Family Friendly Frugal Meals – Slow cooker sausage, bean and chorizo casserole….

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I should quite probably win the award for the longest title to a blog post with this one! Is there an award for that in the MADs?  If not, Sally then you should take note for next year ;-) Anyway, I've had an interesting week this week and *mostly* managed to stick to last week's meal plan so I'm ready to go with next weeks.  We're starting to eat more Wintery type food seeing as it's October and the heatings back on so this week's menu has a lot of what I think of as comfort food - not sure how that's going to work with my diet though. Monday - Sausage, chorizo and bean … [Read more...]

Slimming World – Syn free chickpea dahl loaf….

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I've been following the Slimming World diet for a few months now and although it's not going as well as it was at the start (due to an all inclusive holiday and lots of picnics in the Summer Holidays, I am back on track now and am pleased with my weight loss so far. I tried on the dress I wore for the MADS last year and found it was two sizes too big and the dress I bought for the MADS award ceremony earlier in the Summer now has tobe pulled in a little with a belt so I'm definitely seeing a difference since I started. One of my favourite syn free Slimming World snacks is chickpea dahl … [Read more...]

My Weight Loss Journey #1 – Slimming World Quiche….

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For the last few months (up until I went on my holidays), I've been following the Slimming World plan (on a budget) and I've lost just over a stone altogether. It would have been a stone and a half but the half went back on while I was on my holidays! In an effort to be frugal I wasn't going to a Slimming world group, I was going it alone using some books that a friend gave to me but it was hard work.  There was no one to swap ideas and recipes with, no one to really motivate me and no major reason why I couldn't have a bit of a treat and start again the next day.... Or the next.... Or … [Read more...]

Family Friendly Frugal Meals – Spaghetti Carbonara….


Yesterday I went to the official launch of MFEST which is a family festival taking place this July at Harewood House near Leeds and promises to be a 'Feast of British Music and Food'.  I'll let you know more about MFEST in a later post as it really does sound like a great family weekend but for today, I just wanted to share this with you: It's a signed copy of one of Aldo Zilli's cookbooks, signed by the man himself after the surprise cooking masterclass we got from him.  He showed us how to make Spaghetti Carbonara without using cream and I can honestly say that it was one of the most … [Read more...]