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. 🙂

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.  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. 🙂

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! 😉

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? 😉

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’t  *** 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 🙂

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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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