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 slimming world progress

 

I dont suppose il ever stop having ‘that look’ when I tell people I’m a nutritionist and I go to slimming world. I guarantee that in most cases the first question I get asked is; ‘if you know what to eat to not get fat why do you go to slimming world?’

The truth is I do know what to eat and what not to eat. iI know exactly what happens to that huge bar of galaxy I demolished in 10 minutes when it gets to each stage in its quest to be turned Into energy and fat. Does it stop me eating it though? No because it tastes good and I can not help myself. This is nothing to do with me being a nutritionist its to do with will power, self control ad greed.

I quickly realised that I needed support, that helping hand to guide me through the weight loss journey. When i walked through the door of slimming world back in January the fact id been here before and it went wrong still haunted me. That was before I started my degree though and this time I knew my waist circumference could cause diabetes and that my love of burgers could increase my chances of heart disease. This time is different because its not all about fitting into that bikini it was about me living a long and full life.

I stepped on the scales and when the numbers read 15.13 i felt like crying. Id left slimming world 2 years ago and put on almost 3 stone. It was the heaviest id ever been and I still haven’t shared that weight with anyone until now in this blog. Ashamed and scared I knew I had to lose this weight. I set an initial goal of 11 stone which would put me just in the healthy weight BMI category.

Im now 15 weeks in and I’ve lost 1 stone 9.5lbs. I post most of my meals on Instagram so I can keep track (follow me slimming_mum_student_bum) I don’t lose big amounts every week, thats just not me but every time I even think about bad food i think about diabetes, heart disease, cancer and not being able to dress how I want. i STICK TO PLAN AND IVE LOST ALMOST EVERY WEEK!! Im not saying its easy but as a parent and a woman who’s trying so hard to set out on a new career path i need to do this. I also think its a bit bad to advise people how to make healthy food choices and live an active lifestyle when I’m going home to eat pizza. Ive always struggled with my weight and that puts me in a better position to help others.

This is a full breakdown of what I have lost each week

  • wk 1 – 2.5lbs off
  • wk2 – 3lbs off
  • wk3 – 2lbs off*
  • wk 4 – 1lb off
  • wk 5 – 1.5lbs off
  • wk6 – 3.5lbs off
  • wk 7 – 1.5lbs off
  • wk 8 – 1.lbs off*
  • wk 9 – 0.5lbs off
  • wk 10 – 4lbs off
  • wk 11 – maintained/stayed same
  • wk 12 – 1.5lbs off*
  • wk 13 – 2lbs off
  • wk 15 –  0.5 off

* indicates time of the month, however there seems to be no pattern in me. Some women lose less weight but mine is pretty random.

Id say slimming world has taught me that even though I know scientifically an individual doesn’t need a lot of food, I was wrong to think I was different and I did. I now only eat when I’m hungry and only eat the amount I need to to feel full. If you want to see more of what kids of meals I eat I will be posting some more recipes on here. You can also search for me on Instagram as suggested above (slimming_mum_student_bum)  where I post most of my meals.

Its a hard journey and if you go to slimming world post some tips and comments in the comments section. If you don’t but are thinking about it you can post any questions here too.

Stay healthy xxx

 

Mamas easy beany ‘shepherds’ pie

 

Although it has plenty of vegetables in this ‘pie’ it was demolished by my kids. Ive added simple things like bagged casserole mix and carrot and swede topping (available from most supermarkets but i used Tesco) just to make it quicker. Ive also used spray oil and 5% mince to make it free on slimming world. You can use lambs mince to make it more authentic but this will add a syn value. Enjoy!

What you will need;

  • one white onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp lazy garlic or chopped garlic
  • 500g of 5% minced beef
  • 1/2 pint of beef stock made up with 2 stock cubes
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bags of bean casserole mix (so much easier than chopping yourself)
  • 500g of chopped carrot and swede either pre chopped or chop yourself
  • salt and pepper

Method;

  1. Pierce the bag of the casserole mix and place in the microwave for 15 mins. Meanwhile fry your onions in fry light with the garlic until soft. Add the mince and brown.
  2. Add the beef stock to the mine and onion mix, then add the bean mix and stir well. simmer and let the sauce thicken and vegetables all cook. Mine had carrots in so i waited until these were soft. add the worscestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. While the mix is cooking down cook the carrot and swede mix in the microwave until soft. Mash them with a potato masher.
  4. Once the mince mix is finished add this to an over proof dish then top with an even layer of the mash. Place in the oven for approx 20 mins but don’t let the top burn!

This made enough for 5 of us to enjoy on its own but to stretch further you can serve with salad or bead. If you liked or tried this recipe then please follow my blog and leave a comment 🙂