On Plan

I popped in to a supermarket today to buy a couple of pumpkins so we could carve them. I was surprised they were so cheap.  I am astonished that pumpkin farmers make enough money for it to be a viable business.IMG_2529I spent the whole day at home today.  I made a smoothie for breakfast out of cashew nut milk (HEX A), spinach, cherries and bananas.  It looks grey and unappealing but it tasted fine.IMG_2535I excelled myself at lunch time with a quick and easy, nutritious and delicious salad.  5 boiled salad potatoes, mixed salad leaves, celery, cucumber and tomato with a chick pea salad.IMG_2538In the chick pea salad was obviously chick peas (about half a can), 1 tbsp Vegenaise (4 syns), cornichons, pickled beetroot and sauerkraut.IMG_2539Everything was seasoned with freshly ground black pepper.  It was delicious.IMG_2540For supper I made us both a burger.

Red Kidney Bean Burger (served 3 but could have been 4)


  • 2 tbsp flax or linseeds, finely ground
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, very finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mild smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper


    • Add 2 tbsp finely ground flax/linseeds to a small bowl and mix with 3 tbsp water.  Set aside
    • Open a can of red kidney beans, pour the beans and liquid in to a saucepan and gently heat for a few minutes
    • Drain the beans, pour in to a large bowl and mash them.
    • Add the garlic, red pepper, paprika, seasoning and flax/linseeds mixture and mix well
    • Lightly sprinkle a baking dish with cornflour
    • Divide the mixture in to 3 or 4, place each third/quarter on to the baking sheet and shape in to a burger shape.
    • Bake in the oven at 190°C for half an hour


IMG_2541IMG_2542I added 2 slices of this Violife “cheese” (3 syns per slice) to each burger and popped it back in to the oven to melt a little.IMG_2543I placed the burgers on a pumpernickel roll and served with ketchup.IMG_2544This was tasty and we both enjoyed it.  I should have added green salad leaves but I had none in the fridge and really did not fancy going in to the dark and cold garden to pick any.IMG_2545I made a mistake with the rolls.  I have had these pumpernickel rolls several times and they are really delicious but unfortunately they contain milk.  So I will not be having them again and I am cross with myself for not reading the ingredients before.IMG_2530

Slimming World Syns and HEX Totals

Recipe Summary

Red Kidney Bean Burger
Ingredient Syns for total recipe Syns for 1 portion (1/3)
2 tbsp flax or linseeds, finely ground 6 2
1 can of red kidney beans Free 0
2 -3 garlic cloves, finely chopped Speed 0
1 red pepper, very finely chopped Speed 0
1 tbsp mild smoked paprika Free 0

Daily Summary

Food Syns
Banana 0
Cherries 0
Spinach 0
Breakfast total 0
1 tsp Vegenaise 4
Lunch Total 4
2/3 tbsp linseeds 2
2 slices Violife 6
1 tbsp tomato ketchup 1
Dinner Total 9
Day Total 13
HEX A 400 ml cashew milk
HEX B 1 pumpernickle roll

My weekly Fitbit stats are good, especially when you consider I have also been swimming and cycling.  Today though I only walked about 4,000 steps!


It’s Halloween tomorrow.  Have a good one.





About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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