Thursday, 13 September 2012

Positive Mental Attitude

That's my quote for the day. Positive Mental Attitude :) PMA is always helped when you get dressed, tighten up your faithful old belt, look down and realise that you've slimmed out of it, there isn't a hole to be seen where you need one. How's that for a good start?

Yesterday I decided that I would do at least one thing productive today, and I managed it. I cleared out the biggest kitchen cupboard, cleaning it all up and organised everything as I put it back in. It's the cupboard where the kitchen gadgets go to die, and it contains my food processor, chocolate fountain, chocolate fondue, slow cooker, rice cooker and ice cream maker :) To be fair, I use the food processor, and the slow cooker. The rice cooker was broken :( and I thought I'd thrown the ice cream maker away!! So a productive day has turned into rather a good one as now I can make syn free ice cream, well syn free frozen yogurt, but that's good enough for me.

I was up late today, and we went out shopping before I got round to eating. Aldi this week - the comparison to the shopping we got last week at Asda for £40, and the amount we got this week in Aldi for £32 was insane. So much more fresh food, and things like cheese, and much, much cheaper. If they sold Laughing Cows and LowLow I'd never go anywhere else again!

When I finally got around to cooking, I thought I'd give a fellow Slimming World blogger's recipe a go. You can check her blog out here) Yesterday she blogged about a gorgeous looking Aubergine Bake, and so as I actually remembered to pick up an Aubergine whilst I was shopping, I gave it a whirl!

As always I modified slightly...

Aubergine Lasagne
chopped tomatoes
an aubergine
lasagne sheets

Put the chopped tomatoes, garlic, paprika and oregano into a pan and bring to the boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes or so until the mixture thickens slightly. Whilst the pan was simmering I sliced up the aubergine, sprayed the slices with frylight and put them under the grill until they browned off slightly. I then spooned some of the tomato mixture into the bottom of an ovenproof dish to cover the bottom and layered the aubergine on top, then a lasagne sheet, more tomato, more aubergine, another sheet and topped with the tomato. Then I recklessly used up 2 HeB's of reduced fat mozzarella to top it with, and baked it for 25 minutes.

It was incredibly filling, and something I'll definitely be making again, so thank you @Amy8n :)

It took me 5 hours to feel hungry enough to think about dessert, and as you know, I tend not to bother with desserts too much, but when I saw 12 mini meringues in Aldi for 1 syn each and 89p it was rude not to pick them up, and so I treated myself to a 4 syn Eton Mess.

I used about a third of the tub of Total 0% greek yogurt, a good dollop of quark and a sprinkle of sweetener to taste. I then splashed in some vanilla extract and that was the perfect base. I then crumbled in 4 of the mini meringues and poured in some raspberries. That was it, and oh my it was gorgeous, utterly gorgeous. It didn't taste like yogurt and quark, it just tasted like a lovely sweet dessert. I'll most definitely be making this one again that's for sure - I might even attempt it as an ice cream now I have my ice cream maker again!

And now dear blog readers, I have a question for you. My lovely consultant, Claire, has given me two ENORMOUS marrows.......I shall wait whilst you compose yourselves.....

Okay, that's enough snickering at the back! What I need are suggestions as to what to do with these two monsters, so far I've been told to stuff it, or make a moussaka with it, or ratatouille. Any other ideas? After all there is a LOT of marrow here! I shall eagerly await your suggestions, oh, and keep it clean please? ;)

Food Diary

Free Food
chopped tomatoes
lasagne sheets
fat free natural yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 65g of reduced fat mozzarella (I know technically you can only have this as a HeB choice, but as normal mozzarella is both an HeA AND a HeB I'm feeling rebellious!)
B - 

milk in tea                 1
4 mini meringues       4
Hot chocolate           5 (2 for the sachet, 3 for the milk)

Total syns                 10

As I got up late, that means we'll be up late too, and that means another meal rather late in the evening, I'm not going to make much effort, so it will be a jacket potato, with cottage cheese, cheddar and some tomatoes. Just something to make sure I don't wake up hungry in the middle of the night! I shall look forward to some intriguing (clean) marrow suggestions!


  1. Thanks for the mention Karen! I'm going to try the lasagne version very soon especially as I've just discovered Asda Snart Price lasagne sheets for about 25p!

    1. Thank YOU for the recipe! Those are the sheets I use, why pay more?

  2. I know this blog is pretty old but in case anyone is reading I use marrow this way....peel and remove seeds,,,cut into small pieces and throw into an fat or spray needed...syn free marrow chips and with marrow 3 cals an ounce you cant go wrong. Yummy too ! (not tried this the oven chips way but Im sure you will experiment ! )