Friday, 7 September 2012

No Excuses!

I really don't have any excuse for not blogging yesterday. Yes I was tired in the evening, and yes I ate my dinner rather late, and yes, I still have a bloody headache, but none of those have stopped me from blogging before, so I apologise!

Yesterday didn't start so well, I still wasn't feeling wonderful, and a headache had reappeared, purely to annoy me I'm sure. Then when I finally got myself together enough to have something to eat I had no idea what I fancied, and so I ended up with a total mishmash of a brunch - tasted yummy though!

Jacket spud with cous cous quiche leftovers and a salad, well I say salad, we had no lettuce so I had a pile of tomatoes and cucumber topped with some fat free cottage cheese. I was absolutely stuffed afterwards though! The very filling meal came in very handy when we decided to have a couple of drinks later on - we didn't go mad, but I was glad for the stomach lining!

Afterwards, a quick easy dinner was in order, and so once again, some 98% fat free supernoodles came to the rescue, just topped with cheese. 

A terrible day foodwise really - but hey, they can't all be great days right?

Thursday's Food Diary

Free Food
fat free cottage cheese
left over cous cous quiche
98% fat free supernoodles

Healthy Extras
A - 15g of cheddar and 3 Laughing Cow extra light triangles, 30g of cheddar
B - 30g of cheddar

175ml of rose wine             6
6 x 25ml of Jack Daniels     15
milk in tea                           1

Total syns                           22

Bit over on the old syns, but Friday will even it out.........

Speaking of Friday...I woke up with my headache still going strong, and a lovely stiff neck to add to the pain! As it's shopping day, we were a bit light on provisions so breakfast was a wee bit thrown together!

It's quite handy sometimes that we stock up on things like yogurts and cereal bars when they're on offer! After breakfast/brunch we had to brave Asda - not a wonderful task, and we only went there rather than Aldi due to a price guarantee voucher of £2.57 to add to our budget. Luckily we arrived just as rather a lot of things were being reduced and we managed to pick up grapes, peppers, tomatoes, celery, sweet peppers and asparagus all with those lovely yellow stickers on, and the lot was less than £4! With Quorn and eggs still on offer, we'll be able to eat for another week yet ;)

I also picked up something I actually see as a treat, although most people will either hate them or see them as the sole domain of pregnant women with odd cravings....the humble gherkin!

I LOVE these, and munched my way through half a jar as a snack once we got back from shopping! I wasn't sure what to have for dinner, and it was 8pm before I thought about having a browse through my new, All In One recipe book (a Slimming World one). I'd been looking for some recipes that I could put in the slow cooker, or that could just be bunged in the oven, and this book looks perfect.

I decided on a sweet vegetable risotto, but as always, deviated slightly from the recipe :)

Slow Cooker Sweet Vegetable Risotto (serves 2, or 1 greedy person with enough leftover for lunch).

100g of sweet potato
125g of risotto rice
an onion
2 cloves of garlic (or a good dollop of lazy garlic)
half a courgette
600ml of vegetable stock
various veggies (I used peas, spinach and asparagus)
50g of feta

I diced up the sweet potato and threw it into the slow cooker with the finely chopped onion, garlic, rice and veggie stock, seasoned it well, and put that on low for 2 hours. After the 2 hours I threw in the rest of the veggies and left for another half an hour.

I then dished it up and topped it with the feta and some more pepper.

It was really easy, and a perfect recipe if you can't be bothered! Tastewise, it wasn't *full* of flavour, mostly tasting of the vegetables, however, I think a bit more seasoning and the addition of some fresh rosemary would really lift the taste. Butternut Squash might be a good substitute for the sweet potato too as it has a bit more flavour. That's me being picky though, as it tasted very nice topped with the feta (the recipe book suggests topping with parmesan - but that's not veggie).

Tonight will be an early one, rest and recovery is still the way forward methinks, but not before I use my last HeA to make myself a hugely milky options hot chocolate before bed. 

Food Diary

Free Food
risotto rice
sweet potato

Healthy Extras
A - 50g of feta, 250ml semi-skimmed milk
B - 2 Alpen Lights

2 Shape Delight yogurts   1/2
Options hot chocolate      2

(told ya I'd claw them back!)

Total syns                        2 1/2

I shall not be as slack tomorrow, I promise, proper blog as you've come to expect!

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