It’s Friday night and I just want junk food…

You know that feeling at the end of the week when you’ve had a rubbish Friday and you just fancy a take away or some junk food… well today I got that feeling, really bad!! I really craved ‘junk’ but I really didn’t want to go off plan, so much so that I was almost having an argument with myself. I could have had a blow out and eaten a Chinese or a Curry or had a chippy dinner, but then I’d have been really angry with myself and racked with guilt for who knows how long!! Then I remembered a recipe my Aunty had showed me the other day for syn free burgers, which I have never tried to make, but I figured it was worth a go 🙂 Burger and Chips… win!!

Off I went to Tesco, I bought all my ingredients, I got home and I stared at them all and realised I had no clue what I was doing… so I guessed!! Thankfully my ‘junk food’ dinner turned out really well… so I’m going to share it with you!

And again – If I can do it, anyone can!

My Friday night ‘junk food’

For the Burgers:

How long does it take? 15 – 20 minutes prep, 15 mins cooking time

Is it syn free? Yep 🙂

What do I need?
– Extra Lean Minced Beef (I used 500g, which made 4 burgers)
– 2 Shallots (very finely chopped)
– 2 Garlic Cloves (peeled and crushed) (It was interesting trying to do this for the first time!! ha!)
– 4 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
– Fry Light

What do I do?
Shove all the ingredients in a bowl and using your hands, mix everything together and season. Split the mixture and shape them into flat burgers. Spray them with fry light and either grill or cook in a frying pan… either way cook them for approximately 6-7 minutes on each side.

For the Slimming World Chips:

How long does it take? 15 minutes prep and approximately 30 minutes cooking time

Is it syn free? Yep 🙂

What do I need?
– Potatoes
– Fry Light

What do I do?
Pre heat the oven to 220° C. Peel and cut the potatoes into chip shapes (in real English that means cut them lengthwise into approx ½in/1cm thick rectangular shapes). Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the chips and cook for about 5 minutes. Leave aside to cool for 10 minutes. When cooled, cover and shake the chips to make them rough around the edges. Spray a baking tray with Fry Light and spread the chips into a single layer, spray them and the bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, until golden brown, turning them occassionally.

Then eat all of this and enjoy!!!

Xx

 

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Slimming World Magic Pancakes…

I’ll start this post by saying I am a ‘sweet’ girl! I like sweets and chocolate and puddings, and will always choose something sweet over something savoury… I like the naughty little treats, all the ones you need to avoid when you’re on a diet! Last week someone told us about the Slimming World Magic Pancakes, and my Mum and I gave it a go… Oh my goodness – so good! It tasted like I was eating something ‘treaty’ but it was syn free goodness 🙂 Woo!

If you don’t know about these, below is the very easy recipe for how to make them. Give them a go!

There are about 6 on this plate… the pic isn’t very good and you can’t really see, but they were delicious!!

 

Slimming World Magic Pancakes

How long does it take? A few minutes prep, leave over night and 5 – 10 minutes cooking time the next day.

Is it syn free? Only if using the porridge oats as your Healthy Extra B Choice.

What will I need?
– 1 Muller Light
– 35 grams of porridge oats
– 2 (beaten) eggs
– Sweetener
– Fry Light

What do I do?
Mix the porridge oats in with the muller light and leave them over night in the fridge. Some people only leave them for an hour or so, but I guess that’s down to you 🙂 After soaking the porridge oats (so in the morning or after an hour) mix all the ingredients together and fry in fry light like you would a normal pancake. You can get quite a few small ones from this mix, so they are good for breakfast and to keep for snacks later in the day, or if you’re like me, they are great for puddings!

I top mine with fruit, but I guess you could use pretty much anything… Just remember to count your syns if you’re using something that’s not syn free to top them with.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did 🙂

Xx

It’s all about the Super Free Speed Soup…

Last week at group everyone was raving about homemade soups. I have never tried to make soup, but I really wanted to try, so my lovely Mum bought me the Little Book of Soups (thank you Mum!) First thing I did was go out and buy a blender, but not an expensive one, as there was every chance I was going to make a massive mess of this and fail at soup making, and I didn’t want a useless blender! Next on my list was to choose a soup to start with, but I literally couldn’t pick one, so I turned to Twitter and Instagram and settled on the Super Free Speed Soup. A lovely blogger I follow Sophie, shared the recipe with me and I am going to share it with you!!! Sophie’s blog is linked below, check it out!

If I can do it… Anyone can do it!!

With the quantites below I managed to make 6 big portions, and it’s freezable so that’s my dinner for the next week sorted 🙂 The only thing I wish I’d been told before hand is that you need a massive pan, which I do not have, so I improvised with a wok and a saucepan!

Super Free Speed Soup (Thanks Sophie: http://riotsanddiets.blogspot.co.uk/)

How many does it serve? 1 person, for a whole week!

How long does it take?
30 – 45 minutes cooking time, plus prep

Is it syn free? It definitely is!

What do I need?
– 1 can mixed bean salad
– 1 can green lentils
– 2 cans chopped tomatoes
– 1 can baked beans
– 1 handful of split lentils
– 2 large leeks
– 1 large onion or 2 small – medium onions
– 4 medium carrots
– 2 parsnips
– 1 green 1 red and 1 yellow pepper
– 2 vegetable stock cubes
– salt and pepper
– mixed herbs

What do I do?
Chop and put all vegetables in a pan with the rest of the ingredients, cover and bring to boil then simmer until soft. When soft, either blend for a smooth thick soup or you can leave it chunky if that’s how you’d prefer it!

Serve & enjoy the syn free goodness 🙂

Xx

Weighed in a day early and…

After worrying that I wouldn’t have lost any weight at my weigh in this week (which had to be a day early as I can’t make it to class tomorrow) I was THRILLED when I stepped on the scales and saw I have lost 3lbs!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Which means I got my 1/2 stone award… at my second weigh in! Woooooooooo hooooooooooo!

Yeeeeeeeeeeeey!

So after the weigh in, where my beautiful Mummy also lost weight 🙂 we came back to my house, where I cooked her a delicious syn free dinner! (Erm… When I say ‘I’, I actually mean me and my Mum!) We had chicken with vegetables and rice with quark in a flat mushroom 🙂 I need to cook the mushroom better next time, but it was pretty yummy and my Mum and I both cleared our plates! It was really easy to do too… I mean if I can do it, anyone can do it, trust me!

This next week is going to be very tough though… I have my cousins Hen Do at the weekend, which is a meal at Frankie and Bennys and a night out, and also a night out with my old work colleagues on Friday. Eeeek! If anyone has any helpful hints, especially for the Hen Do, please share!!

Xx

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