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Welcome to my new home I’ve been on WordPress since 2nd June 2012 and as I approach a new path in my journey to a healthier eating lifestyle then I thought I needed a new home.

Hopefully those that have followed me on WordPress will also follow me here and maybe I will be able to pick up a few more followers who are on a similar journey.

I’ve organised my recipes into albums for various categories, and although I haven’t added all of the ones from my time on WordPress, I have added the ones that I use the most. I will also be going through the rest of them and adding them too, so apologies if you follow me over there and get a lot of notifications over the next few days/weeks but I’m trying to make it easier for me (and you) to find new/favourite recipes.

So put your feet up, with a skinny latte and make yourself at home. 

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Daily Menu – Friday

Friday Meals 2

 

Can’t believe another week has gone – going way too fast!  WI day tomorrow and I think unless something drastic happens overnight I’m going to be very happy! 🙂

I had an appt at the bank this morning and the British Heart Foundation had a stall with home made cakes on which you could buy for a donation.  So I bought the two in the picture.  I’ve given the chocolate one to my son and I’m having the pink one tomorrow – no idea of the pps but I’m guessing around 6-8pp????

I know I’ve not used a lot of pps today – it hasn’t been intentional!  Just one of those things confused

The plumber finally finished the leak this morning – still had problems though and had to go again to get a different piece rolleyes but fingers crossed it’s all done now!

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (1) = 4pp

Dinner – Vegetable Soup (0), 5 x Jacob’s Choice Grain Crackers (4), 30g Light Philadelphia with Garlic and Herb (1) = 5pp

Tea – 1 Chicken Breast (4), 100g New Potatoes (2), Nando’s BBQ Peri Peri Rub (1), Red Onion (0), Pepper (0), Cucumber (0), Shredded Lettuce (0). 1 tbsp Kraft Light Herb & Garlic Dressing (0), 150g Ambrosia Low Fat Ready Made Custard (3) = 10pp

Drinks – 3 x Coffee, at least 1.5 litres of water 

19/26pp + 0/49wp (Total of  20/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Thursday

Thursday Meals 2

The end of this week can’t come quick enough!  Nothing has gone to plan and that includes my meal plan!  So far I have only had one tea that was planned – that was yesterdays – and I was supposed to have had that on Tuesday neutral.

I know the picture shows soup with the crackers – but I didn’t have any soup today as I had a plumber trying to fix a leak under my kitchen sink for 2 hours!  He still hasn’t done it – coming back in the morning rolleyes and although he has done a temporary fix that allows me to at least wash the dishes – I can’t use my washing machine sad.  I had the crackers while he had nipped out to get another set of pipes that he hoped would fix it – unfortunately they didn’t and I didn’t have enough time to heat the soup and eat that too before he came back and by the time he had “finished” it was too late to have anything else.

It’s been quite a stressful week but I’m proud to say that I have managed to stay on track 🙂

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (1) = 4pp

Dinner – 5 x Jacob’s Choice Grain Crackers (4), 30g Light Philadelphia with Garlic and Herb (1) = 5pp

Tea – Chicken Stir Fry (4), 60g Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli and Garlic Stir Fry Sauce (2), 150g Amoy Straight to Wok Medium Noodles (6), 150g Ambrosia Low Fat Ready Made Custard (3) = 15pp

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, at least 1.5 litres of water

24/26pp + 0/49wp (Total of 20/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Wednesday

Wednesday Meals 2

My kitchen is finished – well at least the painting is.  I just have to put the splashback up behind the cooker (have got that), tile the window sill (need to choose tiles – hopefully tomorrow) and under the window and then add a wall decal to one of the walls (waiting for it to come).  Really pleased with the colour after the problems that I had with the paint – very thin and watery.  I thought the solution was going to make it a more pastel lemon colour, but thankfully it is still quite bright – which is what I wanted.

Today has been neutral, mainly waiting around for people who were late and also trying to give the kitchen a good clean before moving everything back in, which when your back is hurting and making you have to stop for a rest every 1/2 hour when all you want to do is get stuck in is not much fun.  I know things could be worse and I am thankful that I am still able to do as much as I can, it’s just frustrating not being able to do as much as I would like – if that makes sense lol

One good thing is that when I got weighed this afternoon before having a shower, I weighed 2lbs lighter than I did on Saturday morning 😀 Fingers crossed that between now and Saturday morning things don’t change too much (unless of course it’s in the right direction lol!)

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (1) = 4pp

Dinner – HM Vegetable Soup (0), 5 x Jacob’s Choice Grain Crackers (4), 45g Philadelphia Light with Garlic and Herb (2) = 6pp

Tea – Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes (5), 1 x Warburton Brown Thin (3), 1 tbsp Kraft Light Herb & Garlic Dressing (0), Cucumber (0), Red Onion (0), Baby Plum Tomatoes (0), Pepper (0), 150g Ambrosia Low Fat Ready Made Custard (3) = 11pp

Snack – Pineapple and Red Grapes

Drinks – 3 x Coffee, 1 x Tassimo Suchard Hot Chocolate (2), at least 1.5litres of water = 2pp

23/26pp + 0/49wp (Total of 20/49wp used)

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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I adapted this recipe.  For anyone who has a slow cooker there are quite a few good recipes, some that are already classed as healthy and others that I’m sure can be adapted.

The propoints that I state are for the ingredients listed.  Please remember that if you use different ingredients then you will need to recalculate the propoints.

Serves 2/3

5pp/2pp on F&H or Simple Start (for 2)

4pp/1pp on F&H or Simple Start (for 3)

250g Tesco Healthy Living Lean Mince (7)

30g Asda Acacia Honey (3)

15g English Mustard Powder (1)

30ml Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce (1)

2 tbsp Asda Cider Vinegar (0)

500g Passata (0)

2 x Peppers, Diced (0)

1 x Large Onion, Diced (0)

Salt and Pepper (0)

Mix all the ingredients together (apart from mince, onion and peppers) and then add the onion and peppers to it and stir well.

Put mince into slow cooker and pour the mixture over it.

Stir well, cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.

Serve with Warburton Thins (need pointing) and salad.

Daily Menu – Tuesday

Tuesday Meals 2

First day of a week off work and I’m already wishing I was back at work! lol

My kitchen was being painted on Friday but the paint (Dulux) was that bad that it’s taken more coats than was thought necessary and so it’s only just been finished today.  This has thrown my menu plans all out.  I was supposed to have had a slow cooker meal (which has a “bread type product” as an accompaniment) tonight but because the majority of my kitchen was in my living room, there wasn’t enough room for the slow cooker to be put in there too so we ended up having a quick(ish) “look in the freezer” tea.  I’m going to do tonight’s tea tomorrow, but this has meant moving tomorrow’s dinner (it also contains a “bread type product”) to the weekend.  This has played havoc with my OCD! lol

I knocked my finger this morning and it started bleeding again cry, thankfully I found a strip of plasters in the back of the medicine cupboard and so was able to cover it – I don’t think the mortgage advisor at my bank would have appreciated shaking hands with me with my finger pumping blood! lol  I did contemplate calling into the walk-in centre on the way back (had to pass it to walk to the place where my son was going to pick me up), but I figured that it perhaps is just going to take a little time to heal properly and I’ll just have to be careful until then.

I’ve been tracking using the app I was talking about on  Sunday. It’s got some + and some – points as opposed to the WW app/esource but I think I’m going to get on with it. I’m going to have to make time to plan my meals at home though as I usually do it at work – I get to work early (due to making sure of a parking space) and I usually use that time to plan my meals online via esource on the WW website.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to do that as I can’t get WiFi at work 😦 (lousy NHS razz) – pity they don’t do a website too lol

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (1) = 4pp

Dinner – HM Vegetable Soup (0), 5 x Jacob’s Choice Crackers (4), 45g Light Philadelphia with Garlic and Herb (2) = 6pp

Tea – 158g M&S Southern Fried Chicken Breast (7), 150g Potatoes (3), 1 tsp Olive Oil (1), Paprika (0), Shredded Lettuce (0), Red Onion (0), Cucumber (0), Pepper (0), Baby Plum Tomatoes (0), 1 tbsp Kraft Light Garlic & Herb (0), 150g Ambrosia Low Fat Ready Made Custard (3) = 14pp

Drinks – 2 x Coffee, at least 1.5 litres of water

24/26pp + 0/49wp (Total of 20/49wp used) 

Daily Menu – Monday

Monday Meals 2

I would like to say that today has been better but it hasn’t lol, OK it hasn’t been as bad as yesterday but it still stinks razz.

I finally tried the Choc Shot, I didn’t measure it and it did seem to come out rather quickly so I’m going to point it as 1pp.  I wasn’t overly impressed with it tbh sad and I doubt that I will be having any more of it.  I think my tastes are really changing.  I noticed when I had the Special K Multi-grain Porridge it was too sweet for me – I suppose that’s a good thing really smile.

Tea was supposed to have been Pork Fajitas made with the left over pork from yesterday, but seeing as I didn’t like it I had the other new ready meal that I bought on Saturday.  It was very filling but again, it wasn’t anything special and I probably won’t buy it again – I actually added 1 tbsp on sweet chilli sauce to it to give it a little more flavour.

My finger is still sore and I’ve stupidly left my box of plasters at work confused which means that either I can’t wet my hands till I can get to the shops tomorrow lol or I’m going to be suffering every time I do wet them cry

I’ve now finished work for the week and I had been looking forward to having a rest – but circumstances mean that I won’t be having a rest and I’ll be lucky to get everything done that needs doing before going back to work next Tuesday neutral.

I’m sick of hearing myself moan lol so I’ll finish now 😀

Breakfast – OSS Original (3), Skimmed Milk (1), Choc Shot (1) = 5pp

Snack – Satsumas

Dinner – HM Vegetable Soup (0), 1 x Warburton Brown Thin (3), 2 x Laughing Cow Light Triangle with Emmental (1) = 4pp

Snack – Pineapple

Tea – Kerry Lowlow Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodles (6), 1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce (1), 150g Ambrosia Low Fat Ready Made Custard (3), Banana (0) = 10pp

Snack – Red Grapes

Drinks – 1 x Coffee, 1 x Tassimo Suchard Hot Chocolate (2), at least 2 litres of water = 2pp

21/25pp + 0/49wp (Total of 20/49wp used)

Daily Menu – Sunday

Sunday Meals 2

Today has been a bit of a disappointment in more ways than one razz.  It started when I woke up to find the sausages that were meant for dinner were still on the kitchen table after I had got them out of the freezer yesterday neutral

Then when I was preparing the pork that we were having for tea I managed to slice into my finger cry  By dinner time I had gone through five plasters as it took ages to stop bleeding – I know it doesn’t look much in the picture but it is like a flap.  In the aftermath of that, one and half hours later I discovered that I hadn’t switched the slow cooker on, so I put it on high with the intentions of switching it to low after 3 hours – except that I forgot to turn it to low until I went to shred it redface

Finally after all that, I didn’t really enjoy it and so ended up leaving most of it sad

I’ve also made a big decision – I’ve cancelled my WW subscription eek it is due for renewal on 27th March 2014 and I’ve decided that I will an app call Ultimate Food Value Diary.  I had always planned to cancel WW and use the app when I reach goal but I have decided that after 109 weeks WW have had more than enough money out of me lol  They treat online members (of which I am one) pretty badly – we don’t get gold membership once we reach goal, we don’t get celebrated with a certificate or a key ring when we reach certain milestones, the app can’t be trusted – since the upgrade it has lost a lot of my recipes and I use that for cooking in the kitchen.

Don’t get me wrong, I love WW – especially the Propoint plan, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for them, but I have to try and put what I’ve learnt into practice on my own.  

Breakfast – 125g Hot Cross Buns (9), 20g Flora Lighter than Light (1) = 10pp

Dinner – 1 Warburton Brown Thin (3), 1 Dry Fried Egg (2), 3 x Bacon Medallions (2), HM Vegetable Soup (0) = 7pp

Tea – Pulled Pork (9), Tesco Wholegrain Microwave Rice (3), 120g Ambrosia Low Fat Ready Made Custard (3), Pineapple (0) = 15pp

Snack – Red Grapes 

Drinks – 3 x Coffee, at least 1 litre of water

26/26pp + 6/49wp (Total of 20/49wp used)

Pulled Pork

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I adapted this recipe from a FB Slow Cooker group that I’m in.  I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in it and I won’t be making it again.

Serves 2

9pp per serving/1pp per serving on F&H

500g Lean Pork Shoulder Joint (15)

50ml Worcestershire Sauce (1)

1 tsp Mustard Powder (0)

500g Passata (0)

6 tsp Balsamic Vinegar (1)

2 Cloves Garlic (0)

6 tsps Sweetener (0)

Salt and Pepper

Remove fat from pork and stab it (the pork not the fat) all over with a skewer and put in the slow cooker.

Mix all other ingredients together and pour over pork.

Cook on high for 2 hours and then on low for 6 hours.

Remove pork from slow cooker and pull apart with forks, return to slow cooker, stir and turn heat to high for half hour to thicken sauce.

Daily Menu – Saturday

Saturday Meals 2

Well something did happen overnight – and it wasn’t good! lol  I ended up with a small gain – 0.25lb neutral I know that I will lose it eventually, but it probably won’t be next week – it’s my Mums birthday tomorrow and so we had a Chinese tonight 🙂

I have a healthy BMI and so I could actually change my WW goal and be at goal now, however I am at the top end of the BMI and so would like to lose a few more lbs so that it gives me a bit of a leeway.  I am happy with my weight, I feel good about myself and that is the main thing.  I am intending on eating this way (The WW way not the Chinese Takeaway way obviously 🙂 – although I will still have the occasional Chinese) for the rest of my life so it doesn’t really matter when (if) I lose the last 8.25lbs as it won’t make any difference to me (apart from getting fish, chips and curry sauce from the best chippy in my home town on the momentous occasion 😀 ) .

I was intending on trying 3 new food things this week, that other people had mentioned – but unfortunately Asda and Morrisons didn’t have 1 of them, so I only bought 2 of them:

  1. Lowlow Beef Hotpot (also bought Lowlow Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodles)
  2. Choc Shot

I haven’t tried the Choc Shot yet – that will come on Monday when I drizzle some on my OSS (1 tsp = 0pp) 🙂 I tried the Beef Hotpot and although it was nice enough I have to say that I prefer the WW or NuMe Beef Hotpot.  

I’m aware that I’ve probably under pointed my tea but as someone who doesn’t eat all her weeklies I’m not too concerned as I know I have more than enough to cover it.

Breakfast – 2 x WW Wholemeal Thick Sliced Bread, toasted (4), 20g Flora Lighter than Light (1) = 5pp

Dinner – Kerry Lowlow Beef Hotpot (6), 1 x WW Bakewell Slice (2) = 8pp

Tea – Sweet and Sour Chicken and Rice (25 approx) = 25pp

Drinks – 3 x Coffee, 1 x Frothy Milky Coffee (2), at least 1 litre of water = 2pp

26/26pp + 14/49wp (Total 14/49wp used)