Last Week’s Food Prep 3rd-9th July 2017

Hi guys,

So I am writing this a little late – mainly because I was mainly eating on my own (as OH didn’t fancy ANY of the food I had planned!) and I got treated to a couple of meals for doing some extra bits and pieces for people. My £25 food budget ended up lasting me two weeks and I topped up during this week (10-16 July) with some impromptu snack foods as I was working super late one night and had run out of food and a trip to McDonalds >.< so I've probably spent around £50 over the two weeks.

I did the majority of my food prep in one day whilst I was doing some paperwork at home. I did have a couple of cravings for certain foods which I made using stuff I already had so I didn't buy any additional ingredients (10/10 for sticking to the budget for me!).

So first off I cooked my gammon joint from Aldi. I used this recipe from Feisty Tapas and then made a delicious gammon and vegetable soup based on Feisty Tapas’ recipe here. I added a few more veggies to clear out what I had left in the fridge and to bulk it out a little more as well as adding a cinnamon stick, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns for extra flavour. I really do recommend this recipe – it’s so delicious and I love using my new Instant Pot.

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I used about a third of the gammon joint to slice back up and put in the soup and I sliced the rest to use for another meal.

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The night before I marinated my chicken drumsticks. I marinated half in a BBQ sauce I had lying around and the other half I did my own marinade of soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, pepper, chilli, garlic powder and some smoked paprika. I then roasted these and took the meat off the bone for meals, sandwiches or salads in the week.

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At the same time I roasted some new potatoes and carrots to go alongside some meals.

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Whilst the oven was still on, I also roasted my lamb leg with some courgette slices. I put garlic pieces in little slits all over the lamb leg and then covered with salt, pepper and mint sauce.

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Midway through the week I had a craving for a creamy pasta bake. I made a cheese sauce from scratch using a bechamel base (flour, butter, milk). I used some water in place of some of the milk to reduce the calories a little bit. I threw in some of the chicken, a slice of gammon as well as broccoli and cauliflower and some pasta we had in the cupboard. Placed it in the oven for around 20-30 minutes until golden brown and served it with homemade garlic bread. I had made a homemade loaf but forgot to take a photo! To make the garlic bread, I toasted it before putting a mix of butter, garlic powder and chopped garlic and placing it in the oven for the last 5 minutes.

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I also had a super craving for congee late one night after work which I also forgot to take a photo of as it was so late and I was a little hangry. I based my recipe on this one from Pressure Cook Recipes. As I used the chicken I cooked earlier, I reduced the cooking time a little to just cook the rice through. I added preserved Tianjin vegetables and some pieces of spam I had sliced in the freezer from the last time we had hotpot. Really delicious.

As of today, I still have some leftover pieces of lamb and gammon and some frozen veggies and potatoes. My next post will be on some of the meals I’ve eaten over the last couple of weeks.

Until next time.. x

Food Shop & Meal Plan 03.07.17

Hi guys,

As promised, here is my food shop and meal plan for the upcoming week. If you read my update post, you’ll know that I’m preparing myself for a sharp drop in income so I will be curbing my spending and eating more at home.

To prepare for my food shop, I went online to both Asda (as my flatmate has 10% discount) and Aldi (where I live, they are around the corner from each other and only a 5 minute drive from me) to see what special offers there were on meat and vegetables. I then decided which meats I wanted to use and compared them to each other to make sure I was getting the best price. My aim for the shop was £25.

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Frozen items: mixed shredded cabbage (£1) and broccoli & cauliflower (£1.25) from Asda

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Meat: a kilo of chicken drumsticks (£1.89), smoked gammon joint (£2.65) and a half leg of lamb (£7.76) from Aldi

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Fresh items: Charlotte potatoes (95p), 4 baking potatoes (85p), a watermelon (£1.99) from Aldi and semi skimmed milk (75p), 1kg carrots (45p), celery (55p), strawberries (£1) and courgettes (95p) from Asda

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Cupboard items: sugar free tropical blast drink (42p), diet lemonade (19p) from Aldi and mint sauce (83p), bread flour (79p) and mini wraps (75p) from Asda.

In total, I spent £16.68 at Aldi and £7.49 (after discount) at Asda, giving me a grand total of £24.17. I had also planned to get some cherries from Aldi but they were sold out. I still have some avocados, a couple of carrots & potatoes, some smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes from last week’s shop so they will be used up in the next couple of days. I could have been even more under target if I didn’t choose lamb but I have a bad roast dinner craving and I can use the leftovers in sandwiches and whatnot in the week. I can pick up some eggs and rice for free so I will probably top up these at some point too.

Meal Plan

I no longer assign meals to days as I’ve found I’m less likely to follow the meal plan if it’s too rigid! Therefore, breakfasts on my list consist of avocado toast with eggs and tomatoes, granola/cereal with milk or beans on toast with a veggie.

Lunches and dinners will be a mix of: gammon and vegetable soup, gammon steak with potatoes & vegetables, roast chicken dinner, roast lamb dinner, lamb/chicken sandwiches, lamb/chicken stir fry with rice.

So, until next time.. x

Meal Plan 01.12.16 – 04.12.16

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve done a meal plan and I’ve had a crazy start to the week so I have a half week meal plan until Sunday 🙂

Breakfasts:
– scrambled egg with spinach and cherry tomatoes
– granola and yoghurt
– poached eggs on toast

Lunches:
– Leftover pizza (not the best, I know!)
– Stir fried broccoli and rice
– Steamed fish and vegetables

Dinners:
– Dinner out with my sister on Thursday
– Sushi
– Poached chicken and Chinese leaf
– Steamed fish and vegetables

Snacks:
– Fruit
– Honey almonds

I’m going to try very very hard to get back into the swing of things with my food log. I’ve become such a lazy blogger but I’m back on it!

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan : 22nd – 27th August 2016

Hi guys,

Just a quick meal plan for next week. It’s a bit loose-y goose-y as I’ll be visiting a friend Thursday/Friday and on the weekend I just eat at work as I work 12+ hour shifts. On another random note, I have decided not to follow a certain diet plan and try and eat healthy without the counting. Not sure how it’s going to turn out, but we’ll see!

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, semi skimmed milk & bacon sandwich
  • Spinach and mushroom omelette
  • Porridge with blueberries, chia seeds & agave syrup

Lunch/Dinners:

  • Chinese pork belly stew with mooli, carrots and yam with brown rice
  • Baked salmon and roasted vegetables

Snacks:

  • Fruit: donut peaches, nectarines, clementines & strawberries
  • Crudities and hummus
  • Ham & cucumber roll ups

Those who have been following my blogs for a while know that when I have a strict meal plan, my mind loves to rebel and I never feel like eating what’s on the menu! So I like to have a few meals planned and prepped so I can eat it if I fancy – less waste that way. If I have time on the Monday when I’m meal prepping, I’ll see if I can photograph the process of the pork belly stew. It’s so delicious and reminds me of my Grandma 🙂

Until next time.. x

Week 3 Update

Hi guys,

I know it seems like every time I have my “I’m back!” blog, I disappear for anything up to a few days to a few months – I’m sorry!

This last week has been insane! I didn’t think my schedule would have totally been thrown out of the window. I’ve been working 10am – 1am this week and today is my first proper day off in three weeks so I hope you understand.

Anyhow, I didn’t do a weigh in last week as I was a bit swamped with work but I did an early weigh in this morning and I lost 1lb so I’m officially 15 stone exactly. I have to admit I’m very lucky to have not put weight on as I’ve been eating non stop junk – had several meals out and just eating when and as. Some meals have included shepherd’s pie, chips, steak, kebabs, ribs, mac and cheese – it’s been a horrible week! So I’m a very lucky this week.

I have another busy week ahead so I did a bit of a meal prep today making (not strictly healthy) fried rice and some tomato soup for lunches. The tomato soup got a bit depleted as I hadn’t eaten all day and ended up having about 3 bowls at 5 o’clock along with some green tea and a Pepsi Max.

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The only other meal I’m thinking of making later in the week is a skinny corned beef hash. I use Dollybakes recipe but add roasted carrots to the mix too for extra yumminess. Breakfasts are going to be a mix of porridge and vegetable omelettes. Dinner-wise I’ve been eating a lot at my parents’ so I’m keeping the evenings open for the minute.

I’ll be doing a food shop in the morning nice and early so I’ll have a food shop post tomorrow afternoon.

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan : 18.01.16 -23.01.16

Hi guys,

Two days in a row – I’m doing ok so far 🙂

I’ve not done a strict meal plan as I usually do. Instead what I’ve been doing recently is looking at how many meals I need and writing down what meals I fancy cooking and matching it up to the numbers. This gives me a bit more flexibility if I “don’t fancy it” that meal/day. It’s been working so far so big thumbs up.

I needed 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners which is 15 meals altogether (There’s quite a few dinners out this week!).

Breakfasts
– Porridge with half milk, half water, banana and berries (maybe a teaspoon of peanut butter
– Omelet or scrambled eggs with a toasted bagel thin, bacon, mushrooms and half a tin of baked beans

Lunches/Dinners
– Beef stew with carrots, new potatoes, peas, onions, celery
– Mince stuffed bitter melon with homemade black bean sauce with wholegrain rice
– Mushroom risotto

Snacks
– Ryvita with Laughing Cow light triangle, cherry tomatoes, crushed black pepper
– Bananas/Berries
– Kimchi
– Milk chocolate coated rice cake thins
– Peanut butter and banana bagel thin

Hope that’s been helpful. It’s a lot easier for me to be a little less rigid and I’m more likely to stay on plan. I haven’t strayed too much – there may have been a snack here or there that’s not the best but my meals are pretty much on point.

Until next time.. x

WW Meal Plan – 07.07.15 – 13.07.15

Hi guys,

Another week, another meal plan.

Tuesday – F&H
Breakfast: toasted brown sandwich thins with 2 poached eggs
Lunch: ham salad on sandwich thins with fruit smoothie
Dinner: savoury 5% mince with veggies and potatoes

Wednesday 14pp+
Breakfast: fruit smoothie with chia seeds and flax seeds and 2 seafood sticks (5pp)
Lunch: can of beans (9pp)
Dinner: dinner out with my sister

Thursday – F&H
Breakfast: toasted sandwich thins with 2 poached eggs
Lunch: savoury 5% beef mince with veggies and potatoes
Dinner: smoothie and fruit platter

Friday – F&H – 1pp
Breakfast: baked beans & soft boiled eggs and a sandwich thin
Lunch: WW wholemeal pasta with seafood and 2tbsp pesto (1pp)
Dinner: savoury 5% beef mince with veggies and potatoes

Saturday – F&H – 15pp
Breakfast: 2x weetabix golden syrup (4pp) with skimmed milk
Lunch: WW wholemeal pasta with seafood and 2tbsp pesto (1pp)
Dinner: pancakes (6pp for flour) with bacon, blueberries and 3tbsp maple syrup (4pp) = 10pp

Sunday – F&H – 10pp
Breakfast: poached eggs on sandwich thin
Lunch: broccoli and pea soup with a sandwich thin
Dinner: pancakes (6pp for flour) with bacon, blueberries and 3tbsp maple syrup (4pp) = 10pp

Monday – 25pp
Lunch: carvery = 25pp
Dinner: broccoli and pea soup with sandwich thin

Until next time.. x

WW Meal Plan – 30.06.15 – 06.07.15

Hi guys,

Hope you are all well. As I mentioned in my previous post, OH has challenged me to meal plan from what we already have in the freezer and cupboards and to try and not do a food shop. I’m a little doubtful to not doing a food shop altogether so there might be a tiny shop to just top up some essentials. I’m also doing part counting, part Filling & Healthy this week to try and combat my case of the munchies which have been coming more and more frequently in the past couple of weeks!

Tuesday – Counting – 29pp
Breakfast: Graze peaches provancale granola (6pp) with 250ml skimmed milk (3pp) = 9pp
Lunch: Holland steak and kidney pudding (9pp) with 150g new potatoes (3pp) and roast carrots = 12pp
Dinner: 2 egg omelette (4pp) with courgette, mushroom and 40g grated cheese (4pp) = 8pp

Wednesday – Counting – 31pp
Breakfast: fruit smoothie with 30g oats (3pp) and 30g chia seeds (3pp) = 6pp
Lunch: Baijia spicy and sour vermicelli (10pp) with 200g fish balls (6pp) = 16pp
Dinner: 4 cod fish fingers (6pp) with 150g potatoes (3pp) = 9pp

Thursday – Counting – 29pp
Breakfast: homemade American pancakes (10pp) with 2 bacon medallions (1pp), banana and 2 tbsp maple syrup (3pp) = 14pp
Lunch: Tesco everyday tomato soup (5pp) with 2 boiled eggs (4pp) = 9pp
Dinner: yoghurt (2pp) with frozen fruit, 3 ryvita (2pp) with 30g ham (1pp) and 30g Phili light (1pp) = 6pp

Friday – Filling & Healthy
Breakfast: fruit smoothie, boiled eggs, baked beans
Lunch: roasted salmon with carrots and peas
Dinner: WW pasta with scallops, prawns, mussels

Saturday – Filling & Healthy – 5pp
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, baked beans, Quorn bitesize kiev (100g – 5pp) = 5pp
Lunch: WW pasta with scallops, prawns, mussels
Dinner: savoury 5% beef mince with roast new potatoes

Sunday – Counting – 16pp+
Breakfast: 3 Weetabix golden syrup (6pp) with 250ml skimmed milk (3pp) = 9pp
Lunch: WW salmon wedge ready meal = 7pp
Dinner: out for dinner with family

Monday – Filling & Healthy
Lunch: savoury 5% beef mince with roast new potatoes
Dinner: veggie soup – thinking broccoli and peas at the moment.

Until next time.. x

WW Meal Plan – 16.06.15 – 22.06.15

Hi guys,

Sorry I’m behind on posts – I’m starting afresh this week as I’m a bit confused to where I am with all my meal posts! I think I’m going to end up with a slight gain this week as my sleeping pattern has flown out of the window and my hay fever has been crazy 😦

Tuesday – 19pp
Breakfast: sandwich thin (3pp) with 30g ham (1pp) and a Laughing Cow extra light triangle with a fruit smoothie = 4pp
Lunch: Braised tofu (7pp) with 135g cooked rice (5pp) = 12pp
Dinner: Roast cauliflower with roast carrots, 150g new potatoes (3pp) with salad = 3pp

Wednesday – 34pp
Breakfast: mushroom spinach 2 egg omelette (4pp) with 40g half fat cheddar (3pp) = 7pp
Lunch: korean tofu stew (7pp) with 135g cooked rice (5pp) = 12pp
Dinner: hot and spicy vermicelli (10pp) with roast pork steak (5pp) = 15pp

Thursday – 26pp
Breakfast: 2 bacon medallions (1pp) egg (2pp) sandwich thin (3pp) and a fruit smoothie = 6pp
Lunch: korean tofu stew (7pp) with 135g cooked rice (5pp) = 12pp
Dinner: Veggie soup with 2 sandwich thins (6pp) 60g ham (2pp) and a Laughing Cow extra light triangle = 8pp

Friday – 16pp
Breakfast: sandwich thin (3pp) with 30g ham (1pp) and a Laughing Cow extra light triangle with a fruit smoothie = 4pp
Lunch: braised tofu (7pp) with 135g cooked rice (5pp) = 12pp
Dinner: Dinner with my sister at a Korean restaurant

Saturday – 27pp
Breakfast: mushroom 2 egg omelette (4pp) with 40g half fat cheddar (3pp) = 7pp
Lunch: 3 chicken drumsticks (8pp) with roast carrots and salad = 8pp
Dinner: 170g salmon (8pp) with roast carrots, salad, 150g sweet potato (4pp) = 12pp

Sunday – 31pp
Lunch: Nando’s chicken thighs (14pp) with spicy rice (7pp) and ratatouille (3pp) = 24pp
Dinner: WW salmon potato wedge = 7pp

Monday – 8pp+
Lunch: lunch with Mum
Dinner: veggie soup, 2 sandwich thins (6pp) 60g ham (2pp) Laughing Cow extra light triangle = 8pp

Left some room for snacks. Hopefully my sleeping pattern will go back to normal this week, fingers crossed.

Until next time.. x

WW Meal Plan – 16.06.15 – 22.06.15

Hi guys,

This week is a little busier than usual as it’s my sister’s 12th birthday, my final exam and Father’s Day so I will be out for dinner a couple of times this week so need to reign it in a bit during the week to save my weeklies. I will be adding other snacks on top of this probably as a few days I’m a bit under my 34 daily points – it’s just to give me a little more flexibility when I’m craving that something.

Also, I’m going to try and change my sleeping and eating pattern this week. Usually I eat quite late as I finish work around 7-7:30pm so I’m going to try and eat my last meal at work around 4-5pm-ish and try and sleep a little earlier and see if this works better for my weight loss as I feel a lot of the time I’m eating and then going straight to sleep which I don’t think is too good either.

Tuesday – 30pp
Breakfast: 2 bagel thins (6pp) with 2 eggs (4pp) and 2 light cheese slices (1pp) = 12pp
Lunch: HM veggie soup (to be decided!) with sandwich thin (3pp) 30g ham (1pp) and a laughing cow extra light triangle = 4pp
Dinner: Having dinner at a friend’s – think it’s going to be a jacket potato with something = 13pp
Snack: yoghurt (1pp) with fruit

Wednesday – 22pp
Breakfast: half can of beans (4pp) with an egg (2pp) 2 bacon medallions (1pp), mushrooms and spinach = 7pp
Lunch: Cauliflower steak with roast carrots and 150g new potatoes (3pp) = 3pp
Dinner: 260g salmon (12pp) with roast veggies and salad = 12pp

Thursday – 34pp + 1 weekly pp
Breakfast: mushroom and courgette 2 egg (4pp) omelette with a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: veggie soup with a sandwich thin (3pp) 30g ham (1pp) and a laughing cow extra light triangle = 4pp
Dinner: Zizzi’s antipasti for one (12pp) and Zizzi’s skinny Primavera pizza (13pp)
Snack: yoghurt (1pp) with fruit

Friday – 29pp
Breakfast: 2 WW sausages (3pp), bagel thin (3pp) light cheese slice (1pp) and egg (2pp) = 9pp
Lunch: 2 sandwich thins (6pp) with 60g ham (2pp) and a laughing cow extra light triangle = 8pp
Dinner: Holland steak and kidney pudding (9pp) with roast veggies and 160g mushy peas (3pp) = 12pp

Saturday – 34pp + 4pp
Breakfast: bagel thin (3pp) with 30g Phili light (1pp) = 4pp
Lunch: veggie soup with sandwich thin (3pp) 30g ham (1pp) and a laughing cow extra light triangle = 4pp
Dinner: Sutler’s – starter: poached salmon with lettuce and peas, main: beef and veg stew with bubble and squeak guesstimate = 30pp

Sunday – 18pp
Breakfast: onion mushroom and courgette 2 egg (4pp) omelette with a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: veggie soup with bagel thin (3pp) with a laughing cow extra light triangle = 3pp
Dinner: 4 WW sausages (5pp) with 200g potatoes (4pp) with 60ml gravy (1pp) = 10pp

Monday – 33pp
Lunch: Heinz tomato soup 300g (4pp) with bagel thin (3pp) and 30g Phili light (1pp) = 8pp
Dinner: takeaway carvery guesstimate = 25pp

Sunday and Mondays I tend to eat a little less as long as I’m not planning on having a meal out as they’re my days off so I tend to sleep a little more.

Until next time.. x