Recipe: Messy Chips

Who doesn’t like chips? I don’t mean the thinly sliced potato snack that is found in bags, my friends over the pond, I mean real British chips. Chips go with just about anything and they’re a versatile side to accompany any dish.

Slimming World chips are rather easy to make. You cut up potatoes into long sticks about 1cm x 1cm in width. You douse them in fry-light (or another low-calorie cooking spray) and cook them. I often cooked them in the oven, but since we’ve bought an ActiFry, they’re even better!

Now you’re thinking “Chips are chips and we’ve known about Slimming World chips for a while”. Well, guess what… they can be even better, even tastier and even naughtier (without the syns) that you thought. Yes ladies and gentlemen, making chips messy is a whole new level of chip greatness!

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Ups, Downs, Highs and Lows

Weight loss is a journey of massive proportions. It can be a great and rewarding feeling when you have done well. It can also be your worst nightmare when you haven’t done well.

I set my mind back to Monday night last week. I hadn’t done anything special diet-wise, I just stuck to what I knew what free or low in syns on Slimming World. I wasn’t overly optimistic for the weigh-in, but I wasn’t expecting anything to swing the other way either.

I was buzzing after I got weighed that night. The scales showed I had lost 3.5lbs that week. I’ve not had a loss like that for a while now it felt good to be heading in the right direction once again. Not only had I had a decent win on the scales, but I was also awarded the Slimmer of the Week award. Something I haven’t been awarded for a long, long time. That felt even better.

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Recipe: Savoury Breakfast Muffins

Most people will agree with me when I say that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the first thing you eat each day (most of the time anyway) and it breaks the fasting period your body has had during your sleep – hence breakfast.

A lot of people skip breakfast due to not having time to make something. Especially when you’re trying to be healthy and not have any prepacked food. Preparing good healthy meals can be time consuming.

But what if there was something that only takes 20-25 minutes? Or even better, can be made the evening before? Could this solve the old age issue of “I don’t have time to make anything”? Oh yes, it could.

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Challenge 50: Getting Started

I’m nearly two weeks into Challenge 50 now. Have I lost weight – no, have I covered some decent miles on the bike – not as much as I would have liked.

The weight thing has been a problem in recent weeks. My previous post, 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Backwards, I explained how I was actually heavier at that point than I was when I started the change to WW. I have a membership with WW until September and there is no way of cancelling it early, though they have given me a free month due to my struggles.

I have enjoyed cooking again though. Every now and then I go through a period of wanting to cook, instead of just letting the wife sort dinner. One of the nicest meals I’ve cooked lately I had to blog about, the Chilli & Paprika Chicken Kebab with Pesto Pasta was just awesome! So much flavour in one dish and very filling. The picture of this even got a fair few likes on Instagram too.

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Holidays and Weight Loss

It will soon be summer and some people will be heading off on holidays, whether abroad or at home, most will have some sort of break. For me, our first ‘holiday’ of 2019 was last week – hence no new posts from me during the week.

We went to Butlins in Skegness. Nothing relaxing and warm, but our eldest was off school with Half Term, so we took the opportunity to take the kids away for a week. Butlins is very much for the kids on these breaks. What they don’t tell you is that the adults need a break to get over this break! I’m knackered and so is the wife.

We included dining in our package, which meant we could use the onsite restaurant for Breakfast and our Evening Meal, only left fending for Lunch ourselves. There are places on the site like Burger King, a Fish ‘n’ Chips restaurant, Pizza restaurant and a couple of ‘pubs’. Nothing really suiting for someone trying to lose weight, nor keep an eye on the pennies.

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Love Food February: Our Valentines Meal

I’m not one to go mad for Valentines Day. I don’t believe in the 8 years of being with my wife that we have ever gone out on or around Valentines Day. I don’t see the point in paying more for something because of the date. Not only that, but everywhere starts taking bookings from what seems June, so it must get busy early on.

Trying to lose weight also adds a challenge to Valentines Day. People seem to go mad with food on this day. Whether it’s chocolate or a meal out, it’s hardly the healthiest day of the year. This is also another reason why I prefer to eat at home instead of going out on this night.

Now, with wifey also being on plan at the moment with Slimming World. I couldn’t just go out and buy her a Milk Tray or something. As much as I would have loved to as I would have shared it, I couldn’t do it to her, not with how well she’s doing with her weight loss at the moment.

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Love Food February

February is here, too quickly if you ask me. It’ll be December before we know it at this rate. January’s weekly blog was obviously #REDJanuary where I tried to ride my bike every day through January. As it’s now February and Valentines Day is approaching, why not fall in love with food? Don’t forget there is also Pancake Day to worry about, so that’s two events where food is involved coming in February.

Now, this is a Slimming Blog so there will be no posts regarding takeaways, as much as they may be loved (unless they’re of the Fakeaway version). I will be posting ideas and ways of making good healthy food taste like it’s naughty and bad for you. We all sometimes crave that nasty kebab or Chinese dish that we love so much, but there are healthy ways of making the same thing. This is what I’ll be exploring this month

My favourite things to eat when ordering a takeaway or eating out are Chinese, Pizza and a good sloppy Burger.

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