A look at what's been on my plate this week

I was going to incorporate this into my last post, about being nominated for Woman of the Year, but I realised it was starting to reach 'War and Peace' length.

I just wanted to share with you some pictures of what I have been eating this week, for those of you who doubt that you can actually eat nice things and still lose weight.

This was what I had for my tea last Thursday.

They were supposed to look like chicken goujons, but they're more like pieces/strips/shapes. No matter, though, they still tasted amazing.

To make enough for two people, I made breadcrumbs from four slices of wholemeal bread (using your HEB for each person) and mixed them with garlic salt, paprika, mixed herbs and a bit of pepper.

I dipped the chicken in some beaten egg, then rolled it in the breadcrumbs, and put on a baking tray (that had been sprayed with Frylight to stop them sticking!) Then, I just simply baked them in the oven at 180 for about 25-30 mins until the chicken had gone nice and golden and crispy.

Then, voila!

My chips were done in the Actfiry. I chopped and boiled them slightly before drying them off, spraying them with Frylight and then coating in paprika and garlic salt and putting in the Actifry for about 40 mins.

Easy peasy. It looks totally naughty, but it was completely syn free.

Similarly, my breakfast on Saturday morning.

Bacon - with the fat cut off - poached eggs, beans, two slices of wholemeal toast (HEB) and some tinned plum tomatoes. Completely and utterly, 100% syn free.

Who says you can't have a big breakfast with bacon and still lose weight?

My favourite meal of the week, and probably that I have made for some time, was Monday night's tea.

It was quite a faff and time consuming to be doing when I got home from work but, oh my, it was totally worth it.

So, here we have plain boiled rice (obvs) with a chicken curry and saag aloo.

The saag aloo was just incredible. The recipe said it served four (I think it was meant as a main dish, rather than a side) so I have loads left in my freezer for another occasion. The recipe was from the Slimming World 'Fakeaways' book and, whilst quite time consuming, was really easy. The list of ingredients was long, but I realised most of them were herbs and spices I already had on my spice rack anyway.

The chicken curry was just something I threw together myself.

I thinly sliced one red onion, diced a red pepper and crushed some garlic cloves and threw them in a pan with some Frylight, turmeric, ground corriander, ground cumin, cumin seeds, and garam masala. Once the vegetables had started to soften, I added the chicken breast (which I'd chopped into chunks) and squirted in some tomato puree. I also added a chicken stock pot and a little bit more of the herbs, as well as some salt and pepper.

I left it all to marinade/cook for about 10 minutes, making sure to keep mixing it all together so it didn't stick to the pan. I then added a tin of chopped tomatoes, brought the pan to the boil, and then left it to simmer for another 10-15 minutes. I think I threw some more herbs in, and some mustard seeds, throughout the simmering stage and just kept tasting the sauce to make sure it tasted like curry/wasn't too spicy.

It was absolutely beaut!

Unfortunately, there's none of the curry left as Tom went back for seconds (and not just a little bit, another whole plate full!)

I've eaten some lovely things this week, and have tried a fair few new recipes. For me, that's the key to maintaining - variety. I get so bored eating the same thing all the time and like to mix it up and try new things.

I also love cooking and trying new dishes, experimenting and working out what works well together.

After last night's inspiring group I felt totally motivated for today.

I seem to have brought the entire tupperware contents of my cupboard to work.

For breakfast I've got chopped strawberries with fat free Quark and the 5% sugar Cheerios; lunch is a jacket potato with tuna mayo and sweetcorn (2 syns for the mayo) and some carrot batons; an apple and a clementine to snack on; and plenty of water.

I think tea will be leftover pork meatloaf (an adapted version of a Jamie Oliver recipe to make it more Slimming World friendly) with linguine - nice and quick before my hair appointment!

This weekend's menu consists of lasagne and homemade chips, Slimming World friendly Saltimbocca and maybe a roast dinner. I bloody loved the roast we had the other week and totally could eat another one of them this weekend!

Incase you missed it, here was the spread:

Anyone who doesn't think you can't eat good meals and still lose weight, think again! No rabbit food or traditional 'diet food' here!

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