Google+ Forget dieting forever: October 2015

If you love cooking and experimenting with new recipes - you've come to the right place! Not only do we have delicious recipes - we also share our SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS story.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

WARM FIG & GOAT'S CHEESE SALAD

FIG, GOAT'S CHEESE & PEPPER SALAD
Feast your eyes on this colourful warm fig, goat's cheese and sweet red pepper salad. Add fresh crunchy croutons for texture. The secret ingredient is temperature - warming the figs through in the oven to bring out their full flavour.
To make this salad for two you will need:
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1 bag of mixed salad leaves
4 figs
one sweet pointed red pepper
soft goat's cheese
day old bread cut into cubes
pine nuts
olive oil
vegetable oil
a sprinkle of dried herbs - use whatever you have
salt/pepper
optional - chilli flakes
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Turn oven to 160ÂșC. Cut figs in half and lay on an oiled baking tray and drizzle lightly with melted butter. Cut the bread into cubes and coat with vegetable oil and a sprinkle of mixed dried herbs. Place the bread onto the same tray as the figs. Slice the pepper and coat lightly with oil. Put the red pepper into a separate oven proof dish and place in oven at the same time as the figs and croutons. When figs have warmed through (around 15 minutes), remove from oven.  Turn the croutons over. Keep the croutons and red pepper in the oven while you assemble the salad (you can turn the oven off). Take a handful of pine nuts and fry lightly for a few minutes in a little vegetable oil - if you like a little heat, add a few chilli flakes to the pan. Dress the salad leaves with your preferred dressing. We used a little olive oil, lemon juice and salt/pepper. Add the rest of the salad ingredients and enjoy.
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Do you know how many calories you are allowed each day?
Here's a link to our very first blog post about our weight loss journey, which we began in January 2011. We started this blog as a way of recording what we ate while losing weight. The blog is a food diary, and contains lots of recipes, tips and ideas about losing weight.
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Spinach saag bhaji and bombay potatoes

BOMBAY POTATOES
Here is a very quick and easy way to enjoy spinach and potatoes. Add flavour without adding  calories.
Spicy bombay potatoes and spinach saag bhaji are made using the same ingredients.
There is such a wonderful fresh taste to these simple, light and mildly spiced side dishes. The bombay potatoes have a lovely creamy texture when cooked this way. The spinach is very refreshing and will adorn anything from curry to sausages!
SPINACH SAAG BHAJI
Use the following ingredients to create the base for these simple side dishes:
One small onion
One garlic clove
1 cm ginger
1 - 2 teaspoons mild curry powder
oil for frying
Blend the onion, garlic and ginger to a puree and fry in a little oil for 5 minutes. You may need to add a touch of water. Add curry powder and fry for another minute or two. Use this base to make your side dishes. For the spinach saag, simply add spinach and wilt - season with salt to taste. For the bombay potatoes, put the base into a pan with a lid, add cubed (uncooked) potatoes and add enough water or stock to almost cover the potato. Simmer until potatoes are cooked. If there is too much liquid left in the pan, remove lid and turn up heat to reduce and thicken the base.
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Do you know how many calories you are allowed each day?
Here's a link to our very first blog post about our weight loss journey, which we began in January 2011. We started this blog as a way of recording what we ate while losing weight. The blog is a food diary, and contains lots of recipes, tips and ideas about losing weight.
Copyright © all rights reserved. Please do not copy any of this material without my express permission.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

EASY CHICKEN and SWEETCORN CURRY

Home made curry and side dishes
An easy CHICKEN & BABY SWEETCORN CURRY takes around 10 minutes to prepare. This was a very simple recipe using few ingredients and producing a wonderful depth of flavour.

The bombay potatoes and spinach saag bhaji was very quick to prepare too.

Our flatbreads flavoured with warm spice were less doughy but equally as tempting as any naan bread.

We prepared everything in the afternoon so the meal was ready to heat through within 10 minutes.
Why not save on the cost of a takeaway and enjoy a lovely fresh tasting curry with a lot less calories.

Why not take a look at our easy recipe below:

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