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How was your trip to the Med? With our ‘bring the holiday to you’ recipe series, we’re taking your taste buds on a tour of your favourite vacation spots, so you can enjoy the flavours of a foreign holiday, without having to pack a suitcase.

This week, we’re inviting you on an American adventure (and hopping south of the border for a Mexican fiesta!), with slimming-friendly dirty rice, hot dogs and more USA and Mexican recipes to fill you with summer holiday vibes.

Slimming World USA recipes

American-style pancakes

What better way to kick off a USA road trip than with a stack of fluffy pancakes? Our lightened-up take on the stateside staple will really hit the spot. Top with a handful of your favourite seasonal fruits or go all-American with a few rashers of bacon (visible fat removed) fried in low-calorie cooking spray until crispy.

Pancakes - Bring holiday to you USA and Mexican - Slimming World Blog

Slimming World hot dogs

If you fancy grabbing a bite of the Big Apple, we can give you a taste of classic New York street food. Our humble hot dogs are a great way to put an American twist on your back garden barbecue, and you can make a slimming-friendly mustard to load your bangers with a traditional tang. If you’re a vegetarian traveller, swap the Slimming World sausages for Linda McCartney’s vegetarian red onion and rosemary sausages.

Hot dogs - Bring holiday to you USA and Mexican - Slimming World Blog

Want fries with that? No problem! Our Slimming World chips are Syn free.

Dirty rice

Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida – the southern states are all about comforting dishes that are easy to make and packed full of warming flavours. If you’re in need of some southern comfort, our dirty rice recipe is full of Free Foods like rice, black-eyed beans and peppers, and has a spicy Cajun kick. It’s super versatile, too. Throw your leftover meat and veggies into the pot and you’ll have a tasty, filling meal y’all gonna love!

Dirty rice - Bring holiday to you USA and Mexican - Slimming World Blog

Slimming World Mexican recipes

Sal’s leftover roast chicken fajitas

Sun-soaked beaches, ancient landmarks and bustling cities – Mexico is an ideal destination for any holidaymaker. And, of course, it’s home to some mouth-watering menu options! Putting together Sal’s Free chicken fajitas is a great way to use up your leftover roast chicken and create a vibrant midweek meal. Add a squeeze of lime juice to give your dish the traditional taste of Mexico.

Sal's chicken fajitas - Slimming World Blog

Jackfruit enchilada lasagne

Why not put an Italian-inspired twist on a Mexican classic and whip up Slimming World member Nicola’s jackfruit enchilada lasagne? This flavour-filled crowd-pleaser was one of our Free Food Festival cook-off winners! Swapping tortillas for lasagne sheets, and packing each layer with plenty of veggies, Nicola served up a delicious vegetarian bake that’ll keep your slimming plans on track.

Jackfruit Enchilada Lasagne - Free Food Festival - Slimming World Blog

Mexican chicken and rice

Make your Mexican-inspired feast rice ’n’ spicy with this tasty chicken recipe. It’s chock (or chuck!) full of chicken and veggies and tastes just as good as it looks.

Mexican chicken - Bring holiday to you USA and Mexican - Slimming World Blog

We’d love to help bring the holiday to you this summer. What’s your go-to meal when you’re away? Let us know what Food Optimised recipes you’d like to see as part of this new series. 

Slimming World members can head over to the website for a trip around the world with our globe-trotting collection of over 1,400 recipes. You can find out more about joining Slimming World here.

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