I’ve been rather curious about orzo recently since seeing a few YouTubers use it in their recipes.
For those that don’t know, it’s a Italian rice shaped pasta but quicker to cook, so when I saw it for sale in Marks and Spencer’s a couple of weeks ago, I immediately threw it in my basket.
You can, however, buy it in most supermarkets and it’s so much more convenient than risotto rice.
So today, when I got my slow cooker out for what I knew would be another day of mayhem, I had a chicken and Leek stew on the go.
Then I was wondering how I’d like to thicken its tasty juices, to which I had a lightbulb moment. And a syn free creamy orzo risotto was born!
If you like a creamy cheesy risotto that tastes naughty with no syns (on the EE), using your healthy extra, then this is your baby!
2018 Update: We’ve made this dish a few times now and it’s now a comforting family favourite! And the added bonus is that there’s far less washing up.
It’s been perfect for those rushed days too, while I focus on doing DIY around my home.
The trouble is, when you’re working, time can go so quickly, and before I know it, I’ve ran out of time to cook.
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Slimming World Syn Free Chicken & Leek Orzo Risotto
A beautifully delish and creamy no syn easy orzo risotto without the constant stirring.
- 2 chicken breasts diced
- 3 leeks sliced
- 2 carrots peeled & diced
- 200 g mushrooms sliced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- Seasoning (Salt & pepper)
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- 300 ml water
- 1 tsp dried thyme or fresh sprigs
- 1 tsp rosemary or fresh sprigs
- 2 chicken stockpots or stock cubes
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 6 extra light cheese triangles *6 = 1 person's HE, or 1.5 syns each
- 160 g dried orzo
Spray your slow cooker with frylight and place in all ingredients except the cheese and orzo.
Place the lid on top and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
Now stir in the orzo and cheese triangles, replace the lid and cook on high for a final 30 minutes.
Give it a stir and garnish with fresh parsley or other fresh herbs you wish and serve.
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SYNS PER PORTION
This recipe is 1.5 syns if:
- Not using part of your Healthy Extra A
- When served between 4
SYNS FOR THE LOT:
- 6 syns - (each cheese triangle is 20 calories)