Monthly Archives: January 2010

Meal Plans w/c 31/01/10

When I struggled to put my frozen shopping away yesterday I realised that I really need to start eating out of the freezer this week!

So here is my freezer meal plan:

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Sunday All Bran & Milk Leek & Potato Soup Slimming Eats Mexican Chicken Bake
Monday Yogurt, Banana & Alpen Bar Tuna couscous Leek & Potato soup, salmon & noodles
Tuesday Overnight Oats Tuna couscous salad Pork & Apple Burgers, sw chips
Wednesday All Bran & milk Tuna couscous salaf Quorn & tomato pasta
Thursday Greek Yogurt, banana & Alpen bar Chicken pasta salad Shepherds Pie
Friday All Bran & milk Chicken pasta salad Chicken curry & rice
Saturday Scrambled egg, bacon & tomatoes    

 

The chicken, salmon, burgers, quorn and mince are all already in the freezer! By the end of the week I should have created loads of space!

Recipes for Overnight oats, Chicken Pasta Salad and Shepherds pie will be on their way this week!

Tonight I tried the Mexican Chicken Bake from Slimming Eats (link in the meal plan above!)

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This was an amazing recipe and went down really well with hubby too! Give it a try!

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Recipe: Leek & Potato soup

At my house, Sundays are about relaxing and going with the flow so after a late breakfast this morning I decided to use up some of the leftover veggies in the fridge to make this yummy soup!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 3 washed, trimmed leeks, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 pints boiling water
  • 2 chicken Oxo cubes

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan and bring to the boil
  • Simmer for 30 minutes until all the ingredients are soft.
  • Season well
  • Blend to the desired consistency
  • Reheat until hot and serve!

I served this soup with a HEB of bread and some chopped crispy bacon!

Wow this was good and perfect for a cold winter day!

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Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cup

I want to share a quick breakfast idea that I tried over the weekend – Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cup.

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I am a big fan of cereals, but eating them with milk uses up both of my Healthy Extras at breakfast – not a great idea! So instead I came up with a quick idea to get my cereal HEB but keep my HEA free for the rest of the day.

I used fresh blueberries, Total 0% Greek Yogurt, 42g All Bran (HEB) and 1 tsp honey (1syn). I put a spoonful of yogurt in the bottom of a glass and added blueberries and All Bran to give a layered effect. Then continue with the layering, until all ingredients are used. Finally, top with a teaspoon of honey.

The variations on this are endless. Try swapping the blueberries for strawberries, raspberries, banana or a mixture. The Greek yogurt (my personal fav!) could be traded for any free yogurt – try a flavoured one to compliment your choice of fruits. Finally, the cereal can be any HEB of your choice.

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This is a great versatile idea for breakfast at home or on the go!

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Weekly Round-up… busy week!

I thought it would be fun to write a round-up post to share what I have been reading this week, introduce you to new blogs and share my favourite finds of the week!

This week has been really busy for me and a little nerve wracking as I made a lot of changes on the blog (see here for more info). I have struggled with eating well at times this week as I have been out of my routine and my plans for a couple of nights this week had to be changed at short notice. I’ve already planned time at the weekend to sit and meal plan for next week so hopefully I won’t have the same issues again!

Next Wednesday is my Birthday so I’m going out for Sunday lunch with the family tomorrow. This won’t be easy as the restaurant we are going to does amazing puds! I’ve decided to be careful with my main (not a fan of roast potatoes anyway so will stick to the meat and veggies!). That way I can splash out on desert and not feel guilty (it is my birthday after all). Not sure yet if I will be out again on my actual Birthday but if so I may do the same again 🙂

Blog Roundup:

Living Life the Extra Easy Way has now become Slimming Eats. This was the first Slimming World blog I found and is packed with great recipes and photos. Loving the look of this Mexican Chicken dish and hope to try it for myself soon!

Over on Ronisweigh this week, Roni is talking nudity(!) and self acceptance. Wise words as usual. Also loved this Weight Watchers comic strip – so true!

I also picked up on some feel good factor from Operation Beautiful. If you haven’t seen this website before you have to look!

 

What I’m reading… The Writers Tale, Russell T Davies & Benjamin Cook  Am loving this insight into the writing of one of my favourite shows!

What I’m listening to… Florence + the Machine

What I’m watching… Brand new 24 – 4 episodes in and I am hooked!

What I’m eating… Really getting into yogurts as a snack at work. The Shape Fuller For Longer yogurts (free on SW) really keep me full through the 4pm lull!

What I’m planning… Weekend break at Centerparcs booked for March – I can’t wait!

 

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Product Pick: Quorn Italian Style Balls

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Since starting Slimming World earlier this month I have been eating a lot more Quorn products as many of them are free foods on SW. Last week in the supermarket I noticed these ‘Italian Meatballs’ in the frozen section and thought I would give them a try. The balls count as a free food on SW meaning that you can eat them freely.

At only 71 calories for a quarter of the bag, they make a great alternative to real meatballs and there is very little fat either!!

Italian style Balls Nutrition Information

There were 18 balls in the bag so I cooked up 9, 5 for hubby and 4 for me.

According to the packet, they can be fried, oven baked or microwaved. I chose to oven bake them as I’m lazy (not sure I like the idea of microwaving them!). They got a little crispy on the outside which I liked, so would definitely oven bake again.

I served the balls for a quick weekday meal with pasta, tomato pasta sauce and a HEA of parmesan. The whole meal only took about 20 minutes to cook and serve!

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I served the dish with some sweetcorn and a small piece of bread. I really enjoyed these Quorn Italian balls,. They had a herby taste and a nice texture. Another time I would try a few chilli flakes in the sauce to increase the flavour of the whole dish.

These make a great freezer standby for a quick weekday meal!

Recipe: Spaghetti Bolognaise

Spaghetti Bolognaise is a favourite meal of mine and while this one may not be traditional, it is tasty and healthy

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Ingredients:

  • Extra lean minced beef
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • Diced shallots
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • Chopped tinned tomatoes
  • Beef oxo cube
  • Wholemeal pasta

Method:

  • Brown the mince in a frying pan with the shallots
  • When all the mince is browned, drain off any excess fat
  • Add the peppers, carrots, tomatoes and oxo cube
  • Stir well and simmer for 40 minutes. If the sauce becomes too dry add a little boiled water from the kettle.
  • Meanwhile cook some wholemeal spaghetti until al dente, drain and serve.

I served this with a sprinkle of parmesan (28g), a small square of foccacia and some microwaved sugarsnap peas

I always make a double portion of this as it freezes brilliantly!

What is Slimming World?

It occurred to me that some people may not be familiar with the Slimming World plan so I will briefly talk about what it is and why I like it. Slimming World has a choice of plans which can be followed on a daily basis. So far I have only used the Extra Easy plan so this is the one I will talk about.

The Extra Easy plan is made up of three elements. First is the free foods, a list of basic foods from which you can eat freely for meals and snacks. This includes all lean meats and fish, Quorn, pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables (including potatoes) and some very low fat dairy products. This list makes up the majority of your food intake.

On top of this you can have two Healthy Extra choices per day, one from the ‘A’ list (milk, cheese etc) and one from the ‘B’ list (bread, cereals etc). Amounts of these foods need to be measured.

Finally, comes the Syns. All other food items are assigned a Syn value and you can have 5-15 syns per day. Examples of foods I would syn are mayonnaise, chocolate, alcohol, crisps etc.

You are actively encouraged to eat plenty on Slimming World, and to focus on free foods. On Extra Easy, 1/3 of your plate at each meal should be made up of Super Free foods which are most fruits and vegetables. This will keep you full and satisfied, and minimise the need to snack.

I love that hubby and I can eat the same foods on Slimming World and that I don’t have to measure all the ingredients. There is lots of variety and I can snack when I feel hungry. Using Syns means that you never need to feel deprived – if you want chocolate, you can have it!