A day in London with Fry Light
A day in London with Frylight.My alarm went off at 6.00am on Monday 2nd October and I jumped out of bed!! I was so excited to be heading down to The Food at 52 Cookery School, London for an event with Frylight. The venue was fantastic and the team were all so welcoming!! I arrived early, so it was lovely to have time to meet and chat to the other bloggers and Frylight expert and consultant nutritionist, Helen Bond. We were tasked with making three healthy courses using Frylight, whilst Helen talked us through the nutritional benefits. As a Slimming World member for over 16 years, Frylight is the only oil I’d ever cook with now! Why? Well it’s just 1 calorie per spray and it’s syn free. 5 sprays of Frylight (0.5g fat/5kcal) can replace 1 tablespoon of normal oil (15g fat/120kcal) in shallow frying, allowing you to use 95% less fat than oil. As well as containing no cholesterol and low in saturates, Frylight also has absolutely no artificial ingredients making it the perfect choice for healthier cooking. Shockingly, recent research by Frylight revealed that the average adult will consume six and a half litres of traditional oil in a year! With Frylight, you can massively reduce this figure. Not everyone knows this, but it is recommended that you start with a cold pan and slowly heat Frylight and your other ingredients. Plus, not many people realise just how many flavours there are either, or which is best to use with what. The newest flavour is avocado.. Avocado oil is highly robust, with excellent cooking properties across the temperature spectrum. It’s highly resistant to breaking down and provides a very good cooking medium even with a very thin layer. Frylight Coconut Oil enables you to spray along with the new cooking trend without having to wait for blobs of coconut oil to melt. You'll only use a thin layer so fat intake will be kept low. Coconut oil is stable under higher temperature cooking and is a fab option for Caribbean and Asian style dishes. I also use it for my wheat bran cakes. Frylight Olive Oil, is perfect for all sorts of cooking where a hint of Mediterranean flavour is called for. I use this one for syn free chips and roast veg. Frylight Sunflower Oil, is a brilliant all-rounder. Uniquely blended with plant extracts, you only need a few sprays to create a perfect cooking surface for frying, roasting and baking. Frylight Rapeseed Oil has a higher proportion of monounsaturates than most other seed oils (which makes it more stable at higher temperatures). Rapeseed is a good choice for flash frying and prolonged baking - and especially good for making crispy roast potatoes.Frylight Butter Flavour, is a great alternative if you're used to cooking with butter or solid fats. The buttery flavour tastes great, while significantly cutting down on fat and calories. I use it when making pancakes or cakes – also try on just-cooked corn on the cob! Then the amazing garlic one! Frylight Infused with Garlic is made with natural garlic extract. Not only saving on peeling and chopping, it also simply adds flavour exactly where you need it. The strong garlic flavour is suitable for a wide range of dishes and is perfectly brilliant at making syn free garlic bread! Fat is something our body does need, but in small amounts. As oil is so high in calories, there are far better sources of fat. Frylight really is the best alternative to glugging oil. I’m so passionate about weight loss and health. After losing 3 stone in 3 months and becoming a Consultant for Slimming World, I know about the benefits of using a spray oil like Frylight. Cooking healthy meals can be so easy just by making some very small changes. I still make all the same meals I used to, I just swap oil to Frylight. Simple.So, what did we eat?The starter was Mushroom Bruschetta. Mushroom Bruschetta with Balsamic, Thyme & Garlic OilIngredients:• Frylight 1 kcal Garlic Oil Cooking Spray• Frylight 1 kcal Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cooking Spray• 400g sliced chestnut mushrooms• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar• 1 tbsp thyme leaves• Salt and pepper• 4 slices of breadInstructions:• Slice the mushrooms into 0.5cm slices• Spray a medium frying pan 5x with Frylight Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cooking Spray and place over medium heat• Add mushrooms and sauté quickly• Add the balsamic and sprinkle with thyme, then stir for another 30 seconds• Season with salt and pepper• Spray bread with Frylight Garlic Oil Cooking Spray and Toast.• Pile on the mushrooms & serve For the main course, we made Greek-style skewers with Avocado FrylightIngredients:• 120 g halloumi cheese• 1 yellow pepper• 1 courgette• 140 g cherry tomatoes• ½ a bunch of fresh mint• ½ a fresh red chilli , optional• 1 lemon• Frylight 1 kcal Avocado Oil Cooking Spray• Freshly ground black pepperInstructions:• Put 6 wooden skewers into a tray of cold water to soak – this will stop them from burning• On a chopping board, cut the halloumi into 2cm cubes, then add to a large mixing bowl• Carefully cut the pepper in half from top to bottom, then trim away the stalk, seeds and any white pith (you can use teaspoon to do this), then slice into 2cm pieces and add to the bowl• Cut the courgette in half lengthways, then cut into half-moon slices, roughly ½cm thick, then add to the bowl along with the tomatoes• Pick the mint leaves onto a board and finely chop them, discarding the stalks• Carefully deseed and finely chop the chilli, if using• Add everything to a bowl and add a few sprays of Frylight 1 kcal Avocado Oil Cooking Spray before mixing• Season with a pinch of pepper, then mix well to coat• Preheat the grill to high• Spray baking tray with Frylight 1 kcal Avocado Oil Cooking Spray, then put aside• Thread and divide the halloumi cubes, cherry tomatoes, pepper and courgette pieces between the skewers• Place onto the greased tray and cook under the grill for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and the veg are soft, turning halfway through• Serve with a fresh green salad and some flatbreads or pittasAn alternative main course: mini burger sliders using Frylight Sunflower Oil.Ingredients:Burger mix• Frylight 1 kcal Sunflower Oil Cooking Spray• 2 medium red onions , peeled and finely chopped• 6 Jacob's crackers , or 4 slices of bread, crusts removed• 500 g quality lean minced beef• 1 teaspoon sea salt• 1 heaped teaspoon freshly ground black pepper• 1 large free-range egg• 1 handful Parmesan cheese , freshly gratedSpicy mayo• 2 teaspoons low-fat mayonnaise , made with free-range eggs• 2 teaspoons fat-free natural yoghurt• 1 teaspoon tomato ketchup• 1 good pinch smoked paprika• ½ lemon juiceInstructions:• Spray Frylight 1 kcal Sunflower Oil Cooking Spray into a large frying pan on a low heat and add your chopped onions• Fry for 10 minutes or until the onions have softened, then put to one side to cool completely• Blitz your crackers or bread in a food processor until you get a fine consistency. Oil a clean baking tray and put aside. Put the cooled onions into a large bowl with the rest of the burger ingredients• Use clean hands to scrunch the mixture together really well, then divide into 6 equal balls for burgers and 18 equal balls for sliders• Wet your hands and roll the balls into burger-shaped patties about 2cm thick. Place your burgers or sliders on the oiled baking tray and spray with Frylight 1 kcal Sunflower Oil Cooking Spray• Cover them with cling film and put the tray into the fridge for at least an hour, or until the patties firm up. This is a good time to make your spicy mayo, so put all the ingredients into a bowl, mix well and put to one side.• If using a frying pan or griddle pan, put it on a high heat now and let it get really hot. However you decide to cook your burgers, they’ll want around 3 or 4 minutes per side – you may have to cook them in batches if your pan isn’t big enough• When the burgers are cooked to your liking and it’s all looking really good, halve your burger buns and warm them throughFinally, we made Summer Crepes using Frylight Butter OilFrench CrepesIngredients:• 2 eggs• Frylight 1 kcal Butter Cooking Spray• 1 Cup of flour• ¾ Cup of milk• ½ Cup of waterFor a sweet version (optional)• Add 2 Tbs of sugar• 1 Tsp of vanillaInstructions:• Add all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until smooth.• You can put the batter in the fridge for an hour to get more bubbles (this step is optional, or you can start making your crêpes immediately).• Place your pan over medium heat and spray Frylight butter spray onto pan• Using a ladle pour one ladle of batter on the pan. Lift the pan and slowly swirl around until the crêpe batter covers the entire bottom of the pan.• Cook it for about 1 minute.• Using a spatula, flip it over and cook for another minute• Remove your crêpe from the pan and repeat the process until you finish your batterI had the best day and it reinforced my belief in this product even further.More information can be found at http://bit.ly/2ysBZZkPost in association with Frylight.