Tag Archives: Food

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.

I had to get creative. But I wanted to give her something that would last. I hate buying flowers because no more than two weeks later they’re heading for the bin. I might as well chuck £20 in the bin. So I set out to make something personal, something which only she would appreciate. Welcome the 365 jar.

This jar is completely syn free, will not add any unwanted calories and lasts an entire year. Now, how’s that for a Valentine’s gift?

On to why we’re reading this post now. The food. After giving this 365 jar to the wife in the morning, she took it upon herself to cook one hell of a meal. Usually, I have cooked on Valentines Day as a treat for her, but not this year.

Starter

I was treated to a full 3-course meal on Valentines Day. Starting with homemade, syn free scotch eggs. These balls of meat wrapping a boiled egg were plain awesome. Best of all they’re syn free as it’s just an egg and less than 5% pork mince. No breadcrumbs like shop bought ones, but they didn’t need them, they were perfect as they were. Served on a bed of watercress and a tablespoon of Sweet Chilli Sauce (half a syn).

Main

For the main course, I was given a big plate of Beef Stroganoff. I’m a sucker for wintery food when it’s not particularly warm out and wintery food doesn’t come much better than this. Beef and Onion in a beautiful creamy sauce is spot on. Served with Roast Potatoes (seasoned of course) and Carrots, this entire course was completely syn free! This recipe I am going to have to add to my list to upload to this blog.

Dessert

We left it a little while before having dessert, letting the main and starter settle a bit first. I was expecting something like apple crumble and custard (not on plan but I know it’s one of wifeys favourites). What I wasn’t expecting was this Strawberry Bonanza (that’s the name I gave it).

Made of Strawberries dipping in Chocolate, Strawberry Jelly and a Strawberry on top of a Meringue. This was the perfect end to a perfect meal. This little beauty cost 6 syns, but it was well worth it. For the whole meal to come in at 6 and a half syns was incredible!

Just spending time with the wife is enough for me on Valentines Day. We don’t need to make any huge gesture to show how much we love each other, but we do enjoy good homecooked food. So we just indulge at home while others pay a small fortune for something that will be a quarter of the price the following day.

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.

Continue reading Love Food February

Think Of What Happened And Reflect

Starting this week I will be writing a weekly post about my week. I’m planning it being a weekly fixture on every Thursday as my weigh week runs Wednesday-Wednesday; basically, Wednesday is weigh night and this is my Time to Reflect on the past week.

Let’s start with how I did this week at the weigh-in. I was hopeful of a good weight loss this week, I felt I’d done what I can to earn myself that 2 stone award back, I only need 1 lb to get it. No matter how hopeful I was, it didn’t come. I lost half a lbs this week. Not a reflection of what I thought I deserved going into weigh-in, but it’s what I got. This means I’m still half a lbs away from getting my 2 stone back again, deflated is an understatement of how I felt at the group.

Continue reading Think Of What Happened And Reflect

Eating Carbs And Lose Weight? It won’t kill you

There seems to be a trend in peoples views where you can’t eat carbs and diet. I look on Instagram for inspiration for weight loss meal ideas. Looking for ideas other people have come up with can easily spur you into trying new things, or adapting those ideas to suit your own weight loss plan.

More and more I see people with the idea that carbs are bad when losing weight. I think a lot of this stigma comes from short-term (FAD) diets that you see circling around. Diets like the Atkins Diet, the Stillman Diet and the Wholefood Diet.

The thing these three example diets have in common is they are high fibre, low carb diet. Now I’ve read into the diets a little, but from that tag line, they are very contradictive. As far I as was aware, fibre is a carbohydrate. So how can you have a high fibre, low carb diet? The key is what carbs you can and cannot eat.

Continue reading Eating Carbs And Lose Weight? It won’t kill you

Losing Something Can Be A Good Thing

I realised today I’ve been neglecting the blog this last week. I last posted Tuesday when I was starting to get into a rhythm of posting at least every other day. It’s not that I forgot or anything, I’ve just been so busy this last week.

This week weigh-in on Wednesday evening was the first weigh-in with a full week back on plan 100%. After gaining that 7.5lbs over the Christmas break I was determined to get most of, if not all of, it off again. Starting as if starting the Slimming World plan in Week 1 I kept track of Syns and Healthy Extras like a hawk.

Continue reading Losing Something Can Be A Good Thing

Eating Healthy Isn’t Dull And Boring

It’s January and as expected Social media is full of those “New Year New Me” types who are all of a sudden on a diet in a bid to lose a few lbs. Give it another 4 or so weeks and most of them will have disappeared into the ether.

Our Slimming World Group had a good number of people join last week. It’s not only the New Year rush, as there is also an offer on joining at the moment. But either way, we have fresh blood in the group. I like it when new people join as when people share what sort of things they’ve enjoyed eating, our consultant makes them elaborate on what ingredients are used to the new people can understand better how Slimming World works. This works in my favour too as sometimes a seasoned member can pick up some new tricks etc.

Continue reading Eating Healthy Isn’t Dull And Boring