Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Big Momma Challenge 2011 ~ Week 8

As expected I didn't do so well this week, it was half-term here and I was out of my normal routine and as a result I didn't lose any weight. However, I did get out and do some longer walks with Tessie and I ate mostly healthy options (although the was a bag of Doritos that crept in..) But the main thing is that I'm still losing weight overall and even when I don't have a 'good' week, like this week, I can still see the long term goal and I'm still determined to get there. 

My next target is to get to my half-way goal - a 35lb loss - and I'm going to focus on that. 

A few weeks ago I wrote about how important it is to eat a healthy breakfast and the same people have sent me some wholegrain recipes that are healthy and filling. Wholegrain are generally low GI and can keep you feeling fuller for longer. This can therefore reduce the desire to snack and as a consequence help to manage a healthy weight, and I'm all for that. I'll post one recipe each week, and the first one is on my list of meals for this week.


Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves 4

Per serving:
Calories: 431 kcals
Fibre: 3.2g
Saturated fat: 2.71g

200g brown & wild rice blend
2 sirloin steaks/lean beef (475g), cut into strips
2 tbsp Chinese 5 spice powder
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 red pepper, sliced
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
125g savoy cabbage, shredded
2 tbsp soy sauce

Cost per serving: £1.28

Cook the rice according to pack instructions and drain.

Meanwhile, mix the beef and 5 spice powder together. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan and fry the beef for 3 minutes. Add the pepper and carrot and stir fry for a further 3 minutes. Stir in the cabbage and soy sauce and stir fry for a further 2 minutes. Serve immediately on top of the rice.

Cook’s tip
Use brown rice mixed with some chopped spring onions as an alternative to the brown and wild rice blend.


So, how has your week been? Let me know how you're getting on, and if you leave a link to your blog post I'll add it into the body of this blog post so that other people can read it too.  Good luck for this week, and don't forget to keep your eye on the long term goal - a healthier you!