A quick meal at our house used to include the obligatory jar of curry sauce with some kind of meat and some rice.
A typical jar of tikka sauce like this is around 20 syns.
Now I’m on Slimming World…
I can’t reach for a jar of sauce as it’s crammed full of syns. It’s quick (not as quick) and easy to make your own sauce for no syns.
Serves 3-4 people
Ingredients: 2 tbsp curry powder, salt, pepper, Frylight, 2 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp of garlic puree, 1 tbsp chilli flakes, 2 tbsp tomato puree, 1/4 tsp sweetener, 2 x 400g tins of tomatoes, 6 tbsp very low fat fromage frais, cooked meat (I used leftover lamb from previous day, grilled chicken goes well with it).
Method: Put all ingredients except fromage frais and meat into a pan and heat on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Blend the tinned tomatoes with a hand blender and add to the pan. Bring to the boil, then add meat, then allow to simmer for 10-20 minutes. Take off the heat, stir in the fromage frais and serve.
I’m awaiting a gastroscopy procedure to confirm or refute me having coeliac disease. Unfortunately, in the meantime, I need to continue to eat gluten. If I don’t do this the gastroscopy won’t show up anything and I won’t know what’s up. Well it’s just one more week. I had a pasta n sauce for lunch and felt uncomfortable for the rest of the afternoon so I decided to have something fresh and nutritious for my evening meal.
So I had pre-cooked chicken fillets with spinach, spring onion, tomatoes and pomegranate seeds. I finished off with fruit salad of mango, kiwi, plum, banana and raspberries. If you want to know how to prepare pomegranate click here: How to prepare – Pomegranate
Since my blood tests came back and suggested coeliacs I have looked for different breakfast options. This time on Slimming World and last time I stuck to 2 Weetabix and skimmed milk (sometimes with fruit). It did mean that I had no Healthy Extras left to use in the day. I tried Overnight Oats, which I have blogged about, and loved them. It uses a ‘b’ option for the 35g porridge oats and then just fruit and yoghurt. It leaves me with an ‘a’ option left over. I can use that on milk if I want or cheese as part of a meal. I’ve also discovered this week that I can have 200ml of Alpro soya chocolate milk as a Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice.
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I’m gradually warming towards this fruit. I wasn’t sure at first – just eating a spoonful of pips wasn’t my idea of fun. Now I’ve found that a spoonful sprinkled in a fruit salad, or dessert adds a tasty crunch. There are a couple of ways of preparing a pomegranate. I will quickly explain how I did it. Be careful though as the juice can stain clothing.
Slice off the top.
Cut out a segment.
Prise out the seeds with your fingers.
Continue cutting out segments and prising out seeds.
Pick out any bits of pith.
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So today was weigh in number 8. Another 1lb lost; a total of 11lb. I know this is going to be a steady journey for me. I’m diabetic and have always found weight loss slow going. Also, I’ve been unwell recently.
I’ve been on Slimming World online to find out a bit more about Extra Easy SP to speed up my weight loss. I don’t mind losing 1lb a week; that’s 52lb a year, but I need a little boost.
Unfortunately Extra Easy SP isn’t really suitable for people with diabetes. Instead I should just try to add as many Speed Free Foods (S) and Protein Free Foods (P) as I can to my normal Food Optimising. Extra Easy SP is just too restrictive and I can’t eat enough carbs.
So my plan this week is to increase my S and P foods as much as I can.
I’d like to say that I generally find Food Optimising fits in with my diabetes. I can eat enough carbs and can snack between meals if I need to. I can’t be doing with diets where I need to count the points for an apple or banana. I did Slimming World years ago and stuck to Green days (can eat carbs but no meat). I tried the odd Red day (can eat meat but no carbs) and hated being without carbs. I find it much easier and can enjoy meat too.