Sunday, 5 April 2015

Chilli Con Carne

You can't beat a good chilli, its filling, tasty and pretty cheap to put together. The best thing about it is that you can be pretty creative with the ingredients.

The recipe I have posted below is a pretty basic one but it will certainly do the job. 
In the place of lean minced beef you could use quorn mince, turkey mince or even lean pork mince.
I sometimes get to the cupboard and find I've got no kidney beans - thats fine, i carry on without them.
If I've got a spare stick of celery that needs using, or a courgette then i'll chop that up and add them to the pot. Mushrooms make a great addition too.

If i know im going to be out most of the day then I brown of the mince and put all of the ingredients into my slow cooker. This can be left on the low setting for about 8 hours, on high i put it on for 4-5 hours.

What do you add to liven your chilli up???

Fish Pie

I love this fish pie recipe, I was really dubious at first, I have never used boiled egg in a fish pie. The end result was delicious! The eggs work really well!!

You are free to use whatever fish you like in this recipe, I would have liked to have added some prawns by my son doesn't like them so I left them out this time.

This recipe would be fab for anybody that is having a EESP day too, as the pie is topped with carrot & suede it makes it a perfect dinner on this plan.

I get my quark from Co-op or Morrisons, it's a great ingredient to have in the fridge, especially for Slimming World members as it's a free food and very versatile!

Aldi do a fat free yogurt for around 50p a tub, which is another ingredient thats great to have in the fridge.

If I'm not doing an EESP day i chuck some peas and sweetcorn in with the fish mixture to get a bit of extra veg in!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Slimming World Shopping List

I've compiled a list of items that I always use and have in, these items enable me to follow the Slimming World lifestyle. The first week or two following the Slimming World way can be quite costly, I agree, I found it costly. You will find however that many of the item's that you buy in those first few weeks last you a long time!

If you are new to Slimming World I would recommend spending a week or two building up the items on this list before following the plan to the letter. Shop around, add a few items from the list above to your normal weekly shop, build up slowly. As I mentioned above once you have your store cupboard essentials these will last you for quite a while.

I do my main weekly shop in Aldi, however, you cant buy everything on the above list from Aldi. I buy my choc shot from Morrisons or Co-op, and I wait until it come's on offer. When it's on offer I'll buy 2-3 over the course of the offer. This will normally last me 2-3 months (until it comes on offer again ;) )

Frylight is available nearly everywhere. Sadly not at Aldi. Aldi did once have it available as a 'Superbuy' product and I made sure to stock up. Co-op, Tesco & Morrisons regularly run offers and there are several flavours/varieties available including sunflower oil spray, olive oil spray and a touch of garlic spray.

Options hot chocolate is always on offer somewhere. Shop about. The sachets are the best way to go as they are measured portions and you can often get 4 for £1. Slimming World members don't just use these to make hot chocolate, they use these wonder sachets in baking too.Well worth having a few in your cupboard.

Meringue nests are available everywhere! They are quite cheap in most places. Good ol' Aldi has them on a regular basis and they normally come in trays of 6/8. These are great for adding a bit of a sugar fix to your normal fruit salad. They make a great addition to the Eton Mess recipe that does the rounds too.

If you have a Poundland, 99p Store or B&M look out for Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, white wine vinegar etc. These stores often sell these items for around a pound for a massive bottle.

Good Luck with your shopping guys!!!

Burger In A Bowl

I've heard that this recipe is a really close match to McDonald's Big Mac. I couldn't say whether this is true or not as I've never been a McDonald's fan but what I can say is that its delicious. Really low-syn, really filling. Quick and easy to put together too! My OH & children love this, especially the sauce! Enjoy!!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Syn Free Sausage Casserole

Who doesn't like a sausage casserole?!
It's one of those dishes that makes you feel warm inside. Little effort is required for a tasty comforting dinner. I made one this week using sausages from Iceland's Slimming World range. I wasn't disappointed!

Slimming World Sausage's Review

I was really excited to hear that as part of their Slimming World ready meal range Iceland's were going to be bringing out some syn free sausages and meatballs. The meatballs had all been snapped up by the time I got there but I managed to get these little beauts.

I should say little really because they are actually a very good size. I used them in a sausage casserole, one of my favourite dinners, which I have been having to syn because there are no syn free sausages available to me locally.

I browned the sausages of before adding them to my sauce and then I slow cooked the casserole for 4 hours. They were delicious, the wholemeal was delicious! 

These sausages are £3 for a bag of 6. Quite expensive for me but I will buy them again as I am the only one that eats these (OH & kids had a nice pork and leek sausage instead) so I will get 2-3 meals out of the one bag. They taste meaty yet they are really low fat. There was no nasty grisly bits to contend with either - always a result!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Great Competition With Nestle!

My kids love Nestle cereals but I only buy them when they are on offer. Cheerio's is one of their favourites so as it was half price in co-op this week I picked them up a box!! 
Okay! Okay! The offer wasn't the only reason - there is a fab competition advertised on the front!! 

The prize is a £20,000 home makeover or if you prefer £20,000 in cash. There are also 100 runner up prizes of a years supply of cereal - a great prize in itself.

All you need to do is pick up a box and go to :

& enter the code found inside your box, your name address and telephone number.

**REMEMBER** Keep the box!! If you win they want proof of your purchase!!!

When I do my big shop at the end of the week I'm going to check which other Nestle products are running the same promotion. I'll also be looking for the supermarkets that have said items on offer!!!

Good luck :)