Potatoes and sweet potatoes are a bit of a comfort food for me, which is why I’m so glad they’re a free food on the Slimming World plan. My only wish is that they were a speed food! So, I got to thinking, what if I could make potatoes a speed food? And it turns out, you kind of can! The trick is to mix them with a speed food. Or two. Or three! And so, from that idea, I put together this very simple and delicious meal which took all of five minutes to prepare, and maybe 20 minutes or so to cook. A tasty, filling, home-cooked dinner that’s ready in less than half an hour is always good, especially when you factor in the little time we have in our hectic schedules!
F = Free food (eat as much as you like)
S = Speed food (these should make up at least a third of your meal)
P = Protein free food (eat as much of these as you like!)
HEa = Healthy Extra A (a daily allowance of dairy produce)
HEb = Healthy Extra B (a daily allowance of a product with fibre)
# = a number denotes roughly how many syns are in foods used
CAJUN SALMON WITH SPEED SWEET POTATOES AND BALSAMIC ROASTED TOMATOES
(quantities are generally as you like them – I promise it will work out and you can make as much or as little as you like!)
- Raw salmon fillets (P)
- Cajun spice (F)
- Sweet potatoes (F)
- Baby leaf spinach (S)
- Onion (S)
- Baby plum or cherry tomatoes (S)
- Balsamic vinegar (F)
- Low-cal spray oil (F)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
- Coat the salmon fillets with the Cajun spice (as much or as little as you like – it’s all down to personal taste) and lay in an oven-suitable dish.
- Slice the tomatoes in half and lay them flat side up in a dish. Spray them with a little low-cal oil and drizzle some balsamic vinegar over them.
- Put the salmon and tomatoes in the oven. They will take 20-25 minutes to cook.
- Peel the sweet potato and steam till tender.
- Finely dice the onion and sauté in a little low-cal spray oil.
- Five minutes before the end of the cooking time, add a large handful of baby leaf spinach to wilt.
- Mash the sweet potatoes and stir in the spinach and onion.
- Serve and enjoy!
I served mine with additional speed in the form of mushrooms and courgettes, just because I love them. If you don’t like Cajun spice, you could substitute it for any spice you fancy.
ETA: I don’t even like tomatoes, but when they’re cooked like this they are fabulous – I swear! Honestly, I can’t stand tomatoes (I only like them in my own homemade soup or sauces and I always whiz hose smooth!), but roasted with balsamic vinegar, they turn into something so wonderful that your tastebuds will thank you forever. It’s so simple, but delicious!