Creamy ‘chicken’ tomato & Chilli Onepot

Hello – yep, I’ve been away for a bit.  But I’m back (and around 9lbs lighter since I last put on a post so I must still be doing something right!!!).  I wont bore you with my reasons for being away, I’ll just crack on with another stupidly easy meal idea!

Creamy ‘chicken’ tomato & Chilli Onepot
This serves two people as a main meal and is very quick to make, less than 18 mins and there’s even a cheat taking it down to 13 ….

6 Quorn fillets
125g Sainsburys Soft Cheese, Light in Garlic and Herb flavour
60g Whole milk
30g Sainsburys Italian Tomato and Chilli paste (comes in a tube)
Veg to act as a pasta substitute, either courgette or green beans cut in ribbons, pepper slices – whatever veg you prefer.
Lots of salt and pepper for seasoning
Tiny bit of rapeseed oil
Big green salad on the side

Defrost the Quorn fillets in your microwave (or take out and pop in fridge the night before) and then chop into whatever shaped chunks you fancy.  Me, I’m a diagonal strips kinda gal.  Pop them into a heavy based saucepan and drizzle with the oil.  On a mid heat, start to cook until the edges turn golden.  Then, bung in your veg***.

Right away, add everything else – the milk, cheese, paste and seasoning and give a good stir.  Pop on the lid, turn down the heat a little and stir every few minutes so it doesn’t stick.  Keep on the heat until the veg is cooked but still firm to the bite to keep the goodness.

Serve.  Eat.  Burp.

***If you are super pushed for time then just microwave the veg with a splash of water and add in at the end, saving around 8 mins, just think what you could do with that eh?!!).

Oh and I thought I should start adding the nutritional values…
Using 1/2 a courgette per person, each serving provides:

Cals per serving  282, Carbs 14g, Fat 10g, Protein 27g

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March 16th 2013 – The Fattest Day Ever.

This is the day I realised I weighed more than I ever had before and its also the day I (finally) decided to do something about it.  

Over the years I’ve tried every club going – Weight Watchers groups and online, same with Slimming World, Rosemary Connelly and Sainsburysdiets.com and I lost weight with them all but found it hard to feel satisfied, motivated and perhaps most importantly – really easy to just do.  I’d always loose around 10lbs, get bored and eventually stop going.  Then, the weight would go back on and more besides.

On March 16th 2013, I swore that by my 39th Birthday (June) I’d be thinner and feel better.  Sadly, I didnt really have a plan and on my 39th I felt as fat as I’d ever been and just ‘not-me’.  I was also pretty disappointed.

So I decided that instead of joining (yet another) club – I would read and teach myself about what my body really needs to function.  As an office worker with occasional exercise in the week, what does my body really need to function well?  The first answer was that my body needed to carry a lot less fat.  I also learned that I do need carbs, I just don’t need loads of them.  Carbs release energy into your body really quickly so are excellent if you are about to run, or have some major physical activity.  If you are about to sit on your arse and work on a computer for the next 4 hours, they are a bit of a shabby friend.  Your body can only use some of that energy and converts the rest to (very unhealthy around your middle) fat and saves it up for later.

I learned that what my body does need – is the chance to burn off the fat stored and get healthy in the process.  Intro lots and lots of green veggies in every meal and generally speaking a 50:50 visual split been your veggies and your protein.  Its not carb free, just carb reduction.

There are three steps:

1) Educate yourself properly on low-carb veggie foods.
  It doesn’t take long.
The Internet is a never ending resource, some of the best info I found came from these sites: 
http://www.ion.ac.uk/information/onarchives/lowcarbeating
http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/4408/stocking-the-low-carb-vegetarian-kitchen
This blokes site is FAB for science stuff but if you just want a food list – scroll to the bottom of this link http://www.nomeatathlete.com/vegetarian-protein/

2) Become a member of http://www.myfitnesspal.com and track what you eat.  Every single thing that you eat.
This is the only calorie counter I found that tracks everything including protein, sodium, carbs etc. so its super useful an …. its FREE.  Even better than that, make a few friends and you have a ready-made support network – for good days and bad.  I’ve found on average, if you ask a question you get an answer back within the hour or less.  Its a truly fantastic support network and the Before and After stories on there will not fail to inspire, humble and motivate.

3) Stop eating sugar.  Stop eating refined sugar in the form of processed stuff with high carb counts.  Take responsibility for knowing what sugar looks like.  Your body does not need this much sugar.  This is why your body takes it and stores it as fat.  Read this, yes its targeted at Diabetes but the principles are the same for us all. http://diabeteshealth.com/read/2007/04/24/5143/

There are pretty much NO plans out in the market atm that support this eating choice and yet I find I’m eating really well!  I’m having tasty filling food that has actually made my skin clearer and I have consistently lost an average lots of 3-4lbs every single week (including to sessions of TOM and that’s really saying something!).

I’m focusing on lots fresh colorful veg and plenty of protein.  I do limit the fruit and have ditched all refined sugars – pasta, bread, rice etc.  Having previously VERY much enjoyed my carbs, the first week was hard I wont lie.  But since then its actually been much easier!

Because I have a TERRIBLE memory, I often forget food I’ve had and really enjoyed so this blog is a diary to self of all the good stuff to be enjoyed!  I like tasty big flavours, robust hearty food that satisfies, fits in with the (meat-eating) husband and (fussy) kids and most importantly – 20 minutes is the maximum time I like to commit to cooking.  I’m hungry, damn it!

Some benefits so far, which I have noticed:

36lbs weight loss, 27 in 3 months.
Look in the mirror and notice a waist!
Compliments
Clothes look MUCH better on
Feel better
IBS has massively decreased
Skin is so much clearer

http://www.modelmydiet.com is a good tool, because you want to be the thin one!

The end.