Leek and Mushroom Risotto

Leek and Mushroom Risotto, Serves 4, 33pp per recipe, 8pp per serving. 

Ingredients: 

250g Arborio risotto rice
25og Sliced chesnut mushrooms
1 Leek sliced
150ml weightwatchers fruity wine
1 knorr vegetable stock pot
750ml water
 
60g extra light soft cheese
25g parmesan cheese
 
1 garlic clove chopped
1tsp olive oil warmed up and 3 butter bud sachets melted in it
Black pepper to taste
 
Method:
 
Add the olive oil and butter bud mixture to the pan on medium and then gently fry off the garlic and leeks till they soften up maybe 2-3 mins, then add the mushrooms and some black pepper, 3 tbsp water and cover for 5 mins. Mix the knorr vegetable stock pot with the 750ml water but don’t add yet, add the wine to the mushrooms then the risotto rice and stir constantly for 1 minute, then add the stock in, give it a good mix up and leave to simmer for 20-30 mins stirring every now and then until the rice is cooked to your taste I like mine a little al dente..  Once it has thickened up add the soft cheese and parmesan and mix it up so it’s looking creamy and serve topped with a handful of fresh parsley.
 
Maybe add a garlic ciabatta for extra pp.. I will recommend the Nume range mini garlic ciabatta’s for 7pp each they are yummy and don’t taste like low fat ones at all! 
 

Fabulous weekend, but…

I am glad to be back on track now.. However I had a lovely weekend of eating and drinking with my friends.. after a weigh in that showed me I had lost 1.4lbs this past week giving me another 7 on my online tracker and making me realise I am 3lbs away from my 10% so that is my goal for the next two weeks! On Saturday I went to my nephews 4th birthday party, I ate cake, chocolate orange brownies that were amazing!! I’m totally serious these were by far the best thing I have ever tasted.. So much so I had 3!!! Oh my god, I will be endeavouring to grab the recipe from my sister in law and trying to scale them down to make them pp friendly as she told me how many calories were in one and the ingredients.. Trust me you don’t want to know if your following ww lol. I also had a couple of sausage rolls and pink wafers, along with half a cheese bap and some tomato and cucumber! I quite happily ate all of this knowing that I had my weeklies and over half my dailies left to cover it.. In the evening we had some friends round for dinner, I was going to make Leek and mushroom risotto in the slow cooker but my sister in law lent me a big electric frying pan thing which is like a huge wok really so I did the risotto in that instead it was gorgeous and looked so nice in the pan but I forgot to take a photo 😦 I will post the recipe for this later on tonight as I just want to tell you my daily menu for yesterday and today in this post. So after the amount of wine and crap I consumed on Saturday I wanted to get back on track quite quickly yesterday but I was hungover which means I really wanted comfort food, food that has substance and doesn’t feel like it is too healthy if you catch my drift.. So this is what I made

Yummy beans and mushrooms on toast with fresh parsley and 20g reduced fat cheese! 10pp

Fantastic hangover food yet not wasting any of my daily pro points! So my menu for yesterday was:

Brunch: 2 slices of kingsmill 50/50 5pp, 1 butter bud sachet 0pp mixed with 2 tbsp water and a pinch of garlic granules, 100g mushrooms sliced 0pp, 200g nume baked beans 4pp, 20g co-op reduced fat cheddar 1pp. 

Dinner: Nume cajun spiced chicken fettucine 11pp.

Snacks: 10g cheerios 1pp, drizzled with 15g dark chocolate drops 2pp and a bottle of Lucozade revive 1pp This is my go to drink when hungover.. so glad they do a sugar free version now!! 

My daily menu today was: 

Breakfast: 30g cheerios 3pp, 120ml skimmed milk 1pp.

Lunch: weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 50g wafer thin turkey 1pp, 1 shallot sliced 0pp, 15g low low cheese 1pp and 15g light salad cream 1pp.

Dinner: 50g wafer thin turkey 1pp, 170g mash potato 4pp, nume baked beans 200g 4pp and 15g low low cheese 1pp. 

Snacks: none yet but I have 6pp left and will maybe have something out of my graze box or one of those tasty little treat bars I posted about last week. 

So that’s that I am glad I have managed to get back on track so quickly and easily as we all know, best of all me how easy it is to go off track after a day like I had Saturday.. Yesterday after all that the scales were showing +3, today +2, so hopefully come Friday it will be less.. or at least a sts, I have to weigh in early this week as we are off to London for the weekend on Friday so I won’t be here to weigh in as normal on Saturday! Much Love Gems 😀 

   

Wi in day tomorrow..Waiting brings excitement and trepidation!

So tomorrow is weigh in day.. I am excited as the scales have been showing roughly a 1lb loss all week although today I feel heavy and bloated, It could be because I am tired but I hate that it makes me feel like I have to be nervous about my official weigh in! I also have had my daughter replaced by that of an alien or at least that’s what it feels like.. I always knew that once my daughter reached the teenage years that it was going to be hard but I feel helpless sometimes especially at that time of the month if you catch my drift.. She barely talks to me any more and I hate it I don’t know why she has suddenly turned into this alien that I feel like I barely know these days. It makes me stressed out and that leads me to my point,  I am an emotional eater I know this and understand it I have read a lot about it and found out ways to curb this and I pretty much feel I have it under control nowadays, but Letitia being so stressed out this morning and banging around at 6am, cause I wouldn’t let her have the day of school as she “felt ill” made me stressed out today and that made me hungry.. I’m glad I sat down and thought about it because if I hadn’t I may have ended up having some sort of binge.. If I’m completely honest and it wasn’t weigh in day tomorrow I don’t think I would have had so much self control.. But I’m proud that I did and I hope it pays off and shows on the scales in the morning! So my menu today was:

Breakfast: 35g Hot oats 3pp, 120ml skimmed milk 1pp and 7g of honey 1pp.

Lunch: Microwave pizza home made:-Weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 1Tbsp tomato puree 0pp, 1 mushroom sliced 0pp, 1 shallot sliced 0pp, 3 slices of garlic sausage chopped/ripped into pieces 1pp(If I’m honest I ate 1 and 1/2 slices and put 1&1/2 on the pizza) and 30g co-op reduced fat grated cheddar 2pp.

My pizza before I blitzed it..                            

 

And after all for 6pp!

 

Dinner: 60g cous cous 2pp, 150g Nume piri piri chicken sandwich filler 5pp and a small sprinkling of parmasean cheese 0pp. 

Snacks: 1 pack of whisps 3pp and 1 caramella sundae 4pp. 

Total used 25/26! 

Tomorrow I have my nephews 4th birthday party and we have friends coming round for dinner and drinks also.. So have a feeling my weeklies will be blown all in that one day :O Seeing as my cooker is still not connected and one of the friends we have coming over is vegetarian, I have opted and found a recipe to make a mushroom and leek risotto in my slow cooker I will post the recipe  either tomorrow or Sunday and a pic of it too. I am off for my 3rd mile swim now and I can’t say in all honesty I am looking forward to it as I am  very tired but I know once I am in there I will feel better and it will help reduce the stress I have been feeling today, Looking forward to letting you all know the result of my wi tomorrow. Much Love Gems. 😀 

Sorry for the late one tonight!

Hey everyone sorry for the late post tonight, I just got back from my second mile swim for my swim the channel challenge and realised I hadn’t written my blog today!! I did go to Morrison’s today and found out the other new Weight watchers select ready meals they have brought out, so in addition to my post yesterday about the butternut squash and mozzarella risotto 12pp, there is a hot smoked salmon and creme fraiche linguine 9pp.. I would love to review this for you but as much as I adore all types of fish, I am unfortunately not a huge fan of salmon, I don’t know why because I love just about every other fish you can think of! So if one of you lovely people reading my blog would like to try it, please let me know by all means what it’s like and I may be swayed to try it! The only other one they had was this one..

Smokey Chipotle chilli and spicy rice 12pp.

Now to be honest as much as I loved the smokey flavour and the rice was nice, It has two, yes TWO chilli symbols on it so I was expecting a bit of a kick.. Nowt, Nada, Zilch! I was to say the least a little disappointed, I do love food that has a bit of a kick to it 😉 However if you are nothing like me then you will love this the way it is, me on the other hand I will be adding a little bit of chilli powder to it next time! So my menu today was: 

Breakfast: None – I know I need to break this habit as I know when I have breakfast I am fuller and feel more in control, But we got up late again and had no milk so by the time I had gone to the shops it was lunch time! 🙂 

Lunch: Weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 3 slices garlic sausage 1pp, Nume chicken tikka sandwich filler 2pp, 1 Sliced mushroom 0pp. 1 Tomato quartered and 60g cucumber chopped on the side with 15g light salad cream 1pp. 

Dinner: Smokey chipotle chilli and spicy(not so much) rice 11pp, 20g co-op reduced fat cheese 1pp. 

Snacks: 2 packs of Texan flavour whisps 5pp, 2 maria biscuits 1pp. 

Total 25/26pp. 

I am a little bit peckish after my swim but I don’t like using my ap so I am trying to push the thoughts of food to the back of my head as it’s far too late and I only have 1pp left!! Anyway I am sorry for the plug again but until I’m finished I am going to keep asking you lovely blog readers of mine to please, please consider sponsoring me for doing my Aspire swim the channel challenge, The money raised will go to helping people with spinal injuries live happier, more independent lives. If you do wish to sponsor me please click this link  http://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk/GemsAllSwimNoSinkChallenge.. If you don’t then ignore this and I will be back tomorrow with another exciting post for you wonderful readers! Much love Gems 😀

 

Eurghh hate feeling sick, and some reviews!

So I woke up in the middle of the night.. 2am to be precise feeling really hot and sick, and then this morning the same thing I thought I was starting to feel better earlier on but now I feel dire again so I may have to take myself off for a nap in a bit to see if I can feel a little better. I found these new weightwatchers ready meals whilst browsing in Morrison’s today they are called weight watchers select and they are on a trial offer of £2 each at the moment so I bought one to see what they are like… 

New ww meal 12pp.

It is really yummy and well worth 12pp, I can’t remember what the other were sorry when I go in next I will write a list and the pp values for you all.. I vaguely recall one with salmon and linguine lol! I have been really hungry today despite not feeling well as you will see from my menu today:

Breakfast: Weightwatchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 1 mashed banana 0pp, 10g sesame seed paste (This is really yummy and is just like peanut butter but made 100% of sesame seeds!) 2pp, 10g Dark choc drops 1pp. 

Lunch: Subway 6″ turkey and ham on wheat with green peppers and red onions 7pp, 15g sweet onion sauce 1pp.

 Dinner: The new weight watchers select ready meal above, Butternut squash and mozzarella risotto 12pp.

Snacks:2 Packs of whisps 5pp (Found these in the £ shop today, bargain at under 100 cals each they work out at 3pp per pack, 5pp per two packs) 1 Tasty little numbers bar dark chocolate 3pp (These are wafers covered in dark, white or milk chocolate I bought them at the food festival the other day 6 bars for £1.50!! Bargain.. They all work out at 3pp each and they are all exactly 100 calories each! 

All 3pp each! 🙂

 

New crisps 3pp per pack 🙂

So that’s me for today, Hope I feel better by tomorrow as need to do my second mile swim for my swim the channel challenge 🙂 If you would like to sponsor me for this to raise some much-needed money for people with spinal injuries to help them live independently  please click this link http://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk/GemsAllSwimNoSinkChallenge  and click donate, Many thanks! Much Love Gems 😀  

 

 

 

 

Cheese cake was a disaster, Dinner was lovely though!!

So the cheesecake base did not firm up, in all the years I have been baking I have never had a disaster quite like this one, when I tried to slice it and put it on the plate it was just one big gloopy mess! Still tastes okay though and I won’t be wasting it.. I cannot stand throwing food away!! Worked it out at 4pp per slice so not too bad, I will however be trying this again next week and posting decent pics and the recipe. Last night we ended up going to Strada (Italian) instead of the Indian we had planned, I’m actually quite pleased we did because in hindsight I probably would have overeaten and then felt ill today.. So I had no starter, just a main which was Pumpkin and butternut squash risotto with pancetta, wilted spinach and pine nuts. It was very yummy and I did not feel like I had eaten too much, I had a diet coke with my meal, I don’t drink fizzy too often so I was happy to have a diet coke. I also instead of having dessert decided to have an espresso, so when I got home and re pointed it all it turned out I had 17 weeklies left! I was sure I would use them today but as you will see from my menu I haven’t even used all my dailies :O So if the weeklies don’t get used tomorrow then they wont be being used at all!! Today we went for a walk down the beach as it was a gorgeous Indian summers day.. Well for part of the day anyway now it looks like it’s going to storm, typical British weather.. Anyway down on the front today they had the motorbike show they have every year and there were some beasts, however this one is the one that caught my eye.. 

What a beauty!!

After our wander looking at the bikes, trikes and scooters we went for a drink before the weather turned and I had Jeremiah Weed root brew, it’s yummy ginger style root beer from Kentucky I have had both this one and their sour mash brew before, I prefer the Sour mash brew one but they had run out where we went. The one thing that annoys me as a weight watcher is there is never any nutritional information on bottles of alcohol.. So I have Googled it and the only thing I can find is that they both are 120 calories for 500ml?! That can’t be right surely!! I have no taken it upon myself to email the company and ask them for the nutritional info for both bottles so I can safely propoint it without having to guestimate!! 

So my menu today was: 

Breakfast: None, we didn’t actually get out of bed till 11:30am.. So it seemed like the most sensible idea was to wait for lunch.

Lunch: 1 weightwatchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 40g wafer thin turkey 1pp, 75g Nume piri piri chicken sandwich filler 2pp (The tikka one is the best!), 1 mini pepper sliced 0pp, 1 mushroom sliced 0pp.

Dinner: 50g cous cous 2pp, 1 pack Bernard Matthews tikka turkey chunks 3pp, handful fresh chopped parsley 0pp, 1 tbsp lime juice 0pp, 1 mini pepper sliced 0pp, 2 mushrooms sliced 0pp. 

Snacks: 1 slice of gloopy strawberry cheesecake 4pp, 1 bottle Jeremiah weed which I am pro pointing as 6 for now as I’d rather over point than under point. 

Total used 21/26, 0 weeklies used. 

5pp dinner!!

So that’s me for today, tomorrow I start my Aspire swim the channel challenge.. My aim is to swim at least 3 miles a week and hopefully get it completed in less than the 1 weeks they give you to do it, So Please Please give anything you can to help me raise some money for these amazing people with spinal injuries 😀 
http://www.justgiving.com/ACS2012-GemsAllSwimNoSinkChallenge

I aim to raise at least £200 for this fantastic charity but would love to exceed that so please even if you can only afford £1, think about how much of a difference that can make as it all adds up! Thanks so much for taking the time to keep reading this far down.. Take care, Much Love Gems 😀 

 

Things are looking up!! :D

So after my dreadful day on Wednesday, My interview went very well yesterday I’m feeling very positive about it. I also had an email from another nursery offering me a day trial at there establishment too. Feeling so much more positive than I was on Wednesday!! 

Our good friends from London Jamie and Valeria are down for the day and night today to have a belated celebration for my 30th birthday with some other friends of ours, we haven’t seen them since Christmas so very excited about seeing them!! Instead of going out for a meal I am going to cook mushroom risotto which is a massive hit in this household everybody loves it, and it’s low on points and calories so double bonus!! Off out after our dinner for some drinks and lots of dancing so hopefully that will burn some lbs too!

I’ll post the recipe for the mushroom risotto later on today along with a picture, Also a pic of me in my outfit for tonight!! 😉 I’ll also post an update on my challenges and my weight loss chart from weight watchers so far! 

Been a hell of a week.. Why is it only Weds??

So the week started off well.. We joined a gym and I got stuck into it on monday night going for a spin class I thought I could do… Big mistake I lasted all of 10 mins!! 😦 

Realised I’m not as fit as I once was lol. Then along comes some major bust ups in my family resulting in me telling my father he wont be seeing me or my daughter again.. Another sad day 😦 

Then today have ended up without a job… Can it get much worse I am wondering?? Well when I got home I rang round and managed to score a new job interview for Fri 10am! Then me and Chris hit the gym tonight and I also swam 60 laps this morning so feel I have burnt off a lot of the stress I have been carrying this week already and I have a body pump class booked for tomorrow go me! Raaaarrrrrrr! 😀 

These are my stats from fitbit today 

 

Activity

 16615 steps taken today
 
166% of goal of 10,000
 41 floors climbed today
 
137% of goal of 30
You have climbed: The Tallest Sequoia 
 7.38 miles traveled today
 
164% of goal of 4.50
 3135 calories burned
 
106% of goal of 2,969
 1644 active score 
 
164% of goal of 1,000

And this is how I am doing on my challenge to walk the hills and mountains of the uk:

North Downs 876ft South Downs 889ft Cotswolds 1083ft Bodmin Moor 1300ft North York Moors 1490ft Brown Clee Hill 1772ft High Willhays 2037ft  Kinder Scout 2087ft Pen y Fan 2907ft Scafell Pike 3209ft Snowdon 3560ft Ben Nevis 4409ft
87ftg 89ftg 108ftg 130ftg 149ftg 177ftg 203ftg 208ftg 290ftg 320ftg 356ftg 440ftg
11/6/12-32=55ftg 13/6/12-5=84ftg 16/6/12-15=93ftg 20/6/12-13=117ftg
12/6/12-30=25ftg 14/6/12-30=54ftg 17/6/12-10=83ftg
13/6/12-25=0ftg! 15/6/12-35=19ftg 18/6/12-31=52ftg
16/6/12-19=0ftg! 19/6/12-24=28ftg
20/6/12-24=0ftg!

I’m sorry it’s been quite a depressing post apart from my excellent exercise news.. I promise to do a more upbeat one soon, with a recipe for the best mushroom risotto you will ever taste!! 😉