A Grown Up Evening! (With a recipe thrown in for Jeera Chicken Wings!)

Yesterday I spent the evening at my friend’s house.

Some of you may recall me mentioning my group of mummy friends, the Tootie Frooties!

Well, one of the yummy mummies has recently moved house and there have been a few of us who celebrated birthdays over the last two months. It was a get together to celebrate the new house, birthdays, and a great excuse to cook up a storm and enjoy each other’s company, despite coughs, colds, kids, and work the next day!

 

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We were missing two Tootie Frooties!

 

 

We all brought drinks and a dish.

Me, being so grown up, opted for the Coco Pops Spoon… just because!

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Most of us also brought the extra addition of kids!

One of the things we discussed over dinner was the fact that this night, though it didn’t involve going out to some fancy bar or club, was what we all preferred. A chilled evening with the music of our choice pulsing through the sound system, good food, good company, and the ease of being able to have the kids milling around, not worrying about babysitters. They were perfectly happy causing their own version of havoc, while we cackled like a coven of (rather glam) witches in the kitchen!

All in all, a pretty grown-up affair, don’t you think?

Oh, and here’s what I made!

Mine was Butter Jeera Chicken Wings!

What’s the recipe? Well, I’ll tell you all!

Now I cook by Andaaza. Please forgive me, but there are no amounts for the ingredients, as my mum uses andaazaThis basically is when you just know! It’s a skill I think many mothers hone over the years while cooking the family favourite dishes!

I used

20 pieces of chicken (wings)
Butter
Olive Oil
Cumin Seeds
Garlic
Ginger
Fresh red chillis
Salt
A Little Natural Yoghurt
Garam Masala
Lemon Juice

Honestly, it is so simple, and really tasty!

  • Add the butter and oil to a wok or large pan and allow to cook together. Both fats together stop each other from burning,
  • Once hot add around two teaspoons of cumin, ginger, garlic, chillis and salt. Allow to cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the chicken, stirring so all the pieces are coated with the spices.
  • Add a tablespoon of natural yoghurt to allow the chicken to keep its moistness.
  • When the chicken is almost cooked, add around two teaspoons of garam masala and a few squirts of lemon juice.
  • Allow the chicken to cook thoroughly.
  • Enjoy!

And I think everyone enjoyed!

I hope you enjoy too!

Happy Friday Peeps! I’m off to try and control my eating for the next week, to make up for the calorific content of my diet yesterday!

 

 

Cottage Cheese Pancakes #Recipe

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

I love pancakes. You already know that. I shared that information yesterday morning!

And in my quest to be healthy, I have tried a few recipes, including Banana Pancakes – recipe here – and Quark Pancakes – recipe here – and more recently, Oat Pancakes – recipe here – and I am always on the search for more!

This week I tried pancakes with cottage cheese – really!!

They were pretty good, you know!

Cottage Cheese pancakes

  • Ingredients

     

    Instructions

    1. Put in all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.
    2. Fry in a pan with a little oil or butter on low to medium heat.
    3. Flip with a spatula once bubbles start to appear. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

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I served with bacon, and agave nectar!

I found the recipe here at Hurry The Food Up.

Oat And Blueberry Pancakes #Recipe

Oat and Blueberry pancakes

I love pancakes.

And in my quest to be healthy, I have tried a few recipes, including Banana Pancakes – recipe here – and Quark Pancakes – recipe here – and I am always on the search for more!

This week I tried pancakes with oats in too!

And they were delicious! So god, I couldn’t not share the recipe with you!

Oat and blueberry pancakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pot vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 medium ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, plus more for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients except fresh blueberries into a blender; blend until smooth.
  2. Set batter aside to thicken up for a few minutes. If batter is too thin, add a tablespoon or two more of oats and blend again.
  3. Lightly coat a large pan with butter or cooking spray and heat over medium low heat.
  4. Drop batter by 1/4 cup into pan.
  5. Add a few blueberries on top.
  6. Cook until bubbles appear on top.
  7. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside.
  8. Wipe pan clean and repeat with more cooking spray and remaining batter.
  9. Makes 4 pancakes.

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I served with fresh blueberries, agave nectar and a sprinkling of cinnamon!

I found the recipe here at Ambitious Kitchen.

Ritu’s Healthy Eating – 13 Tips I Learned Over The Last Year – #icandothis

Well hello, Peeps!

I can’t believe that a year has passed since I decided to change a few things about my life, to lose weight. I set my target and my own little hashtag #icandothis, and went on my way!

52 weeks later, I am happier, healthier, and though not at the target I set myself, I am pleased with what I see in the mirror!

There are many articles and posts out there which will claim to give you miracle ways to lose weight.

I can’t do that, but as I have managed to successfully lose weight, and generally maintain the bulk of that loss, I think there are a few hints I can give, that would help anyone during their journey. As I said, I can’t promise anything, but I can support!

  1. Set yourself a realistic goal – This is so important. I started my journey convinced that I needed to lose two stones in order to be happy with myself. But I was also aware of the fact that, unless I lost limbs, two stone would take time to achieve, especially if I wanted to keep it off. A pound or two a week, slow and steady was what I aimed for. When I lost those two stone in total, I also realised it was too much, so I decided my goal and now have a realistic ideal weight to try and keep at!
  2. Try new things – Since starting Slimming World to aid my weight loss, I have been introduced to a few new things food-wise. Some are not exotic, but just items of food I previously turned my nose up at, such as prawns, fish and cottage cheese! Seriously, I had a big barrier up against them, but I decided to bite the bullet and try them because there are so many weight loss benefits to me opening up my food world. And I discovered Quark. What? You haven’t heard of Quark? It’s a mild soft cheese made from skimmed milk, so is fat-free. I have used it to make pancakes, as an addition to sauces to give them a creamy texture, and sweetened, used it like cream with fruit!
  3. Learn to recognise when you have reached your ‘enough’ level – Control your portion sizes. We sometimes fool ourselves into thinking we are hungrier than we actually are. Take a little less and leave some for later. You will often find that you didn’t need the extra anyway, and a bonus is that you have leftovers that are healthy and mean you don’t need to cook the next day!
  4. Batch cook – When you are planning your meals, you may find it easier to make large batches of certain dishes, which you can then portion up and freeze. This means that if you are feeling lazy, you always have a stash of healthy meals ready, and no excuse for reaching for the takeaway menus!
  5. Treat yourself before you reach breaking point on your cravings – When you are trying to cut out certain items, then you ‘slip’, that slip can be of epic proportions. I know. I have been so good for weeks, then eaten a whole large tub of Haagen Dazs ice cream, or a whole pack of biscuits. Then felt sick afterwards. I didn’t really need to, but the thought of eating these forbidden goodies, drove me to distraction! I ended up nibbling something naughty every day. A little treat meant I wasn’t denying myself, and I was able to control my cravings
  6. Try and weigh yourself every week at the same time – I have been pretty good at this every week. I know that I will be weighing in on a Friday morning. I go to the loo and stand on the scales before eating or drinking anything. I found that this regularity was most important. Having been one of those people who weighed themselves morning and night, every morning, I have seen how the natural fluctuations of your body reflect on your scales. If you are really serious about losing weight, seeing the ups and downs that happen can be disheartening, but the fact is, if you weigh your self regularly, at the same time, you will get a much better reflection of what your diet and lifestyle is doing to you, weight-wise.
  7. Present your meals well – if things look appetising, you’ll enjoy eating them more! If you follow me on Instagram ( @phantom_giggler ) you’ll see that I have taken to photographing my food. And I try to make every meal, no matter how simple, look good. It makes it taste better too!
  8. Add some physical activity to your day – A walk, an exercise class, a DVD at home; they all count! Whatever you do on an average day, try to add half an hour of heartbeat raising activity to it, and it will help to increase your fitness, and aid with any weight loss. I used my exercise bike, and even joined a dance class!
  9. Don’t beat yourself up if you have an off day – We all slip at some point. Really. It happens to the best of us. Instead of wallowing, and getting stuck in a rut of overeating again, whilst mourning that one off day, put a line under it. And start again the next day. It may mean a gain that week, but it will spur you on to do better the next week. Sometimes you know you will have an off period. It may be to do with a special occasion or a holiday you’re going on. Just remember, the eating habits of one day, or even a few, shouldn’t affect your whole journey if you know it is for just that period of time.
  10. Having someone to partner up with you on the journey helps – Not everyone is supportive, or understands why you are on your journey to change your health and weight. Some are pretty flippant about it and that flippancy can put you off even trying. But if you have a friend or family member who is going through the same thing, you can support and help each other, regardless of the views of others.
  11. Be strong – Sometimes, you are going to have to learn to say no. Or you have to stand by your guns and choose something to eat or drink that wouldn’t be your first choice. You need to envisage the new ‘you’ that is going to emerge, once you hit your target, and order that baked potato with no butter, instead of fries, or have a salad instead of a bowl of creamy pasta! In my case, it was saying no to the numerous takeaways that my Hubby Dearest was wanting to order, convinced he was helping me, by arranging food so I didn’t have to cook. That was probably one of the biggest factors in my weight gain, so I became very adept at using that No!
  12. Be accountable to someone – This was something that really spurred me on! And who was I accountable to? Obviously to myself, but the biggest other force was YOU! Knowing I had committed to posting about my journey every week meant I wanted to be posting good news to you all, instead of gains, and excuses as to why I slipped… again! And it helped me so much!
  13. Still know you can have fun! – This week, I am totally having fun. I am eating semi-healthy, but there are times I am totally letting go. If I want crisps, I will eat them, if that ice cream calls my name, I will answer. But I am relaxing. It is my break away. I know that as long as I stick to the tips above when I go back to normal life next week, I’ll be back on track. The odd gain here and there is to be expected, as long as it isn’t every week!

And there you have it, the 13 things that I learned over this last year! I do hope some of these tips helps any of you in the same situation as me!

Have a happy and healthy week Peeps!

Ritu’s Healthy Eating – Week 51 – #icandothis

First week of the holidays!

Been a busy one, and I am still a little tired!

We’ve been to a wedding, I’ve been back to school, we’ve had a birthday, I’ve tidied and tried to keep the kids occupied! I’ve slept, and not slept, I’ve eaten well, and not so well, but I won’t beat myself up about that!

So… how did I do with the weigh in???

Stayed the same! Phew!!!!!!!

Have a happy and healthy week Peeps!

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