This is a bit of a cheat really.
Wednesday 31 May 2023
This is a bit of a cheat really.
Tuesday 30 May 2023
I haven't done one of these for months so I decided it was about time I did. I'm now trying to just shop twice a month (maybe with a top up for fresh stuff, if needed) and I do have some stuff left which has now been placed at the front to get used first.
So . . off we go!
Loads of speed veg there.
I was really pleased that it was less than expected and even more pleased that I was able to pay with what's left of this month's money. Win win!
Monday 29 May 2023
Anyway, with the egg in the pancakes and the 0% protein yogurt, plus that fruit, I felt totally satisfied and, I am not ashamed to admit, the plate may have been lick-cleaned before going in the dishwasher. Ooops!
Sunday 28 May 2023
Saturday 27 May 2023
. . . and anyone else who is interested.
(Thanks for the photo, Jen xx)
Ingredients for meatballs: (for one to two portions depending on how many and what size meatballs you want. For group, I did x 3 and it made twenty)
100g 5% lean pork mince
one Aldi rosemary and red onion sausage
quarter of a medium onion, finely chopped
15g finely grated cheddar (three syns or half a healthy extra A and it stops the mince being dry so don't miss it out)
seasonings to taste - I used black pepper, salt, garlic granules and mustard powder
Place the finely chopped onion with some spray oil (e.g. frylight) in a mug and zap for one minute in the microwave.
Put all the ingredients (apart from the oil) in a blender and zizz until well mixed (or squidge with your hands - blended gives a finer texture). Check the seasoning by lightly frying just a tiny bit in a pan and adjust seasoning if needed
Using dampened hands, shape mixture into meatballs. Either place in a large frying pan, spray with oil and cook for around fifteen minutes or so, turning now and again
place on parchment in a baking tray, spray with oil and bake at about 200 for around fifteen minutes
The idea is to brown them but not totally cook through.
Ingredients for tomato sauce (to make a batch - use what you need and freeze the rest for another time)
one can chopped tomatoes
one medium onion, chopped
stock (I like chicken stock for this but veg would work too)
a few roasted red peppers in brine from a jar, washed and drained
tomato puree - a good squidge
garlic granules or puree
Henderson's relish (the veggie equivalent of Lea and Perrins)
salt and pepper to taste.
Place everything in a saucepan (I rinse the tomato can in half a can of water and add this), bring to a boil and simmer gently, covered, for twenty minutes or so until the onion is soft. Blend until smooth and then I push it through a sieve to get rid of the very last 'woody' bits. Check seasonings and adjust and dilute if it is too thick.
Tip the almost cooked meatballs into the sauce, stir them gently until covered, replace the pan lid and simmer very gently until all cooked through (it doesn't take long)
Have with pasta or rice, if you wish.
Use beef, chicken or turkey mince as long as it is 5% or under.
Vary the seasonings to own taste or to match the meat - e.g. I fancy trying apple and onion with pork or adding some dried cranberries to chicken or turkey
Shape into a couple of burgers or sausages instead or meatballs.
Add one level tsp mixed seeds to the mixture (but don't blend if you want them to stay whole)
Again, vary seasonings to own taste. It is nice with more chilli.
Make it chunky by adding softened veg after blending - mushroom, more pepper, baby corn, mange tout, etc
You don't have to use meatballs - it's very nice with chicken, etc, too
Add some soft cheese or some 0% yogurt for 'creaminess' - don't overboil or it splits!
Just use the sauce and add some more water or some milk - it makes a delicious soup.
A couple of spoonfuls of the thick sauce makes a nice sauce for a wrap or pitta pizza
The sauce with some teriyaki chicken from an Iceland skewer, some sliced mushroom and some spaghetti. Yummy!
(Really it should have done me two meals)
These photos are a resume of most of the meals I have had over the last week, excluding desserts, snacks, naughty things, etc. It starts on Saturday and goes through to the following Friday.
Slimming World - restricting? Few choices? Going without? Absolutely no way!
For details of syns, healthy extras, etc, see the individual posts.
Breakfast was taster session at Group and it was lovely. Loads of people had brought bits along to share and we felt very well fed. I made a 'collage' of all the photos Jen took. I didn't have everything but I did have a good selection.
However, one good thing about SW ready meals is that the recipe is on the card wrap-around so I'll give that a go sometime, tweaking the balance and using oregano instead of basil.
SW: should be syn free
SW: one and a half syns for some chutney and half a syn for half a tsp seeds
I'm making this because, in part, I want a recent photo of another way to use the meatball mix but mainly because it's yummy and like a Saturday fakeaway.
Friday 26 May 2023
I have no idea if I will like it or not but - well, we will see. However, I am definitely adding cheese on top - because it is counted as a free food so cannot possibly contain cheese - and what is a lasagne without cheese? Nothing, that's what!
two healthy extra As
Thursday 25 May 2023
Wednesday 24 May 2023
I cooked one noodle nest - well, it's hard to do less really - and half I had for lunch and the other half for dinner.
1) they're not terribly tasty yet and
It sounds more complicated than it really was and, come the summer when I am harvesting my own tomatoes, this will taste absolutely stunning. It will also be really good as a more creamy sauce with some yogurt or soft cheese stirred in.
SW: a possible four and a half syns for mayo