It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared a meal plan…mainly because Hubs was working away and as the kids get fed by their grandparents when I’m at work I didn’t really have any motivation to cook just for myself. I did make a plan last week, which we stuck to for the most part, but I do still feel that I’ve been way off track.
As a rule, I have the same thing for breakfast every day (either porridge or overnight oats made with water and fromage frais, or Grapenuts and almond milk, all with a banana chopped over the top), lunch is always leftovers from dinner the night before (or a salad with couscous and either mackerel or egg), and our dinners are always healthy. So meals are not my sticking point.
It’s the eating between meals that scuppers me, and I have struggled to keep myself on a healthy course these past few weeks. Its been a combination of lack of planning, lack of motivation and just plain greed. If there’s been food available, I’ve eaten it. I was thrown a surprise baby shower this weekend too, and the amount of cakes we’ve been left with is crazy. Sure, I could chuck them out…but I’ve been conditioned never to waste food and basically I want to eat them.
But I’ve seen the impact on the scales, and whilst I can kid myself on that it’s all baby weight I know deep down that I’ve probably gained more than the wee fella has! This week needs to be one of focusing on moderation and giving my baby the food he really needs, rather than the goodies that mummy wants. So I’m having a clear out this morning to get rid of any remaining tempting-but-unhelpful treats, and giving myself a stern talking to. Snack-wise, I’m going back to my fruit and natural yogurt, and I’m going to have these SlimmingWorld oat cookies (recipe by Kate @ WitWitWoo) as my evening snack. I made them a few weeks ago with some added spices, but I’m going to keep trying to tweak them. I know they’ll never be the real biscuit deal, but if I can make them interesting enough to enjoy with a cuppa that’s fine by me!
So, what’s on our dinner menu this week?…
I’ll see what seafood I have in the freezer, and will probably chuck in a wee bit of chorizo. I’m going to serve it with mangetout and broccoli.
Hubs opted for jacket potatoes with the chilli, and I’ll add some salad. I’ll probably try and do this in the slow cooker, as I’m in the office on Tuesday.
Burger and chips
I know, I know…burgers?! But these are SlimmingWorld friendly (1 syn each) and delicious Malcolm Allan slimmers burgers. We don’t usually eat things like this, I make my own burgers from scratch to avoid additives, but we have our hypnobirthing session so I need something quick. I’ll make some chips in the Actifry and have it with corn on the cob and salad.
Jerk chicken with Caribbean beans
…if I remember to soak the black beans overnight, which I always forget to do! The beans have peppers through them, but I’ll still chuck in whatever veg we have in the fridge as a side.
Honey salmon with egg fried rice
Really simple, but feels like quite a treat. I’ll do some sort of stir-fry side with carrots, peppers and mangetout.
Gammon, chips and beans
Hubs’ request, and to be quite honest anything that’s easy to chuck together is fine by me! They’re Actifry chips and the beans are reduced salt and sugar ones, so it’s not all bad!
Always a crowd pleaser, and with lean mince and salad on the side (rather than garlic bread) it’s actually not going derail my efforts for the week.
If any of my meals inspire you, let me know and I’ll share the recipe next week!