Thursday, 3 March 2016

Slimming World Dinners



Hello everyone I have been doing a lot of home cooking lately so I thought I would share a couple with you. I have been doing slimming world for a few months now and it has taught me how much sugar and extra additives and preservatives we don't even realise are in processed food so I prefer to make my own meals. A healthy lifestyle doesn't mean just eating fruits salads and vegetables and starving yourself. infact that is why most diets don't work for people, you end up feeling hungry and snacking.

If you have 3 big healthy meals a day and each of them are a healthy option with fruit, salad, vegetables and the right carbohydrates and protein you will soon start to notice a difference. Each meal will fill you up and leave you full until your next meal. Also by doing this you get your 5 a day easy. 

Breakfast is the most important meal as it starts your metabolism up to break down food intake through out the day. If you are like me and cant afford the subscriptions to slimming world then you can just use the recipes online to make you own healthy decisions and cook with low fat products and oil. 

SPEED FOOD
Here is a list of different speed foods. speed food is fruit and vegetables that speeds up your metabolism so if eaten regularly and cooperated into each meal will speed up your weight loss. search online for other websites for better explanations. Dried pasta and rice is also syn free on slimming world so you can use this in your meals to fill yourself up.


Slimming World Beef Stew

      
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I Have linked the slimming world recipe above but I changed it slightly and used what Ingredients I had in my house. You cant have stew without dumplings right? but you can have them in modesty. I made small balls and only had one of them.

Ingredients
  • 1 Large onion
  • fry light oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves (crushed)
  • Carrots
  • Sweed
  • 400g steak chunks
  • 400g Beef Stock
  • Tomato puree
  • salt 
  • pepper
Method
  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Spray frying pan with fry light oil. cook steak on medium heat until browned on each side. add chopped onions and fry for 2 mins then add crushed garlic and cook for another 2 mins. Season with salt and pepper 
  3. Add beef stock and vegetables (sweed and carrots in my case) but you can use leeks mushrooms ect whatever you want really (the more vegetables the better). simmer for 7 minutes or so then add 2 tablespoons of tomato puree and mix well
  4. Add all contents into a casserole dish, cover and cook on 180 degrees for 2-3 hours.

Slimming world Cottage Pie
I also changed this recipe to suit what ingredients I already had at home. I also added extra vegetables to my plate to make the meal more filling.


Ingredients
  • 250g of lean 5% fat minced beef
  • 1 Large onion
  • 1 Garlic clove sliced
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • 300g beef stock
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tomato puree
  • Maris piper potatoes 
  • Low fat butter
  • Low fat cheese
Method
  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Fry the minced beef in a frying pan once browned discard of any fat juices.
  3. Add onion and garlic and fry until onions are soft. season with salt and pepper
  4. Put 2 tablespoons of tomato puree in with 300g of beef stock with the chopped carrots and peas.simmer until thickened
  5. Add to a casserole dish and flatten. 
  6. After boiling your potatoes mash with low fat butter until creamy
  7. Place on top of minced beef mixture in casserole dish and make pattern on top with fork
  8. Add cheese and place in oven and cook until golden brown on top

Slimming world Spag Bowl
I changed this recipe also. Adding as may vegetables as you like to each meal will make it more filling but also healthy.























Ingredients
  • 5% lean minced beef
  • Red & green sliced peppers
  • Large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Passata (speed food)
  • Tomato puree
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Pasta
Method
  1. Fry minced beef until browned and tip away any excess fat juices. add onion and garlic and fry until onions are soft
  2. Season with salt pepper and oregano.
  3. Add peppers and any other vegetables you like. mushrooms etc
  4. Add 1 tin of chopped tomatoe, 2 tablespoons of passata and 2 table spoons of tomato puree
  5. Transfer to sauce pan and cook for 15-20 mins ( add 100ml beef stock to make it less tomato flavoured)
  6. Serve with any dried pasta of choice

I had lettuce, spinach and cucumber with mine but I also like to have it with broccoli and green beans.
my daughter also loves all my home made meals and I am a lot happier knowing what it is she is eating.

Hope someone gets a little inspiration from this to start healthy eating and controlling a healthy lifestyle. I will be doing another post on breakfast ideas and an example of my weekly food diary.


TIP- I use the app "lose it" to log all of my food and it tells me how many calories I have had through out the day and is a really good visual way of seeing how many calories each food product contains and it becomes fun to try and make your daily calorie intake lower than the last day. Good luck 

Katie