An unimaginitive title “Meal Plan”

Last week was mostly on track except I didn’t make the soup as we had lots of leftovers and the steak pie was replaced with ribeye steaks. I’ve been trying to fit in a couple of SP days on Slimming World as I feel I haven’t been as focused this week and steak with a plateful of veg is an easy, if not expensive way to do it. Luckily I had a voucher for £7 if I spent over £50 at Morrisons so I filled the freezer with meat and told myself the steaks were a freebie. They did hit the spot!

Other than that I enjoyed a nice lunch with the kids on Friday at West Port Hotel which is a 5 minute walk from our house. They cleared their plates and I had a nice Chicken Teryaki dish with rice and stir fry veg.

I also prepped a nice big bowl of fruit salad which I could dip into when I was feeling the need for a munch.

This week’s meal plan, I am somewhat lacking in inspiration but hey ho here goes:

Monday – Chicken fajitas

Tuesday – Omelettes

Wednesday – Soup of some description

Thursday – Pasta dish

Friday – Mince & tatties

Saturday – Hungarian Goulash

Sunday – Roast Lamb

I am linking up with Mrs M for #mealplanningmonday x


Veg boxes 

Who gets one?

A couple of years ago I had a standing order for a fruit & veg box and got one delivered every week. I enjoyed the variety but often found I either wasted food before I got the chance to use it or always seemed to have too much of stuff I didn’t necessarily want. I eventually stopped it when my father in law got an allotment. Along with his goodies and things grown in our own garden we didn’t need it.

Last year a new small business opened in Falkirk called Hogan’s Fine Food Company. They offer a home delivery of either a fruit, veg or mixed box for only £10!  You can’t get better value than that. The produce is fresh, local and often organic. Although I am quite happy for them to choose and put a box together for me, it is really easy to send them a Facebook message with what I would like and any special requests. What’s more as it’s not a standing order I only get one when I need one. As I work full time this is perfect for me as it’s ready and waiting in a safe place when I get home and I can easily pay by bank transfer. It forces me to plan my meals, try new veggies and discover new recipes. If you have never tried one before I would recommend you find a supplier close to you and give it a try.

Today’s new veg was pak choi, I’ve never tried it before let alone cooked it. We had a yummy Slimming World friendly, syn free veg stirfry.

Last night I also made syn free veg pakora to go with our home made curry, they went down a storm with a cucumber and mint yoghurt dip.

To make these I boiled 1 sweet potato and mashed it on it’s own. In a big bowl I mixed the mashed potato with a finely sliced onion, frozen peas, coriander, 2 tsp of curry powder, 2 tbsp fat free natural yoghurt and half a beaten egg. I shaped them into patties and cooked for approx 40 mins @ 200C, with frylight sprayed on the baking tray. If the mixture is too soft or runny, add more veg of your choice, use whatever you want.

This weeks meal plan is:

Monday – Veg stirfry

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – Soup of a kind?

Thursday – Macaroni mince

Friday – takeaway

Saturday – Chicken crown roast dinner

Sunday – Steak pie

I hope everyone has a good week, I’m off to read all your meal plans x

I ❤️ Slimming World

I’ve probably told you that before… and no I’m not on commission or a consultant. I’m someone who absolutely loves their food and has found that this way of eating let’s me enjoy all my favourites and adapt recipes with a few wee tweaks here and there without feeling deprived or hungry.

My top swaps for people following SW are:
Oil/butter – fry light
Mashed pots with milk & butter – mashed pots with fromage frais
Coconut milk – natural yoghurt
Cream – fromage frais
Veggies, veggies, veggies

This week i have adapted a couple of my favourite Jamie Oliver recipes so that they are Slimming World friendly. I made the Spinach & Feta omelette based around his filo pie. I used the feta as my Healthy Extra A and the pine nuts as my 2nd Healthy Extra B as I had an SP day.

I also made his mustard chicken recipe and substituted the cream for fromage frais. I synned the wine and the mustard. Filling my plate with extra veg instead of potatoes is a good way to help my weight loss.

I also made a sweet potato, spinach & chickpea curry. I based this loosely on a recipe from the Slimming World website except I doubled the chopped tomatoes and added a few extra veggies lurking in the cupboard. It was totally syn free and tasted great heated for lunch the next day with fat free natural yoghurt stirred through. I find I don’t even miss having rice although I could have it if I wanted to.

Lastly I made roast brisket, the mash was made with fromage frais and the gravy from bisto gravy powder. I synned the Yorkshire puddings and the gravy powder, 5.5 in total.

I hope this has given some of you who are also following the SW plan some ideas and I would love to hear yours.

My plan this week is:
Monday – leftovers
Tuesday – Chilli & prawn linguini
Wednesday – Spag Bol
Thursday – Daddy’s cooking???
Friday – Chicken & Leek pie
Saturday – Baked Salmon & kohlrabi fritters
Sunday – Risotto of some description

I am sharing my meal plan with #mealplanningmonday and Mrs M. Have a good week everyone x

Favourite celebrity chef?

I have loads of cookbooks that I get out every now and then for inspiration but I have 2 in particular that I use all the time; Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. I find his recipes easy to follow and so tasty. I also like that I can mix and match his side dishes with the main component, he has lots of ideas. I had a craving tonight for his dressed sweet potatoes so they were on the plan tonight, if you try one new dish this week, try them! I’ve also decided on another of his recipes this week.

Who is your favourite celebrity chef and why?

I’ve still been making good progress with Slimming World and have been making sure I adapt any recipes I like the look of by reducing the fat content and tweaking the ingredients here and there to make them syn free or very low in syns per portion.

This week’s meal plan is:

Monday – Balsamic salmon & dressed sweet potatoes
Tuesday – Spinach & chickpea curry
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – Mustard chicken
Friday – Cottage pie
Saturday – Can I dream of a Valentine’s meal????
Sunday – Slow cooked leg of lamb

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

Back to school

Meal planning Tuesday for a change this week. My daughter started back school today so we have been enjoying the last week of the summer holidays. I took the kids to the Edinburgh Festival on Thursday. We saw to great kids shows, The Amazing Bubble Man and Albee Vector Sound Collector. Both were fab but the second one was free which is even better. We went for lunch to Quattro Zero, a little Italian which does wood fired pizzas. We had a pizza each and garlic bread to share and the bill came to just £16!!! I couldn’t believe it. Saturday we had a lovely back to school BBQ with friends.

I made pulled pork last week which fed
us for a couple of days. It’s a no syn recipe on Slimming World which makes it even better. You can have it on baked potatoes, wraps, rolls or as nachos. To make it use a 2kg pork shoulder joint and remove all visible fat. Flatten out and place in a slow cooker. In a bowl mix up a 500g carton of passata, 5tbsp Worcester sauce, 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 3tbsp of sweetener, 1tsp of mustard powder, 2 crushed garlic cloves and salt & pepper. Pour over the joint and cook for 8+ hours on low. Shred with 2 forks before serving. It should look like this.

We have some more veg from the garden to use up, albeit mutant looking!

This weeks meal plan is:
Monday – chilli & prawn linguini
Tuesday – mince, tatties and mutant veg
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – Chicken fajitas
Friday – salmon fillets
Saturday – burgers
Sunday – buffalo & cranberry pinwheels

I hope you all have a fab week.