Chocolate Macaroon is coming back!!!

Look what’s coming back! For a limited period from 24th July, my favourite Chocolate Macaroon HiFi Light bars are coming back! I can hardly wait – these are a great fix for those of us who love Bounty Bars, as they’re only 3 syns each or you can have two of them as your Healthy B choice. Delicious!!!

Please note, I am NOT a Slimming World consultant, and this is not a commercial advert – I am not paid or compensated in any way for mentioning these bars, I just happen to love them and am REALLY excited that they’re coming back, even for a limited period, and thought others might be too!

If anyone would like me to mention stuff on their behalf, feel free to contact me and make me an offer, but I will always give my honest opinion, good, bad, or indifferent, of any products I mention on my blog.

Week 83 Weigh In / Recipe: Corned Beef Stew

Hello, and welcome back for this week’s weigh in update video!

This week’s challenge was to have fish four times, which I did. It was kind of an odd one for me, because I don’t usually eat much fish, but I did it anyway. Next week’s challenge is to do 30 minutes of Body Magic (i.e. exercise) every day – this one will be a doddle, because I am ALWAYS on the go – actually, I picked up another Platinum Body Magic certificate in group today (yup, that’s the top Body Magic award, and I have multiple!).

Anyway, here’s the video, so you can see how I did this week…

The recipe for the lemon curd/pudding I mentioned in the video can be found HERE.

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Key:
F = Free food (eat as much as you like)
S = Speed food (these should make up at least a third of your meal)
P = Protein free food (eat as much of these as you like!)
HEa = Healthy Extra A (a daily allowance of dairy produce)
HEb = Healthy Extra B (a daily allowance of a product with fibre)
# = a number denotes roughly how many syns are in foods used

15095502_10157631215120386_3608130670568288673_nCORNED BEEF STEW
1 – 1.5 syns per portion

Ingredients:
Amounts depend on how many portions you want to make

  • Prince’s Reduced Fat Corned Beef (3 syns per can)
  • Potatoes (F)
  • Swede (S)
  • Carrot (S)
  • Onion (S)
  • Beef Oxo cubes (F)
  • Water (F)
  • Smash – optional (F)

Directions:

  • Chop up the veg and the corned beef, and chuck it all in the slow cooker.
  • Add enough water to just cover everything.
  • Crumble a couple of beef Oxo cubes into the slow cooker, and give everything a good stir.
  • Switch on your slow cooker and leave it all day (if starting it in the morning ready for your evening meal).
  • If you want it a little thicker, add a spoonful or two of Smash and stir it through before serving.

I serve mine with extra speed veg – usually broccoli, cauliflower, baby corn, and brussel sprouts, but you can just as easily eat it as it is, for a hearty, warming meal.

One can of Prince’s reduced fat corned beef is three syns, so if you use one can for two portions, they’ll be 1.5 syns each, or if you stretch it to three portions, they’ll be 1 syn each. I tend to make it with more swede, carrot, and onion than potato, just to keep the speed element high, in case I don’t have time to add extra veg on the side.

 

Week 81 Weigh In

A couple of non-scales victories this week, and a couple of very nice surprises too!

It was also a taster session this week to celebrate the Miss Slinky/Mr Sleek award, so loads of yummy foods were there to try (and my consultant, Andy, made chicken chow mein right there in group for us to try – OMGs is was DELICIOUS!).

Last week’s challenge was to try a different HEB choice every day, which I did:

  • Friday – 3 slices of Kingsmill wholemeal crustless bread (made into cinnamon French toast).

  • Saturday – Asda wholemeal bread mix (made into a pizza base – I used my HEA allowance on that too).

  • Sunday – 40g oats (made into overnight oats with berries).

  • Monday – 30g Chia Seeds (soaked overnight in some unsweetened almond milk from my HEA allowance, and a little vanilla essence, served with berries).

  • Tuesday -2 Weetabix (mixed with syn-free yoghurt and served with berries).

  • Wednesday – 2 HiFi Light bars.

  • Thursday – 2 level tbsp sunflower seeds (which I had as a snack with an apple and some ham and pease pudding roll-ups).

This week the challenge is to try a new recipe every day of the week. That will really be a challenge, but it will certainly get me out of a rut! I think we’re all guilty, sometimes, of eating the same things all the time.

You can find the recipe for the lemon curd/pudding I made for the taster session HERE.

 

Week 78 Weigh In

14702273_10157468144690386_1189629469249582460_nYou can find the recipe for my 2-syn Mini Xmas Parcels (which were very popular at the taster session this morning) HERE.

And the recipe for my corned beef hash is HERE.

And just because I can, here’s a picture of the stuff I tried at the taster session this morning at group. I tried (clockwise from top) tomato and basil soup (all speed food), cous cous cake (less than half a syn), pork and sage stuffing ball (free), Xmas cake (less than half a syn), chocolate orange mouse (less than half a syn), fritata (free), mini quiche (free), and in the centre is a falafel (free).

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Ready-Made Review: Asda Reduced Fat Sausages

Asda have several offerings in the reduced fat sausages area, and as that’s where I go my grocery shopping, I’ve had ample opportunity to try them out and compare them, both to each other, and to other sausages on the market. For the purposes of this review, however, I will focus solely on Asda’s own-brand offerings.

5054070024423_280_IDShot_3Asda Reduced Fat Pork Sausages and Asda Reduced Fat Cumberland Sausages are both much of a muchness. I don’t really notice much difference in the taste or texture of them. Not being a sausage expert, I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between regular and Cumberland sausages anyway.

At a push, I’d say the Cumberland sausages are slightly spicier, but it’s really only a hint. Both are very tasty – proper, meaty sausages that you can get your teeth into and really enjoy.

5052449889628_280_IDShot_3Both varieties are 1.5 syns per sausage, and I, for one, reckon they’re worth it. They’re my favourite of all the low-syn sausages I’ve tried to date, and I regularly pop them in my trolley. I stab them with a fork a few times and pop them under the grill – I love them!

You can find them in the chilled section, but they freeze very well, and will keep much longer if you freeze them. I just defrost them before cooking and they’re just as good as they are fresh.

5054781049708_280_IDShot_3The other option is in the freezer section. I only found out about these last week via a Facebook group, as I don’t generally buy frozen sausages, but I resolved to give these a try as they are only half a syn for two sausages, I figured I owed it to myself to taste them and see if they were as good as the ones from the chilled section.

The frozen ones are typically less than 5% fat, which is always good, and you cook them from frozen, which is a time-saver. As a result, I didn’t bother pricking them like I would with the fresh ones, which resulted in them splitting down the length, but that doesn’t bother me. They’re quite a firm sausage, and they taste quite meaty.

They’re not as flavoursome or succulent as the chilled sausages, but that, I presume, will largely be down to the very low fat content. On the whole I much prefer the chilled sausages to eat in a meal like bangers and mash or a fry up, but these frozen ones would, I imagine, work very well in a casserole.

Overall, the sausages from the chilled section remain my favourites, but I will certainly use the frozen ones in casseroles and sauce-based dishes, as they will get some extra flavour and moisture from that kind of recipe.

You can see my review of syn-free sausages HERE, and my comparison of reduced fat sausages to their regular counterparts HERE.

Please note, I WAS NOT PAID FOR THIS REVIEW, nor was I given this product for free – I bought it myself for my own personal use, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Ready-Made Review: Slimming World Syn-Free Chilli & Coriander Beef Quarter Pounders

8912974446622It’s almost BBQ season – in fact, some places have already seen BBQ-friendly weather, so what better time than now for Slimming World to release their limited edition chilli and coriander beef quarter pounders? I don’t know how long they’ll be around, seeing as how they’re labeled as “limited edition” so if you try them and find you’re a fan, grab them while you can, safe in the knowledge that they’ll keep in the freezer for quite some time. As is the case with all the Slimming World meals, these are syn-free.

We actually had a taste of these in weigh-in class when they first came out, and the smell of them cooking drove us all wild – they smell absolutely gorgeous – the hint of chilli permeating the meatiness. Does the taste live up to the promise of their scent? Not quite, but they do taste rather nice!

They have a little more “oomph” to them than the regular beef quarter pounders, but their heat isn’t so much that it would put off those with a taste for milder spiciness – it’s just a hint of flavour and lingers while you chew, and you get a small hit as it goes down. I have to say, I don’t really notice the coriander, but that doesn’t bother me.

13342912_10156846165760386_5702392453594143003_nI topped mine with my HEA allowance of cheese, and served it on a bed of sauteed mushrooms, onions, and peppers, with a salad on the side. I didn’t bother with a bun, but that is certainly an option, or you could grill some giant mushrooms to serve it on if that floats your boat. They’re nice and juicy and meaty, which is what you’d expect from a burger. They do shrink a little in cooking, but that’s usually the case with burgers. For the record, I grilled mine in the kitchen, but I look forward to giving them a try on the BBQ when we get our new one this summer.

I still prefer my own, home-made burgers (and I suspect I always will, because they are AWESOME!), but these are a nice staple to keep in your freezer for those nights when you don’t have time to make them yourself from scratch. Incidentally, you can find the recipe for my own homemade burgers at the bottom of my previous burger review post HERE.

As with all the Slimming World meals, the recipe is on the back of the packet, if you decide you’d like to try your hand at making them yourself.

Please note, I WAS NOT PAID FOR THIS REVIEW, nor was I given this product for free – I bought it myself for my own personal use, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.