It’s difficult to start these posts on the weeks when things have been hard. What do you want to hear? The excuses? And they do feel like excuses. But then these are the little things that have constituted my life this week:
- We went out for dinner at our neighbours on Saturday. We had a brilliant time. And wine, so much wine.
- Sunday’s resultant hang over required medicating with bacon sandwiches. In white bread from the Farmers Market
- I made a bucket load of granola, ostensibly for Ben, but there were days my will power failed me
- I’ve had this bloody horrible cough for a week now. Proper chesty and ‘productive’ ? It’s either made me not hungry at all or starving
- Monday’s meeting with Oscar’s ‘team’ was unexpectedly negative. And left me in a right state. I don’t want to hold on to anger but how do you let it go? Sadness, anger, all those negative emotions convinced me half a tub of chocolate ice cream was a good idea. It wasn’t.
I won’t lie to you, this week has been hard, in so, so many ways. But….
I did exactly what I hoped I’d do.
I didn’t lose, but neither did I gain. What a relief! Me and my SW buddy James did a high five across the room when I got off the scales. It was that much of a celebration! So I’ve still lost 12.5lb. Phew!
This week’s food relevalation has been Oyster Sauce. I’ve been doing Slimming World for more than two years and for some reason I had it in my head Oyster Sauce was high synned so had avoided it. Then at last week’s group I found out it syn free! What? So this week we bought some and it’s been a really welcome addition to the many and varied stir frys I tend to have for lunch. See, always learning!
My favourite meal this week has been an old favourite we haven’t had for blooming ages. I’m still going to Yoga on a Tuesday night and don’t like to eat beforehand (all that folding over I’m afraid I’ll throw up all over my mat!) so we eat when I get in. But starting to cook at 9pm is pretty late and not much fun. So I decided to make something in the day that could just be heated up and remembered an old Nigella recipe Pollo alla Cacciatore. With a few tweaks here and there I can make it syn free. It’s a one pot dish of loveliness that is quick to make, can be made in advance and needs no accompaniment. So I thought I’d share it with you here.
Syn Free Pollo alla Cacciatore
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
- 5 Bacon Medalions (or rashers of bacon with the fat removed), diced
- 6 Spring Onions, finely sliced
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 6 chicken thigh fillets, all fat removed, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 150ml stock (chicken or vegetable)
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 can cannellini beans
- Spray a large pan with Frylight. Put the garlic into a pan with the, bacon, spring onions and rosemary and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add the bite-sized chicken pieces, stirring well, and sprinkle in the salt.
- Pour in the stock and let it come to a bubble before adding the tomatoes and bay leaves. Put the lid on and let the pan simmer for 20 minutes.
- Drain and add a tin of cannellini beans and warm through.
Delicious, nutritious and so simple! Give it a whirl!
So this week I want to get my one stone award. I have 1.5lb to lose and I’m damn well going to get there. After the week I’ve had I owe it to myself to get some happy! And getting that would make me super happy!
As did this outfit. Looking pretty good huh?
Have a good one