I added salt (unnecessary), pepper, a pinch of mustard powder and a tbsp nutritional yeast flakes and that was too much too. Half a tbsp would have been fine.
Weetabix and pineapple chocolate muffins:
Good morning. Thanks for bearing with me for a few days while I sorted things out - mental stuff, getting things back to what I want 'normal' to be like, and so on as well as not feeling 100%.
This blog is part of my normal so I'm glad to get back to it.
Also nice is that there's some steak and some veg left over for lunch today
Again, it's not simple. It's Beth's birthday and she's coming round for a meal this evening. So I'm going to keep it really small and simple through the day, try to keep the calories under control overall and not worry about syns, healthy extras and so on today.
B: yogurt and a selection of fruit
L: steak with veg
Last night's leftovers should see me through.
D: vegetarian lasagne, actifry chips and salad; a mini cupcake
All of this is what Beth wanted. She likes my home made beany tomato mix which I use for the base and I've actually made a potful, some of which is going in the freezer for her Christmas dinner (probably beany crumble, another Beth favourite). She loves actifry chips so that was a special request too.
As well as that, there will be 'salt and vinegary nibbles' (her words) and alcohol.
I will do my best but I'm going to enjoy her birthday. Tomorrow will be totally back on track with the weekend meal plans I didn't use.
B: fruity weetabix muffins
I found this recipe on KazzaSW's vlog.
It uses weetabix instead of oats or flour and, as I've got some right now, I thought I'd give it a go. I will adapt, of course. I'll use choc weetabix, soften with skinny syrup, and the fruit will be from the freezer, not dried. I might also add a bit of baking powder.
Worth giving it a try anyway.
SW: one heB for two weetabix
L: bean and veg soup; fruit
One of my throw it all in together soups from the freezer! I have some baked beans left over from the lunch I made for Beth yesterday so they can go in too.
SW: should be free
D: cod mornay, broccoli, sprouts; kvarg or yogurt
I found this recipe on Lifeline Online and thought I'd give it a go. It includes spinach (SW seems to have a thing about spinach) which I really don't like, so I'll just do extra veg instead. The sauce is made from quark, fromage frais, garlic and mustard powder although I thought mornay was supposed to be cheesy, so I might add some nutritional yeast to give it a sort of cheesy flavour - or maybe use some REAL cheese!! Radical!
(By the way, nooch has suddenly started appearing in my planning because I found some at the back of a cupboard and don't want to waste it. It's one syn per level tbsp.)
SW: one healthy extra B (breadcrumbs), either a healthy extra A or one syn, depending on what I do, half a syn for dessert
Body Magic: a lot of lifting and carrying and moving things around today
Summary: two healthy extra Bs and a smattering of syns!
Five pounds off at weigh in yesterday evening. Woo hoo! It just confirms to me that there were other things in play last week - meds, for a start - and that's all settled now.
If I lose two and a half this coming week, I'll be back in my 'zone' again next Thursday
I'm happy with that!
B: smoked haddock, poached or spray fried egg, mushrooms, tomatoes
I'll poach the haddock in milk but won't need to count the milk.
L: tomato soup, smoked salmon pate, melba toast, salad; fruit
I used one leftover slice of the smoked salmon I had on Wednesday and blended it up with 40g lightest philly (two syns), one tbsp lighter crème fraiche (one syn), lime juice, dill and black pepper. It's been in the fridge since yesterday so the flavours should have developed nicely.
I will make the melba toast by firstly lightly toasting two sliced wholemeal, then splitting each slice in half across the way to end up with four thinner slices. Then I will cut each slice into triangles and pop them in the oven to dry out.
A three course lunch - how about that then!
SW: one healthy extra B, three syns
D: chicken, sweet potato and tomato traybake, salad; yogurt or kvarg
I found this in the new magazine and it looks very straightforward. I think I will use a tsp oil instead of spray oil - there's no getting around it, roasting in real oil does make for a better texture and flavour, it really does.
I will probably also add some red pepper and some mushroom to the bake for more speed veg
SW: two syns for one tsp oil - I might use toasted sesame for the extra flavour. Half a syn for dessert
Body Magic: A walk
Summary: one healthy extra B and five and a half syns
Weighday today. I have no idea, remaining true to my resolution not to step on the scales between Thursdays for now. I hope I have lost a bit, in spite of Tuesday's blip but I won't be back in my 'tolerance zone' for a few weeks to come. A bit galling to have to start paying again but there you go - I made that choice, didn't I?
B: one weetabix with fruit and yogurt
Having bought a box of chocolate weetabix, I have to use it!
SW: half a heB
L: tomato and something soup, bread; fruit
It depends whether sweet potato or red pepper comes to hand first from the freezer! I'll probably toast the bread for dunking.
SW: half a heB
D: fish, chips, mushy peas, mayo for dipping; kvarg or yogurt
I just fancied this today. The fish is in the freezer and the chips will be actifried. Lovely!
SW: eight and a half syns for the fish, one syn for mayo (got to have mayo to dunk the chips in)and half for dessert
Body Magic: after some more problems with my neck and shoulder following a swim while on holiday, I've decided to give it a bit of a break and see if it helps. So I guess today will be a walk, weather permitting.
Summary: one healthy extra B and tem syns. Not brilliant on the healthy extras today
Today is going to be a weird old day for meal timings. Breakfast is OK but I have a dental appointment at lunch time (two o'clock) and an online meeting at dinner time so the restricted eating isn't going to work. I'll just have to work around it all!
Yesterday's meal photos:
A shame I lost the plot later but line drawn (again).
L: smoked salmon salad; fruit
Ooops - definitely not frugal, although smoked salmon isn't as expensive as it used to be. I've found two recipes I could adapt for a dressing on the salmon - lemon and black pepper and an Asian dressing with lime, chilli, sesame oil and soy sauce - and I think I will go for the latter as it has fewer syns and sounds really nice.
SW: two syns for the oil in the dressing
D: chilli, protein noodles, maybe veg on the side; yogurt or kvarg
Dinner has to be easy as the meeting is from six to goodness knows when and I have to be able to heat it up quickly afterwards. I have portions of chilli in the freezer so will defrost one and I can add the noodles before popping it all in the microwave for a few minutes.
SW: half a syn for the chilli, one syn for the noodles, a healthy extra A for 30g grated cheese on top and half a syn for dessert.
Body Magic: Back to personal training after three weeks off. It will hurt!
Summary: one and a half healthy extra As, one B and four syns
(Later edit: While writing the other blog, I realised why I lost the plot later on yesterday - I did some Governors' online training in the evening and it was all about being ready for the dreaded OF**ED. Wish I'd thought of that at the time, it might have helped. Oh, well!)
B: breakfast toastie
I have leftover ham which I must use so ham, mushroom and some cheese for the melty element.
SW: one healthy extra A and one B
L: tuna jacket potato, salad; fruit platter
I might mix the tuna with a bit of curry spice as well as some mayo to make it a bit 'coronation'.
SW: two syns for some mayo
D: cheeseburger pasta bake, broccoli; kvarg or yogurt
This a recipe from the new SW cookery book and it looks nice. I will adapt, of course (!), and use some cooked mince from the freezer rather than starting from absolute scratch. Basically, it is just a pasta bake but I will add extra veg and other bits and bobs such as some sliced gherkin.
SW: one healthy extra A for 30g grated cheese, half a syn
Body Magic: I've been quite lazy with my body magic so I think I will look up something on YouTube for today
Summary: two healthy extra As, one B and half a syn. Hmmm - maybe I could afford a little bit more cheese or some of my tasty burger sauce. We will see.
Not really a SW thing, I know, but when I was rootling in the freezer, I found an unopened bag of 'exotic' smoothie mix (pineapple, mango and papaya), bought goodness knows when! I will blend some with 20g oats, some natural yogurt, some spices and, probably some milk from one healthy extra A. If I blend it frozen, it should have a lovely texture.
SW: half a healthy extra A for milk, half a healthy extra B for oats. I won't syn the blended fruit but be aware that SW rules are that you should.
L: cauliflower tagliatelle; fruit
I saw this on Miguel Barclay's YouTube channel and thought that, with adaptation, it would make a nice lunch. Here's the link.
I have a small carton of Alpro single'cream' (I'm hoping I can freeze the rest) and will use less oil. I also fancy spicing up the fried cauliflower and might actually do it in the actifry rather than in a pan. Worth a try anyway. I have some wholemeal tagliatelle which will be perfect and I can add some shreds of ham from yesterday.
SW: three syns for the alpro and either spray oil or two syns for one tsp oil
D: chicken and veg curry, cauli rice; kvarg or yogurt
I had put katsu curry on the plan but find I have a cooked chicken fillet to use up from the food I got in for my weekend visitor who couldn't come so it can make an ordinary curry instead, maybe something tikka masala-ish. I have lots of spice mixes
SW: three syns for a tbsp coconut milk powder (if used) and half a syn for dessert
Body Magic: lots of moving stuff from A to B today!
Summary: half a healthy extra A and half a B, eight and a half syns
Good morning, everyone
Today's meal plans:
B: apple, cinnamon and toffee pancakes with yogurt
Just a sort of throw together. I'll make up the usual pancake mixture (40g wholemeal SR flour, one egg, 80g yogurt and a splash water, if needed) with the wholemeal flour as my healthy B. Then I will grate some apple and mix it together with two tsps demerara sugar (for that specific brown sugar flavour) at two syns and some cinnamon before mixing it with the batter. I'll cook the usual way and top with some yogurt mixed with a bit of caramel syrup and the remaining apple slices on the side. A bit naughty but it works with SW and it certainly works with calories.
SW: one healthy extra B, three syns. I'm not synning the grated apple but be aware that the official rules say you should.
L: roast ham, roasties and shallots, sprouts, carrots, maybe runner beans; fruit
As I had expected a friend to stay over the weekend, I bought a little gammon joint so I will roast that and have my main meal midday. If I allow a few suns, it would work nicely.
Beth is coming round to share lunch - I've made her a savoury bean crumble.
SW: two syns for one tsp oil for the roasties/shallots and one syn for some bbq sauce for the ham
D: chilli, cauliflower rice, grated cheese, salad or leftover veg from lunch; kvarg or yogurt
I reckon my teeth are healed up enough to risk a bit of chilli by now so fingers crossed.
I found this article on BBC Good Food about cauliflower rice and I will try method three, but using spray oil.
If there's no leftovers (and I bet there will be!!) I can put a salad together.
SW: one syn for the chilli, one healthy extra A for the cheese and half a syn for the dessert.
Body Magic: some gardening, maybe
Summary: One healthy extra A, one healthy extra B and seven and a half syns
Good morning, everyone.
I've been very good and planned all meals for the next week and it's all written up in my planning folder. Things may change, of course, but it gives me a foundational plan, a safety net for the week. I'm very happy with that.
B: breakfast bake
This will use up the leftover baked beans from yesterday and will make for a substantial breakfast. I have a visit to Hyde Hall booked (should have been with my friend, Suzanne, who can no longer come) and will have a slightly earlier breakfast that will keep me going until I get home later on.
So - beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, perhaps a bit of sausage and potatoes on top. Nice.
L: tomato and sweet potato soup; fruit
From the freezer so it will just need heating up. No need to go a-picking while I'm waiting.
D: chicken and bacon pasta bake, side salad or veg; kvarg or yogurt
This is an old favourite, something I used to make a lot for the children, many moons ago. I will be careful with the pasta and measure out the cheese carefully, but I can load it up with speed and free veg and I still have tomatoes ripening inside on a tray so will use some of them. It should taste great.
SW: between one and two healthy extra As for some grated cheese and half a syn for the kvarg/yogurt.
Body Magic: a really good walk around Hyde Hall, weather permitting.
Summary: between one and two healthy extra As and half a syn.
Quite a low count for what looks like substantial meals. Maybe I will have some bread to go with the soup for a B choice. The past and potato will keep the calories up so I won't be short on energy.
This time last year was the start of a SW crash. I went on holiday (Center Parcs, wasn't it?), gained weight, lost the SW thread and gradually gained and gained, stopped going to some meetings and when I went back after Christmas the weight was sky high, above my Club 10 weight.
There's a pattern here and I don't want it to happen again this year. I know I can do it better and this year I am going to.
So - having said that, the weigh in wasn't great. Eleven pounds on. Ooops!
However (not excuses but maybe reasons) . . .
I was on a full board holiday for nine days, two with Dad and the rest at Thoresby Hall Hotel - with alcohol!!!
I had an minor op on Tuesday. Post op, I had to take some steroids. They might have had a small effect. I'm also taking penicillin for seven days and something else for three days so - who knows?
I've used the opportunity to get real and sensible again. I've gone into my winter weighing clothes, including proper shoes (flip flops don't wing it in the frost and snow!!) and I'm going to eat a proper lunch, not go short on weigh day food. It encouraged a binge craving afterwards and that's silly.
So I have to lose seven and a half pounds to get back into my bubble again. I can do that OK - certainly by mid November - and by the end of November I will be back down to target.
That's the last of the current batch of soup - well worth doing and it gave me three very frugal lunches.
Dessert was two satsumas, a few blueberries and a few raspberries.
I was going to have a friend over for the weekend but Sunny Essex is going up to Tier Two tomorrow so that's off now. Luckily, I had planned SW meals and all the extra food I got can either be used in time or can go into the freezer. Very disappointing but it's a funny old world at the moment and we must all do what we can.
B: beans on toast
Nice and simple.
SW: one heathy extra B for the bread, one syn for a triangle of soft cheese
L: broccoli and 'stilton' soup; fruit
I made this before my holiday and it was very tasty. Using a broccoli stem rather than the florets makes it pretty frugal too. Here's the link to an accessible version but you also find it on Lifeline Online, if you have access.
SW: three syns for two triangles of laughing cow blue light.
D: honey and mustard salmon, wedges, salad; yogurt or kvarg
Another SW recipe which looks really nice.
SW: one syn for honey and mustard (it's not very much); two syns for one tsp oil for the wedges and up to two syns for salad dressing. half a syn for the dessert
Body Magic: I was going to be very busy getting things ready. I think maybe, instead, weather permitting, I will do some work in the garden and continue sorting shed and garage out. That's always good exercise.
Summary: one healthy extra B and nine and a half syns although I suppose three of those syns could be considered half a healthy extra A