Low Syn Lamb and Pearl Barley Risotto | Slimming World

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a total bargain hunter, and with that comes a love of being thrifty. This Low Syn Lamb and Pearl Barley Risotto is thrift on a plate, without compromising on flavour.
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Traditional risotto can be seen as quite a heavy meal for the warmer months, but I’ve found that using pearl barley instead of rice really gives a less dense texture but maintains the creaminess of a rice based dish.

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You can use any left over lamb for this recipe, just make sure that all visible fat has been removed.

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Risotto can be quite labour intensive but thanks to the pearl barley, this can be left to cook on the hob to cook without constant stirring!

Low Syn Lamb and Pearl Barley Risotto | Slimming World

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Sunflower or Rapeseed flavours are ideal for this Low Syn Lamb and Pearl Barley Risotto recipe.

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Low Syn Lamb and Pearl Barley Risotto

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557kcal 12

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  1. Cut the lamb into bite sized pieces and brown for 5 minutes with a little Frylight in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the chopped onion and crushed garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes, being careful to not let the garlic burn
  3. Stir in the ground cumin and ground turmeric and cook for 1 minute
  4. Turn down the heat and add the Alpro Coconut Milk Drink, stock, pearl barley and half the chopped mint. Season to taste. Put a lid on and cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Add the petit pois and cook for a further 10 minutes
  6. Once cooked, serve immediately. Sprinkle the remaining mint on top and garnish with a bundle of pea shoots

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  1. This looks and sounds amazing. I’m making it for tea tonight. I’ll pop a pic on Instagram and tag you in (if it looks ok 😁)

    1. Hi Jane
      We’ve only made it with the Alpro Coconut Milk drink, but you could try substituting with almond milk. Just check the Syns and adjust accordingly.

    1. Hi Penny
      The coconut drink adds a real depth of flavour, but you could choose to use lamb or vegetable stock if you’d prefer.

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