Welcome to my Slimming World Beef Cannelloni Fakeaway night in. A delicious homemade beef cannelloni with a genius change in the recipe to not only make these beef cannelloni gluten free but also Syn free on Slimming World too.
I love Italian food. From the ages of 7 to age 17 I was lucky enough to have a pizza restaurant at the end of my street. It was a big restaurant and I spent many birthdays here as I was growing up.
I would love to watch them as they made the garlic bread and OMG it smelt out of this world……AMAZING. Then they did the most amazing calzone pizzas that were filled with cheese and bacon. It was like food heaven and for a kid this was the closest to heaven that you were ever going to experience.
Though of course, go on a day when the main chef was on the night off and the food was awful. But apart from that I could never complain.
It eventually closed and the building was changed into a Chinese Buffet and that was me done with my favourite childhood Italian restaurant.
When I ate there I always had a garlic bread, then this would be followed up with a calzone, then I don’t recall dessert though I am sure I would have had plenty!
A couple of years after it shut its doors my mum had found a good replacement for us in town and we went in a girl gang. I was heavily pregnant with Kyle at the time (OMG he is 16 years old now) and I remember being forced into this small seat in the corner so that I wouldn’t get in the way of the waiter.
I had beef cannelloni just because I love it and it is so good. It was the first time I had eaten it at a restaurant compared to making it myself. Even though it was so good, it was so unhealthy too with the really thick cheese sauce, the cannelloni pasta tubes and of course the mince wouldn’t be low fat!
So what if I go back to before my first was born, get excited over those 2001 flavours and make a delicious Slimming World Beef Cannelloni version. A beef cannelloni that is Syn Free, flourless, gluten free and delicious too. I have done one before on RecipeThis.com but it was not that healthy and I felt I owed it to myself to make a super healthy version!
Gluten Free Cannelloni
The idea for this came when Dominic was making my lunch one day. I was on the Whole30 at the time and I was sick of always having a cooked lunch so he made me an omelette instead. Nothing fancy but just a quick red pepper one. Then he folded it in two and added some leftover pork in the middle.
I thought at first glance that even though the texture was slightly different, that it looked JUST like a tuna and sweetcorn wrap that he used to make me all the time.
It gave me food for thought and I thought just HOW PERFECT it would be as an alternative to tortilla wraps. If you want to be gluten free, or you are sick of always having pasta or bread with your lunch to try this instead.
We then followed this method to replace a lot of our pasta and bread and realised we were onto something special.
Just think just 1 egg and you have a make do wrap, a sandwich, tortilla chips and so much more.
From a Slimming World point of view you’re probably SHOUTING what are you doing you can have cannelloni tubes for free on Slimming World. This is of course completely true. But what about when you are on your speed days? What about when you think about the cost and how much cannelloni tubes cost compared to 1 egg?
Or are you like me? When if you eat a big pasta meal you end up with a big fat weight gain that week? As I eat pasta and that’s it I am 3 pounds heavier. Obviously I wish that was not the case, but these is a delicious in between option.
Beat The Takeaway Slimming World Beef Cannelloni
We all have 20 minutes to give when we finish work. 20 minutes to prepare dinner, get it in the oven and then get back to our TV or go to have a relaxing soak in the bath. Or in our world get our under 3s ready for bed.
We set aside 20 minutes as a couple, to prepare this dish, get it in the oven and then grab it out of the oven later when it is bubbled up and really cheesy and garlicky with that Italian godess flavouring.#SlimmingWorld #Beef #Cannelloni #Fakeaway @recipe_thisClick To Tweet
- Peel and dice the onion. Dice and remove the cores from the red pepper and tomatoes. Place them into a large pan along with your garlic puree and cook for 3 minutes or until the tomatoes have started to soften.
- Remove most of the pan contents and place them in your blender, along with the tinned tomatoes, just leaving enough in the pan for cooking your mince in. Blend the contents of the blender along with 1Tbsp of the Italian seasoning and leave in the blender for now.
- Cook the mince for 5 minutes on a high heat with the remaining pan contents and stir regularly.
- After 5 minutes put on a low heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Use a ladle if you need to in order to remove any excess fat that has collected on the top.
- While the mince is simmering make the omelettes. Beat an egg in a measuring jug with a fork and make 1 omelette at a time on a medium heat in your frying pan. Place them all on a dinner plate and allow to cool a little.
- After 5 minutes, give it a stir, add the rest of the Italian seasoning and add the contents of the blender, give it a further stir, take off the heat and allow to cool for a minute or two.
- While it is cooling make the cheese sauce in the blender and put to one side.
- Fill your omelettes with mince and roll them up so that they look like cannelloni tubes. And stack them in the bottom of your casserole dish.
- Then cover them with the cheese sauce and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 180c/360f.
I prefer mince that is low in fat and the one we get is about 2% but supermarkets differ, so just go with what you can get your hands on. If it is higher in fat, when simmering use a ladle to remove any excess fat. My tinned tomatoes come in 400g and I just used a quarter of a can just to add a little bit more liquid to the dish.
In case you start worrying about cholesterol with their being 6 eggs in this dish remember – they are cooked without saturated fat and it works out at 1.5 medium sized eggs per person (or 1 large egg) so hardly enough to panic over. The liquid from the tomatoes works as a non-stick meaning that when cooking in the pan you don’t need any oil.
Because the tomato sauce and the cheese sauce are going to meet in the meal anyway, it is fine to give the blender a quick rinse out, rather than a thorough clean in between blending. I served mine with some fresh mint as my daughter had just picked me some from our garden.
Slimming World Beef Cannelloni Fakeaway Recipe Podcast
We also have created a short version of this Slimming World Beef Cannelloni fakeaway into a Podcast. We have loaded it up onto our Itunes account and it is great for a quick download and then you can save it to your phone and then have it in your kitchen with you as you cook.
Slimming World Beef Cannelloni
The big fat benefit of this Slimming World Beef Cannelloni recipe is that it only requires the one seasoning as it has everything in one (you can read more about it in the review below) and you don’t even need salt!
As well as this from a Syns point of view….it has NONE. Just 0.875 of one Healthy Extra A for the cheese sauce. That’s it!
I also really did beat the takeaway (as mentioned above) as it took just 18 minutes to get it prepared and ready for the oven, then just 20 minutes to cook in the oven!
Introducing Speedrange Italian Seasoning Herb Blend
My kitchen often looks like a bomb has gone off when I am cooking. It’s not that I am the most untidy cook (well I am 40% untidy I will admit that) it is actually because of all the herbs and spices that I have out to cook dinner.
Let’s say I am cooking a pasta dish for example. I will have out basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and that is just to go in the tomato sauce. On top of this I will also have garlic, chives and fresh basil for the cheese sauce part of the meal.
Then as well as this there will be the blender for making the sauce, pots and pans, not to mention wooden spoons. In the end your kitchen looks a real mess.
However if you could just cut back on all those different herbs and spices then that in itself could make your kitchen look tidy again.
Then add to this how simple that makes your cooking. You simply just add a couple of tablespoons of the spice blend to your cooking and you have a mess free cooking experience.
That is why I was eager to try a new Italian spice blend mix, to bring ease back into the kitchen.
Here are 10 reasons to buy this Italian Seasoning Herb Blend:
- One simple bag of herbs
- Great for recycling as you can refill an existing herb jar
- Perfect size for taking on holiday or camping
- Delicious flavour
- Excellent value for money
- Purchase on eBay or Amazon
- Ingredients ethically sourced
- Perfect for slow cooked sauces
- One bag will last months
- Perfect for storage and replacing your huge herb collection with
Our verdict – The first time I tried it I hated it. You know why? Because I am used to the cheap herbs and always have to add a lot for good flavour. I did the same thing this time (out of habit) and my dish was overpowering with seasoning. The next time around I added much less and it was like the best ever Italian seasoning, but with a very small amount.
If you normally add 3tbsp when you cook then rest assured just 1tbsp is more than plenty.
Overall – It features an impressive blend of nine amazing flavours. They include basil, thyme, oregano, sesame seeds, sea salt, white pepper, rosemary, minced onion and garlic granules.
If you are into your Italian cuisine then it is an absolute must.
Because you need very little to flavour a meal for your family, it is a very frugal herb blend to own. Plus it saves you measuring out lots of different seasonings from different containers.
Add to this how much space you can save yourself in your kitchen and you’re onto a true winner.
Best Feature – Has to be cooking a tomato sauce. OMG it makes the tomato sauce into something truly remarkable. Serve it to your family for dinner and they will think that you have cooked with loads of fresh organic herbs.
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