Wednesday 28 February 2024

Wednesday, 28-02-24

Good evening, everyone.  Hoping you have had a delicious day's food.
Lindsey had to cancel personal training today and it will be on Saturday instead.

What I ate today on Slimming World:

Breakfast tasted lovely but wasn't anything special.  Just air fried sweet potato, onion, mushroom, pepper, tomatoes, diced bacon and an egg on top.  Very filling.
One syn for some brown sauce.
For a right mish-mash of a fake Caesar salad, this was absolutely delicious.
It was shredded chicken, lettuce, red cabbage, tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, celery, red pepper, mixed seeds and orzo mixed with light Caesar dressing and topped with some parmesan shavings and some air fried croutons.  So good.
Half a healthy extra A, half a healthy extra B, three syns for the dressing, one syn for the seeds and the rest is speed/free food.

Later on I had an orange and a couple of easy peelers.

The last of the Simply Cook Vietnamese curry and it was lovely.  The sharper eyed among you may notice a bit of orzo mixed with the rice - that was just to finish it off.  The white blob is some natural yogurt as it was quite spicy.
It may not look that amazing but it tasted great.
six syns altogether


Summary:
half a healthy extra A
half a healthy extra B
eleven syns - but on the high side for me but not to worry!
Tomorrow's meal plans:

B: fruit and yogurt
SW:  syn free

L:  cheese and chutney toastie, side salad; fruit
SW:  up to two healthy extra As, one healthy extra B and one and a half syns for some chutney

D:  chicken stew of some kind, veg; fruit
I have half a can of chopped tomatoes and some mixed beans to use so I'll make some sort of concoction, perhaps a curry or a chilli.

Exercise:  online SET class


Tuesday 27 February 2024

Tuesday, 27-02-24

Good evening, everyone.  I'm still getting used to this evening thing and it does feel odd.

What I ate today on Slimming World:

Good old beans on toast - perfect for after an energetic Groove class and a walk.  I didn't burn the toast - that's marmite!
Half a healthy extra B for the bread.

I had already had an apple before Groove, for energy.

I adapted the recipe I found for lunch.  I made a simple dressing using orange juice and zest, white wine vinegar, tiny bit of Dijon mustard and honey and some olive oil - three syns altogether.  I didn't have the watercress the recipe asked for and I used my other half B for some croutons.  Oh, and added other salad bits and some mixed seeds.  So, really, not at all like the base recipe but very nice and I must remember that dressing - it was really good.
Four syns and half a healthy extra B

And after I had thoroughly enjoyed it, I went into the kitchen and found the orzo, cooked earlier, still sitting on the side.  Doh.  
Now I have to plan something with orzo for tomorrow, don't I?

Later on, I had a couple of easy peelers and an apple.

The easiest dinner in the world - a lasagne from the freezer, thawed and reheated in Nellie.  Very delicious with simple tomatoes on the side.
I had some yogurt for afters.
One A and three syns for the lasagne.

Summary:
one healthy extra A
one healthy extra B
seven syns

Tomorrow's meal plans:

B: breakfast bake topped with egg
I think I will air fry sweet potato, onion, pepper, mushroom and tomato - and perhaps some chopped bacon for the flavour.
SW:  should be SW free or just one syn if I add some brown sauce (which I probably will)

L:  chicken salad; fruit
I'll probably make this a bit Caesar-ish using some lighter Caesar dressing plus croutons, hard Italian cheese and seeds.
And orzo!!!
SW:  up to one healthy extra A, half to one healthy extra B, one syn for mixed seeds and two and a half syns for a tbsp Caesar dressing (M&S light kind)

D:  Vietnamese curry, rice, side salad; fruit
The last of the Simply cook kit and I will look out for that in the shops to make again because it was lovely.
SW:  six syns for the curry

Exercise:  personal training


Monday 26 February 2024

Monday, 26-02-24

Good evening, everyone.  It feels really odd posting this in the evening!


As I didn't blog over the weekend, I thought I'd just show what I actually had Saturday and Sunday as photo collages.

Saturday:
B:  breakfast wrap
L:  cheg, salad; orange (three and a half syns, one healthy extra A)
D:  chicken and bacon pasta; two easy peelers and some strawberries (one healthy extra A)

Summary:
two healthy extra As
no healthy extra B
three and a half syns

Sunday:
B:  overnight oats (one healthy extra B)
L:  roast chicken dinner; easy peelers and grapes (one and a half syns)
D:  leftover roast dinner pasta bake; apple  (one healthy extra A, two syns)

Summary:
one healthy extra A
one healthy extra B
three and a half syns
What I ate today on Slimming World:

I had an apple before Circuits and this afterwards.  Two eggs, one slice of bacon and one big mushroom.  I added some leaves to the tomatoes for a bit of extra colour.  Delicious and syn free.

Lunch was leftovers from last night (which was leftovers from Sunday lunch!)
The pasta bake had one and a half healthy extra As and one syn (gravy) and I added two syns worth of salad dressing and one syns worth of mixed seeds to the side salad.
Afters was an orange.

When I looked at the recipe (from the SW site) for dinner, I realised it was pretty much the same as the leftovers pasta bake except with sliced potato instead of pasta and cheese.   As I had used up all the leftovers, this was a good opportunity to use up odds and ends and freezer bits.  So it's leek, peas, squash and broad beans with chicken and a gravy made from some fresh stock (made with the carcass) and some pigs in blankets gravy granules (one syn).  As the potato slices were pre-par-boiled, it all did pretty quickly in Nellie.
Really tasty, it was.
Dessert was strawberries and yogurt rather than just a piece of fruit.  Very nice.  

Summary:
one and a half healthy extra A
no healthy extra B
five syns
Tomorrow's meal plans:

B: beans on toast
One slice of bread, half a can baked beans
SW:  half a healthy extra B

L:  roast chicken, orzo and orange salad; fruit
Recipe from the SW site.
SW:  two syns for salad dressing. one syn for mixed seeds, half a B for croutons

D:  lasagne, salad; fruit
The lasagne is from the freezer.
SW:  one healthy extra A and three syns for the lasagne (it says so on the container!) plus one syn for salad cream

Exercise:  Groove class, walk there and back, housework



Sunday 25 February 2024

Sunday evening, 25-02-24

Hi, everyone!  I'm starting back properly tomorrow but there will be a bit of a change.

If you read my other blog, you will know that finally, at long, long last, I am managing to sleep until a reasonably civilised hour (i.e. to around seven rather than waking at four to five).  I'm so glad about that but it has created some issues with getting all my social media stuff done and dusted without stress, especially those days where I have a 9:15 exercise class or Slimming World at 8:30-ish.

After pondering over things this weekend and going forward, I'm going to post my blogs in the evenings instead of the mornings.  Apart from that, it will be more or less the same - what I have had that day and what I plan to have the next day - plus photos.  

So see you all tomorrow evening and have a great Monday.  xx

Friday 23 February 2024

Friday, 23-02-24

Just to let everyone know I'm taking a few days off.  Back on Monday.  Take care, everyone.  x

Thursday 22 February 2024

Thursday, 22-02-24

 Good morning, everyone

Yesterday's meal photos:

I enjoyed these.  They were followed by three very titchy easy peelers.
Way more smoked salmon than I would usually have but I had defrosted it by accident.  
Afters was an orange.

This Pinch of Nom yellow Thai-style curry from their latest 'Express' book was absolutely lovely.  It was easier to make than it looked; the only small issue I had was that my mini chopped didn't 'paste' the paste ingredients all that well so I added a tsp oil (two syns) to help it along.
I made the curry at lunch time which gave the flavours time to develop and it is one I'm definitely going to make again.  If you've got the book, do consider giving it a go.
It was quite spicy so I had a dollop of natural yogurt on the side.

No room for any dessert.  

Today's meal plans:

B:  fruit
Keeping breakfast nice and light because of lunch
SW:  syn free

L:  out for lunch with a friend - probably a cheese and tomato toastie with a side salad.
I've looked up the menu and this looks the most likely as well as something I will really enjoy.  
SW:  I'm calling it two healthy extra As and one healthy extra B - it might very well be more but not to worry, that will be syns.

D:  salmon on a bed of roasted vegetables, salad on the side; fruit
Just what it says.
SW:  two syns for salad dressing.

Exercise:  An online SET class and a walk

Summary:  
two healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
no idea how many syns but I can't see how it can be too many if I stick to my choices.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Wednesday, 21-02-24

 Good morning, everyone

Yesterday's meal photos:

Very nice breakfast.  I forgot about the leftover baked beans though.
What else can you make with two As and one B but a toastie.  Lovely
I messed up my plans by getting the wrong thing out of the freezer so now I have some smoked salmon to use tomorrow morning!  So I had bacon, the leftover baked beans and some chunky chips.  Not what I'd expected to make but it was very nice, all the same.
No room for any afters.

Today's meal plans:

B: boiled eggs, toast dippers; fruit
I was going to have soup for lunch and what's planned for lunch for breakfast but I seem to have used up all my soup from the freezer so it is all change!
SW:  half a healthy extra B for one slice toast

L:  toast, avocado and smoked salmon, tomatoes and mixed leaves
That was going to be breakfast . . . but it is fine for lunch too.
SW:  half a healthy extra B for one slice bread, two and a half syns for up to 39g frozen avocado

D:    yellow Thai style curry; fruit
A new to me recipe taken from the PoN book, Express, p 54.  It needs coconut 'drink' but I have some desiccated coconut that I can turn into coconut water with the help of some boiling water and a blender.  I've looked up syns for coconut drink and will use that.  Also I don't have lemongrass but Google tells me that lemon zest should work instead.  It also used peanut butter powder, which I have, and it should be lovely.
SW:  one syn for coconut drink, one syn for the peanut butter powder and I think that is it.

Exercise:  personal training

Summary:  
one healthy extra A
one healthy extra B
four and a half syns