Slimming World – Fire in your belly

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Slimming World’s red-hot recipe book

While the weather may still be a little unpredictable, one thing’s for sure – barbecue season is well and truly here!

And from sizzling summer parties to laid-back family gatherings, there are plenty of opportunities to fire up the grill.

An al-fresco feast wouldn’t normally be considered a slimmer’s best friend though, and anyone trying to lose weight might have expected to have to sit barbecues out this summer. That won’t be the case, according to East Leeds slimming expert Nikki Allison, thanks to a collection of new recipes that are perfect for the grill. Packed with 60 sizzling barbecue recipes, including Jerk beef with rice and peas, Pulled pork and Masala prawns, Slimming World’s Little Book of Barbecue certainly has plenty of healthy food for thought.

Nikki who runs the Austhorpe group and is opening a brand new group at Grimes Dyke Primary School in Swarcliffe on Thursday 27th July at 7:30pm said:

A lot of the time slimmer’s worry they’ll have to miss out on social gatherings to avoid derailing the weight losses they’ve worked so hard for. The good news is though that with a few simple swaps, it’s easy to stay on track while still eating delicious food and barbecues can actually be a great option for slimmers.

Opting for lean cuts of meat like steak and chicken with the skin removed instead of readymade burgers and sausages, piling your plate high with salad, vegetables and baked potatoes, and swapping white rolls for wholemeal will all help keep your weight-loss journey on track.

What’s more, you’re sure to be the talk of the party if you turn up with a dish from Little Book of Barbecue. In fact, friends and family won’t believe you can eat this well and still lose weight, and If anything, they’ll be forming an orderly barbe-queue to tuck in!”

As well as mouth-watering mains, like homemade Best-ever burgers and Sweet chilli- chicken and pepper kebabs, Little Book of

Barbecue is packed with ideas for tasty side dishes like Barbecued sweet potatoes, deliciously cool summer drinks like a show-stopping watermelon punch bowl, and indulgent guilt-free desserts, such as Black forest ice lollies. Every recipe in Little Book of Barbecue is perfect for those following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which allows slimmers to satisfy their appetite on everyday foods like fruit and veg, meat, chicken, fish, pasta, rice, potatoes and more, so there’s no need to go hungry while losing weight. The collection suits all cooking abilities and each recipe is accompanied by a photo of the finished dish to help inspire even the most inexperienced cooks.

Turkey koftas with minted yogurt

Makes 8

Ready in 35 minutes, plus chilling

1 small onion, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled

Good pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

¼ tsp paprika

½ tsp ground cumin

Small pack fresh coriander

500g lean turkey mince (5% fat or less)

Low-calorie cooking spray

For the minted yogurt

150g fat-free natural yoghurt

1 tbsp chopped fresh mint, plus leaves to garnish

Pinch of paprika

Put the onion, garlic, spices and coriander in a food processor and season to taste. Blend well then add the turkey and blend everything together. Divide the mixture into 8 portions and shape each portion into a plump sausage around a skewer. Put the skewers on a plate, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Light the barbecue for direct medium heat. To make the minted yogurt, mix the yogurt and mint and sprinkle over the paprika. Season to taste and chill until needed. Spray the koftas with low-calorie cooking spray and barbecue over direct medium heat for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through, turning once. (Or cook them on a griddle pan over a medium-high heat.) Scatter the mint leaves over the koftas and serve with the minted yogurt.

Recipes taken from Slimming World’s recipe book Little Book of Barbecue, available in all Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland priced £3.95/€5.95. To find your nearest Slimming World group visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000.

Image credits: Slimming World/Gareth Morgans

10p from the sale of Little book of Barbecue goes to Slimming World’s charitable foundation SMILE (Slimmers Making It a Little Easier for Someone), founded in 1997. Our charity partners have included the NSPCC, Cancer Research UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Each year Slimming World donates around £10,000 from recipe book sales.

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