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So I’m in a perpetual state of hunger but at least the lbs are coming off slowly. Very slowly.



Yes I’m aware that the above just says ‘Rice’ but I didn’t know what to call this recipe and when in doubt saying it in French always makes it sound good…….

So this is a simple recipe to make and I’m going to be taking it into work for lunch as a welcome change from salad for a while. I’m allowed 50-75g of rice but as I’m just having it as a lunch meal I might take portions of 40g and have some fruit after

I made 2 different types - a fish and a meat but you can add whatever you want and it will work.

So the actual recipe…….

Ingredients

  • 300g brown rice
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 courgette
  • Large handful of spinach
  • 5 mushrooms
  • Spring onion
  • 1 large tomato
  • Chillies
  • 4 Sausages (meat version - chicken would work too)
  • Tin of Anchovies (fish version - I had a tin in my cupboard but you could use any fish)

Method to the madness

So very easy really - boil the rice (remember brown rice takes longer!) Chop up all the veg and chuck it all together in a pan. If you are filling the dish out with meat pop your sausages under the grill. Roughly cut up some spinach and leave to one side.

Cook the vegetables until soft, drain the rice, and mix the 2 together. Chop up the sausages or fish and also stir in. Chuck in the spinach and season with salt and pepper.

Eat.

See told you it was the easiest recipe I’ve ever posted. It’s very tasty though :) and it looks so colourful as well. I’m really looking forward to having this for lunch tomorrow!

(pink plate - fish option / green plate - meat option)

As a bonus here is a picture of me cooking - just because I thought I looked like I knew what I was doing in my apron….



you can see that I am losing weight slowly……

xxx



Weight update: I have now lost 12lbs over 8 weeks, which is such good progress and although it’s still a long way to go until I reach my target weight I feel like I am getting there.

I have also lost a couple of inches off my hips and people are starting to notice it around my face which is always a good motivator.

I just wish I didn’t miss white pasta so much……

xxx



Ingredients

·         olive oil

·         1 finely chopped onion

·         half a block of frozen ready-rolled shortcrust pastry

·         150g crumbled feta

·         100g chopped sundried tomatoes

·         1 tablespoon mixed herbs

·         4 eggs

·         175ml single cream

·         cracked black pepper

Method to the Madness

Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a muffin pan with olive oil. Chop the onion place  in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, cook for 3 minutes or until soft and translucent. Set aside to cool. Using a 8 circles to fit and line muffin holes with the pastry .

Combine the cooked onion, feta, sundried tomatoes and mixed herbs in a small bowl. Divide feta mixture between pastry shells.Place eggs and cream in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Season with pepper. Pour over feta mixture until it’s all covered.

Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through and golden.

These are so good served warm with a side salad. Leigh polished off 2 and asked for more! :)

Enjoy!

xxx

 

 



Ingredients

  •  85g finely chopped onion
  • 85g finely chopped pepper
  • 75g Baking flour
  • 75g wholemeal flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2tsp red pesto
  • 100ml milk
  • 75g feta
  • 2tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking power
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 pieces of bacon

Method to the Madness

Preheat the oven to 200c or Gas mark 7.

In a pan, heat some oil and then add the onion and pepper until cook until just soft. Transfer to bowl. Chop up your bacon and use this pan to quickly fry off the bits – saves on washing up!

Next whisk both the baking and whole-wheat flour together, along with the baking powder, mixed herbs, salt and sugar.

 Take your onion bowl and stir the milk, crumbled feta, egg and pesto in – only add the bacon at this stage if you want them all to be meaty. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together. Set out your 12 muffin cases and spoon the mixture into the cases. I did half vegetable and then added my bacon to the remaining mixture before dividing it out between the last 6 cases.

Pop in the oven. Now I’ve been having trouble with my oven having just moved from a gas to an electric and I’m still trying to sort out my timings. I left them in for half an hr but they didn’t seem cooked so I left them in for 45min in the end and they had gone a bit brown (black) on top. I’d say 35min and check on them.

They still tasted delicious though and at 80 odd calories a muffin they make for a healthy, low calorie afternoon snack.

xxx



Had my weigh in today and I have stayed at a constant. I hate it when this starts to happen, it’s normally about when I get really disillusioned with the whole thing but thank goodness for my lovely ‘diet’ coach who I can’t let down and who isn’t letting me down.

Her words of encouragement are helping immensely and even when I feel like having a bad day she reminds me that it will all be worth it in the end. I think that’s what I’ve always lacked. 

Just need to keep what I’m doing and try and get over the idea that it’s all just going to happen overnight.

Going to be attempting to make low calorie ‘pizza’ muffins tomorrow so will post the recipe on here for you all to try :)

xxx 






2 more pounds lost this week…. 40 to go……fruit and veg you are my friends.



Ingredients

                    2 tsp olive oil

                    2 medium leeks , thinly sliced

                    200g chestnut mushrooms , sliced

                    2 garlic cloves , crushed

                    300g wholewheat spaghetti

                    140g low-fat soft cheese (I used Philadelphia Light)

                    85g wafer-thin smoked ham , shredded

Method to the madness

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Chop the leeks then chuck in the saucepan along with 2 tbsp water and some seasoning, Cook for 5 mins over a medium heat until softened. Add the mushrooms and garlic, then cook for 3 more mins. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, then drain, reserving a little of the cooking liquid. I used wholemeal spaghetti which took a little longer to cook so keep this in mind.

Stir the soft cheese into the leek and mushroom mixture, adding enough of the reserved pasta liquid to give a sauce-like consistency. Add the ham, then toss in the spaghetti. I then seasoned with pepper once plated up.

This dish was so good Leigh asked if there was more!

xxx



So my friend at work is doing a dietary/fitness course and needs to hand in some coursework. For this she needs to create a case study. I’ve been thinking for a while now that I really need to start making some proper changes to my diet and not things that I stick to for a few weeks, plus I want her case study to look good so I have motivation for someone else as well as myself.

I had to keep a food diary for a week and even as I was doing it I could see the problem areas within my diet, too much sugar and too many carbs, plus portion sizes. She returned the diary to me with comments pretty much the same as above and told me that I should start eating whole wheat pasta and rice and measuring my portions.

This will be my third week of keeping a food diary and its looking a lot better already. I am eating from a smaller plate and measuring my food so I know what my calorie intake is. I have also made the switch to whole wheat. I don’t mind the pasta but I’m still unsure on the rice. Sugar is still quite a big problem for me, I like to finish a meal with something sweet but I have been trying to have yoghurt or a couple of figs.  

In a couple of weeks time she has said that we will review again to see what else can be changed so my body doesn’t get used to it.

It seems to be working so far though, in 2 weeks I have lost 6lbs just by making a few changes so hopefully it will continue to drop off.

If I keep filling my plate with veg. and keep weighing my cheese I’m sure I will start to see results.  I’ve given myself a treat day as well so I don’t feel like I am depriving myself – although what with it being my Birthday the weekend just gone was definitely a treat weekend….

I have my weekly weigh-in in 2 days so fingers crossed that at least a pound has come off because that will be half a stone then :)

Just need to get back on the exercise motivation track now.

xxx 



Stop biting my nails

So I started and it was all going really well but then I started to bite around my nails and that started to hurt, and then I had to do my essay and I got stressed so I bit them all off. This one is a work in progress!

Start taking care of my skin – I’m going to try and lotion everyday!

I haven’t been doing this everyday but I’ve been having a special bath/lotion day once a week which has been nice.

Learn to drive (or at least do my theory!)

I’ve got to get a couple of other things sorted money wise but then I fully intend on learning

Get back on track with the weight loss

This is going ok, I’m trying to put more green on my plate and also eat smaller portions but I really need to try and find some exercise I can do without hurting my ankle. I do also seem to be having more treat days than none treat days! Besides someone else is more concerned about their weight…

Save money every month without fail!

This is going well, I haven’t been shopping this month and I’ve put money away in my account so we are off to a good start!

Enjoy living in London, really start doing things again

We haven’t been out and about in London yet because of the snow in the middle of January but do have an idea of things that we want to do

Have a date night once a month

We went out for dinner which was lovely and next month is Valentine’s Day so we will definitely be going out then so I guess that is this one covered!

Finish writing something, even if it’s just a short story

I have started writing again! Here’s a little bit of something that I have been working on:

She bought her fingers up to her mouth and gnawed on the stubs of nails that remained there, closing her eyes and offering up a silent prayer that after 80 years of not believing that God might accept her now and that she might seek redemption for her life and any wrongs that has been a part of her journey to this moment.

Really focus on my course

Yeah ok I’m not doing this. I am just far too lazy a person  :)


I’m not doing too badly am I?!

xxx



Ingredients

For the Couscous

180g couscous, 350ml boiling water, 1tbsp olive oil

For the chicken/chorizo

2tbsp olive oil, 2 chicken breasts, 4 chorizo sausages, 1 onion, peeled and sliced, 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, 1tsp ground cinnamon, ½tsp ground cumin, ½tsp chilli powder, 50g raisins, juice of ½ lemon, 150ml water

Put the couscous in a large bowl and pour in the boiling water and olive oil. Cover the bowl tightly with clingfilm and leave to stand for five minutes. Fork through and set aside.

Next heat the olive oil in a pan and add the chicken.  Sauté until golden in patches. Whilst the chicken is cooking, cook the sausages off in the oven. Add the sliced onion and garlic and fry until golden.Chop the sausages and add to the pan along with the spices and stir to coat the mixture thoroughly, then add the raisins.

Pour over the lemon juice and water and leave to simmer for five to ten minutes until you are left with a couple of tablespoons of water at the bottom. Combine the couscous and chicken mixture in a large serving bowl. Season and serve.

I’ve doubled up so I can take it to work all next week, its bloody lush!



I started ‘no carbs’ week today.  I realised this might not be such a good idea this morning when I realised I couldn’t have cereal and had a yoghurt instead. I just want to see if I can do it but seeing as carbs and dairy happen to be my favourite food groups I can’t imagine this week is going to be very fun at all!

Still Europe in 3 weeks so last ditch attempt to lose a few pounds that I will then put back on again with all the baguettes, cheese, pizza and beer I will be consuming :)

xxx





I'm Cara ♥ A 25 year old who lives in London with my darling boyfriend and adorable cat.

This is my life.....





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