Chicken Fajitas

A little taste of Mexico that’s quick and easy to prepare and cook.Chicken Fajitas

Servings:    2

Pro Points:    10

Simple Start: 0 treats

Filling & Healthy:    0 weeklies

Preparation time:     10mins

Cooking time:    15mins

Ingredients

  • 2 medium chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 peppers, cut into strips
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp fajita seasoning mix
  • 4 Weight Watchers soft tortillas
  • Spray oil

 

Method

  1. Put the chicken into a bowl and spray with the oil.  Sprinkle over the seasoning and stir until the chicken is well coated.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a high heat and spray with oil.  Add the chicken to the pan and stir until sealed on all sides.
  3. Add the peppers and onions and continue stir frying for approximately 5mins until the chicken is cooked through and the peppers and onions have softened.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the tortillas according to the instructions on the packet.
  5. Divide the chicken mixture between the tortillas.  Roll up and serve with potato wedges and salad (remember to add the Pro Points of the wedges if you are counting).

 

Top tip: For a more indulgent dish, add your choice of salsa, guacamole, sour cream and grated cheese before rolling your fajitas

**Remember to add in the relevant Pro Points values for any additional toppings** 

Banana Pancakes

Banana PancakesThese flour-free pancakes make a delicious weekend breakfast and are an excellent way to use up over-ripe bananas.

Servings:    1

Pro Points:    4

Simple Start/Filling & Healthy:    0

Preparation time:     2 mins

Cooking time:    15mins

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Spray oil
  • Raspberries or strawberries to serve

Method

  1. Mash the banana in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the eggs to the banana and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan and spray with oil.
  4. Pour about 1/4 of the batter into the pan and cook over a very low heat for 2 minutes.
  5. Very carefully, turn the pancake over (the lack of flour means they will break up quite easily if you are heavy handed).  Cook for a further minute.
  6. Transfer the pancake to a warmed plate while you cook the remainder of the batter.
  7. Serve with the raspberries or strawberries.

Top tip:  Drizzle with 1tsp for 1pp or use a drizzle of honey as one of your daily treats if following Simple Start.

The Results Are In – Week 5

Weight loss:    1lb

Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Current weight:    12st 0lb

Weight loss since start:    6lb

Lbs to go to reach next target:    0.5lb

I’m really pleased with this result and here’s why:

 

What’s gone well?

I coped really well with an unexpected mid-week meal out choosing a Filling &Healthy friendly steak and replacing the chips with jacket potato (read my post about this here).

Following my chocolate-free January, I’ve eaten some chocolate most days this week but I’ve not gone mad on it and I’ve pointed it all.

I went to an engagement party on Saturday but drove instead of drinking.  I also ate before I went and although I was stood right next to the delicious smelling and looking Indian buffet all night – not one morsel of it passed my lips!

I stuck to my plan to deal with eating out yesterday by choosing a main and a desert from the ‘lighter choices’ section of the menu.

I tried on some trousers that were too tight for me at the beginning of January and they now fit so I’ll be wearing those at some point this week!

 

What’s been difficult?

My chocolate craving was back with a vengeance this week.  However, I didn’t let this throw me off track.  I simply reminded myself of my goals and my reasons for wanting to lose weight to help reign the craving in and I made sure I pointed everything.

The week ahead

I have a work’s night out on Saturday night where I intend to have a few drinks – following an extremely difficult half term, my team and I definitely need to let our hair down a little.  However, I’m very conscious that I want to achieve my next goal of being under 12st at my weigh in next Monday.  I know that if I drink too much it will:

a)      Make me want to eat rubbish on Sunday

b)      Make me not want to go to my box fit class on Sunday

c)       Make my dehydrated body retain fluid prior to my weigh in on Monday evening.

So, I’m going to have a few drinks but I’m not going to get really drunk so that I can still stay on track.  I’m also going to attend my first Park Run 5k race on Saturday morning to get a few extra activity points in the back.  I might even go for a swim and a spa following my class on the Sunday.

Thanks for reading.

PS  How do cope with a night on the tiles when staying on plan?

Onion Rice

A tasty twist on an otherwise plain side dish.

Servings:    1Onion Rice

Pro Points:    7pp

Simple Start

/Filling & Healthy:    0pp

Preparation time:     5mins

Cooking time:    20mins

Ingredients

  • 60g brown rice
  • 2 onions, 1 chopped roughly, the other sliced thinly
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • Spray oil

Method

  1. Put the rice into a small saucepan and crumble in the stock cube.  Cover with boiling water so that the water level sits above the rice to a depth of about 1inch.  Add the chopped onion, stir once and bring back to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer until the water has been absorbed (approx.. 10mins).  Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan and leave to stand for 10mins.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a small frying pan over a low and spray with oil.  Add the sliced onions and fry stirring frequently until golden brown (add a splash of water to prevent the onions from sticking if required).
  4. Serve the cooked rice topped with the fried onions as an accompaniment to your choice of meat and vegetables.

Top tip: Stir in frozen peas and sweetcorn at step one and add cooked pieces of chicken, pork, beef or fish before serving for a tasty main meal.

Weight Loss Dilemma – Control Freak vs Unexpected Meal Out

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

According to my sister (and probably my husband and a few others too), I’m a control freak.  In fact, she’s probably spot on with her judgement to be fair.

For the most part, this helps me to live a busy, organised life.  And being in control definitely helps with my weight loss:  On a Friday or Saturday night, I sit down and plan my meals for the following week, make a shopping list then either shop online or take my list to the supermarket and I’m in and out in about 30 minutes.

This is great when I get in from work exhausted and all I have to do is look at my meal-planner to see what I’m having for dinner.  No decision making is required therefore my chances to make unwise choices based on my mood or hunger levels are greatly reduced.  Similarly, meals out are usually planned at least a few days in advance and I will look at the menu ahead of time to decide what I’m going to order (see this post for evidence of control freakery!).

However, the flip-side of this is that I get a little bit panicky should something unexpected come up.  Tonight, for instance, my husband phoned me at about 5pm to ask if I wanted to go out for dinner.  We don’t often go out in the week and I know he wouldn’t have suggested it if he didn’t really fancy it.  Now, I know I ought to have been thinking ‘What a lovely idea’ but the control freak in me was wailing ‘But I haven’t planned for this!  How can I eat out and stay on track with less than an hour’s notice?’

Well, the answer is, quite easily actually!   I was really hungry and I thought that this would lead me to make a less plan-friendly choice such as a cheeseburger or a great big bowl of pasta.  But I simply thought about the reasons I want to lose weight and reminded myself that I’d feel much better about having made a wise choice and that I’d also be that little step nearer to reaching my goal too.  We went to a local pub where I ordered a sirloin steak and asked them to replace the chips with a jacket potato so it fit perfectly with the Filling and Healthy/Simple Start plan.  Simple.

I’m not saying I’m going to rip up my meal planner and start living by the seat of my pants, but, just maybe, I can say yes to an unexpected invite to dinner without getting stressed about letting it throw me off track.