Birthday plans

Another good week at Slimming World and weigh in again tomorrow. So fed up of being skint though, can’t wait to do a big food shop this week and stock up the cupboards! Our meal plan changed slightly last week, we ended up just having omelettes on Friday, risotto on Saturday and the turkey roast on Sunday. It was an Aldi one that comes in a tray and it was lovely, just a good size for 2 adults and 2 kids. I did the mashed potatoes with fromage frais and was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t taste any different from normal milk & butter mash!

It’s my birthday tomorrow so after weigh in I’m treating myself to a Chinese, come on I’m not the only one who does stuff like this…surely? Chicken and black bean so nothing too synful!

This weekend we have big plans. My Mum and daughter and I are going to Glasgow for the weekend to see Strictly Come Dancing Live. We are so excited and are staying in the same hotel as the cast so hoping to do some autograph hunting. We are staying 2 nights and have scoped out and booked 2 restaurants that I can’t wait to try. The first is a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant in the Merchant City called Sapporo. I’ve only ever had Teppanyaki twice before, once in Epcot in 1996 and again in Amsterdam in 1998. I loved it and I am hoping my daughter will enjoy the theatre of it all. It may also be fairly good choice wise on Slimming World, (I hope!). On Saturday we are going to Cafe Andaluz as I absolutely love tapas, it is one of my favourite cuisines and this place is highly recommended. Next week I hope to be reporting all good things about them!

This week’s meal plan is therefore quite tame the rest of the week.
Monday – Pasta with garlic & tomato
Tuesday – Chinese takeaway
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Spaghetti bolognaise
Friday – Sapporo
Saturday – Cafe Andaluz
Sunday – Who knows!!!

I hope you all have a good week and look forward to reading everyone else’s plans x


Serious Slimming World recipe planning!

Last week’s meal plan was chopped and changed a bit because I was exploring the Slimming World website. I had a successful first week back and when I came home from my class on Tuesday night I was mega motivated. Before I started Slimming World I was really put off by the no butter/cream/olive oil etc as I do like traditional and tasty meals however I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the alternatives which haven’t compromised on taste.

I tried the lasagne from the website which substitutes a traditional bechamel white sauce with fat free natural yoghurt, eggs and nutmeg. It was really tasty. This was also syn free and I used the cheese as my Healthy extra A allowance.

I also made steak and Slimming World chips with pepper sauce which consisted of garlic, onion, mushrooms, chicken stock, Worcester sauce and fromage frais. Again syn free and very tasty.

Lastly I looked at how I could adapt my tried and tested Jamie Oliver chicken tikka masala to be as low syn as possible. I discovered that he had recipes for homemade curry paste in his Ministry of Food cookbook and I tweaked this slightly by reducing the oil content to 1tbsp of olive oil. I also replaced the tin of coconut milk with a 2nd tin of chopped tomatoes. It worked out at 1.5 syns per portion and was delicious, if not a bit spicier, nothing a dollop of fat free natural yoghurt didn’t sort out.


This week’s meal plan is carrying on with Slimming World friendly meals.

Monday – Chicken fajitas
Tuesday – Chilli com carne
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Macaroni Mince
Friday – Turkey roast joint
Saturday – Veg Curry
Sunday – Roast of some variety

I hope everyone has a good week and look forward to scoping out everyone else’s meal plans for ideas over at Meal Planing Monday x

Kitchen nightmare

Feeling very sorry for myself this morning. I had my first and hopefully last kitchen injury yesterday and I’m in a lot of pain. Whilst using my mum’s new vegetable mandoline I have managed to slice the tip of my finger off.

Therefore this weeks meal plan will be somewhat limited to easy to make recipes that the kids or my husband can help with.

Monday – Pasta, Philly and cherry tomatoes
Tuesday – Omelette
Wednesday – Leek & potato soup
Thursday – Spaghetti bolognaise
Friday – Chicken curry
Saturday – dinner @ mums
Sunday – Roast Sirloin of beef (still in freezer from this week after yesterday’s plans went belly up)

I hope everyone has a good week and enjoy’s checking out the meal plans at Mrs M.

Happy New Year

It’s the time of year for considering new goals and resolutions. I only ever have two main aims in life, to be happy and healthy. Anything else is a bonus. Part of the healthy bit I guess is looking after myself, losing weight and getting fitter therefore back to Slimming World tomorrow night. I am sick to the back teeth of eating and drinking to excess after the festivities. I was considering doing a dryathlon for January but it’s my birthday at the end of the month and I’m going away for a couple of nights so I really don’t want to commit myself.

We had the usual turkey on Christmas Day with all the trimmings and steak pie on New Year’s Day. My favourite indulgences were these gin cocktails.

As per family tradition we had a pavlova which you can find the recipe for here.


I made Chicken & white wine sauce tonight from this recipe.

This week’s meal plan is:
Monday – Chicken & white wine
Tuesday – Sausage & mash
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – Paprika Pork
Friday – Veg & noodle stirfry
Saturday – dinner @ my mums
Sunday – Roast sirloin of beef.

I will be linking up with Mrs M @ meal planning Monday. You can read more about this here. I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s plans for inspiration.

Freezer clear out!

Last week there was no meal plan, I was using up anything and everything in the freezer and cupboard. This was for 2 reasons, one it was the week before pay day and two I was trying to make room for the big Christmas stock up. For that reason there was a lot of eating up leftovers from the freezer. I made a pot of soup, a pasta bake and a vegetable curry and literally chucked in whatever was needing used up. The veg curry was loosely based on the one I made a couple of weeks ago but I used red lentils instead of chickpeas and the veg was different. I think it was butternut, mushrooms, peas and tomatoes.

The week before I made chicken pie at the kids request, it’s always clean plates all round. I like to trim the pastry from the dish and cut shapes for the kids, it encourages them to help and eat it all up with no fuss.

This week’s meal plan is:
Monday – Spag Bol
Tuesday – leftover bolognaise
Wednesday – Omelettes
Thursday – Pasta twists with creamy tomato sauce
Friday – Lemon sole & chips
Saturday – Eating out/takeaway
Sunday – Steak pie

I’ll be linking up with Meal Planning Monday over at Mrs M.

Favourite dessert??

So last week was Children in Need and as a result a bake off ensued at work. The calibre of cakes was fantastic. I’m no baker, in fact I don’t enjoy cake making nearly as much as I do making a meal and experimenting with new ingredients. However I do make a mean pavlova, even if I do say so myself. It’s a family recipe and so easy to make. I like to make it for special occasions and decorate it accordingly. A pudsey one was called for!

To make it pre heat the oven to 230.
Whisk 5 egg whites until stiff, add 10oz of caster sugar slowly and beat until soft peaks are formed. Beat in 2 tsp corn flour, 1tsp of vinegar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence. Cut a circle of tin foil to fit a plate and spread the meringue mixture evenly on it. Place in oven and immediately reduce the heat to 120. Cook for 1 hour. Leave to cool and decorate with whipped cream and fruit/topping of your choice.

What is your go to dessert?

Last week’s meal plan went a bit array as I failed to plan in advance so this week I’ve already made my veggie lasagne and frozen the leftover filling to have as either a pasta sauce or ratatouille at a later date. I’ve also made the chilli too.

This week’s plan is:

Monday – Chicken Kievs
Tuesday – Chilli com carne
Wednesday – Veggie lasagne
Thursday – Spanish Omelette
Friday – Chilli & prawn linguini
Saturday – Eating Out
Sunday – Chicken, bacon & mushroom pie

As usual I will be joining in with Mrs M’s meal planning Monday. I hope you all have a fab week x

Weird & wonderful veg

Hello everyone! I hope it’s been a half decent Monday.

Last week my father in law gave me some potatoes from his allotment, as you can see they were out of the ordinary! No idea what kind they were but they were damn tasty and the kids loved the novelty factor.

This inspired me to ask for some weird and wonderful veg in my fruit and veg box this week. We got kale, a romanesco cauliflower and a spaghetti squash. We had the romanesco with a hearty chicken and bacon pie I made on Saturday night for my parents, slightly off last week’s meal plan but delicious all the same.

Tonight we had a squash and chickpea curry which I prepared yesterday and it was really tasty so I’m going to share the recipe. I just kind of made it up as I went along by googling a few recipes and adapting them to fit. So here’s my version, you could really add whatever you wanted.

1 squash of any description peeled and cubed
1 tin chickpeas
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 large onion
3-4 cloves garlic
Decent piece of fresh ginger
1 red chilli, finely chopped, seeds in
2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
2 tsp cumin seeds, crushed
2 tsp garam masala
Large handful coriander leaves chopped
Salt & pepper
500ml veg stock
Fry onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Crush spices and add to pan, stir well for a couple of minutes. Add squash, chickpeas, tomatoes and stock. Season and simmer for 30-40 mins. Stir in coriander before serving or scatter on top if you prefer.

This weeks meal plan is:

Monday – Squash & chickpea curry
Tuesday – Mac n cheese
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – Veggie lasagne
Friday – Children in need dinner @ work for volunteering to man the phone lines
Saturday – Jamie O’s Parmesan chicken from the Ministry of Food book
Sunday – Turkey joint (still in the freezer from last week!)

My question this week is what is your favourite veg and recipe? P.S. Does
Anyone have a nice recipe using kale?

Linking up with Mrs M @ Meal Planning Monday’s x