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All Bran bars

These bars have discontinued but can be substituted with Be Natural granola & seed bars OR Uncle Toby’s Chewy Muesli bars (50% wholegrains).  If you are having trouble finding these, you can look for ones that are similar to an all bran bar which had around 6g of fat and 5g of fibre and about 640 kilojoules (152 calories).

Butternut Cookies (Vive Lite)

Replace with same quantity of Vive Lite Pecan & Caramel Cookies.

Cadbury Lite

Replace with either 2 regular 12g freddo frogs OR 25g of normal milk chocolate.

Cheese and Leek Soup  & 4 Cheese Sauce

This item has been discontinued, however you can substitute it with either Continental Cheese Sauce Sachet or Gravox Cheese Sauce Sachet (both pictured below). The method of combining the sauce into the recipe is slightly different with these substitutes compared to the cheese and leek soup mix as you now need to boil the milk before combining with the sauce sachet and then whisk together.

NB: The Gravox brand should be in your local supermarket and the Continental brand is available in independent supermarkets such as IGA.

Creole Seasoning

This ingredient has been discontinued and so I recommend you replace it with Cajun seasoning or Moroccan Seasoning, Both work well but I do favour the Cajun as long as you don’t mind it a little hot. Both are sold in the spice and herb section of your supermarket. Keep the quantities the same as the Creole in your recipe.

Darrell Lea Peppermint Nougat Bar

With the closure of the Darrell Lea stores there was some concern that this product would not be available. However there is great news, this product has been retained in the range and is available from selected newsagents and Terry White Chemists. Some IGA and Coles stores may also stock these. It is now called Peppermint Nougat Whipp Bar. For more information http://www.dlea.com.au/

Four’n’twenty Lite Meat Pies

These are on the menu plan in book 5 – Swap for a frozen meal or a recipe from my cookbooks of similar calorie and fat count. These are 336 calories (1400kj) and 13g of fat.

Garden Harvest Creamy Chicken Cup-A-Soup

Replace with Continental Cream of Chicken cup-a-soup, 97% fat free.

Jungle Curry Paste

Jungle Curry Paste is no-longer available however the Nyonya Curry Paste pictured below is a great substitute for this paste which is used in the Jungle Chicken Curry in book 7.

Mars Lite

FOR MARS BAR SLICE RECIPE: Replace with 2 normal Mars bars (1.7g of fat per slice).

Mushroom And Chive Cup-A Soup

Replace with Continental Cream of Mushroom Cup-a-soup, 97% fat free.

Spicy Bean Salsa

This item has been discontinued, so in my Chicken Enchiladas recipe from book 5 replace with 1 420g can of Mexe-Beans or Mexican Chilli Beans.  Then using a stick blender, blend until smooth.

Thai Chilli Jam or Stir Fry Paste

These products have both been discontinued however you can replace with 1 tablespoon of Pad Thai Paste & 1 teaspoon Red Curry Paste.

Weight Watchers Duo Bars

See All Bran bars above.

I’m often asked for my list of kitchen staple ingredients, all the items I like to keep in stock which regularly appear in my low-fat recipes, so here it is! If you’re not able to purchase everything on the list at once, try adding a few items to your trolley each time you shop (and look out for specials on ingredients such as cans of evaporated lite milk). The other option is to plan a week’s meals in advance, a habit I recommend for weightloss and health, and buy the ingredients you’ll need for the first week.

Tinned/Canned/In jar

  • Evaporated light milk
  • Canned tomatoes no salt added
  • Canned tomato soup no salt added
  • Crushed garlic in the jar
  • Crushed ginger in the jar
  • Coconut essence
  • Vanilla essence
  • Tomato paste no salt added
  • Red and green curry paste if you like Asian cooking
  • 110g jars Heinz® baby apples
  • Jar salsa
  • Oyster sauce if you like making stir fries
  • Soy sauce low sodium

Fridge

  • Skim milk
  • Flora Light Margarine
  • 30% reduced fat cheese
  • eggs (mainly for egg whites)

Dry goods

  • Corn flour
  • Self raising flour
  • Plain flour (smaller amount than SR)
  • Bicarb soda
  • Cocoa (Plaistowe ®)
  • Icing sugar
  • Sugar
  • Sultanas
  • Currants possibly
  • Dried apricots
  • Cereal – healthy high fibre versions such as All Bran, rolled oats/porridge
  • Stock powder low salt chicken and beef
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Bread crumbs
  • Pasta
  • Basmati rice
  • Dried herbs…including turmeric, cumin, coriander, basil, oregano, paprika, chilli powder, ginger, cinnamon, Cajun, curry powder

Pantry other

  • Long life skim milk (good in case you run out when making a recipe)
  • Cooking spray

Now, just add your fresh protein (chicken, meat, seafood, tofu), fruit and vegetables (fresh and frozen) and bread items and you’ll be ready to cook the Symply Too Good To Be True way!

I really do understand the problem of cooking for one using my recipes as they are designed more for families. My suggestion is to either freeze the leftovers or halve recipes where possible.

Another suggestion comes from what I heard a group of ladies are doing and I think it is a fantastic idea. They live in a retirement village and get together each week to pick menus (there are 4 women), each of them pick a recipe from one of my books and then they make one recipe each.  When the meals are cooked, they meet that afternoon and swap dinners so that everyone ends up with 4 different meals and have only had to cook 1 meal each.

Book 7

Gluten Free Shortbread
Christmas Pizza (sweet)
Macadamia Cranberry Bread

Book 2

Book 2 contains a bonus Christmas baking section recipes include:

  • Christmas Pudding
  • Yule Time Muffins
  • Christmas Cake
  • Fruit Mince Pies
  • Tropical Christmas Cake
  • Christmas Strudel

Book 1

Book 1 includes Festive Ice Cream Pudding.

I know that for some people it is hard to throw away the egg yolks but I think of them as a high saturated fat and in many recipes are unnecessary to use. Why put in 6g of fat (per yolk) when you don’t need it or even know it is in the dish. I think of it as rubbish like the shell to be honest. I only use the yolks for recipes that really must have it in it.

If you have trouble throwing them out, then you could either freeze the yolks and use them in a scramble or milk shake for someone who doesn’t care about their health. You could give the odd yolk to your pet but only 1 a week. You could also try a product that is sold in the health food section in supermarkets called NO EGGS which is a substitute egg for people who have allergies to eggs. You could try this instead but I would only use the egg replacer with cakes and muffins but not for things like quiches etc.

Some supermarkets sell egg whites in a carton in the fridge. One egg white equals 36g in weight.

An easy way to know what’s included in the nutritional breakdown is to check the ingredients panel; if it’s included in the ingredients panel, it is included in the nutritional breakdown. So if the recipe says to serve with rice but it’s not included in the ingredients panel you will need to add your serve of rice to your daily allowance.

My 7 cookbooks are sold in all good newsagencies throughout Australia.  I am sure you will find them easily enough especially at the large shopping centres in your area.  If the newsagent is sold out then tell them to order your copies from my distributors Gordon and Gotch (they will know them well), or you can order them online via my secured website www.symplytoogood.com.au/shop.

Alternatively, you can phone our office on (07) 5445 1250 and order over the phone . If you don’t have a credit card then send a cheque or money order to PO Box 833, Buddina QLD 4575.