Weight Loss Queen

Reporter: Josh Fajzullin

Australia is now the fattest country in the world. We've gotten bigger than America. Two thirds of Aussies are overweight, but not if cookbook guru Annette Sym has her way. She's released yet another book full of new recipes and motivation to beat the bulge. Annette's cookbook is available at newsagencies from today. You can find her chicken marsala recipe on our website. Happy cooking.

WEBSITE: www.symplytoogood.com.au

Marsala Chicken Recipe



4 x 125g chicken breasts flattened

cooking spray

3/4 cup Marsala wine

2 cups mushrooms sliced

1/4 cup shallots sliced

1 teaspoon crushed garlic (from jar)

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

pinch black pepper

1 teaspoon salt-reduced chicken stock powder

2 teaspoons cornflour

1 cup evaporated light milk


Cook chicken breasts in a non-stick frypan that has been coated generously with cooking spray, about 4 minutes each side. Remove from pan and leave to one side. Pour Marsala wine into the same frypan and boil for 30 seconds. Add mushrooms, shallots, garlic, dried oregano, black pepper and stock powder. Bring back to boil then reduce to slow boil, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. Combine cornflour with milk and pour into pan, stirring continuously until mixture boils. Return the chicken to pan and serve once heated through.

VARIATION: Replace chicken with lean veal steaks.

Suitable to be frozen for 2-3 weeks.

"Some people could lose a 100 kilos" thinks Annette. " I lost 18 kilos, 20 kilos in 3 months it works" Says Pat. "You can eat yourself slim with this sort of food." She's Australia's low-fat cookbook queen, and when you thought Annette Sym had shared all her secrets, she's made cooking to lose weight even easier. "I teach people really easy ways to lose it and never find it again."The next instalment in Symply Too Good To Be True features not only her latest low-fat recipes but a 28 day fool-proof weightless master class. "At the end of the 28 days you'll go I get it I know what its about and it'll just be a way of transforming yourself easily"

The self-taught mum went from 100 kilos to an unrecognisable 65 in under 2 years. "I've sustained it, I've kept it off for over 18 years and that's the key. Say goodbye to it forever." She's transformed from overweight battler to weight loss star, the face of a multimillion dollar empire. But it's the other people's lives she's changed that gives Annette the most satisfaction."Life's worth living again" says Pat." Pat Dingey owes her life to the cookbooks. Had she not lost weight eating low fat foods, the 67 year old may never have found a lump in her breast.

"There's a pretty good chance that by now, if I hadn't have found it, I wouldn't be here, very good chance."The breast cancer survivor's dropped from 98 to 74 kilos. One of thousands to have Sym success."It still blows me away when I think of it, just modifying what I'm eating saved my life. Par says.While clients waistlines shrink, Annette's books get bigger; over 120 recipes to choose from. Garlic green prawns, beef chow sym, chicken pomodoro parcels.

"I had the honey soy salmon the other night its great actually we eat better now than we ever have." Says Pat Dingey.Low in fat, high in taste dishes for the whole family, that you'd easily find in a restaurant. In this case, no chef required."You've got low sugar low carb, low saturated fats, low sodium, good gi rating but doing all that I still get the wow factor when you put it in your mouth and eat it." Says Annette.3 million copies have sold so far. Annette's even broken into the US market, and now here's a taste of what's in store this time around. I'm gonna do an all time Italian favourite that's normally a shocker, probably about 50 grams of fat, my way is 4.1. It's Marsala chicken." She says."We're just gonna slice up some shallots.. and some mushrooms and that's the hard work done." Next, chicken breast. And Annette says the healthiest way to cook it is in a non-stick fry pan with cooking spray. Then for sauce, a mix of Marsala, a teaspoon of garlic, stock powder and a half a teaspoon of dried oregano.

"You want a cup of evaporated light milk, that's a good way to have that creamy sauce you want."Add cornflour to thicken the sauce and then mix it all together in the pan. "Oh that smells so good and it takes a couple of minutes to make this its amazing." Pour on to the chicken, and for carbs Annette's quick and easy potato bake.

"Dinner covered, now to dessert. And yes even cheesecake, is on the menu.That's like the real thing, under 5 grams of fat."Annette says she too was like many people continually frustrated at not being able to shift weight and its why she's now made this latest book. She says it will give you a great chance at success.She says "Trust it, give it your all and watch those kilos fall."

You don't need to go to a fancy restaurant you can do it at home now. I can have that every night and its a 10th of the fats you normally expect."