Meatballs & Syn Free Gravy | Slimming World

One thing that gets asked a lot on our Facebook page is ‘Does anyone have a recipe for syn free gravy?’ and after many attempts we’ve come up with what we think is the best one so far!

Before Slimming World, we were huge fans of the meatballs sold by that certain Swedish furniture store. They were great with a tomato sauce, and even better with a rich savoury gravy. They were quick, easy and pretty cheap too.

The only issue is, those meatballs, and the accompanying gravy aren’t very Slimming World friendly. At 7 syns per 100 grams, they are totally not worth it!

Meatballs & Gravy

We used shop bought low fat meatballs for this Meatballs & Syn Free Gravy recipe, which worked out at 1 syn for 6 meatballs. It doesn’t break the syn bank, but if you prefer you can make your own syn free ones. You can find the instructions here in our Syn Free Meatball Marinara recipe.

This recipe is worked on the premise that 6 meatballs = 1 syn & 6 meatballs = 1 portion.

Meatballs aside, I think the gravy is a pretty important part of this recipe. Who doesn’t like gravy?! Well, my Dad doesn’t.. but he’s a little odd when it comes to wet food – the less about that the better.

Gravy makes the world go round and this tasty gravy can be used for other meats too – not just meatballs. It’s full of speed, which is pretty handy when it comes to the Extra Easy plan. Don’t like it chunky? Then pop it in the food processor and blitz to make it smooth.

One of the most important parts of this recipe is the Xanthan Gum. What is this strange ingredient I hear you ask. It’s a syn free, gluten free stabiliser. It’s natural, thickens hot and cold liquids, doesn’t clump and stops sauces from splitting. It’s bloody marvellous! 1/4 tsp of Xantham gum does the same job as 1 tbsp of flour. Crazy!

You can buy Xanthan Gum here on Amazon, or down the gluten free aisle of your local supermarket. It’s not cheap, but a little goes a long, long way.

For those who aren’t following Slimming World, but are counting the calories – this gravy comes in at just over 100 calories in total for all three portions.

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Meatballs & Syn Free Gravy

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  1. Make the stock up 400ml boiling water to 1 beef stock cube
  2. Mist a large frying pan with Frylight, then heat over a medium heat
  3. Add the meatballs, and cook until they have browned
  4. Remove the meatballs from the pan, return the pan to the heat and spray with a bit more Frylight
  5. Add the chopped onion and mushrooms, and cook until they start to brown
  6. Add the herbs, balsamic, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning and cook for a minute
  7. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 4 or 5 minutes
  8. Place 200ml of the sauce into a jug and whisk in the xanthan gum a 1/4 of a tsp at a time. You will need to whisk well - and keep whisking!
  9. Return the thickened sauce to the pan and stir will - it will thicken the sauce.
  10. Add the meatballs back into the pan and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 180°C

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  1. hi i havn’t tried the recipe yet but have to say it looks fab, i ordered the gum from ebay uk, its half the ammount because as you said a little goes a long way and cost me £2.15 no p&p, i hope you didnt mind me commenting as its not about the meal as such lol

    keep up the good work as your recipes are fab xx

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