(Well, four days and then the whole of the following week, starting on Monday).
This started because I was flicking through the new Slimming World magazine and thinking (as I always do) what a lovely lot of recipes there were and then realising that I always say that but rarely make many of them. And that's plain stupid as they are designed specifically for the SW plan.
Also, being a bit of a foody mag addict, I sometimes see recipes that could easily be adapted (optimised is the word SW uses, I think) in other magazines too. I usually get Good Food, Olive, Delicious, Easycook and sundry others and, while some generally have very fancy-pants recipes, there's usually something.
So I thought I'd rootle around the most recent magazines and base a week's eating around them.
Delicious and Olive were no good (but still good to read!). I found a few in Good Food, loads in Easycook (which is another BBC mag) and most in one or other of the last three SW magazines.
So I set to and created a table listing all the recipes I wanted to try and where they could be found amd I got a whole page of them. Plenty to choose from there!
The guidelines (not rules - you know what they say about rules)
No buying loads of one-use ingredients. You know what I mean - those things that get used for one recipe and the rest ends up at the back of the cupboard/fridge/freezer, never to be used again! I'll do what I always do and substitute, using what I already have.
A reasonably frugal ethos with the occasional splash out. Just like now.
One meal a day to be a 'magazine meal'. Maybe more than one, although the list is big on main meals and short on breakfasts and lunches.
Anything that's not a SW recipe will be 'optimised'. In many cases, this mainly means using spray oil instead a great big glug of oil - how these magazines do love their oils!
And, of course, I will report back.