• Cooking, Diet 26.04.2012 No Comments

    I decided I wanted a little variety in my diet after 56 days of Diet Chef food, good as that is. I have made lots of soups before but I was trying to find something low in calories, healthy and satisfying. I used my trusty Vitamix blender and a mixture of raw and lightly cooked ingredients to conjure up this vibrant green soup at only 150 calories a bowl.

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    I used raw spring onions, celery, courgette and spinach with lightly cooked potato and broccoli and blended it with water, an organic vegetable stock cube, some lemon juice, salt, pepper and basil. When it was steaming hot I added a drained can of chick peas and blended it again briefly. It was delicious and filling and I have some in the fridge for tomorrow too!

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  • Cooking, Diet 07.04.2012 2 Comments

    Just over a month into my diet and I have lost 15lbs. I’m really pleased. It hasn’t really been all that difficult as the food has been pretty good. The porridge or muesli keeps me full till lunch and soup with a mini wholemeal roll set me up for the afternoon. A mid-afternoon snack from the Diet Chef selection is a nice treat and then it’s time for dinner. That has become a little boring as I’m vegetarian and there aren’t so many choices for me. I’ve found that adding some cauliflower and grated low fat cheese to the macaroni cheese certainly adds something and a wide variety of vegetables and salads help. I’ve enjoyed the curries too, spicing them up a little as I like a bit of heat! I’ve been able to add basmati rice, a low fat yogurt, some ryvita and cottage cheese or some extra fruit and kept easily to my calorie limit. Seeing the weight loss at the end of week is enough to keep me motivated for the moment so I’m carrying on.

    The problem this week is that it’s Easter and the house will be full of chocolate! Wish me luck!

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  • Cooking, Diet 09.03.2012 No Comments

    As I said in my previous post, I have decided to use Diet Chef to lose some weight. I have now been following the diet for a week and have lost 5lbs.

    The diet has been easy to follow. The portions are weighed out, the food is tasty and there is plenty of choice although I may get fed up after a few weeks! Most importantly, I have not been hungry. I’ve had a choice of porridge, muesli or granola for breakfast, soup or pasta for lunch and lots of different dinners such as macaroni cheese, vegetable curry or vegetable chilli. I can add rice or bread, 2 portions of fruit and 1 of vegetables, milk and a snack.

    One of my favourite soups was the carrot and butterbean, really tasty and filling.


    The chick pea tagine with some low fat cheese and a big salad made a great dinner.

    I’ve so far enjoyed the food and have enjoyed even more seeing the weight loss at the end of the week. This is a good solution for me as I have been able to make a meal for the family and then pop mine in the microwave and just make a big salad or some veg to go with it. The soups at lunch have been great too, quicker than making a sandwich and much better for me.

    The biggest problem was finding somewhere to store 35 days worth of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack!

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