When people think of Weight Watchers and Slimming World, they usually envisage a load of middle aged women sat in a circle and getting weighed while complaining that their weight loss isn’t going as well as they wanted.
In reality these meetings are pretty mixed, though a lot of foods the women go for are not really ideal for a man, mainly because men need more calories than women, thus bigger portions. By all means, tuck into a salad, but remember, you’ll have to adjust the portion size, otherwise you’ll be going hungry.
I am a fan of the Slimming World Method, it’s a bit difficult to get your head around, and the book you get with the starter pack is literally your diet bible that you need to get accustomed to, but you have Free Foods, Super Free Foods, and Syns. Syns arr basically the equivalent to Weight Watchers Points, and you deduct whatever the Syn value is off your allowance.
A simple search reveals that on the Slimming World plan, nothing is off limits. You can even have booze! You simply have to let it be Syned. Fried eggs, Syn free (just use the fatless spray oil), Chicken, Syn free, nearly all your veggies are Syn free. So there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to have a varied and tasty diet.
There are so really low Syned ‘man foods’ too, including Cottage Pie, Full Breakfasts, Curries (add a naan bread at it’s only 5 Syns). The idea of Slimming World is you change your view on food and analyse it more. Also, adjusting the way you cook it, instead of frying, grill, or if you’re making something like Spanish Meatballs, frying off the Chorizo first, then draining and blotting to remove the excess oil will save you one of those crucial Syns. It’s all about the prep, bulking out the dish with the good foods, and aiming to cut out excess oil.
Below is a simple dish of my own making that is full of flavour and won’t leave you feeling guilty.
Chicken Breast with Chorizo
This simple dish is perfect for dinner parties, it requires only one dish and is pretty much an ‘ad lib’ main dish, meaning you can adjust it to suit your individual tastes. Also, it freezes and reheats well, so you can make it in bulk and simply freeze it for a quick and easy mid week staple and simply add a side dish and a glass of wine and you’re good to go.
Ingredients for 4
1 Green Pepper (or Yellow)
2 Medium (or 1 Large) Red Onions
4 Chicken Breasts
1 tsp Paprika
Preheat oven to 200C
Slice all of the vegetables and set into the bottom of the dish.
Trim the Chicken Breasts
Chop the Chorizo into 1cm chunks
Add the Chicken Breasts and Chorizo to the dish.
Add the Passata and Paprika covering the entire thing generously and gently mix so the vegetables and chicken are well covered.
Place in the Oven for 20 – 30 minutes.
Serve with a boiled new potatoes and a salad.