Eat your greens 

Hello Dear Reader,

I love green leafy vegetables and they’re really cheap in season And they have more vitamin C than oranges. I bought all my groceries this week from Aldi including a tiny beef roasting joint that I stopped from shrinking by slow cooking it with some water, salt and pepper in the slow cooker. My fork shows how tiny our meat was.

It just melted when it was cooked and it didn’t shrink and stayed really moist which was important as it wasn’t cheap. We’ll just have a veg based meal tomorrow to offset the cost.

I used some of the beef stock when I mashed the potatoes, especially as we ate far too much butter in Brittany! This was really nice  and surprisingly creamy.

As we’re trying to keep our carbs low we’re not eating a lot of spuds so we’re filling up on greens. It’s a good job we really like them. I wonder, wherever you are, what the ‘greens’ in your country? 

I added some GF bisto granules to a mug full of stock and made some gravy. 

This is end of week one and I think we’ve done ok and we’re definitely eating more healthily, doesn’t seem hard and we’re enjoying it. 

I’ll keep you posted.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx


One of the joys of autumn 

Hello Dear Reader,

There is something wonderful about coming home to a gently simmering slow cooker. Before we left for work this morning I added:

2 chicken breasts (I buy frozen chicken as it’s cheaper)

2 leeks cut into slices

1 tin of plum tomatoes 

4 large sliced carrots 

2 large potatoes, halved 

1 stock cube and a mug of water.

Sprinkle of gf gravy granules when I got in from work. I set the slow cooker on low and let it cook gently for twelve hours. 

We ate ours with kale and green beans which is another reason for loving autumn food. I’m a great fan of our slow cooker and use it for a huge amount of winter dishes of soups, casseroles, stews and slow roasts. 

The other great thing about a pile of green beans and kale taking up half our plates is that it fills us up very cheaply and healthily and goes really well with any kind of stew. It also fits in well with the slimming world plan of plenty of speed food. The whole plate is mainly veggies with just a bit of chicken. We over did it a bit over the summer and lots of veggies are the answer.

There’ll be plenty more like this as the cooler weather has returned.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx

Slimming world pasties

Hello Dear Reader,

I’ve seen these all over the internet and I thought I’d have a go. Here’s what I put inside:

2 leek, sliced.

One large  courgette, cut into small chunks

1 large red pepper, diced.

Spray of frylight and cook for ten fifteen minutes.

8 rasher of lean bacon, remove any fat and diced

100g of tomato paste

Plenty of black pepper.

One laughing cow light triangle per pasty 

1 beaten large egg – use this to seal the pasty and glaze it

I cooked it until everything as well cooked.

I used gluten free wraps bit expensive at 50p each!

Eight slices of lean bacon at £2.

Asda free range eggs at £1.50

I covered the wrap with beaten egg, added the filling and popped a cheese triangle inside.

Sealing it was a nightmare, DB suggested I sewed it together with spaghetti ! I kept pressing the edges with a fork. Preheat the oven to 180.

I brushed them generously with beaten egg and baked them for twenty minutes.

It was totally delicious! I calorie counted and each pasty was under 250 calories! 

Our neighbours gave us the runner beans and the corn was in the reduced section at Asda.

If you don’t need to eat gluten free, then you can buy 6 wraps for 75p! It’s a quick low calorie supper and twice as delicious when you get to the cheese in the middle. To make this veggies, you could grill some quorn sausages and dice them and add them.

There’ll be more slimming world recipes as we get back into healthy eating after an indulgent summer.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx

Light Caesar Salad

Hello Dear Reader,

We’re loving our time off. We spent yesterday gardening the communal areas around our terrace of cottages. Like a lot of old Cornish cottages built before cars were even thought of, the only access is on foot. We carry what we’ve bought or brought home from the car park. We don’t mind, those communal paths are where we meet our neighbours, stop and chat and usually have a good moan about the state of the paths. Some people can’t be bothered, feel they don’t have time or would like to do something but haven’t got round to it. I totally ‘sweat the small stuff’ and weeds and overgrown hedges fuss me so as no one seems to mind, I’m tidying the place up. Dearly Beloved and I have done this together and we’ve bagged it up (several car loads) and have taken it to the recycling centre.

Today, I had a long lie in and a lazy lunch. Really not feeling like a big Sunday roast lunch right now so made a lower calorie version of Caesar Salad.

I started off by making ‘croutons’, normally that’s cubes of bread, deep fried and sprinkled over the salad. Instead, I sprayed two slices of bread with Frylight and popped them in the toaster. It came out crispy and then I cut the slices into cubes. Gluten free for me and every day bread for DB.

I’ve discovered Morrison’s Nu Me range of salad dressing and I mixed four tablespoons through the salad so two spoons each and then when I served poured another spoonful over the salad which came to 27 calories (1g of carb and 1g of fat – it must be mainly water!) 

We both had 25g of grated cheese each, mine half fat cheddar and DB had full fat Parmesan. He’s lost 15lbs so far so it’s doing him good too!

I grilled five rashers of smoked back bacon (I’ve included a link to show what this looks like – our bacon is quite lean and as I grill it on a raised tray and all the fat renders out) and then cut them into chunks and sprinkled that over the salad and gave it a drizzle of the low calorie Caesar sauce. 

It was heavenly, and the scores on the doors? 351 calories, 35g of carbs, 15g of fat, 24g of protein. Cost just under £1.50. 

My indulgence at this time of year are seasonal local strawberries. They taste lovely, I had mine with some defrosted blackberries, a sprinkle of stevia and a big spoon of fat free natural yogurt. I felt I’d earned it after all the weeding and tending.

If you live in the UK, you’ll have a lot more weeds around the pavements and car parks, it will be cleaned less than usual and hedges might not get cut at all. It’s easy to wave the banner of entitlement and sit back and do no more than moan that the council doesn’t do its job properly or realise that unless we want higher taxes then we can save money and find our community spirit and do it ourselves. 

Over to you, any Guerrilla gardeners out there? In case you think there’s a whole pile of health and safety regulations about doing such a thing in your community there usually isn’t. It’s the case of using common sense and doing what you can. I’ll have another go tomorrow. I’m also going to try and speak to neighbours and get them to do ‘the bit’ by their back/front doors to keep the place looking tidy.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx