Day 10-14 update of #chefwyndeatsclean

On Friday Rory and I had the pleasure of attending The Lindley Wedding in Wrexham, Wales. A beautiful location (The Tower Hill Barns), a wonderfully decked out venue and the most fantastic couple. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day. Saturday left me hungover, on deaths door, but I mustered it up and went for lunch with my Dad as he was in town, and then Sunday was a movie night and curry with my sister.

Woke up with horrendous ear ache both Saturday and Sunday night/early morning causing me to have to go to the doctors, have half a day off work and some serious amounts of pain. Meaning no gym session for me, and very little movement due to the searing pain. Not a great start for a healthy week!

Here’s a quick rundown of my eating/exercise this week, although mostly unhealthy food, I tried at some points, honest!

Day 10.

Thursday began with half a grapefruit which kept me going till lunch. Leftover lasagne (would put a picture up but it really looks like slop; tastes good though!). Then for dinner I had a vegetarian Moroccan bean burger from Tesco, with smashed avocado, grilled light cheese, roasted onions, peppers and tomato served on toasted ciabatta. Simply delicious!

Before dinner I also went for a run round Drinkwater Park. I went a few minutes before Rory followed with Flash; this was a error. Flash kept smelling my scent and charging off into the distance like a loon. However, I had a good 2 mile run (for me this is impressive), so not too shabby.

Day 11. The Wedding.

Started the day off with a duck wrap from Tesco after running around town like a crazy person trying to find some shoes for my outfit. Matched with a packet of crisps and a diet coke. Not a great start…

Dinner was served at the Wedding at around 4pm. A delicious collection of leek soup, chicken and then sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Honestly, this food was divine. Minus the STP (not a big fan), just look at how incredible this food and table looks!!

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Finished with 1 trillion shots, today was not a success.

Day 12. The Hangover from hell.

In all seriousness, the worst hangover ever. Thought I may actually be dying, and I was happy to go. Breakfast served at the hotel looked amazing, but I could barely stomach more than a few slices of toast and a few forkfuls of beans.

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Then I met my dad for lunch, Almost Famous, where I ordered the biggest oreo milkshake, a halloumi burger and fries. Not my finest healthy hour, but man did I need this in my life. The halloumi burger had a little too much sauce and I gave a lot to Rory, but the milkshake was exactly what I needed and salty fries are always a winner.

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As I had already had a pretty unsuccessful day, I decided to continue this with a packet of jammy dodgers and 2 slices of toast.

Again, not my finest healthy eating day…

Day 13.

Ah the none hungover, better day. Woke up early with earache which swiftly moved away as I went to the gym and worked that milkshake off on a circuit class. Great class at the gym, well led and felt really energised. Came home and started my food day off with an omelette, full of onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach and low fat cheese. Perfect!!

Then we went food shopping, spent Β£20 less than normal as we are having a mostly vegetarian week so bonus! Got home and started cooking a Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Soup which I served with a dollop of yoghurt, sprinkling of coriander and a chunk of bread. Everything about this soup is photogenic, incredible taste and really impressed (will be making again that’s fo sho!).

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After lunch we took our puppy Flash to Rivington Pike in the glorious sunshine, an hour and a half hike up and down a big hill (mainly because we got lost several times) was just the extra exertion I needed after a heavy weekend of food and drink. Look at this view, and also Flash being super cute after tearing a hole in the ground…

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For dinner we invited my sister and her boyf over for curry and movie night. We cooked a Paneer and Pea recipe from the Hairy Dieters book but I was a little disappointed. There were a few changes I would make so wont be posting the recipe. However, I will be trying it again with some extra spices and a change of cheese, and we shall see what happens.

You can’t watch a movie without popcorn right? A quarter of a bag of popcorn (50g), not gonna kill me and i’d worked hard today, so treated myself and so glad I did. Forgot how good sweet and salted popcorn was!

Day 14.

Woke up at 4am with searing earache which to this point in the days till hasn’t gone away. Normally I can apply heat take some tablets and be on my way. But today this isn’t how it’s gone. Hopefully it goes before tomorrow.

Breakfast started with a banana before heading to the doctors. Then when I got back I had a slice of toast to tie me over. Lunch was leftover soup and bread from yesterday.

I didn’t fancy another curry like I planned, so I swapped my meal plan around and had vegetarian burgers, with smashed avocado, cheese, sweet chilli on toasted ciabatta.

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Not the end of the world but definitely not my most successful weekend. This week I will be working extra hard to not lose my streak and keep working at it. Only 16 days to go.

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Day 7, 8 & 9 update of #chefwyndeatsclean

A whole week completed. Woweee. Technically it’s been 2 weeks of healthy eating – I did a week before starting this 30 day challenge to get myself into the spirit after my holiday abroad.

9 days down, 21 to go.

Day 7.

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Ah Monday. No more lie ins. Cold, dark mornings drawing in. Time to get up and go to work in the cold miserable weather. Oh how I love Manchester’s ability to rain at all times. Up bright and early, showered, dressed, dog walked and fed and off to work I go, hi ho, hi ho, hi ho.

Starting the day with a bowl of fresh fruit and yoghurt…I’m starting to think I need more adventure in my breakfast. I mentioned earlier about how much I love homemade soup. So on Sunday evening, at around 9pm, hangover still biting, i forced myself to get up off the shell of a couch, and cook a soup ready for the week.

A homemade leek and potato soup cooked in under an hour is my kinda soup. Get the recipe here. This soup in my opinion is just delicious, thick and full of flavours. A perfect lunch served with a hunk of bread.

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After work I headed straight to the gym to catch the 5.30pm Fat Burn class with my new favourite instructor. An absolutely cracking workout, that made me ache in all the right places and really worked my core.

Headed home and cooked up Sweet Potato Saag Aloo (same picture as on Saturday night as I was too hungry to take photo’s hehe). Overcooked it a little which meant the sweet potato was a little squishy, and I didn’t have enough spinach. But I did tweak the recipe slightly which improved some bits so hopefully third times the charm.

Day 8.

Today I just did not wan’t to get out of bed. Flash (my puppy) had woken me up a few times in the night crying due to fireworks going off outside (who’s doing fireworks at 3am I don’t know), so I was feeling extra sleepy this morning. But, I got up, dressed, ready, dog walked and fed and off to work I went again.

Breakfast continues the theme of most boring breakfast in the world (tomorrow I’m gonna go crazy and have something else). For lunch I had leftover saag aloo with a slice of thick bread from Aldi to mop up the juices, whilst reading this months copy of the Good Food Guide. Dribbling over the delicious cakes and recipes inside.

Off home to get ready for my gym class, this week’s circuits. Pretty disappointed with the class today, it was a different guy than normal and although I normally like his classes this one I didn’t. Circuits to me means going round multiple times a circuit. But instead, we got 10 minutes of intro to each exercise (not even exaggerating), then a warm up. We were given 20 odd exercises, 30 seconds on each. Not enough time to get into the exercise, and because there were so many

Tonight I decided to cook a vegetarian lasagne. What an error. It takes sooooooo long. But in the end it was worth it, so not all bad haha.

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Day 9

Lie in today (not my day to walk Flash woop). Breakfast started with avocado and scrambled eggs (told you i’d have something different), with half a grapefruit.

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Lunch was leftover leek and potato soup with a hunk of bread. And dinner was leftover vegetarian lasagne. Delicious!

Really feeling the diet today, desperate for cake and wine, but as I will be attending a wedding on Friday, i will hold off and stay strong.

No gym due to finishing work late and needing to sort Flash out, so definitely no cake allowed.

Let’s hope tomorrow brings better days.

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Leek and potato soup

Soup is one of my favourite winter lunches. A delicious soup with a good hunk of bread is perfect for those cold days. Soup is such a simple dish to make, i don’t know why you would ever buy it. Just make a big batch up and freeze in portions ready for those days you just don’t have time to cook lunch.

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The recipe below is an adapted version from a Soup recipe book by The Women’s Institute, get the recipe book here. This soup book has tons of really simple, tasty and healthy soups to try out.

A couple of small tweaks to quantities and timings to get the soup a little thicker, but relatively similar to the one in the book. Let me know how you find it in the comments below πŸ˜€

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Leek and potato soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium white onion
  • 400g maris piper potatoes
  • 500g leeks
  • 50g light butter
  • 850 ml chicken/veg stock
  • 300 ml milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chives to serve
  • Dollop of single cream (optional)

Method:

Slice onion into thin strips. Peel potatoes and chop into rough 1 inch squares. Peel outer layer off leeks and chop into 1cm thick slices.

Heat butter in large pan (with lid), once melted add all the chopped ingredients and put on a low heat with lid on and sweat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

After 15 minutes, make up stock using 2 stock cubes and once timer goes off add to pan. Place lid back on and simmer for another 20 minutes.

Remove from heat, add milk, (transfer to plastic bowl or blender) and blend till smooth. Handheld blenders are super cheap and really handy for soups and sauces.

Add salt and pepper to taste and then reheat and serve. This soup can be kept in the fridge up to 1 week, and frozen for up to 6 months. I freeze in soup bags like these one’s here. Super handy for stocks, soups and sauces.

Sprinkle with chives and a dollop of cream (if you so wish) and enjoy!

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Day 4, 5 & 6 update of #chefwyndeatsclean

3 days of success-ish. Weekends are the hardest when you are eating healthy; all the booze, the need to eat greasy carby food. But I have had willpower on the latter at least.

Day 4.

Starting the day with a simple bowl of fresh fruit and yoghurt is always a win. Simple, small and really quick to get ready on a weekday.

For lunch (as I was WFH), I had scrambled egg and avocado. Scrambled eggs are always a winner, although I would normally like to have some toast, I decided not to so I could have naan bread later hehe.

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Rory passed his penultimate exam today which calls for a celebration (any excuse right). So instead of ordering an Indian, we decided to try out Aldi’s Dopiaza curry sauce. If you haven’t tried their new range of curry’s yet I highly suggest you do. They have a spice mix on top for your meat or veg, and then a sauce. Really tasty and delicious.

We fried off some baby corn, peppers, onion and chicken, then added the sauce and let it simmer away for 20 minutes. Served with pilau rice (microwavable Aldi special), and a cheeky piece of naan bread.

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One of the reasons my diets always fail is because I say i’m not allowed lots of foods. This is just a recipe for failure. I like to think of it now as everything in moderation. Having naan bread isn’t a sin, it may not be healthy and it definitely wont help me lose weight (nor will the 3 glasses of prosecco I drank), but it will keep me sane!

As I knew I would be having a larger dinner, I made sure I chose meals with low calories for breakfast and lunch, and with the booze I still didn’t go over my calorie limit. Bonus!

Day 5.

Woke up feeling pretty rough, but decided to go to the gym and work off the hangover. So glad I did this! Really motivated this morning, had a really good rig session and some extra step ups and a short run on the treadmill. Boom.

Scrambled eggs and avocado for a protein kick breakfast. Had a lot of errands to run in town so headed over about lunch time. Didn’t really have chance to have any food so I just had a go ahead bar and special k bar to keep me going.

I bought a cook book; Hairy Dieter’s Vegetarian. Really glad I did! Full of amazing vegetarian recipes that all sound fantastic. Really recommend this book. Got it from the works and only cost Β£6 so bonus.

I tried the Sweet potato saag aloo. Was a little worried it wouldn’t be very nice, or that it wouldn’t be enough but it was actually really tasty. Full of flavours and the sweet potato was a really nice change to the traditional saag aloo.

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Then it all went downhill. One of my best friends birthdays, so, many many many shots and drinks were downed in rapid succession.

Day 6.

As you may expect I woke up feeling pretty rotten this morning. Because of this I had a slice of toast with low salt spreadable on it. Perfecto. For lunch I had a brown high fibre bread roll with what I hoped would be a nice tomato and vegetable soup. But it wasn’t very nice so I just had a bread roll.

Fajitas for dinner, been craving them all week! Chicken, peppers and onions, topped with Avocado salsa, cheese and light sour cream. All wrapped up in a tortilla wrap. Nom!

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So a pretty successful weekend even if I did have several beverages I shouldn’t have had.

Bring on tomorrow!

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Day 3 update of #chefwyndeatsclean

Working from home gives me a lot of temptations, thankfully I have no unhealthy food in, but the shop is round the corner. I held strong and started my day with grapefruit again. Then later on I felt peckish and had a banana 🍌. Really riveting stuff this is, but it helps me keep focus if I have to tell the truth on here heheΒ πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡.

Lunch was spaghetti meatballs again, half the normal portion of pasta (40g), and plenty of sauce. Absolutely delicious, love spaghetti meatballs 🍝. Although it’s pretty much impossible to eat spaghetti gracefully, like seriously, how is it everywhere!

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The rest of the day went quite fast, busy at work and had my puppy to entertain me. Pouring down with rain all day, it continued while we walked Flash in Drinkwater park. If you live in Manchester and haven’t been to Drinkwater park yet you need to get your butt down there. Situated on the western boarder of Prestwich, a beautiful walk that is just so peaceful and lovely. Flash dashes in and out of the bushes and once I even saw some deer!

I din’t really feel motivated for the gym, but as i won’t be going tomorrow I decided to bite the bullet and go. A Pure FatBurnΒ πŸ’ͺ class, not as hard as I was expecting, felt a little disappointed tbh.

Afterwards I went on the stair machine. Now this machine that circles about 5 steps is like a staircase to hell for me. Honestly, 2 minutes and I was wiped out. The woman next to me was on a much faster setting and had been for 38 minutes!! I have a long way to go till I can do thatΒ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

Drove home due to the sheer force of rain pelting down outside. Chopped up some veg quickly and chucked it in a pan. Added some sweet chilli and soy sauce and bang a smashing dinner. If you want the full recipe and not my Joe Wicks version check it out here.

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Another day complete. Boom. Bring on tomorrow…so excited for that glass of wine 🍷

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Day 2 update of #chefwyndeatsclean

Busy, busy, busy day! Started my day with fresh grapefruit. I love red grapefruit, being 92% water it has so many health benefits! Grapefruit has several properties linked to weight loss, including its fibre content helping you to feel full while reducing calorie intake.

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I started getting pretty peckish around 12pm so I had a bowl of fruit (raspberries, grapes and strawberries) with low fat cranberry and raspberry yoghurt to keep me going till lunch time. Trying to drink more water through the day and decrease the amount of tea I drink (oh but I do love a good cuppa tea).

Lunchtime came around slowly today, feeling the hunger I had a jam-packed salad full of fresh veg and potatoes. I love salad in summertime, but now we are getting into colder weather I would much prefer soup to salad. Counteracting this, I heated the broccoli and potato up and it was delicious.

Check out the salad I had today, easy to put together, and just 15 minutes of prep. Simples!

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Finishing work slightly late, I missed the gym class unfortunately, but this didn’t stop me. I walked to the gym (1.8 miles) with all my work gear, and then dropped my bags off with Rory and complete a Pure Tone class.

A new class for me, and I was pleasantly surprised. It consisted of 4 exercises of 20 seconds each, then a 30 second break (jogging on spot), repeat 4 times. This was done with 4 sets of exercises (legs, arms, all body and abs). A good core workout was what I needed when I was still feeling sore from the day before.

Got home to Rory cooking a delicious spaghetti meatballs from the Slimming world collection, with a few tweaks. Will post this adapted version next week, so keep an eye out.

Another great day, now let’s see what day 3 brings!

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Easy peasy vegetarian salad

Easy peasy vegetarian salad

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3 new potatoes
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 cup of lettuce
  • 3 Cherry tomatoes
  • 4 thick cucumber slices
  • ΒΌ red pepper
  • Β½ avocado
  • 100g tenderstem broccoli
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp of light Caesar dressing

Directions:

Fill a pan with cold water and add 3 new potatoes and an egg, put on the stove with the lid on and bring to boiling point. Once boiling, turn heat down to simmer and set timer for 9 minutes.

While this simmers you can prep the actual salad. Roughly chop some lettuce (I use iceberg and spinach), a few tomatoes, some cucumber, peppers, avocado and anything else you fancy chucking in, the world is your oyster πŸ₯—.

When the timer goes off, scoop the egg out and plunge into a bowl of cold water. Leave the potatoes to simmer for another 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes are up, add your tenderstem broccoli and set timer for 3 minutes. Tap the egg shell all round with the back of a teaspoon and peal. Cut in half and place on plate.

Roughly chop some spring onions and place in a bowl. Add the light mayonnaise. Once the potatoes are cooked (should feel easy to put a knife through), roughly chop these up and mix with the onion/mayo mix. Add this and the broccoli to your plate, whatever dressing you desire and enjoy.

Simple salad that tastes delicious and has plenty of benefits for you. I prep this for lunch, and leave the egg smashing and potato salad mix for the next day.