Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Stir fries are one of those go to easy meals that everyone makes. Its very easy to find your method and just stick with that and I had fallen trap to that. While the protein in my stir fries does tend to vary, I generally got with this method  of egg fried rice. I have to say I would tend to make this at least once every 3 weeks as its easy and cheap, but it does get a bit boring. So I decided to try something new this week.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Meal Planning Monday - March 24th!

This is going to be brief as I have loads to do! Its a really busy week with a few nights where I have no control so more important than ever to be organised. So here goes for dinner plan for the week!

  • Monday: Chipotle Pork with Fennel & Cucumber Salad
  • Beef Stir Fry
  • Donegal Catch Whiting & Chips
  • Chirizo Chicken Pasta
  • Book Club 
  • Friends 30th 
  • Dinner at My Parents
So I can really only plan for 4 nights, but its done and I'm all ready for the week ahead. Onto a new training week and fueling my way through! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spiced Cod with Roasted Vegetables and Garlic Jalapeno Mayo

I love cod, its so versatile and amazing value that it makes a great dinner staple. Its also so low in propoints so its fab for a day when you may have over indulged or just fancied a slightly larger breakfast and lunch and smaller dinner. 

I got some amazing round courgettes in lidl at the weekend which I really wanted to try, so roast veg was the obvious choice here. (I think I'll get some next week and try stuff them as a side dish). We also got a little pack of very hot fresh chillis which included a fresh jalapeno, so I wanted to do something with these too! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Week 3 Training - Done!!

When I decided to start my early morning runs, I honestly never thought I'd be telling you over 3 weeks later I am still up every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:45am and I am loving it. The first 5 minutes out of bed is absolute killer but it is more than worth it!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Meal Planning Monday!

This is my first week taking part in #mealplanningmonday over on . I try to do meal plans every week but can be a little lazy about this so I suppose this is a great way of keeping myself honest and ensuring I stick to it each week! 

  • Monday: Crispy Mackerel Fishcakes with Lemon Sauce, salad, carrots and green beans
  • Tuesday: Lemon & Rosemary Pork Chops with Celeriac Chips
  • Wednesday: Veggie Omelette with Baked Beans
  • Thursday: Chipotle Chicken with Brown Rice
  • Friday: Honey Mustard Pork with Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Saturday: Homemade beefburgers with chips and salad. 
  • Sunday: Family dinner at my parents house! 

So I stuck to it so far (not difficult considering its Monday) and here are my Crispy Mackerel Fishcakes! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Week 2 Training!

I'm finished week 2 of my sub 60 minute 10k training program and my motivation is at an all time high! My midweek early mornings are definitely proving more successful than trying to get myself out after work. I manage to get up on my first alarm at 5am (something I can never do any other day) and am out and back before I do it. Getting the pacing right can be a be a bit tough that early but I'm getting there and getting the runs done. One thing I have learned this week is jogging hungover is really hard. It was my dad's birthday on Friday night (Happy Birthday Dad) and we did consume a fair amount of wine with dinner. I thought it would be best to just get the run out of the way as soon as I got up, but boy was I wrong. I am just lucky that it was only a 3.2k because I really struggled with it. Next time I'm hungover I'll be moving to an evening run. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Chipotle Chicken with Cous Cous

Last week I made Chipotle Pork chops which saw Chipotle paste on my shopping list. I'd only ever really had chipotle mayonnaise which is lovely but didn't really prepare me for how good a flavour chipotle actually is. The chipotle pork chops were amazing and I had some paste leftover this week which needed using. I spent the whole day thinking of how to use it and came up with this simple but tasty recipe. The recipe is simple start/ filling and healthy friendly except for the chipotle paste which is 1pp per tablespoon which is all I used, so I chose to count the recipe as free on SS/F&H but to be extra safe you could take 1pp from your weeklies.