Free salsa and Egg ‘mayo’

Yes you read the title of this post correctly and I say FREE egg mayo, no syns, zilch. Low calorie, low fat, protein egg mayo.

Well, not exactly. It is Free but its not mayo (come on, free mayo?) its actually made from cottage cheese but tastes almost the same as the real thing.

I also made this yummy salsa which is quick and easy and can be used on burgers or as a side.

Both are simple but tasty Enjoy!

Free Salsa (serves 2 as a side or can top upto 6 burgers)

you will need; 

Half yellow pepper (chopped)

half red pepper (chopped)

6 cherry tomatoes (chopped)

4 spring onions (finely chopped)

fresh coriander (finely chopped)

fresh basil (finely chopped)

salt and pepper

small red chilli (finely chopped)

balsamic vinegar

sprinkle of sweetner

Method; 

toss everything in a bowl and mix 🙂

 

Free egg ‘mayo’

you will need; 

2 boiled eggs (chopped)

1/2 tub of fat free cottage cheese (I use the morrisons nume one because its free on slimming world)

a small tub of fresh salad cress

salt and pepper

method;

Toss it all into a bowl and mix well

 

Cooking made simple 🙂

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Pistachio and dark chocolate cookies

These adults cookies are melt in the mouth gorgeous, and if recipe is followed in full and 20 cookies are made from the batch they only contain 3.5 syns each on slimming world!

 

What you will need:

125g light margarine

165 sweetner

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 large free range egg, beaten

185g oats

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Pinch salt

100g dark choc chips

35 pistachios

 

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Spray 2 baking sheets with fry light butter.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and mix in with a spoon
  3. Add the egg to the mixture a little at a time, keep staring each bit of egg in throughly, don’t worry if it looks lumpy it will soon smooth out again. Mix in the dry ingredients very carefully by hand (I used sally spoon), bringing together the mixture just enough to form a soft, sticky dough.
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Sally spoon makes everything taste better!

4) Crush the pistachios with a pestle and mortar and stir into the mixture, they don’t have to be perfect, just roughly crushed will do.

5) Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking sheets, Make sure you get 20 as bigger cookies will be more syns! Spread out as they make expand during cooking.

6) Bake in the centre of the oven for approx 12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a cooing rack. They may feel floppy, this is ok as they will firm up as they cool.

 

Enjoy these with some milk from your healthy extra A choice. They really are tasty, if you try them please let me know in the comments or you can post pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #slimmingmumstudentbum

My bucket list

For those of you who don’t know a bucket list is its a list of things you want to do with/in your life before you kick the bucket (die). This has been a big trend of late and I have fully jumped on the band wagon.

When I  had my life evaluation just before I started university I realised that going to uni wasn’t the only thing I wanted to achieve in life so I drew up my bucket list. Some items on the list are major life goals such as get a degree, road trip in America, lose 5 stone etc and some are little things like listen to a David Bowie album or roll down a big hill with the kids. Some of the things I’ve already done but i wanted to document them to remind me.

If you want to make a bucket list you can add whatever you want, the thing is its your list and you can put whatever you like on it. My list currently has 123 things on it that I want to do and I’m pretty certain il add a few more before I pop my clogs.

So i wanted to share with you all the things i have done already on my list and ticked them off, as I said these are my things so yours maybe completely different. Because I’m a pretty poor student at the moment most of them are the littler things that I’ve done.

Number 8; Teach a class

On my placement last year and through my volunteering work I managed to achieve this. Teaching people how to cook from scratch is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

Number 12; Watch the sunset on the beach

We did this in Spain last year me, ‘A’ and the kids. We ate a meal at the side of the beach as we watched the sun go down

Number 46; Stay in a 5* hotel

I did this on my second trip to London in 2007. Being a northerner London is pretty scary, so when I went on a work trip I jokingly asked my boss to book a posh hotel. Turns out no other hotels were available as it was a busy time of year so he had to book the 5*. It was heaven.

Number 47; Go roller skating

As a child I loved ice skating! Id never been rollerskating though until 2014 when my friend Julie took me. She plays for a roller derby team so I was nervous but I only fell once!

Number 49; Take a boat trip down the Thames 

Again this may seem normal to Londoners but it was something I wanted to do. I did on my first trip to London in 2005, and there was a free bar!

Number 51; Go to a music festival

Ive been to three, v98 (told my mother i was staying at a friends for the weekend, naughty). I went to Reading 1999 where i stayed for one night then came home due to my being very poorly after eating a dodgy burger. Then i went to Leeds 2000 which is where i got to see lots of my favourite bands of the time. Ive never been to a festival since.

Number 52; Visit a zoo

I’ve been to Chester zoo in 2012 and Yorkshire wildlife park twice. ‘A’ felt sorry for me as i never went to the zoo as a kid so he took me. I recently watched a documentary on BBC about zoos and I’m quite anti-zoo now so i don’t think il be visiting another.

Number 61; Make a cocktail

Ok so we’ve all made drunken cocktails at 1am at a house party but I’m talking proper cocktails to a recipe, real shaking and mixing. I did this last year on our holiday in spain. I made mojitos. Classy.

Number 69; See an elvis impersonator 

I totally love elvis i think he had one of the most powerful voices of all time. Some of my favourite memories are listening to him with my late nan. I can’t go see Elvis obviously because he died before I was born so I wanted to see an impersonator. I did, he was rubbish, like beyond crap!

Number 86; Have my picture in the paper

this happened as a child a couple of times, first time was me in a doughnut competition. I had to eat a doughnut without licking my lips. second time was meeting HRH Princess Diana opening a building, the third time was sat with Mr Blobby eating lunch. Enough said.

Number 91; Meet a royal

See number 86 above

Number 95; go on a steam train

We are fortunate enough to live near the worth valley steam train station but I didn’t go until 2006 when we took a 4 year old now 13 year old for a ride on the train. We would love to go again though!

Number 102; Shoot a gun

We went to a weapons and armour festival 2 years ago and they had a tent where you could go shoot tin cans with real guns. Very fun!

Number 106; Get a tattoo

flower top on my right arm when I was 18, hate it want it covered up.

Number 111; Eat in a fish restaurant 

Did this last year in Spain where I ate squid ink paella. It was pure black but very tasty!

Number 112; visit a farm shop

Ive done this a few times now but at the time of writing the bucket list i hadn’t. We have a lovely farm shop by us il have to log and show you.

Number 118; Sing on karaoke 

Went to a karaoke bar and sang my heart out 3 years ago. i can’t sing but it doesn’t mean i won’t. Ive since bought the 8 year old a machine so i can wail until me hearts content!

Number 124; See mariah Carey in concert

OMG my dreams came true when ‘A’ bought me tickets for my birthday this year. Totally amazing!!!!

 

And thats all I’ve done so far. I have exciting plans to tick a few more of the bigger things off this year. Unfortunately theres 2 I can’t do and thats See Michael Jackson live and see Whitney live. RIP guys you were legends.

Do you have a bucket list? Whats your favourite thing you have done on your bucket list?