 crushed garlic cloves
Half bag of spinach
2 tablespoons of pesto (3.5 syns per tablespoon)
Half a tub of fat free fromage frais
Start by dicing up the onions and garlic and put them in a pan sprayed with frylight. Cook for about 3 minutes on medium until the onions soften, then add the chicken and bacon and cook through.
In the meantime, put the tagliatelle into a pan of boiling water and cook until al dente.
When the chicken and bacon are cooked through, add 2 tablespoons of pesto and stir through (at this point it smells brilliant!) Add the spinach to let it wilt down.
Drain the tagliatelle.
Once all the ingredients in the pan are cooked through, reduce the heat and stir in the fromage frais. This will make a creamy pesto sauce.
Add the tagliatelle into the pan of ingredients, and stir through to coat the pasta in the pesto sauce.
This recipe couldn’t be easier – I made it at around 10pm at night and was done in 5 minutes. The beauty of this Slimming World Tomato Soup is that you can add all the ingredients and blend it up without cooking it. This means you can make a batch and only heat up the quantity you want at each meal time that you’re having it.
Some soups can be time consuming to make but this certainly is not one of them! Its as quick as putting something naughty in the oven or going to the shop for a quick fix – so this is a great recipe to keep handy in times of need and hunger!
• 2 x cans of chopped tomatoes
• 1 x can of cooked carrots
• 1 x can of baked beans
• 1 x large pickled onion (or 3 x small pickled onions)
• Half litre of water
• Chicken stock
• Pinch of sweetener
• Salt & Pepper to taste
Method: (Couldn’t be easier!)
Add all the contents of the cans into a large bowl, crumble up the stock cube and add, season, add your pickled onions and blend!
I have just got myself a new job (hooray) but this will be my first job where I work in a town centre as opposed to a business park and my first job where I will be travelling on public transport instead of driving. This seems both exciting – having lots of options to choose from for lunch and very Bridget Jones-esque/ commuter-style – but also it drives fear into my heart!
In the past, should I have forgotten my purse or phone, I can hop back into my car and go retrieve it but also I have a stash of spare tops, shoes, coins, lip glosses and coats in my car for a range of emergencies (in the loosest sense of the word!)
However now, I need to make sure I’m totally prepared and have everything I might need. Here’s what I’ve got so far as essentials for your handbag when you commute…
Umbrella: This is something that I never have with me…but this is also why I have bad hair and mascara running down my face…
Small Make-Up bag with essentials in miniature: I never top up my make-up throughout the day, but this proves to be a terrible idea. Don’t believe me? I’ll send you my wedding pictures – the ones before I left the house after my make-up was done, and the ones when we’re cutting the cake where I’ve sweated and cried (with joy might I add) it all off and I’m just a pink shiny faced lady in a white dress. NOT a good look. P.s. INCLUDE A NAIL FILE!
Plasters or other foot remedies: You set off for work all pressed and dressed and start walking. For an inexplicable reason your shoes which you’ve worn 138 other times problem-free decide to start rubbing. This is one of my biggest hates – because you need to keep going, but with every step you take (every move you make….) you are rubbing off another slither of skin and you know your feet will be in a state by the time you arrive at work, not to mention the fact you are now marooned in work in these damned shoes that you have to wear for at least another 8 hours!
Change: I feel like the Queen sometimes – no, not because I have power or wealth or a huge weird family, but because I never carry cash. Now don’t get me wrong, should I ever get mugged I’ll feel smug that they got nothing bar a Boots Advantage Card and some crumpled pieces of paper in my bag (I would be very upset about my Dune bag and Fiorelli floral purse however). But how often do you have a bit of time and think, ‘I’ll pop in and get a drink’, ‘I’ll go and get a jacket potato from the stand’ or ‘I just need £3 for the train’ – that happens to me all the time, but I never have any bloody money on me! Keep an emergency stash of £10 in a pocket in your bag and you’ll never get stuck.
Pen: Just because
Hairbrush, a few bobbles and grips: You never know where the day might go. Someone might ask if you fancy meeting up for a drink after work, or you look outside and its peeing it down with rain or some other occasion that makes you want to change your hairstyle or pull back your locks to protect them or get them out your way.
Are there any other major things I’ve forgotten? If so, let me know in the comments!