All posts tagged: slimming world recipes

Food // Chorizo and Tomato Risotto

Risotto is one of those recipes that I always chose when eating out and wonder why I don’t make it at home….and then when I gave it a go, I remembered. The constant stirring and adding stock means it’s quite time-consuming but thanks to the combo of flavours and the filling rice, it’s great for filling you up. And I had enough for an extra portion for lunch – bonus. So what do you need? Arborio rice – I picked up a small bag from Aldi. You don’t need to use loads either as it expands as it cooks Chopped or sliced chorizo Tin of chopped tomato 1 small red or white onion diced 1 clove of garlic diced Olive oil Chicken stock – 1 litre Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper to season Recipe time Fry off the onion and garlic and add your chorizo to the pan Once oil has reduced add your risotto rice Add the chopped tomato and any extra seasoning to the pan Gently ladle in the stock, a spoonful at …

5 days, 5 healthy meal ideas 

Since the start of the year I’ve been following the Slimming World plan, on and off. It works well for me as I don’t feel restricted and can still enjoy naughty meals such as curries and chilli without the added badness. After a couple of months over my birthday where I’ve massively indulged, I’m back on track and really enjoying planning meals from scratch and finding new ingredients to try. So, give myself a push and keep healthy eaters motivated, I thought I’d share 5 of my much-loved weekly meals, that don’t take forever to make. First up is chilli with boiled rice and avocado. I love avocado. I must eat it daily and love trying to incorporate it into new meals. I often make quorn chilli as it’s a nice change from mince meat. Next up is my weekend treat – chicken kebabs without any naughty sysn sneaked onto the side. Marinated chicken, avocado, feta cheese and a wholemeal pitta. Delicious, right? I tend to make this on a Friday night when I’m craving …

Preparation is the answer…

If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail – a little saying that rings true when you’re trying to lose weight. Temptation is everywhere and this past week I’ve been away with work. That meant a cooked breakfast here, glass of wine there and one kitkat chunky later, the scales are refusing to budge. I have a set routine meaning I’m a Tupperware queen, taking my breakfast and lunches to work with me and having my evening meals planned out. But like I say, this week I relaxed, enjoyed myself and recognise now is the time to reign it back in. One of my guilty pleasures lately is stalking recipe ideas on The Body Coach’s Instagram page and then taking my weekly trip to Aldi to stock up fresh ingredients for the following seven days. Noodles, curries, risotto, pasta dishes and salads shall all appear on this very blog soon. Showcasing how quick, easy and, most importantly, cheap meal prep can be. So keep your eyes peeled for some recipe inspo heading your way…..

Fast and filling lunchbox essentials

When you’re trying to eat well and steer away from temptation, it is best to pack yourself up a lunchbox packed with yummy treats to look forward to.Whether that’s whipping up leftovers from the night before, rustling up a salad or a tasty back of homemade soup – keeping on the straight and narrow can be simple if you do it right. If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail so I tend to prep my packed lunch the night before. Soups are great as they are really easy to make, cheap thanks to Aldi and Lidl who sell an array of veggies at a quarter of the price of larger supermarkets. Last week I made a pot of mushroom soup which lasted three meals and this week I am enjoying butternut squash soup. Now, I’m a savoury girl all the way. Crisps, dips, snacky bits  I love them.But Aldi seem to have this niche covered thanks to their yummy, yet healthy snacks at the tills. Quinoa crisp breads, vegetable crisps and mixed fruits …

Food // Peanut Butter Chicken

Having been following the Slimming World plan for two weeks now, I think I am successfully incorporating it into my daily routine. Ensuring my diet is packed with fruit, veggies and snacks that fit within the daily allowance of sins and free food. My first weekly weigh-in brought a loss and I am determined to keep at it. Over the past couple of months I have rediscovered my love for cooking and using fresh ingredients to make yummy, tasty dishes that don’t require hours spent in the kitchen. On Friday night I tried out a recipe I had seen on Instagram. I follow The Body Coach, responsible for the 90 days plan. Something I can’t say I’m following but his ‘Lean in 15’ meals look so simple. I tried out the Peanut Butter Chicken recipe, but made a couple of amends to ensure it was packed with free foods from the SW plan, without compromising on flavour! I decided to cook my chicken with baby corn and mange tout, served on a bed of dried noodles. It …

Easy peasy breakfast ideas

Last Wednesday I took the plunge and joined my local Slimming World group. A couple of friends of mine have joined over the last six months and I thought I would give it a go. In terms of my weight I would like to lose half a stone ideally, nothing too drastic. But, I want to find healthy alternatives to many of my favourite meals and redefine my eating habits. Currently I’m about a week in, having followed the free 7 day plan on the website from last Sunday. I’m really enjoying incorporating more fruit and veg into my daily routine and breakfast is fast becoming my favourite meal of the day. The plan is simple to follow and I have been enjoying Weetabix minis which are classed as one of my two Healthy Extra options. Topped with blueberry and cranberry linseed and fresh blueberries, it does keep me full till lunch. I enjoy it with a 20g helping of semi-skimmed milk, my second Healthy Extra. I buy all my ingredients from Lidl and Aldi, …