Wednesday, 21 January 2015

January - Healthy Eating & start of #C25

Being January many of us embark on a diet or exercise regime.

I have been going to Weight Watchers for a few months and was doing really well having lost a stone but then along came Christmas and it all went rather pear shaped and I put on 4 1/2 lbs in December.

I am now trying to lose that again before setting a target. (So far lost 2 1/2 lbs of Christmas weight).

I thought I would share my favourite healthy eating recipes over the next few months.

Beef Stew- This can be eaten freely on Filing & Healthy days if you are following Weight Watchers.

500g Lean Beef Stewing Steak
1 Onion
1 Leek
700mls Stock (Beef or Vegtable)
Salt & pepper to taste
Herbs to taste

I also sometimes add tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, mushrooms, runner beans.  You can really add whatever veg you have or like.

If doing in a pan on the hob -

Spray a large saucepan then add the stewing steak a little at a time, so that it sears and browns.

Add the onion, carrots, leeks and stock. Season with a little salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered for 2 hours. You may need to add more stock.
When the meat is tender add the potatoes and cook them until tender – about 20-30 minutes. Stir the peas into the stew and cook gently for another 3-4 minutes.

I usually cook this in the slow cooker. I bung everything in except the peas or runner beans.  Leave for 6-8 on low.  Add pea/runner beans 30 ish mins from end.

Chicken wrapped in bacon with potato wedges - Eaten freely on Filling & Healthy weight watchers

Chicken breast, wrap in bacon with all fat removed. Cook for 25 ish mins.
Potato wedges. You can either slice potato into wedges & parboil before draining & putting on a tray with frylight or
Microwave potatoes for 5-10 mins depending on size & then slice (be careful as will be hot) & put on the tray with frylight.
I sometimes flavour with paprika, garlic salt or normal salt & pepper.
These will need to be cooked for 25 ish mins.

I serve with baked beans or broccoli, peas & carrots or a salad.

For exercise I have embarked on the couch to 5k programme. I've completed 6 runs using the app & have enjoyed it but its hard. I'm not a natural runner & haven't run since school.  I commence the next phase Friday which is longer runs inbetween walking. Wish me luck!



  1. Well done Emma, what with you and Kelly out doing your running you'll be leaving your dear old Mum behind, forever a walker me!! And also good luck with getting to your target, you can do it :) :) xxx

  2. Thanks mum. No running yesterday though was too worried about slipping over. Did my Davina DVD instead. X