Monday 17 June 2024

Monday evening, 17-06-24

Evening, everyone!

What I ate today:

An apple before circuits and this afterwards.  The baked beans were leftover from a couple of days ago.
Half a healthy extra B
One of the veg traybake and chickpeas portions, reheated with cheese melted on top.  Odd, I know, but it was actually very tasty.

One healthy extra A and one syn for salad cream

Later on, I had a nectarine, an easy peeler and my second healthy A in the form of a nibble of cheddar.

On to dinner which was the last of the SW Kitchen meals from my first box.
And
It
Was
Delicious
Not shown in the photo was a vegetable gravy which was so good, I'm making it again.  Best, being a vegetarian, will really love it too.  I'll reproduce it at the bottom of this post.
The plateful you can see filled me up.  I have another plateful more or less the same (more red cabbage) to warm up and have as an easy meal tomorrow and there's things left over - two potatoes, two carrots, one red onion, some green beans, some fresh herbs, a bit of a stock cube and mushrooms - chestnut which is what I always get.  This is all stuff I buy regularly so they will not be wasted.
No dessert - no room.

Summary:
two healthy extra As
half a healthy extra B
one syn




My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  breakfast toastie, mushrooms and tomatoes

L:  Spanish tortilla, salad; fruit

D:  same as today

Exercise:  Groove class and the walk there and back.

This is how I made the lovely gravy.

You need:
some chopped onion, carrot and mushrooms
spray oil
part of a stock cube or powder
tomato puree
tamari (a sort of soy sauce - you could use that or some Henderson's instead)
water

No need for salt as the stock and the tamari are salty

And some sort of blender - I used my stick blender.

Spray a non stick saucepan, add the mushroom, carrot and onion and let them sizzle over a medium heat.
After five minutes or so, add some tomato puree and cook for another couple of minutes.  
Crumble in the stock, add the tamari and some water, bring to a simmer and cook until the veg have softened.
Blend to smooth with a stick blender or similar, adding a bit more water if needed.  Reheat and serve.

Sunday 16 June 2024

Sunday evening, 16-06-26

Evening, everyone!

What I ate today:
  The sun shone so this was perfect for breakfast.
The only 'special' thing was the brioche mould I used to shape the eggy bread which was one egg, vanilla and sweetener plus a slave of bread, crusts off, soaked in the eggy mixture and then moulded into the brioche tin and baked in the oven until it was crisping up and holding its shape.
It didn't come out perfect but it was OK.  Just a shame the mould was just a bit too wide for the Ninja.  
The yogurt had some sweetener too.
Half a healthy extra B

A very easy Sunday lunch as the vegetables and the potatoes were already cooked  The veg needed reheating, I spray roasted the potatoes and started off the pork steak in a pan before finishing it off in the oven which was on for the potatoes anyway.

Syn free.

Later on, I had an apple.
I hard boiled two eggs and mashed them with some cheese, some seasoning and some mayo.  Really nice.
Dessert was an orange.

One healthy extra A and one and a half syns for some mayo.

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

My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  beans on toast with tomatoes and mushrooms

L:  aloo gobi traybake, chickpeas, yogurt mint dressing, salad; fruit

D:  I have decided to make the third SWK meal, homecoming garlic and herb roast chicken.

Exercise:  circuits class


Sunday morning, 16-06-04

Morning, everyone - because it is Sunday morning as I was really weary yesterday evening.

What I ate today yesterday:
Breakfast was taken out at the local Tiptree coffee place and, while my walking friends had breakfast rolls or toasted tea cakes, I polished my halo with an apple and two easy peelers brought from home - and they were delicious with the very good coffee they serve.

I used some of the leftover Med veg from the first Slimming World Kitchen meal, added some feta and turned it into a sort of wrap to have with a simple salad.  It worked well.
Two healthy extra As and one B.


 Dinner was the second SWK meal, the Indian themed golden aloo gobi traybake with chickpeas.

This one was absolutely LOADED with vegetables.  an onion, a whole cucumber, about ten new potatoes (no rice though), tomatoes and a bag of baby spinach plus curry powder, fresh mint, stock, cinnamon, tomato puree, lemon . . .

It made loads, as one would expect, looking at the pile of veg - I had a quarter of it with some of the mint, lemon and yogurt dressing and the rest is in three freezer containers.
And it was nice.  I'm not fond of spinach and normally would either use less or use broccoli instead but I wanted to give it a go.
I think the leftovers will be nice making another main meal with some added chicken or mashed into a sort of quesadilla (how about that for fusion food, eh?) but for now it is all going into the freezer as I have other plans.
Syn free.

The syns shot right up come the evening as I had a fancy magnum.  And very nie it was too.  

Summary:
two healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
twelve and a half syns
Tomorrow's Today's plans:

B:  sweet eggy bread with strawberries and yogurt

L: pork steak, fried potato, Med veg; fruit

D:  cheg salad; fruit

Exercise:  rest day



Friday 14 June 2024

Friday evening, 14-06-24

Evening, everyone.
I was very pleased with two pounds off this morning.  However, I wasn't so pleased with deleting all my photos before saving them.  Remarkably careless.

Sorreeeee
Tomorrow's plans:

B:  fruit during the walk

L:  toastie and salad

D:  golden aloo gobi traybake with chickpeas

Exercise:  a walk

Thursday 13 June 2024

Thursday evening, 13-06-04

Evening, everyone.

Today was exciting.  I received the first meal box from Slimming World Kitchen and, so far, it's very impressive.  I'll do a separate post about it another day though.

What I ate yesterday:
I took photos so why not?

Cooked breakfast with a somewhat overcooked egg - nice though.

Syn free
Lunch - I would normally have this as a dinner.
steak penne arrabbiata and I added some Greek yogurt and some hard Italian cheese (grated).
Very filling, very tasty.

One healthy extra A and four syns because I used a jar of sauce and scoffed the lot.
My packed evening meal - not terribly posh for ballet at the RAH but I don't care, it was a whole lot cheaper than buying a meal and a whole lot nicer, I suspect.
Chicken and ham sandwiches, tomatoes, carrot, easy peelers and apple.

One healthy extra B and six syns for some butter

Summary:
no healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
ten syns plus one sweet and a very small bag of crisps (handed out in the coach) so I will have gone over syns today but probably not over calories.
What I ate today:

I had strawberries from the garden so I halved them to eat with a rather squishy but gloriously sweet kiwi fruit and an easy peeler plus yogurt.  Lovely.

Syn free.
The always top of the favourites list, cheese and onion chutney toastie with mixed salad and coleslaw.  So tasty.  I used part of an apple in the coleslaw and had the rest for a dessert.

One healthy extra A, one B, one and a half syns for salad cream and one and a half syns for chutney.

The first SW Kitchen meal and it was absolutely lovely.  Huge portions - i have two more portions of the roasted veg and three more of the potatoes as well as the other piece of salmon.  It was supposed to be two servings; if the others are as generous, it is going to make it much better value.  Still not cheap but better.
I had some slices of watermelon for dessert.

Syn free

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



Tomorrow's plans:

B:  fruit and yogurt

L: the other half of the Med baked salmon

D:   golden aloo gobi traybake with chickpeas
(the second of the three SW kitchen meals)

Exercise:   rest day

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Tuesday evening, 11-06-24

Evening, everyone.
Just to let you know there won't be a post tomorrow evening but I'll be back Thursday evening.

What I ate today:
Breakfast was just fruit - I had a dental appointment and didn't want anything too much.

Lunch was an open sandwich with cranberry sauce, a tiny bit of leftover salad, salad stuff, chicken and salad cream on top.
I had some grapes for dessert.

Half a healthy extra A, one healthy extra B and one syn

I had some cheese late afternoon to make up my As.
Steak for dinner.  I hadn't planned chips but when it came to it, you have to really, don't you?
The steak was lovely but filling so I have some left over for tomorrow.

Two syns for salad cream.

Summary
two healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
three syns

Tomorrow's plans:

B:  bacon, egg, sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms

L:  steak pasta arrabbiata; fruit

D:  packed sandwich meal; fruit

Exercise:  rest day

Monday 10 June 2024

Monday evening, 10-06-24

Evening, everyone.

What I ate today:

Breakfast - avo bagel with egg, tomatoes and a posh addition of some asparagus - just because.
One healthy extra B and two syns for 30g avocado.

I looked up some ideas for how to present the chicken in my salad and in the end made a dressing from super-light mayo, Dijon mustard, lemon zest and juice, seeds, celery, spring onion and nectarine, served on a bed of salad leaves, etc.  It worked well
One and a half syns for the mayo,the Dijon mustard is under 5 calories so doesn't count and one syn for pumpkin seeds
Afters was a couple of easy peelers

For dinner, I traybaked some veg in some oil, tomato puree and fajita  spice, adding some of the chicken and some feta cheese at the end so the chicken warmed up and the feta melted a bit.  
Two syns for one tsp oil and the rest was free.
Frustratingly, I forgot to take a photo.  A great shame because it was delicious!
Afters was an orange.

Summary:
one healthy extra A
one healthy extra B
six and a half syns
Tomorrow's plans:

B:  pancakes and fruit

L:  open chicken salad sandwich; fruit

D:  steak, veg, mushrooms sauce; fruit

Exercise:  Groove and the walk there and back.