Healthier Philly cheese-steaks!

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Ingredients: (yields 2 large cheese-steaks)

1 large white onion

2 sub rolls

2 large portobello mushroom caps

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

350g strips of beef

125g half fat mozzarella

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Method:

  • Remove the stems from each mushroom cap and use a spoon to scrape off the brown gills. Slice the caps in half and then slice each half crosswise.
  • In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring constantly, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.

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  • Wipe out the pan, return it to the heat, and add the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add the vegetables and garlic and cook until tender and lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes.

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  • Return the beef to the pan and stir in the Worcestershire and soy sauces. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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  • Reduce the heat to medium, place slices of mozzarella on top of the beef and vegetables and allow it to melt completely. Stir the mixture so that the beef is fully coated with the melted cheese.
  • Slice your sub rolls three-quarters of the way through and hollow out their insides using a spoon to remove the bread, leaving a ½-inch shell.
  • Divide the cheese steak filling among the two hollowed-out rolls and enjoy!

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Firstly I have to point out that this dinner is so so filling. Your taking out calories and carbs by hollowing out the rolls but I really promise you won’t miss them at all. I was absolutely stuffed after eating these gorgeous cheese-steaks which is just what you want from a good dinner. It definitely stopped me from raiding the fridge for snacks later on in the night! This recipe is great for serving hungry partners or kids at the end of the day. It doesn’t appear to be that healthy but with clever ingredients and getting rid of a bit of dough it makes for an amazingly tasty lighter version of the cheese-steaks we know and love. You all know how much of a cheese fiend I am. I am always tempted to add a bit of extra cheese on top of most things however with this recipe you don’t need to. The melted mozzarella and beef mix is to die for and settles even the biggest cheese lovers needs. Not to mention it is incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think!

 

Happy cooking!

 

Xx

Am I hungry or am I bored? Tips on how to stop those hunger cravings.

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I don’t know about you but the main reason that I snack is that I am bored! Whether that be in the office on a particularly slow work day or at home watching Netflix. I have a habit of feeling like I need to constantly reach for a bag of crisps, piece or toast or even cheese on crackers (I know very bad but I can’t help it!). I’ve become so frustrated with myself that I have come up with a list of handy tips in order to try to stop myself raiding the fridge and consuming those extra calories that I certainly do not need…

You may be dehydrated…

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There is a good chance you may be dehydrated rather than hungry. A good tip is to have a glass of water and if you are still hungry after half an hour have something to eat. It is important not to starve yourself if you are genuinely hungry.

Do exercise…

I always feel less hungry after a workout. It could be because my mind is somewhere else and off food. It could also be that after working out I don’t want to have wasted those calories I have burned by going and eating unhealthily. It doesn’t have to be a big workout even a walk to feed the ducks will do (plus if you throw your leftover bread at the ducks there’s less chance of you eating it!).

Go on your favourite time wasting website or play your favourite game on your phone…

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We all know we can waste hours doing this and its a great way of taking your mind out of the kitchen. Unless your favourite sites are cooking sites then maybe give it a miss!

Brush your teeth…

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I seriously love this one for two reasons… 1. If I brush my teeth I’m not going to eat anything else because I am too lazy to go and brush them again! 2. The minty toothpaste makes all food taste weird. Also you’ll have lovely fresh breath so it’s win win!

Watch your favourite TV show…

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Before you know it you could be a few episodes in and have forgotten all about your cravings. Mine is Game of Thrones, House of Cards or Dirk Gently. Swap binge eating for binge watching!

Pamper yourself…

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Maybe this tip is more for the ladies but seriously paint your nails, apply a face mask or just have a relaxing bath. Not only will you distract yourself but you will make yourself feel better in the process.

Be creative…

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Channel your energy into creating something. I am currently making a Christmas wreath for next year using left over Christmas cards. I actually really feel like I am achieving something by creating something lovely to to add to our home. not to mention my hands are busy so I literally can’t reach for the biscuits. I would suggest Pinterest as a great site to get some craft ideas. However even if being crafty isn’t your thing there are plenty of opportunities out there for you to be creative. You could even start a blog. Writing this blog for me has been a great distraction as well as an amazing source of motivation and support from all you guys!

Most importantly…

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Be happy and live life! Don’t beat yourself up for eating what you want every once in a while. We all deserve a treat sometimes 🙂

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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