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Slimming World Friendly Chilli Con Carne

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Its the start of the Autumn Internationals, with Wales about to take on the Aussies later on today. Match day means only one thing – chilli at half time (its the law!!). My Slimming World friendly Chilli is one of my all time favourite meals. I just can’t get enough of it, which really helps on a match day as having a good meal diverts my attention away form snacks during the game. Here’s the recipe that I use, which I’ve modified from the a couple of other chilli recipes from Slimming World, but tweaked to our own taste and heat that we like (although I must admit I’ve toned down the heat from my preferred level a bit so that the rest of the family can enjoy it too!!).

The Chilli will be washed down with Sainsbury’s Low Alcohol Czech Lager, which drunk ice cold, is a lovely refreshing and low syn alternative to normal lager. It tastes pretty close to the real thing and fools me into thinking I’m having a proper drink. At 1 syn per 500ml bottle, its ideal to enjoying the rugby with a drink and not destroying all the good done during the week. If I were drinking 500ml of Stella, that would be 10 syns per 500ml, so I am saving myself 9 syns for every drink I have.

Chilli Con Carne:


500g extra lean beef mince

1 x Large onion – chopped

1 x large carrot

3 x peppers – deseeded and chopped

Loads of sliced mushrooms!!

2 x cans of chopped tomatoes

1 x can of kidney beans (drained)

1 x tablespoon tomato puree

2 x beef oxo cubes

3 x teaspoons of ground garlic powder ( or 3 fresh cloves)

1 x tablespoon of cumin

1 x tablespoon of chilli power

1 x teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 x teaspoons paprika ground sea salt ground pepper


  • Brown mince in a large deep saucepan (sprayed with frylight) with the chopped onions, cumin, chilli powder, garlic, paprika, and cinnamon.
  • Grate carrot into pan and mix.
  • Add all other ingredients mixing well after adding each one.
  • Add tomatoes last along with the tomatoes puree and crumble in the oxo cubes. Stir well and season.
  • Bring to the boil and then turn down low. I usually then cook it for a minimum of 40 minutes, however, I will leave it simmer sometimes for hours until it is half time. The slower it is cooked – the better!!!!
  • Serve with steamed or boiled rice.

Although you are probably not supposed to eat Thai Jasmine Rice with this dish, I have really fallen for this rice. Its slightly sticky andtastes gorgeous with any dish, in my opinion!!!

Syns in Chilli – 0   (on extra easy)

Syns in Lager – 1 per 500ml Bottle,  Czech Low Alcohol Lager, available in Sainsburys for £1.20 a bottle.

Photos to follow 🙂


SW Chicken Korma

Had a go at the Chicken Korma and Pilau Rice recipe in the March / April Slimming World Magazine today. It was absolutely lush!!! Well worth a try. Recipe is on p.30. I’m picky about my curries and this is by far the best SW curry recipe I have tried to date. Definitely going to be made again.


Steamed mussels and Italian Pasta

Really enjoyed this meal last night. Bought a pack of New Zealand half shell mussels from Costco, cooked them in the steamer with a bit of salt, pepper, parsley and sprinkle of ground garlic. Would have added lemon if wed had any. For the ‘Italian pasta’ I roughly chop and onion and add it to a pan sprayed with fry light on full heat add feshly ground salt and pepper, 3 teaspoons of ground dried garlic, 2 teaspoons paprika, and 1 tablespoon of italian seasoning. I let it cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently, then add a tin of chopped tomatos and leave that bubble away for a couple of minutes. I then add a load of pasta to a pan of boiling water. Then , cover the sauce and turn down to the lowest heat and leave to cook gently. When the pasta is done, drain off the water, put back in the pan and mix in the sauce. Makes a really nice, quick, simple meal, which I usually have on its own or with something on the side – usually a chicken a breast or something like that. The mussels were a nice change!! Scrummy!!