Fat loss week! Gettin ready for Christmas ;)

So I thought I would avoid holiday weight gain this year by stepping up the healthy cooking a bit more these last few weeks πŸ™‚ so here’s what we’ve been eating!

20131213-134426.jpgBreakfast: I made up quinoa on Sunday and had quinoa with flax seed, berries, and cinnamon. I also made up 12 egg muffins and had a few of those every day.

Egg muffins (makes 12)
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 Roma tomato
5 basil leaves
2 scallions
3 eggs
2 cups egg whites
Mix the ingredients up, fill your cupcake tins. Pop in the oven at 375F for 20-30 minutes πŸ™‚

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Lunch!!!
So I made up a tuna salad, portioned it out for the week (6 boxes). Here’s the tasty recipe!
15 oz. canned tuna
2 cups brown rice
4 boiled egg whites chopped
2 apples chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
Dressing:
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp dried basil
2 garlic cloves minced
Just mix it up! Still tasty 5 days later πŸ˜‰

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Dinner:
I bought a pack of frozen white fish and would steam that with some frozen veggies and sweet potatoes. Add some vinegar on it made for a very tasty healthy and filling dinner πŸ™‚ yum yum!

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20131213-134512.jpgAlong with these meals I also had fruit, nuts, and protein shakes πŸ˜‰

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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™‚

 

 

 

 

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™‚

Salmon, Omelets, Potatoes and Quinoa Crunch :)

So food for this week has been a bit crazy to say the least. Started out fairly normal, Andy cooked me dinner on Monday. Had grilled salmon with cinnamon rice, carrot fries, and grilled zucchini. It was lovely! He’s a good husband who helps me stay accountable with my healthy eating πŸ™‚
Carrot fries? Chop carrots into fry-size, toss with some fajita seasoning, garlic, and a few sprays of olive oil spray then put on a grill for about 20 minutes.
Cinnamon Rice? Just make rice and add a few tablespoons of cinnamon for added taste and health benefits!

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Tuesday we thought we were going to have our god-baby and her dad Ben with us but last minute realized that we had gotten the dates wrong so we had to put off the white fish for a night and made a sweet potato/zucchini omelet. I sautΓ©ed the sweet potatoes and then added the zucchini, some onions until it was all softened up a bit. Added 3 eggs, mixed herbs and some milk and then put it under the grill until it was crispy. Added some low sodium/low sugar ketchup to it and it was perfect!

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Wednesday we finally had our guests so Andy made a veggie stir fry with some white fish topped with Quark . What is Quark? Basically it is a high protein virtually fat free cheese. Similar to cream cheese it is a great topping to crackers, as a dip for veggies, or a substitute in cooking. My new best friend! I think Ben liked it aswell πŸ™‚20130810-225319.jpg

I usually eat leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day but we ate all the fish and veggies the night before. So what did I eat for lunch? Made a kidney bean, chick pea, corn, mustard salad. Also made some air popped popcorn and chopped raw veggies. Perfect healthy lunch/snacks.

That night we had dinner ready and waiting for us after a long day out showing Ben Oxford so Andy jumped in and made us a wonderful baked potato dinner with grilled zucchini! He had allsorts of toppings. Baked beans, Quark, or Tuna-Quark-yellow pepper. I love baked potatoes because they are so quick and easy, you can put all sorts of toppings on them and as long as you avoid butter, and sour cream then you are likely to be able to keep them so healthy!

Lastly, Saturday night: Made my much loved quinoa crunch ! Healthytippingpoint is one of my go-to blogs for all sorts of recipe ideas. This one in particular is super healthy, uses on-hand ingredients that I usually have in my cupboards (have to plan to buy broccoli and we make our own hummus!). The best part is that you just toss everything into a bowl and bake it for 30 minutes and you’re done! Big hit tonight πŸ™‚
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