Slimming World Chocolate Cake 

More or less everyone I know is attending Slimming World (apart from myself!), so I thought I would try some recipes and I have been impressed. Recently I attempted to make a Slimming World cake and I found it too bitter so I developed this one which I much prefer. I worked it out as 1 syn per slice but please correct me if I’m wrong!

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Grace Aloe Refresh Review

 

Recently I have noticed a rise in aloe vera juices in the shops, quite reasonably priced and something I have never tried before. So I accepted the offer to review some.

I received two bottles, aloe refresh mango and aloe refresh original flavour. They both contain natural flavours and natural colours so they can be enjoyed as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Slow Cooker Lamb Biryani 

In our household we are currently trying to be extra healthy after eating a few too many treats over the Christmas season!

Lamb is a great source of protein, zinc and iron. Recently I was asked to create a recipe using Welsh Lamb. It is excellent quality with its certified PGI status that guarantees that the meat has been reared and prepared to the highest standard.

The lamb I received was a very lean cut. It tasted lovely and tender in my slow cooked lamb biryani and completely debunked the myth that lamb is a fatty meat.

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Banana and Oat Pancakes 

My children and I love these! They are a perfect way of using up any over ripe bananas, and you can also add additional ingredients like, dried fruits or spices to them. We have them for breakfast, lunch and even as a snack. I have served mine with runny honey and banana but my daughter recommends them with ice cream!

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Quick Salsa

Salsa is one of those things I used to buy in a jar but then discovered that it’s just as easy to make it. I have made mine with leftover tomatoes I had rolling around the fridge. We use it for so many things including, tacos, as a dip with crisps, in a burger and also in some meals.

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Two Ingredient Flat Breads

These are great to have with so many different things. We have them to go with curry, for tuna melts, cut up and used for dipping in soups and sauces, and I even put them in packed lunches. The possibilities are endless!

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Microwave Crisps

Before having children my microwave got used only for ready meals. After children, it gets used daily but for heating up bottles of milk or cold cups of tea! Recently, I have been using it for more useful things so I thought I would share a few of my favorite things I have created.

These crisps are a good, healthy snack which are enjoyed by my children and myself. They are super easy to make too but the hardest part is slicing the potato thin enough. The thinner you slice them, the crisper they will be.

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Weaning Banana Pancakes

*Beware, baby poop talk!!!*

My 10 month old is now eating every thing we eat and he is loving it. However, with the solid food stage comes the stuck poo stage!! It is completely normal, it’s their digestive system getting used to harder foods. It does get easier in time but there are foods you can give them to help them along. Bananas are particularly good for digestion so these pancakes are perfect for them as well as being good for finger food. I’ve also put a dollop of natural yoghurt on as it is beneficial to the digestive system and helping with constipation. I have made two different versions, one plain version for the babies and chocolate for the toddlers. They are also gluten free!

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Salmon and Pesto Slice 

I feel like I don’t eat enough fish. It’s so good for you and because I do not eat red meat, it is a great alternative. Fish can be expensive compared to meat but the cheapest and best place to buy it is your local fishmonger. If you don’t have a fishmonger near you, the fish counters at the supermarkets mark the price down just before shutting but you have to be quick! This recipe is supposed to be a take on a salmon en croute but that sounds far too posh for me so I will go with salmon slice! It is a bit more pricey than my normal meals but it’s a pay day treat!

Serves 2-4 depending on what you serve it with.

Costs £1.32 a serving

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Moroccan Chicken and Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice

I hope everyone is having a great week! I have been doing so much cooking and baking, trying to perfect some dishes and also coming up with some new ones so keep your eyes peeled!!

Cauliflower rice is something I’ve wanted to post for a while but it’s never turned out the way I wanted. I finally discovered that the microwave is the answer! If you don’t have a microwave, you can fry it in a little oil but I found this went a bit wet and soggy. It may sound like a strange thing to have with a curry but I can assure you that it doesn’t actually taste of cauliflower! It’s another clever way of getting more vegetables into my family’s diet and it’s a low carb opinion compared to rice. I have simply grated the florets with a corse grater but you can also blend it to become finer and can then be used as cous cous rather than rice.

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