About me

About me

My name is Courtney, I am a 9-5 office worker who lives with her boyfriend. I began my Slimming World journey (again!) on 16th May 2017, and always find that the recipes you see on the website or on other Slimming World advocates’ social media tend to not work around a normal working life style on a basic salary! My blog is to aid, support and hopefully inspire people who are currently working, and need a hand with normal everyday recipes! I hope you find them useful and as tasty as I have!

 

Summer Time Savers

Summer Time Savers

If you have stepped outside in the last few weeks, you will have noticed the weather has been boiling hot!! And when we hear that music come from the ice cream van it can be really hard to resist! Or if you’re like me and my office sells Ice Lollies in hot weather it can be unbearable! So here is some low syn summer tricks for you.

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First of all, lets praise the beauty of mini twisters! Most supermarkets have these bad boys on offer at the moment and they do not disappoint.
They’re flavoursome, with a mix of ice lolly and ice cream to them, and also they are only 2 syns! Or even 4 syns for a normal sized one! Pretty impressive to keep you cool this summer. 

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Secondly, Mini Milks, which at first I dismissed as I didn’t think they would be that good of a treat (I know, crazy right?) Until my partner persisted we buy them because there was no Mini Twisters left, and I have to say these are mind-blowingly good! When its so hot you can hardly breathe and everyone is having a Mr Whippy, be safe in the knowledge that these are only 1.5 syns and much better than you remember from being a child.

 
And lastly, although I’m sure there’s plenty more gScreen Shot 2017-06-24 at 00.08.00reat ice lolly hacks this summer, Mini Fabs are something we should all have in our freezers! at 2.5 syns for a mini one, and 4 syns for a normal sized one, its very hard to resist.

They all beat the 5.5 syns per one scoop of Ben and Jerries chocolate fudge! and they taste just as naughty! I advise to stock the freezer up with these treats, and great for anyone who might have kids too.

Another great tip for the summer time is to create your own ice lollies if you find the time. This can be done with Sugar free cordials and water into an ice lolly mould. Also a great way to add some speed foods by adding fruit to them for extra flavour and no syns.

Keep cool out there this summer! C, x

 

Bacon, Chicken and Cheese Half Sandwich

Bacon, Chicken and Cheese Half Sandwich

This is one of my favourite lunches! It uses half your healthy extra B (or all if you’re hungry and want to double the amount) and using a part of your healthy extra A. (the amount of the healthy extra A you use is entirely up to you. I use low fat mozzarella which is an allowance of 65g and use all of it)

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What you will need:
• Chicken (Sliced)
• Bacon (all visible fat removed)
• Low fat Mozzarella (HEXA)
• 1-2 Slices of wholemeal bread (HEXB)
• Mixed Leaf Lettuce
• Red Onion
• Tomatoes, Cucumber and Lime (Optional but advised)

 

Method:

  1. Using a Grill or George Forman style grill, cook your chicken pieces, and after about 5 – 10 minutes add your bacon.
  2. While the chicken is cooking prepare your side salad, using half the plate fill with mixed leaves, and layer with sliced Red Onion, Cucumber and Tomato. Top with a wedge of lime.
  3. Toast one slice/half slice of bread and add the chicken and bacon on top. Sprinkle the Mozzarella on top and place under the grill until melted, alongside adding the second slice/half slice of bread into the toaster.
  4. Top the sandwich and place alongside your salad.
  5. Enjoy!

**One reason I love this recipe is because you can adapt it easily to your own preferences. Also another great tip if you have the syns is to add half a packet of low syn crisps to this dish to make it extra filling and extra tasty!

 

Creamy Chicken Pasta

Creamy Chicken Pasta

This is a delicious take on any basic Italian dish that feels like a naughty treat for your Healthy Extra A and 0 syns! Serves 2 people and takes around 20 minutes.

Creamy Chicken Pasta

You will need:
• Chicken (diced)
• Pasta (of your choice)
• 4 Dairylea Light Triangles
• 300ml Chicken Stock
• 2 tbsp Parmesan
• 1/2 White Onion
• Garlic, finely chopped
• Broccoli
• Mushrooms
• Herbs and Seasoning (I use garlic powder, mustard powder, salt and pepper)

Method:

  1. In a wok or a large frying pan, cook your chicken until white. Do not over cook.
  2. Remove Chicken from the pan once cooked and in 2 separate pans begin to boil your pasta and your broccoli on a medium to low heat
  3. In your wok on a medium heat, add the garlic, onion and mushrooms and a small amount of stock. Continue to add small amounts of stock until the onions are soft.
  4. Once your onions are soft add the remainder of the stock and then add in the cheese triangles. Use a whisk to ensure all cheese is smooth and mixed into the stock.
  5. Once smooth add the chicken back to the pan and turn the heat down to a low simmer while continuously stirring.
  6. Once your Broccoli is cooked, drain well and add into the Wok, stir well to coat the broccoli.
  7. Repeat this process with the pasta, and leave on a low heat again to allow the pasta to absorb some of the moisture.
  8. Add one tbsp of Parmesan to your wok and stir in.
  9. Serve the pasta with some extra Parmesan on top and leave to stand for at least one minute for the sauce to thicken.
  10. Enjoy!