Two stone, two stone, I have lost two stone, two stone.
I lost 3 pounds this week which is what I wanted to lose to make it a 2 stone loss since I first weighed in on the 23rd May 2011.
I knew today was going to be good when I woke up. After 10 hours sleep I woke up feeling refreshed. Porridge with blueberries and banana for breakfast. It looks like a huge bowlful but I only had my usual amount of oats but the blueberries and banana added a lot of bulk. I cooked the blueberries in with the porridge and it was delicious.
50 g Jumbo oats, 140 ml semi-skimmed milk, 1 tsp Chia seeds, 1 small banana, 1/2 punnett blueberries, 1 tbsp peanut butter.
Harvey had Sebbie to play with all day so I got lots done and then took the 2 boys and 2 dogs for a long walk in the woods.
I had quite a few courgettes that needed picking and cooking. I am not that keen on the variety I grew this year – Genovese. They have an unusual after taste which I do not like much. I decided on a simple lunch.
▪ 2 courgettes
▪ 80 g Halloumi
▪ Cherry tomatoes.
This was so easy. I sliced the courgettes lenthwise. Washed the cherry tomatoes. Sliced the Halloumi.
I warmed up a griddle pan (one with ridges) and using my red silicon pastry brush I brushed 1/2 a tsp of groundnut oil over the pan. If you don’t have one of these brushes, get one! They enable you to use a lot less fat. And you don’t have to buy spray oils which can have some rubbishy ingredients added to them.
When the pan was warm, I put everything in together and gently cooked it all for about 10 minutes. The only thing I added was some salt and pepper.
It tasted lovely and looked rather elegant.
I felt quite chuffed with the simple lunch I had put together and really enjoyed eating it.
I spent a pleasant afternoon gardening and then some going back to school chores, such as a haircut for Harvey.
I decided to try something new tonight – some giant wholegrain couscous with roasted vegetables and chicken kebabs.
Wholegrain Couscous with roasted vegetables and chicken kebabs – for 4 people.
- 50g wholegrain couscous per person, cooked as per instructions on packet.
- 1 each of red, orange, yellow and green pepper
- 2 onion
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 chicken breasts (we have 1/2 per person but you could have more)
Bottle of BBQ sauce (or similar)
Juice of 1 lime
- Turn oven on to 180
- Line a baking tray with foil
- Chop up peppers and onions in to bite sized chunks
- Cut each chicken breast in to approx. 10 pieces, as equal in size as possible
- Push 1/4 of the peppers and onions on to skewers, alternating with a piece of chicken.
- Brush BBQ sauce over kebabs. Place kebabs on to baking tray and place in oven.
- Mix remaining peppers and onions together with the olive oil.
- Put in to a dish and roast in the oven.
- The chicken and vegetables take about half an hour to cook. Turn them at least once during cooking.
- Mix the roasted vegetables in with the giant wholegrain couscous.
- Pour over the lime juice and mix well.
- Add the chopped coriander.
The wholegrain couscous is quite different to the fluffy tasteless couscous we are more familiar with and we unanimously preferred it. The chicken kebabs were a little bland as the sauce was disappointing but overall, this was a delicious meal and very easy. It was also one that sat quite happily on the side, waiting for people to come in as it was good hot or at room temperature. We were doing different things tonight so it was a perfect flexible dinner.
I had 6 WW points left over so I had the last piece of chocolate fudge cake.
I tried hard this week and apart from a massive fall from grace on Saturday, I ate within points all week and exercised nearly every day.
Just shows what you can do when you try.
2 stone 🙂