Smokey Bacon and Chickpea Soup

Winter is definitely here and for me that means it’s soup weather! I love my chunky vegetable soup but I’m getting a little bored of it so today I decided to try something new and this is what I came up with. It is suitable for Slimming World SP days and perfect for warming you up from the inside.


  • 200g of cooking bacon, fat removed and cut into small chunks
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp of worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree

Method (Serves 4)

Spray a large saucepan with Frylight and put over a medium heat. Add the onion and bacon and fry until the bacon has coloured then add a bit of paprika and continue to fry for another minute. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas and the rest of the seasonings and  the worcestershire sauce and stir well. Add the stock and tomato puree then stir again. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for around half an hour. 

Serve and enjoy!


Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes

Everybody loves cake but they are so high in syns on Slimming World as they are obviously full of sugar. I personally don’t think you will ever find an amazing replacement for the real thing unless you go for mini cakes but you can easily eat a whole packet in one sitting (well I can) and go over your syns. I have found a filling replacement in the form of Scan Bran. I have done a chocolate cake recipe before but this is slightly different and it makes 6 of these full size cupcakes for 1.5 syns each!

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Lemon Drizzle Baked Oats

Another day, another baked oats recipe. I have so many different combinations for these now but I only share the best ones. I will state once again that I don’t syn sweetener but that’s only because you didn’t have to when I started SW and I don’t feel I eat it often enough for it to make a massive difference to my weight loss.

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Speedy Bolognese

Bolognese is a family classic and everyone has their own way of doing it. I love mine filled with veg and because it’s chopped up quite small even the toddler eats it without any fuss. This is also SP friendly and I enjoy having it with courgetti (spiralised courgette) that’s been stir fried for a couple of minutes.

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Caramel Apple Baked Oats

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times, I love baked oats! There’s so many flavour combinations that are possible thanks to different flavour yoghurt and extras. I decided to go seasonal with them today and I forgot how much I liked cooked apple! My syns will differ from what yours should because I am a Slimming World rebel and I disagree with certain things.


  • 40g Oats (HexB)
  • 3/4 of a Muller Light smooth caramel yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp of sweetener (I don’t syn this)
  • 1 egg
  • 25g of apple, diced (half a syn)

Method (makes 4)

This really couldn’t be any simpler, add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Separate the mix into 4 silicone cupcake cases and pop in the oven at 180° for around half hour or until the tops have gone a golden brown. Serve and enjoy when cooled slightly.

I use silicone cases because these stick and are a bugger to remove from anything else!

I don’t syn sweetener and I also don’t like synning cooked fruit, especially so little, 25g isn’t even quarter of a small apple! In my eyes these are Syn free but in Slimming World’s eyes they’re 1.5 syns but you can decide how you want to syn them.

Chocolate Scan Bran Cake

Scan Bran is a Swedish crisp bread, a little bit like Ryvita but harder. I’ve been sent a load to join in with the Scan Bran Challenge and see how it can help aid weightloss. My Slimming World group went mad for the stuff last year and we had the biggest losses as a group my consultant had ever seen. My favourite way of using it was as a cake so it was the first one I had to try. Scan Bran is no longer available in group but you can buy it from Amazon or Holland & Barrett. 5 slices can be used as your Healthy B choice.

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Syn Free Salsa

We love Mexican food in our house and one thing we always have to have is salsa. The shop bought stuff is nice but it’s nothing compared to a freshly made one and of course, this is syn free and full of speed food.

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