Saturday, 25 September 2010

Carrot and Lentil Spread

So, there's this great stuff you can buy from SW classes and Holland and Barretts. It's called Scanbran and basically it's a high fibre crispbread that helps...ahem...speed things up a bit. I walked out with a maintain in class last week and I was a little disappointed, so I got myself a couple of packs to bring home.

Already this stuff is working its magic, I don't even need to set an alarm to wake up anymore! Leave the Scanbran to work overnight and you'll be rushing to the loo by 9am!

The only problem is that it's not the most enjoyable thing to eat, it's hard, dry and tastes a bit like cardboard. I don't have much of a problem with it, but the moment it's mentioned at group the whole room is filled with moans of disgust and fear.

To make my life, and possibly a few others, easier I decided to make myself a delicious spread that would make these easier to eat. So here we are:

Carrot and Lentil Spread

  • 100g red lentils
  • 500ml water
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp bouillion or 1 veggie stock cube
  • Fry Light*
  1. Put the lentils and water in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the carrot and stock to the lentils. Cook for a further ten minutes or so.
  3. Meanwhile, coat a pan with a light spraying of Fry Light, and fry the onions and garlic until soft and brown.
  4. Add the onion and garlic to the lentil mixture, stir into the lentils and add the lemon juice. I also find a fair bit of black pepper and a wee bit of salt is good at this point too. Leave to cool for 20 minutes or so before refrigerating for an hour and a half - two hours.
*Fry Light is another magic ingredient that SW uses frequently. It's a 1 cal cooking spray. Feel free to replace with a light drizzle of olive oil.

I put the spread on the Scanbran and topped with sliced cherry tomatoes. Delicious!


Thursday, 23 September 2010

A few wee changes for HLV

Hello everyone,

I've been putting off posting in here for a while because my situation has changed recently...

At the end of July a good friend of mine convinced me to join Slimming World so that I can finally deal with my weight problem. She's done amazingly well on it and I wanted to see if it would work for me. Well, a couple of months later and it's made a huge difference, nearly 2 and a half stone has melted away and I'm lighter than I've been for about 5 or 6 years. I'm back into size 16 jeans and I can feel them getting looser by the day. It's awesome!

For the last month or so I've been debating whether to set up an entirely new blog with vegan SW friendly recipes. I knew that if I did this, HLV would most probably disappear. The way I'm eating now will probably stick, even after I'm at target.

For now I think I'm going to stick what I'm cooking up here and see how it goes. I'm eating the same meals as before but just preparing them in a different way to cut back on the fat. I also figured that cooking is all about tweaking recipes to your tastes anyway, I do it all the time, so if any of you want to add any extra fat, you will. The great thing about SW is that there is plenty of room to include regular treats, so I have been eating vegan cake and ice cream here and there and I've wanted to tell all you guys about it!

Feedback would be great. If this doesn't start working for HLV then I might move on to a different blog, but for now I think that it might work nicely.

Let me know what you think and sorry it's been so long since an update!