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!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
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!
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.
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 Oil flavours are ideal for this Meatballs & Syn Free Gravy recipe.
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