One thing that the hubbie and I never get since I joined Weight Watchers is a Chinese takeaway. They are so loaded with points/calories and its just so easy to make healthy but tasty alternatives, there just doesn’t seem any reason too!
Stir fries are my hubbie and I’s go to quick and easy meal. Usually on the plate in under 15 minutes, stir fries are the perfect way to fill up with veggies whilst enjoying a flavour packed meal. I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up my stir fries so this week I decided to go a little Malaysian. The stir fry sauce here is tasty and so easy to prepare, as simple as popping everything in a bowl and giving a little mix. I’ve used powdered peanut butter instead of the normal stuff as 1 tbsp of the normal stuff is 3sp and the powdered stuff is only 1sp for 2 tbsp! It is a little pricey to buy (mine was £4) but it lasts a lot longer than the regular stuff and is such a great points saving. Best of all, to prepare you simply mix with water and you end up with the same textured peanut butter as you would from a normal jar! Most supermarkets sell it now next to the normal stuff.
I adore Korean food but unfortunately it is something I only really get to have on my trips to the capital for work. Spicy beef is one of my favourite dishes and so, deciding I wanted it up north for a change, I decided to give it a whirl.
I’ve had a hand held spiralizer in my kitchen drawer for a while now and it hasn’t come in too handy, mostly because the noodles it produces are rather thin and flimsy! After having a whirl on an amazing table top Hemsley and Hemsley Spiralizer at a recent Weight Watchers photoshoot I knew I had to have one (albeit mine looks the same but was £12 from The Range).
This was a recipe made for me by my lovely best mate’s OH and it was so nice I bought the recipe book to make myself a smart point friendly version. It’s from Jaime’s Ministry of Food (original recipe here) and comes in at a very reasonable 12sp each. It’s a nice change to have a different stir fry sauce like black bean and the addition of rice instead of noodles makes another welcome change!
I usually make stir fries from scratch (sauce and all) but there are some nights when I get home and frankly I can’t be bothered. I have been searching for something quick and easy to fix this for a while now and not found anything that took my fancy, until my friend suggested Asda’s fresh stir fry sauce mixes to me. They are nice and cheap (£1 each) and there is quite a variety to choose from. Knowing we had a busy two nights ahead, I picked up enough of everything to have stir fry two nights in a row and bought the Szechuan Sauce and Cantonese Sauce to mix things up.
Me and the OH were planning on having a lovely pork stew the other night but, as they do, plans change quickly and I ended up having to cook something up fairly quickly so we could head out earlier than anticipated! I’ve been wanting to try out this stir fry combo for a while so took the opportunity that night and my oh my was it a treat!! The addition of the five spice made for a nice change and I loved it as it took no times at all and was all in the one pan, less dishes!! You can pop any stir fry vegetables with it that you like and even add some bean sprouts to bulk it out if you fancy but I got a fairly hefty bowlful for only 10sp!
This is a recipe that I found in last year’s Slimming World calendar and whilst it is totally ‘syn’ free, it is also a yummy low pro points recipe (and you get a giant portion!!!). My OH loves this as it tastes nothing like a diet recipe and it is absolutely delicious! I haven’t made many changes to the original recipe other than to add an element or portion control (which SW sadly lacks) and lots of lime as its my fav!
This was the very first recipe I posted on my blog back in 2012. At this point I had been on the plan four weeks and lost 12lb eating lots of exciting new meals and trying out lots of new recipes. It was after the realisation that I could eat delicious food and lose weight that I started my blog up and I haven’t looked back since!