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Weight Watchers friendly crayfish, mango & avocado salad recipe

Saturday, 19 July 2014


Serves 2 - 7 Pro Points per serving


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • red chilli
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 red onion or some spring onions
  • 125g crayfish (I bought mine pre-prepared in Lidl)
  • 1 large mango, peeled, pitted, sliced
  • 1 large avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, sliced
  • lettuce leaves
Method

Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl and whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper then mix in onion and leave to marinate for 15 minutes.
Form a bowl with little gem lettuce on a plate and add any other salad leaves you have. Place avocado, mango and crayfish on top and drizzle over the dressing. 

I think this would look lovely served in glasses for a dinner party and it's so colourful even kids might try some.
If you wanted to turn this into the Marks and Spencer version you could add some wild rice that is coloured with a little paprika instead of avocado and a couple of teaspoons of coconut cream but coconut cream is extremely high in points. The M&S one retails for about £4 but you could make 2-3 portions of this at home for the same price. Save money and pro points by making your own, it's so easy!

Day in the life of Weight Watchers - Salmon and spicy bean salsa recipe

Monday, 7 July 2014

I had my second weigh in since starting back on the Weight Watchers plan yesterday and have now lost a total of 5lbs in two weeks. I was a little disappointed to only lose 2lbs in my first week back but I already ate pretty well before heading back to class and still used skimmed milk and ate a high protein and vegetable based diet so the changes were not as extreme for me as some other people joining for the first time. 5lbs is a pretty decent loss and and I've enjoyed getting back on track and eating plenty of tasty food.

This is what I ate on Sunday, I tend to have a more relaxed approach on the weekends and eat more 'treat' type foods and have a late brunch. I also ate some cherries and a peach which aren't photographed.


Brunch  - Baked beans, mushrooms, bacon medallions and egg. All Filling and healthy, no counting.


Lunch - crumpets, Nutella (1 of 2 daily treats) fruit, water.


Tea with skimmed milk, WW bar (2 of 2 daily treats)


My evening meal was so tasty but simple to cook so I thought I would share the recipe:

Serves 2 - 420 calories - 2 of your 5 a day

Ingredients:

- 200g 2 x Salmon fillets
- 400g Canned mixed beans, drained
- 227g Canned chopped tomatoes
- 20g Fresh coriander, finely chopped
- 1 Red chilli, finely chopped

Method:

  1. In a bowl combine the black beans and tomatoes.
  2. Stir in coriander, chilli and salt.
  3. Pan fry Salmon for 3 or 4 minutes on each side to thoroughly cooked.
  4. Serve salmon with salsa and a green salad.
I started counting points again this week after two weeks on the simple start plan. I'm going to mix it up so some days I will count points and other follow the Filling & Healthy plan. Hoping for another solid loss of around 2lbs this week.

harissa falafel

Monday, 30 June 2014

I've been trying to rustle up tasty treats to keep my diet interesting since starting back at Weight Watchers over a week ago. There's a lot of food on the Healthy and Filling/Simple Start list at Weight Watchers that you can eat without weighing or counting and everything in this falafel recipe is on the Simple Start shopping list making it perfect for those just starting the plan like me or anyone looking for a healthy veggie dinner.

Serves: 2-3
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 6 minutes

Ingredients
1 x 400g can cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
Handful of parsley, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 tsp harissa paste
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
Salt to season
To serve:
Tomatoes, green salad and pitta bread/wraps




Method
1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and then blend until you have a paste like consistency.


2. Remove from the processor bowl and shape into six to eight patties and transfer to a plate.


3. Warm a non-stick pan to a medium – high heat. Add the patties and cook for three minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked all the way through.

4. Serve in toasted pitta bread with tomato and green salad.


This was my Friday night meal so I served it with Weight Watchers wraps, paprika wedges and chicken to make it more satisfying. These would be great for a packed lunch too and keep well in a tub. I have to admit that even though the falafel was tasty I was very jealous of my boyfriends burgers but no pain no gain, ey?

Day in the life of Weight Watchers Simple Start

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

As I mentioned in my last post I've gone back to Weight Watchers but things have changed a little since I attended a meeting about a year and a half ago. When you join Weight Watchers now you follow the Simple Start plan for two weeks before they introduce the idea of counting points. So what is Weight Watchers Simple Start?

It’s an introduction to the Weight Watchers plan that helps you get to grips with eating the healthy and satisfying foods without the distraction of counting or weighing anything at the start. You follow Simple Start for up to two weeks and can add a couple of treats per day like almonds, avocado, cheese and chocolate    

You chose foods from the Filling & Healthy food list. This includes things like baked beans, tinned tomatoes, potatoes, eggs and ham alongside calorie-controlled brown bread, wholemeal pasta, lean cuts of meat and plenty of fruit and vegetables. I love the fact that I'm never hungry and I can boost flavour with things like dried herbs, curry powder, lemon juice, soy sauce which means all my food is tatsy and my partner will eat it too so I don't need to cook two meals.
 
I've only been on the plan for a couple of days but I am enjoying it and get to eat very varied foods. My big bowls of tasty fruit are something I look forward to everyday. This is what I eat on a typical day:


Poached egg on wholemeal danish bread and bacon medallions. 
Tea with skimmed milk.
I also has a small bowl of shreddies, this was a Sunday and I woke up late so this was more of a brunch. 


Crumpets with berries and cherries jam (1 of my 2 daily treats)
Fruit salad with 0% fat Greek yogurt.


Fish pie with leek and mustard mash & vegetables

If you want to make the fish pie you can add as much or little of the following ingredients as you like, it's so flexible on the Simply Start plan. I was really hungry so I had lots of mash and added loads of mustard for extra flavour.

Ingredients
Frozen fish mix, you can get these in most supermarkets and they have a variety of fish in them.
1 Bay leaf   
Black pepper
Skimmed Milk
Quark + low fat garlic and herb soft cheese (50g=one of my extra treats)
2 tsp parsley, chopped

For the mash
Leek
Potato
Wholegrain mustard   

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven160ºC(fan). Place the fish in a small roasting tin, add the bay leaf, pepper and pour the milk over. Cover tightly with a piece of foil and cook for about 10 minutes. Strain the milk into a jug and bin the bay leaf)
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the  reserved milk with the soft cheese. Add the parsley and season to taste, then pour the sauce over the fish.
  • Cook the leek in a pan of boiling water for 5 minutes or until soft. Drain well. In another pan, cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender. Drain, then mash with the mustard and the remaining strained milk. Stir in the leeks and season to taste.
  • Top the pie with the leek mash, spreading the mixture out with a fork. Cook for 25 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling.