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A working lunch

potWho said making your own lunches is easy and is also cheaper than buying the ready-made stuff?  Yes I agree, it may be cheaper , and you know exactly what lurks among your salad leaves if you make it yourself. But how do we keep the lunch ideas going?

Nine months into my office job and I am out. Completely out of ideas. I have done the sandwiches, the salads, the soups and now what? As the picture above will tell you, I have resorted to the ready-made stuff. In this case it was an Innocent Veggie pot, which is one of the better choices out there with only 239 calories for the Thai Tom Yum. Stick a yogurt on the end of that lunch and you’re looking at about 350 calories for a very filling lunch, fantastic. But not everyone, and me especially can afford to buy these babies every day.

What’s your secret weapon for when you’re out of lunch ideas? Innocent is my saviour, but I need to get out of the habit of buying them so often. Time to stop being lazy!

Love, S

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What is Mycoprotein?

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I know it is meat-free… but if there is no meat, what exactly is in there?

Inspired by a comment and my frequent use of Quorn products as a substitute for meat I decided we need to know what it is exactly. So it turns out it is actually a fungus called ‘Fusarium venenatum’ which has had oxygen, nitrogen, glucose and minerals added. It sounds gross, but if I’m not freaked out you shouldn’t be either ;)

Here are the benefits:

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http://www.quorn.co.uk/why-quorn/

So here we are – Quorn has been approved :D

Love, hellotummys xx

Meat-Free Cottage Pie

 

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Yes, meat-free cottage pie is possible…

So recently I hear a lot of the blogging community is priding on being flexitarian (not eating meat frequently for environmental and sustainability reasons) and as reducing meat in our diet is a great way of decreasing calories, here is my Quorn Cottage Pie:

Ingredients:

  • 500g of Quorn Mince
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 stock cube dissolved in a cup of water
  • Worcestershire sauce for seasoning
  • Salt, Pepper, Chilli Powder, Paprika

For the Mash

  • 1.25KG of Potatoes
  • 100ml Semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 Tbsp of Light Butter
  • 150g of Medium Cheddar

Start by boiling the potatoes. Once soft, drain, add milk and butter and mash until you have smooth mash.

While the potatoes are boiling, on a large frying pan lightly fry (using a small amount of oil) the diced onion and diced carrot untill soft (about 7 minutes on a low heat). Crush in the cloves of garlic and add one tin of chopped tomatoes. Immediately after add the Quorn Mince and allow it to warm through. Add chicken stock gradually to prevent the sauce from being too runny, we want a nice thick sauce. Season to taste with Worcestershire sauce, chilli powder and paprika.

Once the filling is ready place into a large baking tray/dish and spread evenly. Spread the mash on top of the sauce filling and sprinkle grated cheese on top.

Bake in a 200 Degrees C. preheated oven until the cheese is melted. Enjoy with a side of lovely veggies :D

Here it is, my completely meat free, but not vegetarian I must point out (due to the chicken stock) Cottage Pie.

Calories – Makes 5 very big portions (I would go as far as saying that half of each of the 5 portions should actually be a portion in itself), each portion is 530 kcal.

Healthy and Cheap :D

Enjoy, hellotummys xx

Quoting Glamour

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Just to prove that I wasn’t lying…

As you may have read on my ‘Essentials’ page I suggested one cup of Green Tea a day, and that cutting down on sugar but increasing the amount of teas, flavoured mainly is good for you.

Along with your regular cup of green tea, try squeeze in a cup of peppermint also. Not only is it refreshing and has calming digestive properties but also is another way of filling the stomach when you feel a bit peckish.

I always have one cup of green, peppermint and strawberry tea each day, especially when winter has been with us for over 5 months now ;) So here is Glamour’s opinion on peppermint tea:

“Peppermint is known for its potent healing and calming digestive properties, so if you’re looking to slim down your stomach, it makes sense to start including it in your diet. The easiest way to do this is to drink it in tea form, so pick up a box from your local supermarket (organic if possible) and try drinking three cups a day. Great for clearing the skin, too!”

Give it a go, and remember no sugar ;)

Love, hellotummys xx

Easter Morning Treat

Lomogram_2013-03-30_10-06-31-PMI would like to award myself the best breakfast in bed award  ;)

Having not written a post for 2 main reasons in a while, a. it is exam revision period, b. my laptop appears to be on its last few breaths of life… To the extent that it is incapable of internet browsing and music playing at the same time, and no blogger can blog in such circumstances! :P

Nevertheless, let’s go back to my breakfast. I am a Roman Catholic so this will not be my morning breakfast tomorrow, as I will be sipping on traditional breakfast soup. BUT! It did make an amazing Good Friday Morning, and it would make any morning special.

We’re looking at super simple stuff here, some smoked salmon toast to start, followed by an easy fruit salad (i.e. banana, orange, kiwi, strawberries and grapes), with lightly toasted and buttered hot cross buns and strawberry tea… No Sugar of course :D

The calories do add up a little –

1 hot cross bun is around 198 kcal

Average cup of fruit is about 70 kcal

1 piece of toast with butter and salmon is roughly 100 kcal

And your strawberry tea is completely calorie free assuming you’re avoiding the sugar!

So yes, we are looking at a 400 kcal breakfast, but it kept us full for the majority of the day and it was absolutely amazing!

Hope you give it a try tomorrow morning. Happy Easter!

Love, hellotummys xx

Gross Fishy Fish

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Let’s be honest, fish has the tendency to be gross…

First all, the main problem is, do I even like fish? Most of us are not the biggest fans of fish, but because of all of its benefits such as Omega 3, we all try to fit it in somehow.

So how do we eat something we don’t particularly love? I find that eating the least fishy fish helps. A fishy fish is one which has a strong taste and smell, so for example trout or mackerel. Others however are more bearable.

The other problem is how do I cook it to make it tasty? Being on a student budget along with the fact that I simply hate experimenting with food due to the fear of failure and having to make a last minute pot noodle, does not make it easy. I have however managed to find a solution.

Companies such as Bird’s Eye or Young’s know what they are doing with fish, so just trust them. Plus, the risk of horse meat is low ;) Today I tried these:

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It was delish! Sainsbury’s currently price them at £2 a pack for 2 fillets, which I think for fish, is very reasonable. Of course more importantly, only 255 kcal per fillet, breadcrumbs included :D

I like to try new ready products, especially if they are not expensive, and most of the time it really pays off. Give it a try ;)

Love, hellotummys xx

For the eager ones of you, here is a little extra reading on the benefits of fish (fish fatty acids):

  • Research shows that eating fish fatty acids such as Omega-3 regularly reduces risk of a range of cancers
  • Research also suggests that it reduces risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • Helps people manage their diabetes
  • Contributes to the health of brain tissue

 

Noodles ARE healthy!

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Oodles of Noodles…

There are a few people in this world who are aware of just how deep my love for noodles and pasta in general is.

Anyway, you may think that instant noodles are a no-no when losing weight but actually they’re much better than most lunch-time snacks which you guys gobble on.

I personally go for these. Give me a chance to explain! Obviously they’re cheap, super cheap in fact. Waaaait don’t give up on me yet.

Only 209 calories for the whole pack!!!! That’s more than half the calories a pot noodle would have.

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I shop at Sainsbury’s so there you go, but I know for a fact that all the major supermarkets do the exact same ones and they hardly vary in price. From what I remember these were £0.20p :D

As promised, no salads on this diet!

Enjoy your bowl of nooooodles! Mmm just finished mine :D

Love, hellotummys xx