My absolute Achilles heel in the whole dieting shenanigans is a buffet. Sit me in front of some mini sausages, a quiche and a pile of salted peanuts and the idea of counting syns/points/calories just flies out of the window.
Just last week I attended a baby shower, and came face-to-face with temptation, with all these golden treats calling to me. Being really early in my return to Slimming World, I exercised all the self control I could muster and physically sat as far away from the bite-sized savory snacks and firmly kept tucking into carrot sticks.
Now I'm sure you'll agree that I deserved a treat for all that abstanence, so this weekend I decided to roll-up my sleeves and cook up something Slimming World friendly, that wouldn't look out of place on a buffet table - the result: Slimming World Scotch Eggs.
8 x eggs
8 Sainsburys Be Good To Yourself (Less the 3% fat) Cumberland Sausages - I spent a long time researching this. These are currently (please check if you read this is a few months as syn-values change all the time) the lowest-syn sausages around (1 syn per sausage).
2 pieces of wholemeal Nimble torn into crumbs
- Hard boil the eggs, plunge into cold water and once cold, peel away the shell.
- Take a sausage and squeeze the sausage meat out of the sausage 'skin' - it's a bit like squeezing out meaty toothpaste.
- Carefully flatten the sausage meat in the palm of your hand, and wrap around you de-shelled boiled sausage. This can be tricky. I found it easiest to wrap the sausage meat around the middle of the egg, and then massage the meat up and down so it covers the whole egg. Another tip is to make sure your hands are cool and slightly wet, as it stops the sausage from sticking to your fingers.
- Carefully roll your sausage-encased egg in the breadcrumbs - be gentle, otherwise the sausage meat could slip off
- Place on a baking tray sprayed with FryLight (or similar) and cook in a 200 degree C oven for 10 - 20 minutes, or until the sausage meat has cooked, and the breadcrumbs are golden.
These sausage rolls will be the star of any picnic, or in my case the envy of colleagues when you unearth your packed lunch. They really won't believe you're on a diet!
Each scotch egg is 2 syns (1 for the sausage, and 1 for the breadcrumbs) - and I don't think you'll find a tastier two syns!