Winter cooking is all about hearty, warming food for me. I need warming flavours and gorgeous smells wafting around my house from a slow cooker, and if you like to eat like me then these Healthy Winter Stew recipes are the perfect choice.
Making healthy winter stew is usually a pretty simple task, but it’s one that can definitely be made more simple if you invest in a good slow cooker (you can find a whole variety on Amazon at a wide range of prices!) or multifunction cooker! I swear by my Instant Pot, which can do just about everything except eat the food for you. I particularly love my Instant Pot because it can pressure cook as well as slow cook, so for those days where I really fancy stew but don’t feel like waiting for a slow cooked meal I can speed the process up by about 90%!
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Adapting Healthy Winter Stew Recipes for Slimming World
If you’re one of my gorgeous Slimming World followers then making a healthy winter stew as meal prep, or as a delicious family meal, can be a great low syn or syn free option! All of the recipes linked below are already healthy, but some of them may not be totally syn free. Here are some of my top tips for adapting just about any healthy winter stew recipe to be either completely syn free or to reduce the syns dramatically!
- Swap cooking oil for low-calorie cooking spray – using a syn free low-calorie spray will remove the need for oil to brown meat or fry off veggies or onions.
- Change flour for corn flour – corn flour is just 1 syn per teaspoon and you only need to use about half the amount of corn flour as you would flour to achieve the same effect.
- Bulk it out with extra veggies – you can make your stew go even further by bulking it out with extra vegetables. This means that any syns in the sauce will be divided by more servings, reducing the syn value and having the added benefit of adding extra nutrients to your diet!
Whether you decide to adapt a recipe to make it low syn or syn free, these recipes are all already healthy and will work out low syn per serving even if kept exactly the same! It’s totally up to you and the way you use your syns.