Venison sausage and lentil casserole
I've often made sausage and lentil casseroles over the past few years, and venison sausages are a great choice for anyone looking for a lean option, as they are generally naturally lean, without being labelled as low-fat. I used the Tesco Finest ones in this (1 syn each on Slimming World), but they do vary,
I used to do a slow cooker version which included cranberries, but as they aren't readily available at this time of year I tried it without and it was still lovely. If you don't want ...
Spiced red lentil soup
One of the things that I love about lentil soup is that it's filling and dense enough that you don't feel the need to eat bread with it! I tend to use my healthy extra b option for breakfast and therefore can't use it again at lunchtime. This is a really lovely stand-alone soup, full of speedy vegetables and very filling.
Tender beef and ale stew
When I was 21 I got a surprise package on my doorstep, and it was a slow cooker. There was no 'from' message, but I soon figured out that it was my lovely Grandma who had sent it to me. The very first thing that I cooked in it was beef and ale stew, and I would definitely say that over the years it is the thing that I have cooked in it the most frequently. It's just simple, tasty comfort food, and the slow cooker will turn the toughest of beef into melt-in-your mouth tenderness.
Bloody Mary Beef
I've been dying to try out this recipe as it looked mouth-wateringly good in the Jamie's Comfort Food book (click here). I've neglected this book since starting Slimming World as a lot of the food in it is pretty decadent, but when I looked again at this recipe I realised that it's actually very Slimming World friendly! I made a couple of small adjustments but it makes a gorgeous, rich meal with very few syns.
Rich spaghetti bolognese
Spaghetti bolognese is one of my favourite meals and I am always experimenting with different versions to find the perfect one! Before Slimming World I would have always added sugar and cocoa to the mix- I think something sweet in the sauce really brings out the flavour (just have a look at the sugar content in a jar of Dolmio!). As soon as I got some date nectar I wanted to try it out in my bolognese sauce, and it works perfectly! I like a dark and rich sauce and this is exactly that.
Slow-cooker butternut squash and ginger soup
This is my favourite soup to make as I always have a butternut squash around (because they last for so long it's perfect back-up food) and it really is so easy to do. The ginger adds spice and lovely flavour, perfect for a warming Autumn or Winter lunch.
Bonfire Night stew
You may have seen the very popular slow-cooker campfire stew- this is a similar idea, but I wanted proper homemade baked beans instead of tinned ones for this. It's so quick to make, with minimal work and produces a rich and hearty stew all on it's own in the slow-cooker!