This week Hubster celebrated his 35th birthday and I celebrated my 29th week at Slimming World. Although I’ve settled into the plan, I am aware that getting too comfy can be a problem, so in a lot of ways I’m still acting as though I’m a complete newbie. I still read my book, still look things up and I never assume I know syn counts and measurements off by heart. There have been times recently where I did slip into a bit of comfy complacency, only to discover that I’ve misunderstood or plain forgotten some fundamental fact that could have upset the apple cart a fair bit.
Take mince, for example. Lean meats are free on Original. So, I assumed that lean steak mince would be too. Not so. A 100g portion of Tesco’s lean steak mince comes in at 3 syns. Now, on a 15-syn a day allowance that’s not too bad, unless you take into account the sheer hugeness of the burgers I made for birthday boy and myself last weekend. Whoops. I guess until I find an extra lean steak mince, I cannot has cheezburger.
Bearing that in mind, plus the cream tea I had in Sidmouth last weekend, I guess I was lucky that all it did was result in a slightly less spectacular weight loss than previous weeks. Still 2lb is certainly better than a smack in the chops with a wet halibut, so I ain’t complaining. This takes the total weight loss so far to 6st 4.5lb or 88.5lb or 40kg.
This week, I have been mostly eating beans, vegetables and Quorn. So has hubster. Our home has been very tuneful this week and we certainly haven’t had any problems keeping our bed warm on a night. I created a dish so damn good we’ve had it four times this week. Here’s the recipe:
Aubergine, Quorn and Bean Bake
What’s in it
- 1 large aubergine
- 3 potatoes
- 4 carrots
- 2 onions
- 2 peppers
- 2 packs of Quorn Chicken Style Pieces
- 6 mushrooms
- Half a pack of green beans
- Tin of baked beans
- Tin of mixed beans
- Half a pack of grated mozzarella
- Fry Light Spray
- Soy sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
How it’s done
- Pre heat your oven to about 190C/375F/ gas mark 5.
- Cut the aubergine into thick slices, spray a baking dish with fry light, arrange the slices in the tray and spray again with fry light, put the tray in the preheated oven while the potatoes are parboiling.
- Cut the potatoes into thick slices and parboil in salted water for about 10 minutes, drain and add to the baking tray.
- Cut the carrots, onions and peppers into chunks and add to the baking tray, spray again with fry light and sprinkle oregano on the top, and put back in the oven for about 20 minutes.
- Take a large frying pan or a wok, spray with fry light, and add the Quorn pieces. Cook according to the instructions.
- Cut the mushrooms into chunks depending on size and add to the pan.
- Add a generous amount of soy sauce.
- Add the green beans, snapped in half.
- Add the tins of beans and leave the whole thing to cook for about 10 minutes.
- Stir through a generous amount of worcestershire sauce.
- Remove the baking tray from the oven and pour the contents of the pan on top of the roasted vegetables.
- Top the whole thing with grated mozzarella and put back in the oven for a further 20 minutes.
- Serve, eat, fart triumphantly.
There isn’t a syn in the whole dish if you count the cheese as your healthy extra choices. And it’s bloody delicious.
What this does to my weight loss journey remains to be seen, and I’ll tell you about that next week. Until then… the journey continues!