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Summer is on it's way, days are longer and hopefully warmer so at group we've been enjoying sharing lots of fresh food ideas we can enjoy over the summer months ahead. Here's one  of the group’s favourites

Bacon and Pesto Pasta for 4

                        (Syns per serving:FREE)


    500g dried penne pasta

    Low calorie cooking spray

    8 back bacon rashers, all  fat removed, chopped

    300g asparagus spears,

                     woody ends removed, cut into lengths

    A handful of spinach

For the pesto sauce:

    A large bunch of basil, roughly chopped

    1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

    100g fat free fromage frais

    50ml vegetable stock

    120g Parmesan cheese (60g for the pesto, 60g to sprinkle on top)

    3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper


 Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the bacon for 5 minutes. Then add the asparagus and cook together for a further 5 minutes.

Add all the sauce ingredients to a food processor. Season well and whizz until smooth.

 Drain the cooked pasta and return to the pan. Add the pesto, cooked bacon and asparagus and a handful of spinach. Heat gently for a couple of minutes. Divide between four bowls and  sprinkle  with the remaining 60g of Parmesan.

Serve with a big Speed Free Food salad for the best weight loss results!

Looks yummy doesn't it? So if you'd like to lose weight the healthy way with plenty of support and complete confidentiality come along to find out more at our welcoming and friendly groups.

Stonehouse group meet at the community centre at 9.30am on Wednesday mornings and Eastington Groups meet at 1st session 5pm and 2nd session at 7pm. I look forward to meeting you.    Lorna 07974937830

No. 163  Jun-Jul  2017

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