Sunday, 15 July 2012

My Blog Goes Bang!

Being on the poor side, means that weekends are normally spent indoors with t'internet and tv to keep us occupied! This, I guess, is the perfect storm situation to pick at naughty foods, but luckily there are no children in the house, and so we can make the decision not to have crisps and sweets in the house.

To be honest, when I fancy something sweet I normally have a yogurt, cereal bar or some fruit. They tend to keep the munchies away. Savoury I find is easier, you can always bung some homemade wedges in the oven and they are perfect to snack on in front of the TV. Not such issue for me today, but it's nice to know the options are there!

Breakfast today was a variation on my favourite, with the absence of bread (still sticking to my consultant's advice). 

Chopped tomatoes, fried eggs and quorn sausages. With no toast, this was quite the runny meal - maybe I'll swap chopped tomatoes for a mix of mushrooms and tomatoes just cooked together whilst I can't have bread to soak up all that lovely tomatoey juice! Lesson learnt!

Being the weekend, it gives me a chance to try out a few things, and as we have a tin of chickpeas in the cupboard, and a box of 1 syn each (!!) falafels in the freezer, I thought I'd try and make my own. 

I'm not sure they were entirely a success as they were rather crumbly, methinks an egg will need to be added next time, but they certainly tasted the part despite being more fail-afel than falafel hehe! I served them on top of a cheese salad, and made some potato and sweet potato wedges to go with it. The dip is just 2 tbsp of extra light mayo mixed with yogurt. The meal was really lovely, and so the recipe is below (as I said, you might want to add an egg...)


Tin of chickpeas (drained)
half an onion
ground cumin
chilli and garlic grinder (you could just use a chilli, I didn't have any)
salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

I put the lot into a food processor and pulsed it until the mixture looked processed but still had some texture to it I put it all into a container and left it in the fridge for an hour or so. I then shaped them into slightly flattened balls and put them on a baking tray sprayed with frylight and cooked for 15 minutes. That's it! As I say, the taste was good, but they could have held together a bit better. Maybe refrigerating after the patties are shaped could be the way to go in future?

The wedges are easy enough, just chop the potatoes / sweet potatoes into wedges, spray with frylight and bake in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, you can sprinkle them with spices to spice them up as well.

Later I'll be making up a batch of the heinz style tomato soup (recipe here) to have as a late supper, topped with some Brie as my HeB. I'll also take some to work tomorrow. Leftovers really are a godsend when you work shifts, so tomorrow's meal at work (I'm on a 2pm-10pm shift) will be some falafels and soup. 

Food Diary

Free Food
chopped tomatoes
sweet potatoes
fat free natural yogurt
Irish diet yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 30g of Cheddar
B - 35g of Brie

3 Quorn Sausages                        3
2 tbsp of Asda extra light mayo     2

Total                                            5

I'd also like to say hello, and thank you to the hundreds of people who have found this blog, thanks to a retweet from @SlimmingWorld. I hope that you like reading about my journey, and try some of the recipes out. I'd love to hear how they work out for you, and how your Slimming World journey is going. Thanks again!

MinxyMissK :)


  1. Karen I have just started reading this and I absolutely love it! I have been yo yoing for quite a few years now and - after trying every diet known to man - am also going back to Slimming World as it's the only one that truly works. I have become so dissillusioned both with my own resolve and with the various plans and diets I have had a really negative attitude to improving my attitude but seeing your photo when you started and comparing it to how you look now has totally inspired me!

    Thanks again - this is just what I needed! xxxx

    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment. You just need to believe that you can do it xx