thai salmon with jasmine rice [ recipe ]

 

Meal Plan

For the first week in forever, I don’t have a meal plan this week.  I don’t cook for the kids when I’m working – it would be too late for them by the time I get dinner on the table, and the grandparents like to feed them – so I usually just cook for Hubs and I during the week.  But Hubs is working away, and when it’s just me I really can’t be bothered making the effort.  I have leftovers in the freezer, eggs in the fridge and a mum who is always desperate to feed me, so I’m not doing much worth mentioning this week.  I also never made the shepherds pie I had planned for this weekend, so that covers Saturday, and my in-laws can’t make it for Sunday dinner so I’ll probably just decide on the day what to make.  Lunches will be salads as I wont have leftovers to take, and I’ve scored some peanut Nakd bars for my evening treats.

Recipe

When I linked up to #MealPlanningMonday last week, there was some interest in the Thai salmon I’d picked as one of our dishes. I thought I would share the recipe here, as it’s a real favourite with us.  It’s really delicious and sounds quite impressive, but it’s quick and simple and can be done in one pot in less than half an hour!

I’ve been making this one for years, so I don’t even know where it came from and I’ve tweaked it a bit over time.  The flavour really comes from the spice, so you can judge for yourself how much you want to add.  If you can’t find Thai 7 Spice, I would guess Chinese 5 Spice would work well (although it would totally change the dish).

So, on with the recipe…

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meal planning monday

I’m pleased to report that after facing up to falling off the wagon last week, I had a really good week.  Apart from missing Clubbercise on Tuesday because I was knackered, I managed to achieve all my other fitness commitments.  And my eating was on point right up until yesterday where Easter did get the better of me.  I still managed to lose all the weight I’d put on during my indulgent previous week, and I now feel like I’m back on an even keel.

Our favourite dish last week was the Thai salmon with jasmine rice, which I’m not surprised about as we’ve loved that one for years.  I got a few comments on the blog about it too so I’ll be sharing the recipe later in the week.  The Jamaican chicken was lush too.  I was disappointed with the Spanish chicken, it must have been a different recipe to one I’ve used in the past and so there wasn’t much sauce to speak of.  It was still nice, but not as I’d hoped.

I’d said I was going to shake up my snacking too, after realising I’d fallen for the SlimmingWorld Muller Light brainwash.  So I cut them out this week and made sweet potato hummus instead…what a game changer!  Check out the recipe over at Slimming Eats.  I’ve also had frozen grapes and used my healthy extras for Grape Nuts with almond milk, which I am now addicted to!

So I’m sticking to my new snacking, keeping my focus now I’m back on track so all that remains to be asked is…what are we eating this week?

Monday

Stuffed chicken breasts

For dinner tonight I stuffed chicken breasts with feta and wrapped them with bacon…lush, served with corn on the cob, spinach and broccoli.

Tuesday

Bean chilli

I love pulses! And this is a quick cook, ideal if I’m trying to get out the door for Clubbercise. I’ll serve it with sweet potato wedges and green beans.

Wednesday

Kedgeree

I know this is traditionally a breakfast dish, but I don’t think I could eat it at that time of day! Dinnertime though, and I could eat piles of it. I’ll serve it with peas and spinach.

Thursday

Sticky Chinese pork

Pork is my favourite meat, and I love it with oriental flavours. I’ll serve with pak choi and mangetout.

Friday

Lamb tagine

This is one of my favourites. I’ve mentioned before my love of Moroccan flavours, and whilst I’ve never nailed the spices to be as delicious as those we had on our honeymoon I think this tagine does come close. I serve it with roasted vegetable couscous.

Saturday

Meal at my parents

We’ll be meeting my brother’s girlfriend for the first time, as they are travelling up from London, so my mum is making dinner. No doubt there will be an over the top starter, lamb for main and multiple desserts…blowing my healthy efforts but worth it!

Sunday

Shepherds Pie

A bit of a lazy Sunday dinner this week, but I know it will go down well. I’ll be using pork mince, for my in-laws – one doesn’t like beef and the other is allergic to lamb! I’ll serve it with tons of veggies.

Chocolate puddings

I can’t remember the last time I made a chocolate dessert, and these are small enough to be indulgent without being over the top. Dark chocolate too, so I can kid myself that it’s almost healthy!

 

If any of my meals inspire you, let me know and I’ll share the recipe next week!

 

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why does the diet always start on monday?


 

Honesty is something I need this blog to have at it’s core.  It’s important to be honest with yourself when you’re on a health journey, and it’s important to the ethos of this blog that I don’t pretend to have it all sussed out.  I’m trying to find health on my own terms, and with that comes some wrong turns.  Those slip ups are as much a part of my journey and my blog as the successes.

So I have to ‘fess up – I’ve been off the wagon/plan/radar this past week.  Whether it’s because I don’t deal well with being out of my routine or whether I just used being on holiday as an excuse, I’ve eaten like a crap…and eaten a lot of crap.  I can’t even lie – McDonald’s, Greggs, cakes, chocolate, a big dirty fry-up, pizza, macaroni cheese, doughnuts…all that shit and more has graced my palate in the last seven days.  It was like the healthy switch in my head was flicked to off, and I used that downtime to make bad food choice after bad food choice.

To top it off, I also ignored two of my own mantras – don’t skip weigh-in just because you’ve had a bad week, and don’t wait until Monday, get back on track with your very next meal.  I skipped SlimmingWorld on Thursday, and it’s only now that I’m drawing a line under my gluttony.

I’m trying not to beat myself up about it.  After all, I could have been spending my whole pregnancy eating like that and piled on weight like I have in the past, so one bad week isn’t the end of the world.  But I am angry at myself for undoing some of my good work – I stepped on the scales and it looks as if I’ve gained about 4lbs this week.

Still, I can’t turn back time so I just need to look forward.  And that begins with a meal plan and some exercise commitments.  Exercise-wise I’ve done a body weight and stretch session today. If I’m not too knackered after work tomorrow I’ll do a (gentle!) Clubbercise class, and then try to fit in another body weight session when I’m working at home on Thursday.  Hopefully I’ll fit in a session with weights and a yoga dvd over the weekend too, but we’re going to Stirling on Saturday and our youngest is having a friend round on Sunday so I wont hold my breath.  

And you can read on to see our meal plan…

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meal planning monday 27-03-2017

Last week’s meal plan – 20th March – went well.  I made every meal I planned to (although we did have a Chinese on Thursday night after weigh-in.  I still made the planned meal but took it for lunch on Friday), and even the new dishes went well.


L-R top-bottom :: tuna with ratatouille, chicken biryani, pork chop with roasted butternut squash, beef goulash, Moroccan chicken, fruit trifle

The beef stroganoff got some interest in the comments, and it was delicious so I’ll be posting the recipe for that later in the week.  Follow me on Bloglovin’, Twitter or Instagram to know when that post goes live.

So what are we eating this week…?  Click the button below to find out!

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meal planning monday 20-03-17


I am a huge advocate of meal planning, not just from a weight loss perspective but also from a sanity and budget one. I literally couldn’t go into a week blind to what I’m going to be eating.  So when I found out there was a link-up about exactly that, I couldn’t not get involved!

I’m also big on keeping things simple.  So I have the same breakfast each day (oats, fromage frais and chopped banana, either microwaved or as overnight oats), my lunches throughout the week are leftovers from the night before, and weekend lunches are usually either soup of lentils, tomatoes and leftover veg, fry-ups tweaked to be healthy, or jacket potatoes with healthy toppings and lots of salad.  I cook a meal each night though, and that is what my meal plan focuses on.

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