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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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

So we’re half way through week 2…

Before I get into this post, I need to mention my Slimming World buddy Leanne. Yesterday she got her ½ stone award! Wooooooooo! Go Leanne!! So pleased for her! Now I just need to work my arse off (literally) and get mine!

That said, I’m half way through week 2 and I have to be honest, I’m not feeling very positive about how I’m doing this week! I have stuck to plan really well, and not had more than 8 syns in a day, but I don’t think the scales are going to be very good to me. Another thing worrying me is that I have to weigh in 1 day early as my Mum and I can’t make it to our normal group this week as we are going to see Sarah Millican (yey!) but I’m stressing about it a bit!

I wanted to share one of my favourite meals from my first couple of weeks. It’s incredibly easy, so it’s no Jamie Oliver recipe… it’s pretty much a stir fry! I use Quorn and mixed vegetables (free) and I have it with rice (Free) or 2 small slices of bread (Healthy Option B). I sometimes use chicken but I really hate cooking meat, so I prefer to use Quorn. It fills you up so much, and you can have a big portion if you’re reeeeeally hungry as most of it is SUPERFREE food!!

What makes it for me is the Chinese Five Spice and Soy Sauce…It is delicious!

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