fat blast foods!

breakfast of champions! Toast with scrambled eggs, broccoli, and cottage cheese. HEALTHY AND FILLING!

breakfast of champions! Toast with scrambled eggs, broccoli, and cottage cheese. HEALTHY AND FILLING!

A few weeks ago I took part in an online group eating foods off of a specific meal plan geared towards burning fat! It was quite an experience. I don’t see myself as a person that can easily stick to a meal plan so it was quite difficult for me but I learned loads about portion control, the importance of carbs and protein in your diet. AND I lost 6 pounds!!! Β I also got a few yummy recipes out of it! Here are a few of my favorite things πŸ™‚

White fish with some rice, and steamed veggies.

White fish with some rice, and steamed veggies.

Burritos!!!

Burritos!!!

Baked sweet potato chicken salad-ey madness ;)

Baked sweet potato chicken salad-ey madness πŸ˜‰

Salad madness!

Salad madness!

 

Basically, portion control, whole foods, good carbs and tons of veggies is the best eating method. I’m making these ones again πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

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The foodies are back in action! Quick and easy is the name of the game!

So these last few weeks have been a bit bizarre as far as food goes. Immediately after writing the last post I got a bad case of the stomach flu for a few days, quickly followed by Andy having the stomach flu for the next week. So we basically ate toast and bananas for 10 days straight! Then we moved back up North into Scotland only to go stay with the in laws and have some mummy love which included wonderful meals πŸ™‚

SO we’re finally into our own flat making our own yummy meals and figuring out where is the best/cheapest/easiest places for us to shop in our area. Here’s some ideas for meals that we more or less “threw together”

easy peasy dinner ;) with sweet potato/carrot mash!

easy peasy dinner πŸ˜‰ with sweet potato/carrot mash!

One of our standbys is grilled fish and sweet potatoes! We get the cheapest packs of frozen fish from Aldi and just keep them in the freezer for when we’re pressed for time. Andy headed up the sweet potato/carrot mash by steaming the veg and adding some cinnamon! The peas were tins that we were trying to use up before the move πŸ™‚

Fritatta and sweet potato chips!

Fritatta and sweet potato chips!

Fritatta and sweet potato chips!

Fritatta and sweet potato chips!

Another thing that is a “standby” meal that we LOVE is fritattas! Mix up some eggs, add whatever seasonings and veggies you want to include (we love our veggies) and then put it in a pan on the hob. We pop it under the grill for a few minutes to add a bit of crispiness. We usually have it with sweet potato chips to add some “bulk”. Sweet potato chips are the easiest thing in the WORLD! You just chop them up into whatever shape you want and put them onto the grill for 5-10 minutes one side and then flip them. We top them with various sauces but if you like good ‘ol salt & Vinegar then you can toss them in Olive Oil and some salt just before putting them on the grill. We also love having carrot salads, so filling and super simple…anybody have a cheese grader? That’s it! Balsamic vinegar and you’re good to go πŸ™‚ These are super simple recipes for when you’re short on time/ingredients and just want something that requires no brain work

Perfect meal! EASY italian mixup :)

Perfect meal! EASY italian mixup πŸ™‚

So Andy is basically a genius and came up with the easiest yummiest meal EVER! We found tinned tomatoes w/ olives at Tesco and decided to buy a few (only 20P!!!) and just see what we would come up with. So This mixup has a few of those tins, some tomato purree, precooked frozen chicken, pearl barley, italian mixed herbs, and some minced garlic (from a jar). So no chopping or food prep involved, just dump and go in one pot! It is phenomenal, just the perfect thing to fill you up after a chilly day. The salad is our Hayes Carrot Special, graded carrots, chopped celery, and balsamic vinegar. We’re all about quick and easy in this house πŸ™‚

Sweet potato quinoa soup!

Sweet potato quinoa soup!

So the last recipe that I am going to share with you is my personal favorite. Out of all the recipes I know this one trumps all for time/ease/and tastiness. I tend to make it when we have friends coming over for dinner because it is so flexible time wise. It is my Quinoa Sweet Potato soup. I use a slow cooker to make it. Here are the ingredients

  • 2 tins kidney beans
  • 1 tin black beans (but I tend to use kidney beans)
  • 2 sweet potatoes chopped
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 C. uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

I usually prepare the soup the night before by putting the quinoa, and seasonings in the empty slow cooker, opening the tins and putting them into a tupperware with the garlic then all I have to do in the morning is chop, dump, flick it on, and go! It is AMAZING! You can add chicken if you like but I think it is plenty filling without it. Best meal for guests, just the right amount of spice and there’s always leftovers to freeze for another night πŸ™‚

Easiest bread ever!

Easiest bread ever!

Last night I tried out a great bread recipe to go with this VERY easy soup. It’s called airy fairy easy peasy soda bread. I got the recipe off of a blog agirlcalledjack written by a mum living below the bread line and still cooking healthy for her son. Awesome blog! So to make this bread you can click on the link or follow these EASY instructions.

  • Preheat oven to 180C. Measure out 200 ml. of milk and add 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and set aside to sour. Measure out 200g of self rising flour and mix together 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda. GENTLY mix in the milk until doughy texture. Tip onto a floured surface and form into a loaf shape, pop into a loaf pan, 3 slices along the top (it’s ok if it’s still a big floury just so you don’t overwork it). Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes and BOOM YOU’RE DONE!!!

Yes it is that easy. These two recipes make having guests over for a healthy, filling, tasty meal SO SIMPLE! Which is what I’m all about. And the food was a hit!

Dinner was a hit :)

Dinner was a hit πŸ™‚

Creamy Barley, eggplants, and zucchini :) {Food from last week}

Bulgar Wheat salad with seedy bread!

Bulgar Wheat salad with seedy bread!

Yummy Bulgar Wheat salad

Yummy Bulgar Wheat salad

So this week is a very good example of why I plan out meals but also stay flexible.

So on Monday we had creamy barley salad and OH MY GOODNESS! SO GOOD!!! Going in the cook book πŸ˜‰

I even had enough left over for my lunch the next day. The sauce was so tangy and crisp. I did have to make sure my man had enough to fill him up so I added some seedy bread on the side πŸ™‚

Tuesday Andy made dinner so that moved my schedule for the week around a little bit. Which is why it is important to STAY FLEXIBLE! You can keep healthy by planning meals out but if you’re so stressed out about it then that is not a very healthy lifestyle and definitely not sustainable. So tuesday’s meal of Cuban Beans and rice got moved to Wednesday which was fine. The Cuban beans were awesome. We have a hard time finding black beans in the UK so I have realized that kidney beans make a great substitute.

Cuban black(kidney) beans and rice

Cuban black(kidney) beans and rice

Thursday we had some curried eggplant which was pretty good. I made it a bit too spicy (not too sure of how intense cayenne powder is…) but that means Andy loved it! I guess it went down well because there was not enough left over for my lunch the next day πŸ™‚ So I grabbed some leftover veggies and salad (from Monday’s dinner) and added some salmon, cottage cheese, and walnuts. AWESOME SALAD! No need for dressing, there’s plenty of goodness and flavor in there just on it’s own. Keep your mind open to various dressings, Ranch is not where it stops πŸ˜‰ This salad also is packed full of protein πŸ˜›

Awesome lunch!

Awesome lunch!

Stir fry "en process"

Stir fry “en process”

Friday was meant to be stuffed zucchini but we had quite a few veggies leftover from previous meals and I just couldn’t be bothered following a recipe. So I made a stir fry! I started with sautΓ©ing onions and garlic in toasted sesame oil and toasted a few tablespoons of sesame seeds. Then I started chopping carrots, peppers, zucchinis, and threw in some frozen peas. I boiled a pot of rice and voila’ ! Yummy stir fry that the guys loved πŸ™‚ Wonderful collection of color and flavor.Β Awesome easy standby meal to use up leftover veggies.

Ready to dish up!

Ready to dish up!

Ready to dish up!
Ta Da! Awesome easy stir fry :)

Ta Da! Awesome easy stir fry πŸ™‚

Food this week! Salads, steak, and curry!

Zesty Bulgar Salad!

Zesty Bulgar Salad!

So what tasty things did we end up eating this week? We had some Zesty Bulgar Salad, Moroccan Mushroom Steak, and a veggie curry πŸ™‚

Zesty Bulgar Salad

Zesty Bulgar Salad

Monday was the Zesty Bulgar Salad. A huge hit with the husband! This one is definitely going in the cookbook. Andy forgot to buy radishes but it was still amazing! Very refreshing, simple and quick. A great summer salad πŸ™‚

The man with his steak :)

The man with his steak πŸ™‚

Tuesday was our 2 year anniversary of our Alaska Wedding so I made him a Moroccan Mushroom Steak. It has dried apricots! I added green beans on the side and for mine (not the biggest meat lover) I had an eggplant steak which was perfect. A warm, hearty healthy dinner that was much approved πŸ™‚

Moroccan Mushroom Apricot sauce with steak and green beans (And a bit of my eggplant steak)

Moroccan Mushroom Apricot sauce with steak and green beans (And a bit of my eggplant steak)

 

 

 

 

 

Veggie Curry!

Veggie Curry!

 

 

Wednesday I made a Veggie Curry. I didn’t even realize that currys were usually meat based but hey-ho, you live and you learn eh? Well regardless of what is “normal” this curry turned out to be pretty awesome. Ben and Andy both liked it and we had enough leftover for our next meal. It is also so cheap being mainly potatos, onions, and spices; it is a great meal for lots of people or a big family without breaking the bank at all πŸ™‚

Veggie Curry 2.0 ;)

Veggie Curry 2.0 πŸ˜‰

The next two meals were eaten on the go while we were touring around Dover England. Subway for me, chippy for the boys πŸ˜‰ When we got back we got to sit down to a big plate of curry once again, this time I added some peas into it (i forgot them the first time, hehe) which made it even healthier and added lots of color. Also, a side salad with Greek Yogurt as dressing. Yummy, healthy, cheap, and so easy!

Yummy tasty cheap food! Also I made the yummiest sandwich ever and just had to share it πŸ˜‰ Quorn, Quark, mustard, and spinach. Perfection between two pieces of bread and the perfect lunch on the train πŸ™‚

Best Sandwich EVER!

Best Sandwich EVER!

 

 

 

 

The weekly shop! Planning out the tasty meals for this week!

So I’ve sorted out the meals for this week! Heres my shopping list and my meal plan for the week πŸ™‚

For the man to buy for me πŸ˜‰

Recipe ingredients: Tomato purΓ©e. Walnuts. Frozen broad beans. Pearl barley. Sugar snap peas. Red onions. Mushrooms. Dried apricots. Celery. Apples.

Standards to have in hand/snacks: “Fry light” olive oil spray. low fat Greek yogurt. Broccoli. Carrots. Sweet potatoes. Cottage cheese. Fruit. Frozen raspberries. Lemon juice

Already have: bulgar wheat. Quinoa. Limes.

Buy on Wednesday: rocket salad/spinach

Here’s my recipes for the week. Yummy things coming up!

Monday: zesty bulgar salad

Tuesday: Moroccan mushrooms

Wednesday: pearl barley salad

Thursday: away to Dover so a YOLO meal it is! Chip shop here I come πŸ™‚

Friday: turkey bolognaise made by my main man!

Yummy tasty foodies coming up! I love food!!!