How I did this week…

This week was Woman of the Year awards at group, so we had a delicious taster session – always a winner! Here’s how I did this week:

I’ve also been keeping my hands busy, making stuff to keep my kids busy on car journeys, so you can see my little show and tell video here:

And if you’re after the recipe for the deliciously creamy yet syn-free lemon pudding I made for the taster session today, you can find it on my blog right HERE.

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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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Day 5 of the Scan Bran Challenge

I’m starting to lose track of the days and also, slightly, the will to do this challenge, if I’m honest, but here’s what I did for day five of the challenge, and also a little showcase of some of my favourite low-syn chocolate treats.

If you’d like to try making this, I basically soaked the Scan Bran in a little sweetened coffee, broke it up, pressed it into a tub, and popped it in the fridge. Then I topped it with Syn Free Lemon Curd, the recipe for which you can find HERE.

Day 4 of the Scan Bran Challenge

The fourth day in a row of eating five Scan Bran as my Healthy B choice.

Baked oats style Scan Bran with raspberriesI made a Scan Bran version of baked oats (you can find the original recipe for Baked Oats HERE), by soaking the Scan Bran in coffee before starting.

14516394_10157437776660386_2592645275057932339_nI’ve had a few people asking what Scan Bran is. It’s Scandinavian Bran crisp breads (you can get oat ones too). It’s kind of like a Ryvita slice. If you like Ryvita, chances are, you’ll be OK with Scan Bran. You can buy them from most health food stores, and some supermarkets too. I picked mine up from group for £1.20 per pack. You get ten crisp breads in each pack.

And if you’re interested, you can find my recipe for Crustless Quiche HERE.

Recipe: Scan Bran Tiramisu

Third day of the Scan Bran challenge, and I’ve tried out a new recipe to make something akin to tiramisu…

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

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Scan Bran Tiramisu
Serves 1 (HEB + 0.5 syns)

Ingredients:

  • 5 scan bran (HEB)
  • 100-125mls coffee (F)
  • 2 sweeteners (F)
  • 1tsp vanilla essence (F)
  • Half tub quark (P)
  • 1 tub MullerLight latte or cappuccino yoghurt (F)
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa Powder to top – optional (0.5 syns)

Directions:

  • Add coffee and sweeteners to scan bran and break up.
  • Mix yoghurt, quark, and vanilla essence together.
  • Layer up.
  • Sprinkle half a teaspoon of cocoa powder on top (optional for 0.5 syns).

It’s as simple as that. I added raspberries to the top of mine (frozen ones), and left it in the fridge overnight. It was actually surprisingly nice. I’d happily have this again. It’s easily the most successful of the three recipes I’ve tried so far in this challenge!