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Me and Healthy Eating (Slimming World Style)

For a fair few years I have been a stone or three overweight. I tried various faddy diets, none of which worked and just resulted in me being grumpy and more fat than I was to start with.
Then in 2013 I was introduced to Slimming World by a bonkers, but lovely friend. I should mention that this particular friend is now my awesome SW consultant (maybe not so bonkers after all). Anyway I was hesitant about joining as I had just assumed that healthy eating meant being hungry and losing weight meant being grumpy, so I’d kind of decided that I was just destined to be a bit fat.
I’m not going to lie, the first week was a bit tricky and getting on those scales wasn’t exactly a highlight, but pretty quickly the Slimming World plan became second nature and last Summer I got to target. Here’s that dreaded before/after shots!!
My former self 2012 (no cake was safe)!
Me last Summer just before my first surf lesson, 2 stone 10lb lighter!
I know it’s a cliché but Slimming World has changed my life. I would never have worn a wet suit three years ago, let alone in public and I definitely wouldn’t have tried standing on a board in the sea!
Basically the plan allows you to eat all you favourite foods, you just prepare them slightly differently and you are still allowed chocolate and crisps (both, everyday if you like).
I’m a few pounds above my target weight at the moment so I’m really focusing on what I’m eating and upping my exercise (or body magic as SW call it). So I thought I would share some of the delicious recipes I have been making for the family.
This recipe for Beef Kofta Tagine comes from the most recent SW magazine. I’ve adapted it slightly, so this is my version. It’s really delicious and the aroma is amazing whilst cooking. So much so that my neighbour asked me to close the window when it was simmering as the smell was making her hungry!!
Okay here’s how you make it:
Beef Kofta Tagine
Serves 4
Ready in 1 hour 10 mins
This recipe contains, smoked paprika, I absolutely can not get enough of this stuff!! Oh and I love the typography and the fact it comes in a tin, I’m such a sucker for packaging, but this authentic spice tastes ace too, winner!
For the kofta’s:
700g 5% less fat minced beef (I only used 250g as I was feeding 2)
1 onion finely chopped
1 egg yolk
2 tsp fresh ginger
1tsp Ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1stp sweet paprika 
A small handful chopped coriander
A small handful chopped mint
Low calorie cooking spray (I use fry light) 
For the sauce:
I red onion thinly sliced
2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced
2 tsp of sweet smoked paprika and ground cumin
2 level tsp on harissa paste
2 x cans chopped tomatoes (I used one)
4 tbsp tomato puréee
300ml of beef stock 
Handful of chopped parsley

What to do:

  1. Make the meatballs by mixing the mince, onion, egg yolk, spices and herbs and with your hands roll them into equal sized balls, my mixture made 10 small balls. Spray a large pan frying pan with low cal cooking oil and brown the meatballs in batches, remove to a plate.
  2. For the sauce spray the same frying pan with the cooking spray, over a medium heat add the onion and peppers when they begin to soften add the spices and harissa paste. Followed by the tomatoes, tomato purée and stock. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the meatballs to the sauce in a single layer, (this is when it really starts to smell good). Cover tightly and simmer for 30-40 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the koftas are all cooked.
  4. About 15 minutes before they are cooked put some rice on.
  5. Scatter parsley over the top and serve on a bed of rice. Grab a fork and dig in!!

Small disclaimer to all this healthy eating stuff!

I should also mention that when I’m at my target weight I do have the occasional
‘blow out’ meal or cake (or day), but this is a plan for life and to say that I’ll
never have a large glass of red and a bag of cashew nuts again, ever in my life just isn’t
realistic, so from time to time I may post a recipe that isn’t
Slimming World friendly, but don’t shoot me I’m only human!! 

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2 Comment

  1. I like the sound of this bonkers SW friend/ consultant! What a top bird! Hey, speaking of top birds… You're awesome! Be really bloody proud of how far you've come and of all the changes you've made to get there. Now go forth and surf, you gorgeous beach babe, you!

    1. Top bird indeed!! Aaah thanks so much, you are 100% super star, I might've made the changes but I would never have stepped through the door on day one without you. Thanks so much for being bonkers and a great friend and an awesome consultant! Now where's that surf board!

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