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Meal Plan Monday: Week Two - Jan 13th

Last year we decided to make some big changes to our lifestyle and some of these including shedding some pounds and making a conscious effort to eat healthier. A year down the line and I have managed to lose three stones and so we want to continue with our new lifestyle and shed two more stone this year. So far, it has been really great and we all have been enjoying the nutritious meals that are jam packed full of fruit, veggies and lots of goodness. 

I’m always sharing my meals over on my Instagram and because so many of you have been asking about those recipes I thought that it was time I shared my meal plan with you. Before last year, I had never planned a meal in my life (unless choosing a wedding breakfast counts) but I would always choose to free ball it than stick to any kind of plan! But it was then that I would get stuck in the day to day repeating of several recipes, over and over and I can find it really tedious and boring which is why I would always reach for the sweet treats.

Meal planning saves me so much time and we have also been saving between £10-£20 a week. Everyone should give meal planning a go just for that reason. But not only will you save yourself a few quid meal planning can really help change the way you eat and change your food buying habits. So I want to share our meals from Monday 13th Jan on wards. 

Monday:: Chipotle Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti and Steamed Broccoli

Every week we love to buy a new herb or spice and last week it was Chipotle flakes and so we have been developing lots of tasty recipes that have a kick. These meatballs are a complete game changer for those who like a bit of spice and they are a simple meal to start your week, with a kick. The rich, flavourful sauce will make you think you have been cooking it for hours and hours. You will need to make your meatballs but that is probably the only work that you need to do, as the sauce is cooking away cook spaghetti and stream your broccoli. A rich meal cooked in less than 20 minutes and under 400 calories, what's not to love?

Tuesday :: Cheese & Onion Crispbakes, with sauteed vegetables and salad from Pinch of Nom Everyday Light

As a child along with both my brother and sister we loved those pancake crispbakes you could get. Can anyone remember those really cheesy ones? However, they were hardly great for those watching their calorie consumption and so we thought that we would add some slimming world friendly ones to our meal plan and they really didn't disappoint. These cheese and onion crispbakes are a great combination, paired with some creamy mash and crispy coating really makes the best comfort food. We decided to add some extra speed with sauteed veggies and salad, it was a very flavoursome and a filling meal. 

Wednesday :: Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa and Halloumi from Pinch of Nom Everyday Light

When we hear that word Halloumi, we get so happy. We love our cheese in this house, but being on slimming world you have to try and limit your intake. So saving our HEA for our evening meal was a must for you this delicious dish, and under 400 calories it's a must make dish. My husband isn't really keen on quinoa and as much as a I try to convince him that it's so good for you, he would never budge. That was until we dished it with Halloumi and veggies. This dish has really changed my husbands opinion on quinoa and it seems as if we shall be enjoyed the power food more in our healthy meals. 

Thursday :: Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

It has been so cold and what better way to warm you up than with a delicious slow cooked stew? That's why I love this time of year as it's so simple and easy to bung lots of veggies into a slow cooker and wait several hours. Zero effort meals are my kind of meals. This Beef and Sweet Potato Stew is so simple and easy to prepare and can be cooked in a slow cooker, on the hob or in the oven. It has been the best midweek meal.

Friday :: Southern Fried Burger in a Bowl, Paprika Chips and Salad. 

Who says a burger has to have bread? We are making an effort to try and limit our break intake during the week and swapping the bread out for something else as our HEB choice. This Southern Fried Burger in a bowl has juicy lean pork mince, with the southern fried sweet smokey taste and lots of fresh salad. If you’re starting out on a Slimming World plan or just want a lighter option one evening, then I recommend this being one of your first dishes. 

Saturday :: Ramen Bowls from Pinch of Nom Everyday Light. 

We have never ever tried a Ramen bowl before, I'm not entirely sure why it's taken us so long but we are full of regret. Noodles and soup are a match made in heaven and this delicious syn free chicken version is so good. This ramen noodle bowl is packed with loads of delicious fresh veg – bringing loads of different flavours and textures into the mix. For a vegetarian version, swap the chicken stock for vegetable, and if you want to go vegan simply use egg-free noodles and remove the boiled eggs.

What do you think of our meal plan this week? Have we inspired you to try out some of these recipes? I would recommend that you get the Pinch of Nom recipes books, especially the Everyday Light. It has been so great cooking up some of their recipes. 

White Chocolate & Blueberry Cookies

As you may or may not know we have a little thing for blueberries, and so comes another delicious home baking recipe. These white chocolate and blueberry cookies are incredibly buttery, with a chewy centre and crispy edges. A perfect combination! There are super simple to make and can be great as part of a picnic spread, for when you have people over or as a treat that go perfectly with a cup of tea. 

What I love about this super simple recipe is that you are able to adapt it to your liking. We have tried chocolate chip and pecans, cinnamon, cranberry and white chocolate. You could try and create a combination yourself. With this cookie recipe you will never need another cookie recipe. Incredibly buttery, endless of flavour combinations and so simple and easy to make. But you'd better make a couple of batches because as soon as they are cooled the will fly off the cooling rack, they are too good to resist. 

To make these buttery white chocolate & blueberry cookies you will need:

260g plain flour
90g cornflour
1½ tsp of baking soda
250g granulated sugar
190g unsalted butter
1½ tsp milk
75g white chocolate chips
75g blueberries

1. Preheat the oven with 180℃/Gas Mark 4 and line two baking trays with baking paper.

2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cornflour and baking soda until fully combined.

3. In a separate bowl, beat together the room temperature butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. 

4. Then fold in half of the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Add the milk and the remaining flour and mix until is starts to come together. Finally, add in the white chocolate chips and the blueberries and give the mixture another mix through creating a thicker consistency. 

5. Using a tablespoon scoop the dough onto the baking sheet into eight separate cookies ensuring that they are equally spaced apart. 

6. Bake for around 15 minutes turning the tray around until beautifully golden brown. Allow them to cool on the trays for a few minutes before using a spatula to help transfer them to a cooling rack. Enjoy. 

Getting Organised: How To Be More Productive at Home

Throughout my life I have always been someone who loves to be organised, if anything being organised is one of my biggest qualities. To me, being organised comes so naturally. I have always believed that everything has its place and that there is a place for everything. Whether these are my clothes, the airing cupboard, fridge or books - everything has a certain place to live.

However, being organised isn't just about have a neat wardrobe or making sure that your veggies are put in a certain place, it's also about how we organise our life and work. Whether you're planning time to write blog posts, booking doctor appointments, or taking your children to after school clubs - being organised is incredibly important and can help increase productivity and efficiency. I cannot even begin to tell you about the importance of being organised when trying to accomplish your goals or intentions. 

Planning your week gives you time and space to figure out how you’re going to fit everything in. If you’re trying to make progress at work and in your personal life, planning your week will help you get there. But also you won’t feel like a headless chicken trying to do everything at the last minute.

Every blogger or content creator knows that you need to plan ahead when it comes to blog content, whether these are seasonal upcoming holidays, events you have coming up or just a way to keep productive. Planning is essential. Some people love plan their entire days, and some even by the hour, however I prefer planning this on a week by week basis. I find it's a better way to compare stats, page views and expenses. But here are so of my favourite ways to get organised and become productive.

Create a List... 

Every morning I begin with a new task list for the day ahead, and this gorgeous Sweet Sherbert Dreams Luxury List Pad is a great way to create those lists. The perforated cover has a trendy and elegant pattern of pink marble swirls. Who doesn't love swirls? It can be easily torn off or folded back to reveal the decorated paper, which is also perforated for quick and neat removal. Ruled lines help you to write in your plans, notes, and schedules. Throughout my day I will consistently tick off tasks completed and add new task as the day goes by, with the hopes that they will be ticked off too, if not added to the next day. By adding my tasks into a list means that I will never lose track of a task that hasn't been completed.

Use a Calendar to Keep Track...

Calendars are a simple and effective tool to help keep us productive and maximise our day. I love using Google Calendars, however it doesn't really matter what way you use whether you use a paper calendar or one online. The important part is practising the habit of using a calendar, and following through with your activities according to the time blocks you assign yourself. Your time and attention are your most valuable resources, don’t let them go to waste.

A Desk Planner Can Make Things Simple...

Even with hundreds of available apps to help organise your life, a paper desk calendar may be just what you need to stay on top of your work schedule. Whether you know it or not, having a desk planner can not only simplify your life, it can help you alleviate stress and anxiety that often comes with trying to track your appointments. It’s been said the more times you see or write something the more likely you will be to remember it. Paper calendars can help with that. When you have to write down meetings and other important appointments you’ll be more likely to remember them. This Sweet Sherbert Dreams Desk Planner is a pretty cute way to make sure that I keep on top of my life. The pad features plenty of pages, so you'll have room to keep track of your schedule no matter how busy things get! A pastel blue marble border complements the blush pink details, providing soft colour that lights up your workplace. Isn't it pretty?

Create a Place to Capture Big Ideas

Many might think that having many notepads may go against your organisation process, but it’s the opposite for me. At this moment, I currently have three notepads sitting on my desk filled with pitch ideas, to-dos for the day, and random ideas that pop into my head. These Sweet Sherbert Dreams A5 Exercise Books are really brilliant for capturing my big idea for a blog where I can just pop into my handbag for inspiration on the go. I just cannot go anyway without a notebook and pen. Pastel pink and sky blue flourishes add trendy elegance to the set, making them ideal for the creative thinker who wants a notebook as special as the ideas and notes inside. I need something that focuses more on recording stats, planning blog content and keeping notes of brand work which is why I have decided to start a bullet journal. When it came to starting a bullet journal, for me finding the perfect journal was essential. It just didn't seem right to begin a bullet journal in just any notebook, I was looking for something a little more luxurious. Keeping with the marbled theme this A5 Chunky Notebook is a great book for creating a bullet journal. Do you want to start your own bullet journal?

If you try and implement a couple of way to try and get organised, you are more likely to be productive and reach those goals. What ways do you like to keep organised? I'd love to hear. 

Healthy Snacks On The Go From Munchy Seeds

Growing little ones often get hungry between meals. A well-timed snack can help with hunger between meal times and provide a much-needed energy boost between meals. However, many snacks for children are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients meaning that many snacks are pretty unhealthy. I know that as a mum how daunting it can be to go to the supermarket and get healthy snacks for my daughter. There are so many different options and often the ingredient labels can make it really difficult to understand what is in each snack, making the choice for healthy snacks harder. 

The best snacks are nutritious whole foods that are low in sugar, fat and salt providing little ones with energy and the best nutrition. Fresh fruit and vegetables and foods that contain whole grains and protein are also good choices. By having little jars of seeds, dried fruits and nuts available is an easy way to start changing the way the family snack, with prepared snack packets for adventures on the go.

We have been trying different ways to get extra nutrients into out diets and seeds have been a great and fun way to do this. Seeds are great sources of protein, minerals, and life enhancing nutrients. Seeds are superfoods with so many great health benefits when consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. Our favourite way to snack on the go are without a doubt a packet of these delicious Munchy Seeds. We were kindly send over a lovely selection of seeds to try and add into our diet, and it's been really fun finding ways to add seeds to our meals and snacks. We were send over four snack packs in the flavours Mega Omega, Salted Caramel, Honey Roasted and Sweet Chilli, as well as two sharing packs of Mega Omega and Warm Cinnamon. 

The Mega Omega are roasted tamari seven seed mix that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids so these are perfect to add to a chunky vegetable soup or on a salad. The contain Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Rapeseeds and Linseeds meaning they are filled with lots of nutrients to help change up our mealtimes. We also have another savoury choice to add to our soups and sprinkle over salad with the Sweet Chilli which are roasted Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds that are free from artificial colourings, flavourings preservatives. 

The Salted Caramel are our favourite ones to take whilst we are exploring adventures, the snack pack is so convenient to just drop into your bag. These crunchy little bites of sweetness and sunshine great for sprinkling over yogurt, ice cream or simply on their own. Full of Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sugar, Coconut and Sea Salt making these seeds the perfect addition to any indulgent treat. The Honey Roasted Seeds are just as good. With Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sugar and Honey and these are AMAZING to add to our overnight porridge, yoghurt and fruit in the mornings. 

The Munchy Seeds range have really been a big hit with all of us, and as parents to a little one who loves to snack on crisps, chocolate or cake we are really impressed with the range. We love the fact that these products are organic, healthy option and help get extra portions of goodness into our daughter. All the seed snacks have no artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives. The are natural product that are free from gluten and a great snack option for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. What makes these little snacks even better is that they are perfect for parents and children on the go, as we know how easily it is to make the wrong choices when it comes to convenience. Have you tried anything from Munchy Seeds range? If so, what were your favourites.

Sweetcorn and Leek Soup

Nothing beats a homemade hearty soup that is jam packed full of good food. We are always looking for ways to try and get more veggies into our diet and soup is such a great way to do this, even for fussy little eaters who hate veggies. These flavours are a match made in heaven as the combinations are blended together to make a super rich and healthy bowl of soup. What makes this even better is the fact that it's low calorie and completely syn free, great news for those on slimming world. This is going to become my go to soup for the winter months and the fact that it only takes 25 minutes to cook makes it even better. 

To make this delicious sweetcorn and leek soup you'll need:

2 leeks, sliced and chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
300g of cooked sweetcorn
4 spring onions, chopped
900ml of chicken or vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Spray a saucepan with some low calorie spray. Add the onion, leeks and fry until soft not forgetting to season with some salt and pepper too. 

2. Stir in the sweetcorn and the stock made from two vegetable or chicken cubes. With the sweetcorn you can choose to use fresh, frozen or tinned as I wanted to make a quick soup for lunch I just used a tin of sweetcorn. 

3. Bring the soup to a boil. Then cover and simmer for around 10-15 minutes. 

4. If you wanted a thicker soup then scoop out half of the soup and blitz in a blender. Once smooth add this to the remaining soup and cook for a further 5 minutes so the soup can fully thicken. If you don't have a blender or want to save time you could add a thickening agent but you would need to syn accordingly. 

5. Add some chopped spring onions on the top. With this soup you can add whatever toppings you like such as chopped chicken, sausage, sauteed mushrooms or even some grated cheese (a complete game changer). This is a great soup to make if you're pushed for time but can also be changed to your liking. 

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