What I've Been Eating #3

Monday, 2 June 2014
I'm well and truly into Slimming World now so all of the meals I've been making are healthy (or at least they are "healthy" in the sense that they fit with the Slimming World food optimising plan).  Some of these have come from the SW website/recipe books and some are just made up by me.  I'm planning on filming an intro to SW video for my youtube channel soon btw so if you're interested in this then make sure you subscribe and keep an eye on your feed.  

You'll notice a theme with most of my meals is that its some sort of meat, a potato based side, and some veg - if it aint broke don't fix it, as they say.  This pesto haddock dish is pretty simple to make, I just put a haddock fillet on a piece of foil, spread a teaspoon of red pesto on top, added some basil leaves, wrapped it up and baked for about 20 minutes. Voila - lovely juicy, flavoursome fish.  I served this with good old Slimming World friendly chips (just sprayed with fry-light and a bit of salt & pepper to season) and green beans with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Another fish based dish, and what I think might be my first attempt at homemade fishcakes?  To make these I mixed together flaked, cooked haddock, mashed potato, chopped spring onions, and some fat free natural yoghurt.  Tip - make this up the night before and put in a covered bowl in the fridge, makes it so much easier to shape into fishcakes the next day.  I fried these in the pan with some fry-light (about 5 mins on each side) and served with mushrooms and beans on toast.

A healthy version of chicken carbonara is up next.  For this I mixed half a tub of extra light philidelphia into cooked wholemeal pasta, chicken and bacon.  I also added some dried herbs and a crushed garlic clove for a bit of extra flavour.  Will definitely be making this again, as it's a creamy pasta dish it felt quite indulgent and like it should be really bad for you but actually it was a completely free Slimming World meal (as the cheese counted as my "healthy extra" calcium option).

This one doesn't look particularly appetising in a photo but it tasted pretty great.  It's basically a "healthy" alternative to pizza - with the base being a turkey steak.  I topped it with a tsp of tomato puree, sliced red peppers and some grated cheese and served with those trusty chips again (a few carrots sneaked their way in too).

Finally, this one was an at-home lunch of a proper baked potato (i.e. a 1.5hrs in the oven type of baked potato) served with grated cheese, and chicken chunks with tinned tomatoes.  When I have lunch at work it's usually ryvita and soft cheese, or some sort of leftovers, so when I had a rare weekday in the house recently (the day I was going to see McBusted) I decided to go for a baked potato and omg it was amazing.  I haven't eaten a baked potato that wasn't just blasted in the microwave for soooo long and the difference is incredible.  Ahh I wish I could have this every lunch time.

If you like getting an insight into what meals I'm making then you might also be interested in following my new Instagram profile which is specifically for tracking my Slimming World progress.  I post photos of all my meals (providing I remember!) as well as how I get on at each weeks' weigh in.


  1. The carbonara looks so good, I might try making it one day. I'm sure my mum would love it.
    Water Painted Dreams xo

    1. I'm definitely going to try the pulled pork you had on yours recently - it looked so good!

  2. Ahh so many of these just went into my 'next week's meals' plans! They all look brilliant!