Chicken and Spinach Dhal

I know I’ve made a variation of this before, but with the addition of chicken and spinach, rather than re-linking to the original recipe I posted, I thought I’d create a new post just for easiness. πŸ™‚

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Turmeric-1 tbsp
  • Frylight-any
  • 4 cloves of garlic ( I use more coz I LOVE IT)
  • Garam Masala-2 tbsp
  • a thumb sized piece of grated ginger
  • Chilli powder-1/4-1/2 tsp (your taste)
  • Red Lentils Well Rinsed (30grams per portion, I used 60g for this recipe)
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1/3 bag of baby spinach
  • Fresh chopped Coriander-small handful
  • Salt to taste
  • vegetable stock cube

 

Method

  1. Put a chicken breast in the oven and cook on 180 degrees for about 30 minutes or until cooked. (my oven is easy-going so it takes FOREVER to cook chicken in mine)
  2. Heat some oil in a pan, Fry the onion, garlic and ginger on a medium heat until golden. Make sure you don’t burn the garlic as it creates a bitter unpleasant taste.
  3. Add all spices and mix in.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and the rinsed lentils and stir in.
  5. Turn heat to low, put a lid on the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes
  6. When chicken is ready, take it out and chop into chunks and add to the curry.
  7. Add a third of a bag of baby spinach along with freshly chopped coriander when ready to serve.

TIP: If you’re not eating this right away, wait to add the spinach and coriander as it will wilt and lose flavour the longer its left in the dhal.

TIP 2: Taste the dhal BEFORE you add in any salt as the vegetable stock will be salted, so you may find you don’t need it.

This made 2 meals for me but you can always double up on the recipe and add more/less chilli to your taste.

With everything I make, I never make it the same way twice as I just like to throw things in. but I like to put my recipes here so I can refer back to them if I’m ever stuck for inspiration. πŸ™‚

 

Slimming World Lasagne Recipe

So I made the Slimming World Lasagne and it tastes like heaven! Mind you, anything with cheese always does. πŸ™‚

I pretty much followed the recipe exactly (which I never do), but naturally, I like a little bit extra spice, so added a bit more chilli.

The full recipe is here:Β https://www.slimmingworld.co.uk/recipes/beef-lasagne.aspx

But if you can’t be bothered to click the link, here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 courgette, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g passata
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs (I use more)
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 500g fat free natural yogurt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 dried lasagne sheets
  • 160g reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika and half tsp chilli powder

Method

  1. Fry off your mince on a medium heat with the garlic, onion, pepper, courgettes until browned.
  2. Add the passata,tomatoes, herbs,seasoning, chilli and paprika. Stir in and simmer for about 10 mins.
  3. In a bowl mix the yoghurt, nutmeg and eggs and season with S n P.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c and get your lasagne casserole dish (you can see the sort of size I’ve used).Spray it with Frylight.
  5. Layer half your beef mixture, then lasagne sheets,then yoghurt on top,and then do this again. Sprinkle with cheese and bang it in the oven for about half an hour and that’s it!

I served mine with a side salad and some Hassleback PotatoesΒ which I also have the recipe for hereΒ and it was just lovely.

One thing I disagree with though is, the recipe says it serves 4, but I would say it’s more like 6 because the portions really are massive,especially if you’re serving the lasagne with something else, rather than just in a bowl on its own.

But I’d definitely make this again because it’s just so easy, and I love EASY recipes.

Slimming World Healthy Burgers

This recipe started off following the Slimming World Ultimate Burger recipe here, but I never like to stick to recipes, so came up with my own version instead. πŸ™‚

NB: Before you delve in and start making, I will say that the burgers always taste better if you prepare the burger mince a few hours/the night before. It also helps them hold together better.

Ingredients

  • 500g lean beef mince 5 % or 12% if you want juicier burgers (sometimes ya just need a bit of fat!)
  • half an onion chopped finely
  • either 2 garlic cloves or a teaspoon of garlic paste
  • salt and lots of pepper to taste
  • 1 egg to bind
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • just less than half teaspoon chilli powder
  • greaseproof paper
  • frying/grill pan
  • sesame seed topped burger buns
  • lettuce, sliced onion, sliced tomato
  • cheese slices
  • Frylight
  • Mayo/Tomato Ketchup/your choice of sauce

Method

  1. Put your beef mince into a mixing bowl and add the chopped onion and all the spices.
  2. Mix together with the back of a wooden spoon (or if you’re fancy, with a blender…my shitty blender doesn’t mix it properly)
  3. Add the egg and mix in more.
  4. Cut out 6 sheets of greaseproof paper into squares about 14cm in diameter.
  5. Portion out the mince into 6 balls and lay each one flat on a piece of the cut out greaseproof paper, slowly pat it out to flatten the burger out.
  6. Β Put the burgers into the bowl to store for when you’re ready to use (I promise it makes such a difference making these ahead, because now you can prep your salad and even make some healthy wedges to go with your burgers!)
  7. Get your burger buns and add light spread, then lettuce.
  8. Pre-heat a frying pan on a medium heat with a few sprays of Frylight. Add your burgers (however many you can fit in) and pat them down more in the pan to flatten them even more. After 3/4 few minutes, flip the burgers the other way and cook for a few more minutes.
  9. Add your cheese slices to the burgers and leave for a minute or so (If you have a pan lid big enough, cover your burgers with this, It helps the cheese to melt faster and it goes all bubbly and lovely).
  10. Take the burgers off the heat and lay on top of the lettuce.
  11. Add a thin slice of onion and a slice of tomato, squirt your sauce of choice (mine is always garlic mayo and a bit of chilli), then pop your bun lid on and you’re done!

It might seem like a lot of steps but most of it is putting the burger together and making the mince.

My husband absolutely loves these burgers because they taste amazing and you don’t get the guilt of a takeaway, or even a frozen burger, because there’s not half as much fat or salt in them.

Plus when you’ve made these enough times,it’l be like autopilot as they’re pretty simple to make. I like to have mine with either home made wedges, or a bit of side salad. πŸ™‚

Let me know if you make these and how it goes!

NOM!

SIMW

xx

New Year, Same Me

HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELIES!

I hope you had a lovely relaxing festive period however you spent it.

Now it has recently been brought to my attention that even after all this time and the fact that I’m no longer losing weight, people are still turning to my blog for support.

And there I was thinking I was talking to myself! πŸ˜‰

So to kickstart the new year, I am here to tell you I have not made any resolutions.

Why?

Because that would be setting myself up to fail miserably.

I decided a while ago that if I want the cake, then I will EAT the cake.

If I want a bottle (not glass) of wine, I will bloody well have it.

And if I want to go hell for leather in the gym just so I can enjoy my dinner all the more, then I am damn well going to do that aswell.

2018 is a year to be enjoyed and to definitely give myself a lot more self-care. And that’s not just in the form of a bubble bath.

No, I have promised myself I am going to treat number one a little more lovingly. And that means cutting out the harsh self-talk and wrapping myself in loving kindness every day.

Now, not to confuse you. This doesn’t mean I’m going to suddenly start eating ALL THE FOOD, because I’m not.

It’s more about how I envisage this journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. I want to be as healthy as I can without sacrificing the things I love.

Yes I have over-indulged this Christmas but who cares? Do I feel guilty? No. but do I now feel lethargic and bloaty as f*** after two weeks of no exercise and all the treats one could imagine? YES. I hate feeling like a human dustbin.

So I am taking steps to love this body in a different way now Chrimbo is over.

After work I am going to the gym to get a really good sweat on, and I can’t f***ing wait! How sad is that? πŸ˜‰

And I have missed salad SOOO MUCH! (Even sadder)

I also went a bit mad with trying new recipes at the weekend, so I’ll post a few of those up later this week too.

In 2018, I’m hoping my blog will be more regularly posted to, but if I’m not feeling it, then I won’t force it.

If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you’ll know I always keep it honest and sometimes BLUNT. That’s the best way to be.

Following the crowd is BORING.

BE YOU, BE MORE AUTHENTIC AND JUST BE FUCKING FABULOUS (oh yes, I didn’tΒ  *** it out!)

Love you guys so much, if there really is anyone still reading this that is.

Here’s my face for ya

Have a fantastic Monday Evening πŸ™‚

SIMW

xx

Hairy Dieters Stove Top Granola

This is possibly the easiest new recipe I have ever made, ever!

It’s in one of the Hairy Bikers’ Hairy Dieters books that I got for Christmas, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Ingredients

  • 150grams porridge oats
  • 20g coconut oil/butter
  • 2tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
  • handful of dried fruits of your choice (I used cranberries and raisins)
  • handful of flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds

Method

  1. Heat a frying pan with 20g coconut oil/butter and 2 tbsp maple syrup, stir until melted.
  2. Add the oats and stir until coated in the oil/syrup/butter mix.
  3. Flatten out the oats in the pan and leave for 20 seconds, then stir through. Continue this until the oats are a golden brown colour and smell nutty. Should take about 5 mins.
  4. Add your dried fruits, flaked almonds and sunflower seeds and stir for a few more minutes.
  5. Take off the heat and spread out on a plate to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Put into a mason jar and use as needed! πŸ™‚

And voila!

I don’t have bowls of granola for my breakfast as they’re so high in sugar and don’t fill me at all;

BUT

This was great to have sprinkled over my morning fruit and yoghurt and I really really enjoyed it! And this amount lasts me about 2 weeks having it for my breakfast in this way, so definitely worth giving a go in my opinion.

This recipe is especially good if, like me, you have a bit of a sweet tooth at breakfast time. Sometimes just fruit and yoghurt isn’t enough and you need a bit of extra sweet crunch. πŸ™‚

Let me know if you try this out with other fruit/nut variations as I love to change things up with new flavours.

Happy Monday lovelies!

SIMW

xx