So, it’s week five on the Weight Watchers #StepIntoSummer challenge and I feel like it’s been a really good week actually. The boy was away on his stag do – and if the last time he was away was anything to go by, this would signal disaster for my healthy eating/diet regime (last time he was away I basically lived off cereal, cake and crisps…like an eight year old left home alone). BUT this time I must have matured – as I ate really well. I was having lunches of scrambled egg and Warburtons Sandwich Things (which are my new favourite things and a discovery from doing Weight Watchers this time around), or Skinny Covent Garden Soups – delicious and don’t taste like there’s anything skinny about them! Then for dinner I’ve been having things like the delicious hero meal of the week (more on that shortly) and rice noodle and vegetable stir fries (packed with veg – so filling, but minimal points). Basically, by the end of this week I am feeling pretty virtuous and definitely noticing that the weight is going.
This week’s challenge was to serve a surprisingly healthy meal – and beyond the creamy pasta dish that’s been the hero recipe my surprisingly healthy meal would have to be the veggie stir fry dishes I’ve been whipping up. These are simply the Chinese meal ones you can pick up at Sainsbury’s (or I’m sure many other supermarkets do the same thing) and basically just chuck the prepared veg in a wok for a few mins, then add the rice noodles and any sauce and in a few moments you have a dish that you can fool yourself into thinking it’s from the local Chinese Take Away… but is actually far healthier. Just keep the ratio of veg to noodle high and you’re good to go.
As for this week’s challenge recipe – as soon as I read ‘Creamy Pasta and Asparagus’ I knew I would like it. And yes, it was delicious – and really easy to do. The only slight hitch being that I cooked the sauce a little too hot and it meant the Quark/Greek Yoghurt went a little separated and bitty – but it still tasted good so that was the main thing. Plus, it taught me a new little trick on the cooking front. At 10pp per portion it was fairly saintly for something that sounds and looks pretty indulgent. But this dish is the perfect example of the small tweaks making things healthier approach that I’ve been really loving from the Simple Start idea – switching white pasta for brown, Quark and 0% fat Greek Yoghurt instead of cream, bacon medallions instead of rashers… packing loads of veg in where you can. All simple things that don’t make you feel deprived – but are a nudge in a healthier direction.
As always it’s not just me waffling on – but you can join in the #StepIntoSummer fun too – this week you can win a Crock-Pot Brushed Stainless Slow Cooker. For your chance to win a Crock-Pot Brushed Stainless Slow Cooker courtesy of Weight Watchers, simply upload a picture of your favourite surprisingly healthy meal using hashtag #StepIntoSummer
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