And & Claires Saturday Night Fakeaway

The weekend, a couple of days off if you’re lucky which means anything from DIY to climbing a mountain. The last thing most people want is to be tied to the kitchen and a diet!

Have a couple of pints and a takeaway letting your hair down. If you’ve been a Saint between Monday & Friday, chances are you will be a SYNer come the weekend.

It really doesn’t take hours to turn out a really satisfying meal which employs cheats and treats whilst ticking the boxes of taste and keeping on the straight & narrow.

Onion Bhajis

Ingredients

2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed

Salt

1 tsp lemon juice

¼ tsp baking powder (may contain gluten)

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

2 tsp ground cumin60g gram flour

Low calorie cooking spray

60g Garm flour

1 tbsp Turmeric

Method

  1. Place the onions, gram flour, lemon juice, cumin, coriander seeds, green chilli, chopped coriander and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and add a few tablespoons of water to form a thick batter that coats the onion. Leave to rest for 15 minutes and then, using your fingers, mix again to combine thoroughly.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C Fan/Gas 7. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and, using your fingers or a dessert spoon, drop small mounds of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet to give you 12 bhajis.
  3. Spray with low calorie cooking spray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and serve immediately sprinkled with the paprika.

Orange medium Vegetable Curry

Ingredients

2 medium Sweet Potatoes

1/2 Butternut Squash

1 Yellow Pepper

1 tbsp Tikka Powder

1 tbsp Korma Powder

2 tbsp fresh Ginger

2 tbsp minced Garlic

1 tbsp Coriander leaf

1 can Chopped Tomatoes

1 can Baked Beans

Salt to taste

Method

Prepare the Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash and Pepper, and dice into 2cm cubes.

Add the tomatoes, beans herbs and spices to a food processor and blitz until you have a smooth sauce.

In a wide & deep pan spray 1cal and heat the pan on high until the oil is warm.

Add the veg and sauté for about 2 minutes

Add the sauce and mix. As the sauce beings to bubble reduce to a low heat.

Cook for 20 minutes or until the Sweet Potato is soft, stirring often.

Tandoori Chicken

One of the tastiest and healthier options is to stick to the Tandoor. Whether it is meat, fish or more hardy vegetables, marinated skewers in a bath yogurt and spices is always a crowd pleaser. If you don’t own a tandoor, a skillet will do,

Add a can of Potatoes slicked and air fried as they are for a chip side and you have a pretty authentic meal at a fraction of the calories and price of a takeaway.

Even substitute beer for the alcohol option to add to the enjoyment having the flavors without the harm

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