What You Can Do With Quark | Slimming World Recipe Ideas

One question we get again, and again is “What do I do with Quark? I need slimming World recipe ideas with Quark”? We thought we’d give you a few Quark Slimming World Recipe ideas!

What You Can Do With Quark | Slimming World Ideas

A lot of you from our Facebook group have struggling for ideas to use up that tub of Quark that’s been lurking in the back of the fridge for the last couple of weeks.

First, what is Quark?

When asked this question, many people seem to think that Quark is a wonder product created by the slimming industry to aid weight loss, but this isn’t the case.

Quark is actually said to have originated in Central Europe, as far back as the 14th century.

What You Can Do With Quark | Slimming World Ideas

Quark is a high protein, fat free, fresh soft cheese, that has a similar creamy texture to sour cream and a mild tangy taste.

It is very versatile, and you can use it in sweet or savoury dishes, which makes it an ideal choice for anyone trying to follow a healthier diet such as the Slimming World plan.

Is Quark Syn free?

We also get asked this question a lot! Plain quark is Syn free but sweet flavoured quark is not.

Quark isn’t something I’d eat “neat” by choice, but some of the fruity quarks are really nice. They’re also super high in protein.

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Is Arla Cooking cheese quark Syn free? Well… The Plain Arla Cooking cheese is Syn free, but we don’t know if Slimming World will ever add the & Basil or Garlic & Herb to Syns online.

For now, flavoured quark is Synned at 1 Syn per 100g.

What can you use Quark for?

Cuisines all over Europe feature quark as an ingredient for appetizers, salads, main dishes, side dishes and desserts, and it’s great as a substitute for full-fat sour cream in cheesecakes, dips and sauces.

What You Can Do With Quark | Slimming World Ideas
You can even use Quark to make these amazing Low Syn Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries!

One important thing to remember when cooking with Quark is to heat it gently. If you don’t you will end up with a curdled mess in the pan!

Slimming World Quark Recipes

We have many recipes that contain Quark, so here’s some of our favourites…..

Syn Free Coleslaw

There’s a lot of Slimming World recipes out there for Coleslaw, but this is how we make our Syn Free Coleslaw.

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Coleslaw is a classic side dish to accompany salads, jacket potatoes, BBQs and of course our Low Syn KFC Fakeaway. But, as with many of our favourite things, it’s pretty high in Syns.

So why not make your own Syn Free Coleslaw?

You would never know that Quark was the secret ingredient! You’ll find the full recipe for our Syn Free Coleslaw here.

Low Syn Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Let’s face it. Most Slimming World “cheesecakes” are a faff! Having to faff with Muller Lights and gelatine isn’t my idea of fun. These use Quark, but in a nice way – I promise!

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Not to mention waiting for the damn thing to set…. You don’t have that problem with these Low Syn Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries!

You could even have some fun, and use a different sort of biscuit for a different flavour.

You can catch the recipe for these Low Syn Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries here.

Low Syn Mississippi Mud Pie Cheesecake

If you love a sweet treat, then this Low Syn Mississippi Mud Pie Cheesecake will hit the spot! Who says you can’t enjoy desserts on Slimming World?

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This cheesecake is only 2 syns a slice, and although it doesn’t have a biscuit base, the clever oaty topping really gives it some crunch.

It will last for several days in the fridge…if you can resist!

For the full Low Syn Mississippi Mud Pie Cheesecake recipe go here

Syn Free Creamy Cajun Chicken Past

Syn Free Cajun Chicken Pasta is one of those Slimming World meals that everyone has heard of. Everyone has their own, slightly different version, and this is ours – Syn Free Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta!

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As usual, we have tried to pack as much speed as we can into this Slimming World Syn Free Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta.

Because of the pasta, I’d recommend you put as many Speed Foods in there as you can.

You’ll find the full recipe for our Syn Free Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta here.

Syn Free Potato Salad

This is a classic summertime or BBQ side dish. However, the traditional potato salad isn’t very Slimming World friendly with all that mayonnaise, so we decided to make our own Syn Free Potato Salad.

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It’s a perfect for any BBQ or picnic, or just as an accompaniment to a salad.

You can find the full recipe for this Syn Free Potato Salad here.

Syn Free Fish Pie

“If it swims it slims”, is most certainly my mantra when following the Slimming World Extra Easy plan.

This Syn Free Fish Pie reminds me a lot of my Low Syn Smoked Haddock Fishcakes – just so tasty.

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We like to really pack this Syn Free Fish Pie with lots fish, and you can put any type that you like in there.

The full recipe for this Syn Free Fish Pie can be found here.

Syn Free BLT Pasta Salad

Sometimes you just crave pasta. This Syn Free BLT Pasta Salad was created on one of those days.

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With just a few ingredients every Slimming Worlder has to hand, you can quickly make this Syn Free BLT Pasta Salad for a simple lunch, an evening meal or as a side dish.

You can even make it up and leave it in the fridge for a couple of days.

The full recipe for this Syn Free BLT Pasta Salad can be found here.

2 Syn Chicken and Mushroom Pie

Since starting on Slimming World one thing we miss is pie. We’ve not had any pastry since the end of January, so we thought we’d try making an alternative.

This 2 Syn Chicken and Mushroom Pie is what we came up with.

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Now, we know there’s probably a lot of Slimming World friendly pies made with filo out there, but this is our version (so it’s obviously our favourite!)

You can find the 2 Syn Chicken and Mushroom Pie recipe here.

Syn Free Creamy Pepper Sauce

We love steak, and this Syn Free Creamy Pepper Sauce is a perfect accompaniment!

Saturday night tradition is to have steak, pepper sauce and some chips, even before we embarked on our Slimming World journey.

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The only problem is the way that we used to make pepper sauce wasn’t exactly Slimming World friendly.

First up there would be olive oil, then a heap of double cream. I think there would be at least 20-30 syns in the pepper sauce of old.

Find the full Syn Free Creamy Pepper Sauce recipe here.

Syn Free Creamy Salmon and Asparagus Pasta

This Syn Free Creamy Salmon and Asparagus Pasta has to be one of the best pasta dishes we’ve created since we started on our Slimming World journey.

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It’s quick, easy and syn free if you use the Pecorino cheese as part of your HEA allowance.

The recipe uses 30g of Pecorino which is 1 whole HEA, and there’s enough for 4 portions. That means it will only cost you a quarter of your allowance.

The full recipe for this Syn Free Creamy Salmon and Asparagus Pasta can be found here.

Half Syn Mini Beef and Horseradish Yorkshire Puds

I love Yorkshire Puddings. They are the BEST thing to go with a Sunday roast, and even on a buffet!

We used to make these when we had the restaurant, they were a buffet favourite, so we thought let’s make a Slimming World version of them. Half Syn Mini Beef and Horseradish Yorkshire Puds!

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The concept of these is pretty simple. Beef & Horseradish cream, stuffed inside a Yorkshire pudding.

The Half Syn Mini Beef and Horseradish Yorkshire Puds recipe can be found here.

Syn Free Stuffed Eggs

I don’t know about you, but we get through about 3 dozen eggs a week! So we thought we’d turn them into a fantastic party food & here we are with our Syn free Stuffed Eggs!

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Eggs are full of protein, omega 3 and are fantastic at filling you up! I’ve often thought how someone would do Slimming World without them.

For the full Syn Free Stuffed Eggs recipe go here.

Want more Slimming World recipe ideas as to what you can do with Quark?

You can find all of our other Slimming World Quark recipe ideas here.

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  1. Any tips on how to stop Quark splitting when used in hot dishes e.g. the cajun chicken pasta? Everytime I try and cook with it it splits.

    1. Hi Lucy
      If you remove the pan from the heat then stir in the quark it should reduce the chances of it splitting.

  2. Hi
    Can you please tell me where you get choc extract from , I have the choc shot just need the extract
    Thanks in advance 😄

  3. I was think of using quark (Arla Cooking cheese) in a recipe then freezing the leftovers. Do you know if quark freezes well once cooked?

  4. I cannot find a hollandaise sauce recipe which is low syn, please could you develop one, maybe using quark. I love Eggs Benedict but haven’t had it for ages

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