Today’s lunchΒ 

Surprise surprise, today’s lunch involved leftovers! Saturday night’s leftovers in fact – well, the rice and sauce, all the chicken was eaten πŸ˜‚.

I added 2 quorn sausage and a portion of steamed leeks from the canteen….



At weekends I tend not to have breakfast. I’m never hungry yet come a workday, as soon as I sit at my desk at 7am, I am ravenous πŸ™ˆ

I love my Elfy Eating breakfast box. It’s tasty and so versatile, simply use any combination of ingredients that take your fancy…

My preference is sausage (quorn or SW) with boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, spinach, sliced pickled gherkins and a good glug of Hellman’s fat free vinaigrette & salt n pepper to taste πŸ˜‹

It’s Monday!

Now I normally greet a Monday morning with as much enthusiasm as a trip to the dentist. This week however, is going to be a great week!

For me it’s only a 3 day working week. Then, on Thursday, not only am I having my third training day at Chester Zoo for my role as Visitor Engagement Volunteer (work allow me 1 day each year to volunteer in the community) but it’s also my 21st (ahem) birthday πŸŽ‰ 

As if that isn’t exciting enough, Friday we’re heading off for a weekend in Llandudno as a birthday treat – I am sooooo excited 😜 hmm who’s telling Sonny that he’s not invited….

Oh yes, there is the shall matter of an MRI scan in the middle of all this but it’s just routine as part of my pulsatile tinnitus diagnosis… πŸ™ˆ

Low syn garlic breadΒ 

One thing I miss with a pasta meal is the garlic bread (and apparently, according to Mr F, much to his amusement, I say garlic bread like Peter Kay! Garlic…. Bread πŸ™ˆ)

Shop bought garlic bread (you’re saying it the same way now aren’t you? Go on, admit it) is so high in syns so I like to make my own. It’s very low syn but really is a good substitute and I feel as if I’ve had something really, really naughty.

All you need is 1 tsp of low fat spread (my preferred choice is flora light spread – 0.5 syn per tsp), a wholemeal roll (healthy extra b) and garlic powder and dried parsley.

Spread the flora over the each half of the roll, sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley then bake in the oven for 10 mins @ 200*

Perfect garlic bread every time for only 0.5 – 1 syns depending on how much spread you use.

Sainsbury’s stock up

I think I must be slightly odd (oi! whaddya mean only “slightly 😳) in the fact that I LOVE doing the weekly shop. To me, it’s a great opportunity to stock up (and clean) the cupboards and fridge. Normally by Sunday morning, all that’s left rattling round in the fridge is some brown lettuce, squishy cucumber and Saturday nights leftovers πŸ™ˆ

But by 11am on a Sunday, ta daaaa!Yes, there are synful things in there too because you know what? It’s allowed. The plan seriously won’t work as good if you don’t utilize your syns (and boy do I use mine πŸ˜‚)

Today’s special items areContinuing with the 80s vibe I couldn’t resist picking up a bit of cress to compliment my egg yogo (mayo, yogo, get it?)I enjoyed the Muller light Greek yoghurt so much I had to get some more in. I will try and eat these a bit more beatylike and less like the beast, but I’m not promising, it really is that good πŸ™ˆCasaerecce is my fav pasta and this one is on offer in Sainsbury’s at Β£1 a pack. Don’t rush to the Caldy Valley store today though, I got the last 2 packs…

Egg Fried Rice the Elfy Eating way

Katsu curry is a Japanese dish and the SW recipe suggests serving it with jasmine rice. Now I want egg fried rice and I’m not sure that it’s traditionally served with this dish but hey, my house, my rules! I’ll just call it “fusion food” and be trendy for once… Cook your rice as normal and cool quickly (I put mine near an open window – I certainly don’t put it on a plastic windowsill so that it melts and leaves a great big circle! Well, not since 1 week after having my brand new kitchen. Lesson learned πŸ™ˆ)Spray a frying pan (or wok if you have one) with frylight and add the cooked, cooled rice and cook for a few mins. Make a well in the center of the rice and pour in 2 beaten eggs. Leave for a few mins until egg starts to set (think of an omelette) Once the egg sets, start to draw in the rice until the rice and egg are mixed well. The egg will continue to cook so make sure you keep stirring.Add sliced spring onions and continue to cook for a few mins. Add a splash or two (or three, it’s your choice) of soy sauce.Finally, add a handful of frozen garden peas and heat through.

SYN FREE and sooooo tasty – who wants jasmine rice now then?? πŸ˜‚

Saturday night fakeaway prep…

Well, the spare ribs have set the theme for tonight’s dinner. One SW recipe I’ve been meaning to try for a long time is their Chicken Katsu Curry – so let’s give it a go shall we? (Recipe to follow)First I got the sauce underway. Following the recipe to the letter I’ve cooked my veg, simmered for 30 minutes and blended until smooth. I will reheat later and add the fromage frais just before serving.So far so good.. whilst the sauce was simmering I was able to prep the chicken.It’s gotta be said, the bashing of the chicken is rather therapeutic (I won’t tell you what I was imagining otherwise it could be considered “pre-meditated” in any future investigation πŸ™ˆ)

I used 3 chicken breasts as I’m only cooking for 3 of us and I cut them in half to make smaller portions. No particular reason, just because that’s how I wanted to do it πŸ˜‚