Photo's of me - start & finish

Photo's of me - start & finish

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Raspberry Muffins (Serves 12 at 4 PP each)

1 1/2 cups wholewheat self raising flour
4 tbsp Bertolli light
2 oz rice krispies
1 1/2 cups of raspberries
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.  Coat a 12 hole muffin tin with cooking spray.  Place flour in a large bowl and rub in bertolli light with fingers.
2. Stir in cereal, raspberries & sugar.  Combine eggs & milk in small bowl and stir into fruit mixture.
3. Pour mixture into prepared tin.
4. Bake for 25 mins.  Let stand for 5 mins before putting on a wire rack to cool.

I actually made half the amount as if they are in the house (12 !) I will eat them.  So far I have had one yesterday, and Henry has eaten 3 :-)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Hungarian Goulash (Serves 4 at 4 pp each)

Again, this is a recipe I have adapted (removed the swirl of creme fraiche at the end) and re-pointed from an old WW cookbook - Healthy Heart, Food For Life.

low fat cooking spray
500g lean diced beef stewing steak
2 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp plain flour
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
425 ml (15 fl oz) beef stock, made with one stock cube
1 red, 1 green pepper, deseeded & sliced
salt & pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 140 / 120 fan oven.  Heat casserole dish & spray with low fat cooking spray, add beef and cook till browned.
  2. At the same time brown onions using low fat spray adding a little water if they stick.  Stir in garlic, paprika & flour & cook for 30 secs, then add the chopped tomatoes & tomato puree.  Pour over the beef, add the stock and stir well to mix together.
  3. Bring to a simmer and then cover with lid and cook in the oven for 1 1/4 hours.  Stir in the peppers, replace the lid and cook for a further 45 mins.

Banana Oat Bars (Serves 8 at 2pp each)

This recipe came from one of the older WW cookbooks (Cook, Eat, Enjoy).  I have propointed them to be a big slab of cake - but you could easily halve them and have 1 pp each slice.  I was just hungry today ;-)

100g porridge oats
2 tbsp granulated artificial sweetener
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 ripe medium bananas, mashed
2 medium eggs, separated
150g low fat plain yogurt

  1. Preheat the oven to 180/160 fan oven.  Lightly grease a cake tin with low fat cooking spray & line with baking parchment.
  2. Reserve 1 tbsp oats to top the bars, then whizz the rest in a food processor.
  3. Mix with the sweetener, cinnamon, mashed bananas, egg yolks & yogurt.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to a soft peak, stir a spoonful into the banana oat batter to loosen it, then carefully fold in the remainder.
  5. Bake for 30 mins.  Cool in the tin and then transfer onto a wire rack.

Another 1.5 lbs down !

Well I weighed a day early last week as I couldn't make the Friday morning class and I lost 1.5 lbs which pleased me immensely as we had had my parents for a meal at the weekend and I cooked a three course meal with scrummy cheesecake for pud !!!!  Have been trying some new recipes so will add some now.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Carrot & Sunflower Seed Salad (Serves 3 at 2 PP each)

I have just tried this recipe from 'How to Eat the WW Way' - an old cook book from back when it was points only.  I have used e-source to repoint it, and it is gorgeous - surprised me how tasty it was actually !

1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
4 large carrots, grated coursely
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 tbsp runny honey
salt & freshly ground black pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Check seasoning and serve !!

Back to WW - again !

This time for good again though :-)  I bit the bullet and decided to go back to a meeting as a proper member after my holiday at the beginning of June, so here we are (again !) back writing the blog.  Mainly so I can keep a record of the good recipes I try and also share them with my friends, btu also to keep a track on what is going on and how I am feeling on the weight loss journey.  I have about 1.5 stone to lose to get back near goal and so I am aiming on doing that this year if possible.  I get weighed on a Friday morning and lost 2.5 lbs on my first weigh in last week.  Fingers crossed for this week too - although I am weighing in a day early as I can't make the Friday class.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Jubby Pie (Serves 6 at 10 PP each)

1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 medium leeks, sliced
500g turkey mince
100g frozen peas
2 small carrots, finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
12 tbsp tomato ketchup
300ml chicken stock
salt & pepper
4 tbsp flour
1kg potatoes, boiled & made into mash with a little bit of skimmed milk & bertolli light

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan until sizzling.  Add the onions & leeks & cook for 5 mins to soften.  Add the turkey, peas, carrots & celery & cook for a further 10 mins.  Next add the flour & ketchup & mix well, then add the boiling stock & bring to the boil, stirring all the time.  Cook for 10 mins, or until the vegetables are cooked.  Season to taste
2. Place a layer of mashed potato in the bottom of a dish, then top with a layer of meat mixture, then potato and then meat mixture.  Keep layering and finish with a layer of potato.
3. Cook in a preheated oven at 200c for 25 mins.