Monday, 25 February 2013

Night Mode Activate

I really should have blogged last night, however a rather severe case of the Can't Be Arsed's last night, a combination of that, and feeling really tired meant I headed up to bed rather than updating you all on my daily grub!

After heading to bed very early on Saturday night, well early for me. I woke up for the first time at 8.30am. A lie in of 4 hours compared to the rest of the week, but if I did something as odd as getting out of bed at that time on a Sunday the world would probably have stopped spinning on it's axis or something, so to avoid disaster I went back to sleep and awoke at the fair more reasonable time of midday :) Well I am preparing for my night shifts ;)

I got my chores out of the way nice and quickly, work clothes washed and the dishwasher unloaded and loaded again - I do love SW but the washing up is insane - and so my mind turned to brunch. Rather an eclectic brunch maybe, but it was rather delicious.

There's rather a lot hiding on this plate, so bear with me.....a Warburtons sandwich thin, topped with cheese and a Quorn sweet red onion burger, with an egg on top, plus wedges and a rather large pile of BBQ veggies (mushrooms, onion and tomatoes). It was really tasty and immensely filling. So much so that I wasn't hungry again for hours. I whiled away the hours chatting to TOK and watching many, many episodes of Come Dine With Me and catching up on the latest Twitter furore caused by the lovely Weight Loss Bitch who had commented that she couldn't believe someone could reach the age of 33 and not be able to make soup. It actually got me thinking about how shocking that actually is. Reaching the age of 33 and being unable to rustle up one of the most basic meals possible? I find that quite scary to be frank, and surely the lack of some simple education in basic cooking skills is a contributor to the so-called obesity epidemic we have at the moment? If people are unable to turn simple, fresh ingredients into a meal without relying on convenience foods or packets, then no wonder people are getting bigger and bigger!! 

Anyway, after such excitement, I decided to do some cooking myself, and armed with my Blue Diamond almond breeze milk I set about creating myself a rice pudding in the slow cooker to have after dinner.....results coming after dinner lol!

I had dinner far too late, as despite being hungry I really couldn't be bothered to get off the sofa, I couldn't be bothered to make the roast dinner I'd planned on and in the end I plumped for something nice and easy, a meatball bake.

Easy peasy this one. I just cooked some Orzo (small, rice shaped pasta) and left to drain, then I fried off some onion, mushroom, courgette, garlic and herbs, when they were soft I added a tin of tomatoes and some tomato puree. Whilst that was simmering I microwaved some Quorn swedish meatballs and then poured the veggie mix over them, topped with 40g of Stilton and put in the oven for 20 minutes. Extremely tasty, and it made a nice change to have the Stilton on the top rather than Cheddar. It left me rather stuffed though, and all the while the rice pudding was waiting patiently! Is there anything worse than knowing you have a delicious dessert waiting but being too full to eat it?? Gah!!

Eventually though I managed to find the space, and I can tell you now that this rice pudding is highly recommended! It was gorgeous!

Okay, so it looks like proper rice pudding, and it tasted like it too (well pretty close anyway) and no cream soda or yogurts in sight :) 

Rice Pudding

900ml Blue Diamond almond breeze unsweetened Almond milk (4½ syns -you can have 875ml for a HeA if you want to save yourself the syns!)

3oz pudding rice, I used arborio though
4 tbsp of sweetener (Add to taste though)
1 tbsp of vanilla extract

You then just utilise my favourite cooking method, lob it all into the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours :) Lovely! Although be warned that when it's done it's actually hotter than the sun, so let it cool down for a while!

I just chopped up a banana and stirred it in, and it was so good, I'll definitely be making it again. Although I've not eaten too many meals today, I certainly headed to bed rather full, and didn't manage to stay up late at all, bit of a worry when I'm working tonight! Oh well!

Food Diary (Sunday)

Free Food
Quorn meatballs
tinned tomatoes
tomatoe puree

Healthy Extras
A - 40 reduced fat Cheddar
B - 30g Stilton

Warburtons Thins                                  5
10g Stilton                                             2
1/2 of my rice pudding                           2½

Total syns                                              9½

A bit of a strange day really, with not a lot going on, but I'm glad that I tried the rice pudding, and it was interesting to see some peoples views (and excuses) on cooking. I would hope that my blog goes a little way towards showing you that cooking healthy food isn't complicated, hard or time consuming, believe me, I'm not one for faff. So if you are concerned about your cooking skills, just give it a go. If you can read this blog, you can read a recipe and create something tasty :)


  1. Hi, new reader here! I used to do Slimming World, so I'm getting flash backs! I'm a big almond milk fan too! :)

    1. Hi Ffion :) Welcome to my strange little world :) Which plan do you follow now? I'm a total SW devotee I'm afraid, the scales don't lie lol :)

  2. Oooooh that meatball bake looks and sounds delicious!!!

    1. It was really nice, very quick and easy too!