Mrssavageangel Slimming World – Week 3

Oh haaai! How’s it been? Good, good. Me? I’m fine; you? Lovely. On with the show, yes?

Saturday was my biggest challenge since restarting Slimming World and as I discussed last week, there was nothing for it but to go with the flow. Friends of ours were holding a Burns Night meal and I knew there was no way to do that in any kind of ‘food optimised’ way. There just wasn’t, and quite frankly there will always be times in life like that. Times when you have to take a different approach. And so that’s what I did. I drank wine (although I managed not to get involved with the Beer Pong. Sweet jeez, I have THE worst aim and I’d end up drinking the whole table. Last summer I even set a record for being the only player ever* to score an own goal!) and ate the delicious sausage, mash, mashed swede (not syn free but a revelation!) and creamed leeks. I did try a tiny bit of haggis, but found it wasn’t my fave so gave the rest to Ben, who loved it. I even had dessert, although afterwards I did think I probably could have passed on that. But it was sticky toffee pudding with whisky and caramel sauce! What’s a girl to do? We had such a fab time and can I just take a minute to high five Natalie for cooking a sit down meal for 15 people ??. Shamazing!

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Burns Night. It was just so much fun sitting round a huge table to all eat together.

So what do you do when you know you’ve got a meal like that in a week? Well, you can avoid it entirely. Seriously, you can. I have done in the past. Or you can look at in isolation. Say, OK, it’s one meal. What can I do either side to get some balance? And because I had the luxury of knowing it was coming up (planning, planning, planning ?) I kept my syns to a minimum both before and after, and increased the amount of speed foods I was eating through the week. And do you know what? It worked.


I was super proud of myself this week, because yeah I had a big Saturday, but I worked really hard either side to minimise it’s effects. I was a little bit surprised with how much I lost, seriously I would have been happy with a maintain. But a loss it was, meaning in January I have lost 6.5lb. Not a bad start, by anyone’s standards ?

Other than mashed swede, what new foods have I been eating this week? Mmm, ooo I know, Cavolo Nero. I’ve tried to like Kale in the past and yeah it’s OK, but the bags you can get from the supermarkets tend to already be chopped and I find the stems just a bit too tough for my liking. However, this week I’ve found Cavolo Nero, Kale’s darker, sexier cousin, in whole leaf form. And while it’s stems are more tender, I still prefer to cut them out, which its much easier to do from a whole leaf. So this week I put a whole bag of Cavolo Nero in my Cottage Pie and man alive was it good!

Sexy Cottage Pie with Cavolo Nero and Garlic Mash

  • 4 or 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut up
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 100ml skimmed milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Frylight
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and sliced thinly
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 200g Cavolo Nero, (stems removed and leaves chopped)
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200g passata
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • Salt and Pepper

1. Put the potatoes and unpeeled garlic cloves in a large saucepan of lightly salted water for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

2. Drain, mash. Now, if you have a potato ricer you will get ridiculously smooth mash with little effort. If you don’t have one, you should get one! You can put the garlic cloves in a ricer without taking the skins off (the ricer will remove the smooth soft flesh for you). If you prefer a masher, then remove the garlic skins by squeezing the cloves and the flesh should pop out. Either way mash the potatoes and the garlic together. Add the skimmed milk and mix hard with a wooden spoon. Season to taste. Set aside.

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Look how creamy that mash is – and not a drop of butter used!

3. Spray another pan with Frylight, add the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Add the minced beef and cook for a few minutes until the beef is brown.

4. Stir in the Cavolo Nero, chopped tomatoes, passata, Worcestershire Sauce and herbs. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Season.

5. Spoon the beef mixture into an oven proof dish and spread the mash over the top. This can be done in advance and left until you’re ready to bake.

6. If you have the syns to spend, dot a couple of tsps of butter on the mash (2 syns per tsp). If you don’t, spray with Frylight.

7. Place into a hot oven (200c or Gas Mark 6) for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve with lots of vegetables of your choice.

Sexy Cottage Pie with Cavalo Nero and Garlic Mash. Bloody lovely!

Sexy Cottage Pie with Cavolo Nero and Garlic Mash. Bloody lovely!

So my goal for next week is to get my first half stone award, by losing 0.5lb. It sounds like such a small amount but just under half a stone down and I can already get back into clothes that were too tight a couple of weeks ago. Honestly, I haven’t been able to wear my moto jacket for weeks now and this weekend I could even get it done up. I mean I couldn’t breathe, but woop woop to me! It’s amazing how a relatively small loss is making such a huge difference and I’m definitely on the right path 🙂

Have a super week

love

Lisa

xxxx

*well maybe not ever ever!

Comments

  1. I tried the recipe and it was perfectly delicious. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward for another recipe.

  2. Woohoo way to go!! This is so great! I think if I was to be on a set diet I would struggle so much with dinners out or nights with friends but I love how you made it work and doing all your planning for before and after the night probably made your yummy dinner and wine taste all that much better!! Fingers crossed for getting your half stone award next week! And how exciting that you’re fitting back into clothes again already!!
    Thanks for sharing this with #fitmamasclub this is really motivational 🙂
    Ps remember you can join the Pinterest board too 🙂 X

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Thank you so much! Heres hoping, but yes, its more about feeling good than the numbers of the scales right now.Thank you for hosting!

  3. That pie looks AMAZING! Making me hungry! #marvmondays

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Thanks! We had it again last night, only I also added carrots and mushrooms. Blooming lovely and some left over for lunch today! Score!

  4. That recipe sounds tasty. And I think it’s all about how you plan for and recover after those days you know are going to be tough. Sounds like you’ve done ok on that too 🙂 #sharethejoy

  5. Huge well done to you! And awesome attitude to food too. There are, as you say, always going to be meals that are more indulgent, but that’s OK and it’s really important to enjoy those social meals without guilt. You’re an inspiration!

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Wow, thank you so much! Yes life just isn’t as easy as an eating plan. Life is messy and throws up obstacles and challenges. But with a bit of preparation and thought you can work through them and still come out smiling ??

  6. You are doing SO well Lisa! Love the sound of that recipe – cavolo nero is delicious isn’t it? Thanks so much for sharing this at #sharethejoy and congrats again! (P.S. I’ve just finished a 3 day detox juice cleanse which left me feeling amazing – let me know if you’d like the details x)

  7. Amazing! Well done Lisa. So impressed with your determination and focus – cant believe you still managed a loss after a big burns night meal, thats awesome. Love the look of your cottage pie, I love my greens and havent discovered cavolo nero yet so will be keeping an eye out for some 🙂 Thanks sharing on #MarvMondays Emily x

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