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    What We Ate #3

    Its been a couple of months since I last share a ‘What We Ate’ post so I thought I would share our meals from last week as they were all super tasty! If you have read my blog before then you will know that I absolutely love cooking for my family but recently I found myself stuck in a bit of a rutt and I noticed that I was cooking the same meals week in week out. Before we left for our holiday I was really lacking inspiration but a week away from my kitchen has definitely helped reignite my love for cooking. During the week I’m often short on time so I try to cook fairly fuss free recipes that I know I can get on the table quickly. Last week I dug out my favourite recipe books and rediscovered a few recipes that we had previously loved. I made sure I only bought ingredients for those recipes which meant I had to stick to them and this definitely stopped me from straying from my meal plan.

    Monday – Slow cooked gammon with jackets, soft boiled eggs and salad
    Probably the simplest meal ever. I literally stick a medium gammon joint in my slow cooker with a couple of inches of water and cook it on low all day. I served ours with cheesy jacket potatoes, some hard boiled eggs and lots of salad!

    Tuesday – Stir fry chilli beef and noodles
    If you’re looking for a healthier takeaway alternative then this is it. Fairly quick and easy to make and absolutely delish! I keep mine fairly mild but you can add more chilli if you like it hot.

    Wednesday – Crispy chicken parmagiana with new potatoes and spinach
    I first made this recipe a few months ago and forgot just how tasty it is. And simple! It has very few ingredients so doesn’t take long at all!

    Thursday – Teriyaki chicken with coconutty rice, bok choy & toasted cashews
    Another fab takeaway alternative. Adding coconut to the rice isn’t something I ever would have thought of doing it before but it makes plain rice so much more exciting and it tastes bloody divine too.

    Friday – Pea, pancetta & mushroom pasta topped with parmesan & pine nuts
    So so easy yet so tasty! The creamy sauce is literally just creme fraiche! Bella absolutely loved this one too!

    So that is what we ate last week! If there are any recipes in particular you like the look of then do let me know so I can share them on the blog! I’m also going to be sharing a couple of posts soon focusing more on what Bella eats, as during the week we don’t get to eat dinner together every night as she eats at nursery on a Monday & Thursday and at my Mums on a Tuesday!

    Harriet xo

  • InFamily

    What We Ate #2

    We are now into the 8 week countdown until our holiday to Greece so I’m trying to be super good food wise and keep treats to an absolute minimum which really is easier said than done! 😉  Over the last week I have made sure we’ve eaten a proper homemade dinner every evening with lots of protein and veggies and only healthy carbs. I remembered to snap a photo each night so I thought it was about time I shared another ‘What We Ate’ post as the last one was very popular.

    Monday – Turkey mince stuffed peppers. For these I use 2% fat turkey mince so that it’s super lean and I follow The Body Coach’s Turkey Moussaka recipe which is in his Lean in 15 book but instead of making the actual moussaka I just do the mince part and then mix in a small amount of cous cous then whack it in some peppers with a sprinkle of cheese and stick them in the oven! Super tasty and surprisingly filling, Josh and I both left a half and took it for lunch the next day.

    Tuesday – Lamb grill steaks with sweet potato mash and broccoli. Tuesdays are my longest day of the week and I don’t get home until almost 7pm so I try to make sure dinner is fairly fuss free or otherwise I get too tempted by a naughty take away. I got the grill steaks from Tesco and they are really nice, I also cheated and bought the sweet potato mash pre made but it is super low in calories and so much smoother than I can ever get it myself! This dinner was on the table in less than 20 minutes. Which is a serious win in my book!

    Wednesday – I made my homemade pork and apple burgers which you can find the recipe for here. There is literally three ingredients in them and they are so simple to make but yet there is absolutely no compromise on flavour! I served them topped with some mozzarella and chutney with homemade sweet potato wedges and some spinach salad.

    Thursday – I knew I was having a friend over for dinner on Thursday so I pre made a homemade clean bolognese crammed full of veggies and stuck it in the freezer last weekend. I’m not normally so organised but I was so glad I had done this as it saved me loads of time after work and it meant I could just heat it back through and cook some brown pasta to go with it. There was also enough for lunch the following day which is always handy especially as it’s Bella’s favourite.

    Friday – As we had pasta for lunch on Friday we kept dinner fairly low carb and cooked our favourite Lean In 15 recipe which you can find here. Basically a jumble of chicken, chorizo, spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and pine nuts. Simple, but tastes SO DAMN GOOD.

    Saturday – I was feeling fairly uninspired by the time the weekend rolled around but I was determined to still eat well so I made a simple chicken curry using a couple of tablespoons of curry paste and some light coconut milk. We had this with a small portion of brown rice and it was surprisingly really lovely and Bella absolutely loved it!

    Sunday – We had my Dad over for dinner so I cooked Joe’s Chicken Pie, again from the Lean in 15 book! You can also find the recipe here though. This is definitely another one of our favourites and my Dad loved it too and has already put in his request for a batch for his freezer! I love how it’s so much lighter than a normal pie, yet it still feels like such a treat. I served it with some sweet potato wedges, broccoli and courgettes.

    If you’re interested in what I eat for my other meals and snacks etc then I post most of it over on my second Instagram account here. I’m always on the hunt for new healthy family friendly recipes so do let me know your favourites!

    Harriet xo


  • InFamily

    What We Ate #1

    I have seen so many bloggers recently sharing their weekly meal plans and I always love reading these posts as they often give me some much needed inspiration for what to cook for my own family. I thought I’d start sharing some of the things we eat but instead of sharing for the week ahead, I’m going to share what we ate in the previous week so that I can include photos, links to recipes and what I thought of said recipe. I might not do this religiously every week, maybe every other? I’ll see how it goes!

    I am a serious foodie and I try to cook us much as possible from scratch myself. Bella will always eat the same as what we’re having on the nights we all eat together. She has a hot lunch at nursery twice a week so will only have a lighter dinner like scrambled eggs on toast or a sandwich on these evenings and once a week my Mum gives her dinner before I pick her up after work.

    We do eat pretty healthily and a lot of our evening meals are quite low carb at the moment as we’re both carb cycling. You can read more on carb cycling over on Grainne’s very informative blog post here. I’ll also be sharing more of my own personal experience on my next Fit Mama’s post at the end of the month or in the meantime you can take a peek at my healthy eating Instagram account here where I post photos of all my meals.

    Most of the meat we eat is from Muscle Food who I would highly recommend. The meat is fantastic quality, always the leanest cuts and the prices are very competitive compared to the supermarkets. If you use my code HL167187 you can choose some free meat to add onto your order!

    Week Commencing 15th February

    Monday – Fillet Steaks & garlic chicken strips with creamy leeks, mushrooms & spinach with roasted sweet potato rounds. Normally we wouldn’t have fillet steaks in the week but we were meant to have them on Valentines day but we had a late lunch and neither of us were particularly hungry so we saved them for the next evening. They were from Muscle Food and tasted absolutely incredible. I’ve already ordered more! My husband decided to do some extra garlic chicken strips as we had some chicken that needed cooking. For the sauce we just melted down half a tub of Philadelphia with a splash of milk and stirred it through the leeks, mushrooms and spinach. So.Damn.Good.

    Tuesday – Joe’s Chicken Pie served with Courgettes. Recipe can be found online here or in his Lean In 15 book. I had friends over for dinner after work so made this pie for us and served theirs with homemade wedges while I just had extra veggies. We all really enjoyed the pie, seriously tasty but by using filo pastry it made it a much lighter option than my usual pie recipe. It was super easy to prepare too so I will definitely be making it again soon!

    Wednesday – Lean In 15 Chicken, Chorizo, Spinach & Pine Nut Cheesy Jumble.
    We absolutely LOVED this. So simple yet so tasty, the perfect midweek dinner. I can’t wait to make it again. This recipe can be found in the Lean In 15 book.

    Thursday – Extra Lean Beef Burgers topped with Cheese & Cherry Tomatoes served with Sweet Potato Chunks, Tender Stem & Spinach. Pretty self explanatory. This was on our higher carb day. The burgers were again from Muscle Food.

    Friday – Homemade Turkey Meatballs with Ratatouille. I massively failed here. I had an awful headache, Josh got home late… So we ended up having McDonalds. Oops. This was the first one of the year I should add!!

    Saturday – Out at a Party.

    Sunday – Chicken Roast. Normally this would be pretty healthy with lots of roasted veg and no Yorkshires, but we were hungover and of course we needed ALLLL the carbs. Note – Neither of us could finish it!!

    Thanks so much for reading!
    Harriet xo

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