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Cheat Recipes

Hi All

I don't know about you, but sometimes I just

a: don't have the time to make some of the delicious recipes from the slimming world magazine and books

b: don't have the ingrediants to hand

I thought I would start a thread on "Cheat Recipes", ie recipes using packets & jars for quickness along with syn values.

I will start it off with 3 recipes that I do regularly and my family absolutely love them. Please add more to this thread if you have any examples.

Recipe 1: Fish Pie
Recipe 2: Bolognaise Bake
Recipe 3: Lasagna
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Recipe 1 - Fish Pie (green day)

Serves 2

Syns: 13 syns (6.5 per serving)


2 x Cod Fillets (HEX B)
3 medium potatoes
1 large leek finely chopped
couple of handfuls of mixed frozen veg
pack of Morrisans instant cheese sauce (made with water) - 8 syns
50 g Half fat cheese - (HEX A)
2 oz Flora Extra Light - 5 syns
Splash of Milk (use as part of HEX A)


1 boil potatoes and mash with spalsh of milk & 1 oz Flora Extra Light
2 in a lidded saucepan melt 1 oz of Flora Ex light, add leek, coat in Flora, put lid back on tightly and turn down heat to as low as possible. Sweat the leek for approx 8 mins
3 steam, microwave or boil frozen veg
4 make up Morrisons cheese sauce with 1/2 pint of water
5 cut up the Cod into bite size chucks and put in an oven proof dish
6 once leeks are soft, add them to the cheese sauce
7 once frozen veg is cooked, add them to the cheese & leek sauce
8 poor cheese & veg mixture over cod
9 put mashed pototo on top of mixture
10 sprinkle cheese over mashed potato
11 place in a pre-heated oven of 200 degrees for approx 20 - 25 minutes
12 serve with peas or any other veg you like.
Recipe 2 - Bolognaise Bake (Extra Easy)

Serves 4

Syn Value: 16.5 syns (4 syns per serving)


1 500g jar of Dolmio Light Bolognaise Sauce - 8.5 syns
A couple of sliced mushrooms
1 red pepper chopped
Pasta for 4 people
Packet of Morrisons Instant Cheese Sauce (made with water) - 8 syns
250g Extra Lean Beef Mince


1 Dry fry the mince in a lidded frying pan until the mince has turned brown
2 add Dolmio Sauce, mushrooms & red pepper
3 place lid on pan and simmer for approx 15 minutes
4 cook pasta according to instructions
5 make up the cheese sauce using 1/2 pint boiling water
6 once mince has finished cooking, mix with the cooked pasta
7 place the pasta mixture into an oven proof dish
8 poor cheese sauce over the pasta
9 place in a preheated oven of 180 degrees for approx 10 minutes until the cheese sauce has set
10 serve with a mixed side salad.
Recipe 3 - Lasagna (Extra Easy)

Serves 4

Syn Value: 26 syns (6.5 per serving) if using 2 packets of cheese sauce - this makes it lovely and creamy

18 syns (4.5 per serving) if using 1 packet of cheese sauce


500g Extra Lean Minced Beef
2 x Packet of Morrisons Instant Cheese Sauce (made with water) - 8 syns each
9 Lasagna Sheets
Half a packet of Spinach
500g Ragu Red Lasagna Sauce - 10 syns


1 dry fry the mince until the mince has turned brown and add the Ragu sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes
2 in an oven proof dish place 3 sheets of Lasagna along the bottom, followed by mince mixture, spinach layer, 3 sheets of Lasagna and one packet of cheese sauce (if using 2 packets)
3 create another layer of mince, spinach, lasagna sheets and finally cheese sauce
4 wrap dish in foil and place in a 190 degree pre heated oven for 35 minutes
5 take off foil and bake for a further 5 minutes
6 serve with a mixed side salad.
This version of Irish Stew is quick to make, but it needs 2 hours to cook. But once it is in the pan you can go away and do something else.

i packet Waitrose Irish Stew mix - this has potato, onion, carrot, leek, barley and thyme
Lean stewing lamb (I get about six small pieces from the meat counter)
600 ml boiling water

Trim any fat off the lamb and cut into smallish pieces. Put into a saucepan with the Irish Stew mix and the boiling water. Season. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 hours. You might need to add a bit more boiling water if it gets too dry.

You can also do this in a slow cooker, with slightly less water, for about 6-7 hours.

This gives me two huge meals and is free on Extra Easy.

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