Slimming World Week 2 – eat Michael’s meaty balls!

Following my triumphant loss at the scales last week, I was fired up and ready to hit the books to plan another great week of food optimising, and getting out there and cranking up those Body Magic minutes. I’m a measly half pound away from losing my first half a stone (that’s 7lb or just over 3kg to you non-stone folks out there), and as I said last week, never underestimate the motivational power of a certificate and a sticker.

There have been a few slip-ups along the way this week, but fortunately nothing to take me off plan. Thursday night I overdid it a smidge on the syns (the recommended daily amount of syns is between 5 and 15 – I had 15 and a half), but on the whole I’ve been ever-so, ever-so good *bats eyelashes at scales*, so I’m hoping to get that half pound shifted and be well on my way to losing my first whole stone.

This afternoon, Michael’s been playing in the kitchen, and has produced his first proper Slimming World-style recipe! Here it is:


Michael’s Meaty Balls with Asparagus Tips and Plum Tomatoes

Serves: 2 Syns per serving: Oooh, um, about 1 and a half on Original.

You will need:

  • A pack of extra lean steak mince
  • A bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Mushroom ketchup
  • A good sprinkling of Tabasco Sauce (Michael used the habanero variety)
  • 1 Weetabix (there’s your Syns – one biscuit is about 3 Syns, so one serving will be about 1 and a half.)
  • 1 egg
  • As much asparagus as you like
  • As many fresh plum tomatoes as you like (cherry tomatoes would work just as well too), halved
  • Fry Light

Mix together the mince, spring onions and egg, and add the mushroom ketchup and tabasco and mix until the ingredients are combined, then shape into balls.

Spray a large frying pan with fry light and cook the balls until cooked through. This took Michael about 10 minutes, however, your mileage may vary.

Meanwhile, cook the asparagus in a large pan of boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Put the cooked balls on one side and briefly lightly fry the tomatoes for a couple of minutes.

Serve, eat, make rude remarks about tasty meaty balls. At least that’s what I did.

A beautiful low-syn meal from the man responsible for creating Marmite and Mustard fried rice (which may make an appearance here for a Green recipe).


Yesterday Michael and I went for a walk along the Canal. We saw the horse being taken home after a hard day barge-pulling, took photos and generally soaked up the splendour of life in this beautiful part of the world. Walking is a far more appealing concept down here in Devon, and climbing the stairs back to our flat afterwards really makes sure you feel the burn!

I’ve started a wish list of things I’m going to do and/or buy as the weight comes off. There are so many things I wouldn’t bother with before that I’m really looking forward to trying and buying. The list so far includes sunglasses (you need ’em down here), a new hairdo and some saucy underwear ;). I have treated myself this weekend to a pair of jeans, and if I can’t get in them when they arrive, well, I soon will.

I’ll post the result of my week 2 weigh-in tomorrow evening. Wish me luck.