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Hairy Bikers Minestrone Soup

Hairy Bikers Minestrone Soup - Low Cal Low Carb Soup -
Minestrone Soup Hairy Bikers - Low Cal Low Carb Soup -

Such a simple recipe! Dave and Si know how to win me over.

What is the cure for being ill? Chocolate! No okay, soup! I couldn’t have planned this meal any better. I was off sick from work today with this chest infection and conjunctivitis. My chest is sore and it’s still a bit hard to breathe and my vision is still wonky. Nothing is as comforting as a hot bowl of homemade soup to clear the tubes and warm the belly.

I was grateful how easy this soup was to make. When you’re poorly the last thing you want to do is spend loads of time in the kitchen cooking. The Hairy Bikers got this down to a tee, the meal took me roughly under 45 minutes to cook. Again, I apologise I didn’t keep an eye on the clock as Naomi had just got home from nursery so I was bouncing between cooking and getting her ready for bed. This is also meant to be a one pan meal which saves on washing up. Though, my silly self forgot I had a nice big soup pot and so I used a frying pan and a large saucepan. Ah well, I know for next time. The last great thing about this soup? 98 caolories per serving (115 if you have cheese on the top)! Can’t go wrong with that can you? That means you can have a nice crusty cob along with it if you wanted and not feel bad about the calories. Get in.

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Bacon Avocado Crustless Quiche

Crustless quiche with egg, bacon, onion, mushroom and avocado

Today is the start of my food experimenting bonanza! I’ve been trying to think of different foods that I can easily make over the weekend and take with me to work for breakfast or lunch. Also, things I can make that hopefully my picky daughter will eat. She eats really well at nursery, but for us she only eats select foods. I’m also going to try to cook with her this weekend and see if it helps!

I love eggs and often crave them for breakfast. My work only has a microwave, so I am rather limited on ways to make food that isn’t already cooked. I’ve done microwaved scrambled egg at work, but lets be honest it tastes crap that way. Something about being in a frying pan makes it taste better and come out much more fluffy. Then I thought quiche is a really versatile food that you can eat hot or cold. I can quickly shove it in my gob while making a cup of tea if I’m in between meetings or heat it up, sit down and enjoy it properly.

I used what was left over in our fridge before our weekly shop. Of course you can throw whatever you want in a quiche; this recipe is really flexible. If you do swap and change ingredients, just keep in mind that this will alter the nutritional macros. My bacon and avocado crustless quiche is delicious, filling and only 168 calories per slice! Not to mention it is low carb, high protein and full of good fats! You can’t go wrong with this dish.

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Food Diary Recipes

Chicken Chow Mein

chicken chow mein low cal low carb

My husband is a big fan of a Chinese takeaway. If he had the choice, I think he would eat it daily. This was one of the harder parts of us choosing to lead healthier lifestyles. I’d be a liar if I said we didn’t have takeaway still, because we do occasionally. We typically have one once a month, where as we used to have 3-4 a week. A WEEK. We would also order enough to feed a small family, no joke. Our normal order for the two of us was chicken chow mein, chicken fried rice, crispy wontons, chicken in black bean sauce, chips and prawn crackers (can you tell we like chicken?). No wonder we were tubby.

I wanted to do something to tell him thank you. He has done a lot for me lately and sacrificed so much for me to change my life and go on my weight loss journey. I know the way to his heart is through his stomach, so making one of his favourite dishes was an easy choice for me.

A normal chicken chow mein from the takeaway can be around 800 calories and over 40g of fat. My version halves this at 374 calories and 17g of fat. Guilt free eating with all the taste!

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Low Carb Chicken Tacos

chicken low carb tacos cheese guacamole

It’s Tuesday, do you know what that means? It’s Taco Tuesday! Tacos are one of my absolute favourite foods. I was lucky enough that my mom would spoil me with homemade authentic tacos – perks of her being Mexican! I miss her dearly and Taco Tuesdays make me feel closer to her. She would probably laugh at my recipe for tacos, but here’s to you anyway mom (everyone say Hi Gina!).

Tacos typically can be quite greasy, high in fat, high in calories and loaded with carbs. I have adapted my recipe to be relatively low calorie, low fat, low carb and high protein! My indulgent version is under 600 calories, but you could easily bring this under 400 calories by opting out on guacamole or cutting back on the tortillas. This recipe comes in 3 parts – cauliflower tortillas, homemade guacamole and the taco filling.

This recipe yields 4 chicken tacos with guacamole. You will notice the taco filling serves 2 and guac serves 1, that’s because my heathen of a husband has flour tortillas and no guacamole.

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