Since going back to Slimming World at the start of January I've been making an effort to try some new recipes and keep varying my food every day. Although there is an endless choice when it comes to what you 'can' eat with Slimming World, like anything it's all too easy to fall into a habit of eating the same things day in and day out.
I have many SW cookbooks as well as a folder with lots of recipes that I've collected from the magazine over the years, I've actually made very few though!
Last week I decided to try a new one out, and I wish I'd made it sooner!
Cheesy Meatball Pasta Bake was a massive hit with the whole family and possibly one of the best main Slimming World meals I've ever made!
For the meatballs -
500g extra lean pork mince
6 finely chopped spring onions
Dried herbs ( I used about a teaspoon each of basil and oregano)
1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
For the sauce -
1 finely chopped onion
2 finely chopped ga…
I've made loads of Slimming World recipes over the years but with the exception of Weetabix Cake I've not found many 'sweet' recipes that really work for me. They always seem to be missing something (that'll be the sugar and fat I guess!) and I generally find them not worth the effort or syns.
Until today that is when I discovered 'Magic Pancakes' a recipe from my old SW consultant in the UK. They are so easy to make and are 'syn free' if you count them as a 'healthy B option.
All you need is...
35g poridge oats (Healthy extra B choice or 6 syns)
A Muller light yoghurt ( I used a Vitaline yoghurt as Muller lights are hard to find in Cyprus, hence the slightly pink colour as it was cherry flavour!)
Sweetener to taste.
Mix the porridge oats and yoghurt, and leave in fridge overnight.
Add the eggs and sweetener and you have your pancake mix!
I served mine with loads of strawberries and some low fat Greek yoghurt and they were absolutely del…
At the beginning of the year I announced that I had the mad idea to try and do the '30 day shred'. It sounded terrifying so I thought I'd work up to it and do the 6 week challenge on EA Sports on the Wii. However, a week into it and I realised it's a bit rubbish so I thought I'd just go for it!
So on Saturday I dug out my exercise mat and tins of beans (as weights!) and did Day 1. It was bloody hard work, and I did think I was going to die but I figured it was only 20 minutes so I just powered through whilst swearing and moaning (in my head as I didn't have the breath or energy to do it out loud!)
The push ups were the probably the hardest, well those and the jumping jacks, oh and the last section of abs. I could feel like I'd worked out afterwards but was pleasantly surprised the next day, although I did ache I had been expecting to be unable to move.
Day 2 was harder as it was the same as Day 1 with the addition of aching muscles. Day 3 was about the sam…
As much as I love 'good' food, there are times when you feel only a Mcdonalds will do, something that I obviously try and steer clear of when sticking to the Slimming World plan with a Big Mac being something like 3 days worth of syns alone!
I had heard of the 'Big Mac in a bowl idea doing the rounds online and in groups so thought I'd give it a try...
You need -
Extra lean mince beef
pickled gherkin, chopped into slices
3 slices extra light cheese slices cut into chunks (use your Healthy extra A choice for this)
Shredded iceberg lettuce
2 tbsp light thousand island dressing (2 syns)
Cook the mince and onion, add the gherkin and serve on a bed of shredded lettuce. Place the cheese slices and thousand island dressing on top and you're done!
Slimming World chips are just as easy -
Par boil the potatoes,
Spray a baking tray with frylight, add the chips and spray again.
Cook at about 180c for approx 30 mins
Two weeks ago in a moment of apparent madness I decided to do the 'Scan Bran Challenge' along with several others from my Slimming World group.
It's a bit of a craze sweeping the groups at the moment, the idea being that you eat 5 scan bran a day (either as a 'Healthy B choice' or counted as 5 syns) along with drinking at least the recommended 2 litres of water a day to help speed your weight loss.
Its had mixed results in the group, some good weight losses and some no different to usual. I did very well at the start of the 1st week, sticking to the challenge from Monday until Thursday, at which point I went out drinking Thursday evening and then it all went to pot!
At the weigh in on Monday I'd gained a pound, but I blame the drinking and resulting hangover cures, plus the kids party I went to on Saturday where I found myself eating cake and such like all afternoon!
They say that it will always catch up with you though and this week I was very surprised to ha…