When it comes to eating out, I find myself in a pickle. I absolutely adore Italian food but struggle with the hugely calorific content of some of my favourite dishes. Given the choice I would choose carbonara every time - I flippin' love it! I blogged about my super simple carbonara recipe way back in 2012 and although I still love this recipe, I just can't cope with the kcals - it sure ain't Slimming World friendly!
The good news is that on Slimming World you can eat pasta syn-free, which is one of the reasons it works so well with my greedy appetite. I'm trying to tailor my favourite recipes to be SW-friendly (check out my recipes tab) and here is another installation. I love Zizzi's strozzapreti pasta - this is my version.
You will need (for 2)
1 pack chicken breast strips
2 handfuls spinach
1 lemon - juiced
2 tablespoons red pesto
3 tablespoons light crème fraiche
Start by frying the chicken in a non-stick frying pan with a few sprays of Fry Light. Add some mixed herbs and season lightly, before adding the lemon juice to the pan. Leave the chicken to cook (I pop a lid on to retain some moisture) for 5-10 minutes. When the chicken is almost cooked, throw in the spinach and stir through, putting the lid back on and turning the heat off/right down.
Cook your pasta according to packet instructions, and when ready stir in the pesto and crème fraiche. Plate up with the chicken and spinach on top of the pasta. A sprinkling of parmesan is delicious!
Slimming World - syn values
Pesto - approx 2 syns per tablespoon
Crème fraiche (half fat) - approx 1 syn per tablespoon.