Sausage and Egg McMuffins Healthy Version

Ingredients: Yields two double McMuffins 

6 Slimming world syn free sausages (or any lower calorie sausages of your choice)

1 calorie cooking spray (I use Frylight)

2 wholemeal baps

2 tablespoons Primula light cheese spread

1 teaspoon Rosemary

1 teaspoon Thyme

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Method:

  • Remove the skins from your sausages and squeeze the sausage meat into a large bowl.
  • Add the herbs to your meat and mix with your hands to combine.

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  • Now split the sausage meat into 4 equal parts. Shape each into a burger patty shape to fit inside the bun.
  • Spray the Frylight into a frying pan and heat over a medium heat. Add the burger patties to the pan.
  • Cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side or until it is obvious that they are cooked through.

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  • Whilst waiting for the patties to cook you can make your poached eggs. I am lucky because I have egg poaching cups which I just place in boiling water. (They really are brilliant and you can buy them from the likes of Amazon of Lakeland for a couple of pounds.) If you do not have poaching cups then don’t despair. You can spray two small microwaveable bowls with Frylight and crack an egg into each one. Season the eggs, pierce the yolks and cover with cling film. Microwave each egg on high for about 30 seconds. Keep an eye on them as they may pop in the microwave.
  • Now all you need to do is prepare your rolls. Stack the two patties one on top of the other and spread a little Primula light cheese on the top. (Note if you feel your McMuffun is too tall you can just keep it to one patty per bun.)
  • Finally top your Mcmuffin with your poached egg and viola!

Recently my attention has been brought to the idea of fakeaways (fake takeaways). Believe me before I started trying to loose weight I was the takeaway queen! Therefore the idea of being able to make healthier versions of my favourite delicious takeaways was far too good to pass up. I decided to start with breakfast because all too often at the weekend I will give in and allow myself to have something lovely and greasy like a fry-up or a sausage sandwich! I find it difficult to stick to a healthier breakfast at the weekend as I don’t have the routine I have during the working week. Usually I grab a quick healthy breakfast at my desk. At home on the weekend all the goodies in the kitchen beckon and its so hard to ignore when I am mere feet away from opening the fridge and stuffing my face! That’s where these fakeaway Mcmuffins come in. They truly are delicious and very filling. If I have these for breakfast I normally don’t have a big lunch at all as it really does set me up for the day. Also they are so easy to prepare which is great for sleepy Saturday/Sunday mornings when you want to put in as little effort as possible. The Frylight spray combined with the low fat (Syn-free) sausages means that you get all the taste but with much less fat! So why don’t you give them a try and see what you think. I dare you to not fall in love with this recipe it is just too tasty!

Happy cooking!

Xx

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Chocolate Bread Pudding!

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Ingredients: Serves 8

300ml/1.2 cup skimmed milk

100g pitted dates

250g brown bread (about 7 slices)

200ml/0.75 cup boiling water

25g/0.2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp dark vanilla extract

1 egg

30g/1 oz dark or milk chocolate

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Method:

  • Firstly we are going to start by making a syrup out of the dates. Combine the boiling water and dates in a small bowl and leave for 15 minutes until the dates are softened.
  • Pour the dates and water into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Tear up the bread into small pieces in a large bowl. Then add the milk, date mixture, cocoa powder vanilla extract and beaten egg.
  • Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  • Grease a 8 x 5 inch baking dish and then evenly add the mixture to it.
  • Crush the dark chocolate into small pieces. (I put the chocolate into a sandwich bag and gave it a whack with a rolling pin.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate pieces evenly over the top of the mix.
  • Bake in the oven at 200 degrees C or 180 degrees C for fan assisted ovens.
  • Remove and eat while still warm and gooey!

Having been on a diet myself I’ve been finding that I am  craving something sweet particularly in the evenings after my dinner. This is the perfect after dinner treat to stave off those cravings! Yes when we hear the word chocolate we automatically think “oh no I can’t have that I’m on a diet and chocolate is a no no.” However there is so little chocolate in this dish that you can allow yourself to indulge without feeling guilty! Also this pudding is low in sugar as we obtain our sweet taste by making the date syrup so really its a win win all round! At 142 calories a slice you really can’t complain and it tastes awesome. The only hard part is stopping at one slice! I would love to know your thoughts on this recipe or if you have any ideas on how to adapt it to make it better. Feel free to contact me on any of my social media if you give it a try.

Happy cooking!

Xx

The dreaded first cardio workout of the year!

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Well guys, I have just finished my first cardio workout of the year and I feel great! I felt so sluggish and tired when I got up today and I really didn’t think I would make it to the gym at all. My gym is just across the road from my work so if I am doing a cardio workout I always try to go on my lunch break. If I wait until the end of the day I will be even more tired and may have gone off the idea. I also like the fact that if I get my workout done during my working day then when half 4 comes I know I can just go home, put the dinner on and relax without the thought of the gym hanging over me.

I have been out of the routine of regularly exercising for weeks now. This was due to Christmas and coming down with a heavy cold. Not to mention I have most certainly been over indulging in the treats department, so I fully expected today to be a real struggle. Even on the short walk across to the gym my brain was thinking “Oh god nooooo! Anything but this! It’s not too late to turn around and just head into town and go shopping instead.” But I persevered and eventually I found myself stepping back onto the cross trainer (elliptical machine for you Americans!)

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I put my headphones in and soon got into a rhythm. I told myself that I wouldn’t push it and would do 15 minutes and see how I felt after that. Half an hour later I was still at it and time had flown. I had to stop in order to get back to work on time but I have to say I am very proud of myself!. When I stepped off I just felt great. I thought after all that build up in my own head it really wasn’t that hard and I can definitely get back into the swing of things. Back in the office I felt way more energised and genuinely felt happier. I have to remember what an advantage exercise has on your mood! Another important point to note is that before my workout I was craving loads of unhealthy treats for lunch. Afterwards I couldn’t have felt more different! I happily ate my tuna and broccoli and felt full and satisfied afterwards.

For goodness sake if I can do well on my first day back and feel this great then its only onwards and upwards from here. That is partly why I am writing this post so that I can look back on it when I’m not feeling motivated. I urge you all to get out there and start working out even if it is just a walk. Write down how you feel beforehand and then write down how you feel after. Then use this to motivate yourself on a day where you frankly can’t be bothered. Remember 15 minutes exercise means you are 15 minutes better than if you were to just sit on the couch. Every little bit counts towards a better you! Now here a selfie of me looking like a complete sweaty Betty but proud haha….

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Xx

Happy New Year!!

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Hi Guys!

Just a wee post to say Happy New year and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday! I most certainly over indulged on all the extra food and drink this season. Never mind finishing off the odd selection box and Terry’s chocolate orange.

I’d like to announce the blog will be back in full force this month. Not only did I get a load of exciting cookery gadgets for Christmas but I have also been collecting a lot more healthy recipe ideas. Perfect for those of us looking to use the ‘New year, new me’ Cliche!

I’m also on a bit of a personal mission to loose weight in the next 6 months as I am heading to the sunny California coast for the first time and I am determined to fit into a bikini for then… or at least at worst look semi decent in a swimming costume! So hopefully you can all join me on this journey. I will be sharing any tips I’ve learnt along the way on what I find works and what doesn’t.

It’s time to get out there, get motivated and start learning that we can love healthy foods!

Stay tuned for my new recipes and if anyone has any requests as to types of recipes they would like to see on this blog by all means please message me on any of my social media!

Happy 2017! 🙂

Xx

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