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Thursday, 20 July 2017

It's raining outside but it's dry in here!

20th July 2017
The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.
My breakfast yesterday was amazing!  Have I mentioned how much I love food?  Seriously though, so easy, cheap and quick, win / win, not forgetting filling.

Egg and courgette roll ups – 5sp

2 eggs (4sp)
½ courgette
Salt & pepper
Spray light
1/2tbsp parmesan cheese (1sp)
a bit of diced red onion or 1 spring onion
Pan liner – unless you have an amazing totally non-stick pan!  They also stop the pan getting mucky!

Grate the courgette and squeeze out the excess liquid.
Whisk two eggs in a jug and season with salt and pepper.
Put your pan liner in frying pan over a medium-hot heat, I still spray it with spray light. When it is hot, pour in the eggs. Rotate the pan to create a large, even omelette & then lower the temperature slightly.
As soon as the liquid egg has set, add the grated courgette, parmesan and onion over the pancake.

Wait for the pancake to firm up, then slide out onto a plate and carefully roll it using your fingers & enjoy – so delicious!

Pan liners are fantastic and you can usually get them from somewhere link the Poundshop or Home Bargains, but they also do them on Amazon, they look like this;

Lunch was good too, although a little high in Smart Points, 4sp for a wrap is a lot in my eyes when I’m having two!  Sadly I couldn't get the Weight Watchers ones which are not only a point each less but bigger too.  

I put leftover chicken in them with a bit of onion and parmesan, then cooked them on the George Foreman, turning over once so both sides were crispy.  

My tea was a sandwich, ham and chicken.  Today I will not be eating chicken!  I’m all chickened out.  I’ve got to remember to take that Salmon out of the freezer when I finished blogging or we’ll be eating tinned tuna! 

Need to make sure I have my tea ready too so that I’m not tempted to be led astray when I’ve finished tonight, I know what I’m like.

This is Liam, his mom bought him to join my meeting 15 weeks ago and in that time he's lost 2 stone following No Count, look at that difference, the changes aren't just visual either! Lisa's so proud of him & so am I, 15 years old and so determined, making life long changes and focusing on the healthy & the happy. I'm also truly impressed that he's happy for us to share his journey in the hope that it will encourage others to do the same. Well done Liam from me and all your fellow Weight Watchers, you're amazing!  His mom has also been blown away by the online support, Lisa messaged me to tell me she’d posted his photo in a closed WW group and it had received so many positive comments and over 2k likes, that’s just brilliant isn’t it and helps to continue to motivate him as it would any of us.  We all enjoy a bit of praise, so remember to give it to others often, if you notice someone’s lost weight or they’re looking particularly lovely, tell them, and don’t just think it.

I can’t believe it’s been a week since I went to the WW event, I missed my Bloxwich babes, so today will be extra lovely, even if the sky is full of doom and it’s raining heavily, they’ll bring the sunshine to my meeting.

Right have a great day, focus of the healthy and happy, let’s do this – heck BeYOUtiful, we’ve got this!


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ratatouille - I'm undecided!

19th July 2017
The flower doesn’t dream of the bee, it blossoms and the bee comes.

Hilarious, 6 tablespoons of olive oil!  If that’s the first ingredient on a recipe I usually thing nah, I just noticed a fish stew recipe on Pinterest and thought, I’ve never really fancied the idea of a fish stew but I’ll take a look, then it said it uses clam juice and I thought, mmm I won’t be able to get that and finally it said “I have prepared the soup for people with shellfish allergies; the thing to do is to substitute the clam juice with white wine, fish stock, or water. It works, it’s just not quite as tasty.” Well having a prawn allergy I’m tending to steer clear of shellfish just in case and just seeing ‘it’s not quite as tasty’, let’s not bother then and she sealed the deal with 6tbsps of oil!  That’s 6sp a person before you add any other ingredients, I’ll give it a miss.

I watched Eat Well for Less last night he made what looked like a tasty curry and used lentils to thicken it up, sadly the recipe isn’t on the website, the Ratatouille lasagne one is though if you’re interested, it went down well with the family on the show.  I’m a bit unsure but tempted to make it to see what I think, I’m not a fan of ratatouille but maybe adding some pasta and cheese to it might make it better. 

Ratatouille lasagne

Preparation time - less than 30 mins
Cooking time - 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 4-6 (43sp total, serves 4 at 11sp each or serves 6 at 7sp each)

Here's a shortcut family lasagne that’s ready in just 45 minutes. Cottage cheese makes it a healthier option, plus you don’t need to make the traditional cheese sauce. Serve with a green salad or sweetcorn for even more of your five-a-day.

Equipment: you'll need a 20x28cm/8x11in ovenproof dish

1 tbsp rapeseed oil (5sp)
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 leek, roughly chopped
2 peppers (any colour), roughly chopped
2 courgettes, roughly chopped
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
½ tsp onion powder
3 tbsp tomato purée
2 x 400g tins tomatoes
9 lasagne sheets (18sp)
600g/1lb 5oz cottage cheese, preferably low-fat (10sp)
60g/2¼oz Cheddar, grated (10sp)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
salad leaves, to serve

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

Heat a large frying pan until medium–hot. Add the oil, onion and leek and cook for 5 minutes, until just softened.

Add the peppers and courgettes and fry until just coloured all over. Add the oregano, basil and onion powder, season and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato purée and the tinned tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Spoon half the ratatouille into the bottom of a 20x28cm/8x11in ovenproof dish. Layer the lasagne over the top, then spoon over half the cottage cheese, spreading to the edges. Add the remaining ratatouille and then the remaining cottage cheese. Scatter the Cheddar over the top.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden-brown and bubbling. Serve with salad leaves.

I do enjoy that show but I can’t understand how they all act surprised at how much they’ve been spending on food, I know I overspend, I’m under no illusion about it.   I’m working on my overspending, yesterday I used up more of the cupboard contents, one of my BeYOUtiful members had given me a simplycook kit for Bokkeumbap and its main ingredient is white cabbage, turns out I’ve had a cabbage in my fridge for well over a week now, so I finally used yesterday and had a delicious lunch.  I used the leftovers for tea and topped it with a chicken breast cooked in Nandos coat and cook lemon and herb, which wasn’t as good as the Weight Watchers version but loads more Smart Points, won’t buy that again.

We’re going to have the rest of the chicken today though as it was a chicken I’d skinned and portioned, so 4 portions, 4 meals.  They were 3 for £10 which isn’t a bad price at all.   Still got one of the chickens left in the fridge, use by date 22nd, so I’m thinking I might put it in the slow cooker Friday or Saturday morning and leave it to it.  I need something other than chicken tomorrow or I’m gonna start clucking, there’s salmon left in the freezer, I’ll have that tomorrow.

Got someone coming from Independent living today, almost 12 weeks since I filled in the form and this is why I’m not waiting for assistance with a wet room, when I mentioned it on the phone, she asked if it was our own property and said, ‘oh yes it’d be at least 12 months’, erm I don’t think so, I’ve already waited 3 months, and have to wait at least 1 more month before he can fit me in, I’m not waiting another year.

Here’s to another day on track, we’ve got this BeYOUtiful, let’s take care of ourselves – healthy & happy!