When on a diet, everybody has a vice. Something that makes you fall off the wagon more than you care to admit to. For a lot of people, it’s wine or alcohol but for us, it’s takeaways. Chinese takeaways in particular. I don’t know what it is about Chinese food that I find irresistible, but sadly in order to lose weight, I have to avoid fast food.
Which is why I’ve concocted this decadent Slimming World Sesame Beef Recipe.
Luckily, Slimming World doesn’t mean I have to avoid Chinese food altogether. It just means I have to cook it. So as I learn to make more and more awesome stuff, you’re going to get recipes for all sorts of awesome Asian inspired dishes. This one is easy, very tasty and way lower in syns than its takeaway counterpart at roughly 5 syns per serving.
Sometimes you just have a really, really bad day. Days where you get to six o’clock and you’re just done with it. I get it. We all have them (believe me, I know) but what is most important is how you deal with them. For me, I have a bundle of different things I do. I blog, obviously. Sometimes, I play video games (check out my post Video Games to Help You Relax for a handy rundown of the best game to help you chill!) just to unwind. And often, you just need to throw your headphones on and drift away with songs you need to hear after a bad day.
Okay, so I know that it’s normally bacon that accompanies maple syrup, but hey, we like to mix it up as best we can and this is no exception, with our Slimming World Maple Chicken recipe. Though you can use thighs for this, we prefer chicken drumsticks. I know boneless thighs are all the rage at the moment, but I think they’re too fiddly and expensive for what you get. You just pick up a drumstick and sink your teeth into it. There’s something about the caveman eats that clearly appeals to me.
Seriously now, drumsticks are cheap, versatile and they are incredibly tasty. Eating them on Slimming World does require a bit of effort, with taking the skin off. Nothing a good pair of kitchen scissors won’t be able to handle though.
These Slimming World maple chicken drumsticks are awesome though and we like this recipe a lot. It’s simple, it’s relatively hassle free and you can make it in advance for those pesky taster nights at your local group. This recipe calls for sugar free maple syrup, which we have gotten from MyProtein (there are a bunch of similar ones out there) and there is half a syn for six tablespoons. We only use four, but we’ve added half a syn to the tally just to be totally on the safe side. If you wanted to make these more authentic, or if you prefer to avoid the sugar free syrups, you can of course use the real deal and add eight syns in total, making it four syns per serving.
Either way, I swear they are delicious.
They’re sweet, they’re moreish and you would never, ever guess that they are “diet food”. We can all agree that this is the best type of diet food. Speaking of diet food, you know you can have chocolate on Slimming World if you really want, right? Go and read our article on Slimming World – The Five Best Chocolate Bars For Your Syns and see which one takes your fancy!
I am a big, big fan of video games. It’s no secret, it’s been a fact since I was very young and it’s a hobby that has stayed fairly consistent throughout my life. Even now into my thirties, I find video games are my go-to entertainment. I’m not really into boxsets or binge watching (with a few notable exceptions) and we don’t watch a great deal of television. We have a three year old, we don’t really have control of our own things until around eight o’clock in the evening. But more often than not now, I find that I’m more drawn towards video games that help you relax and unwind, rather than the more action-based titles.
It’s easy to think that most video games revolve around violence, frenetic action scene and general ridiculousness. Don’t get me wrong; a lot of them are and that’s okay! They are fun and rewarding in their own way, but after a long day at work and when I’m in need of a break from reality, often I’m not in the mood to commit virtual atrocities in order to unwind. I need something a little calmer and simpler than that.
Christmas is my favourite time of year. Bar none. No scrooging in this house – our tree is up, we’ve already started the shopping and the wrapping and I don’t even mind the odd Christmas song in the shops. Bring it on I say! All I want now is a bit of snow!
As you can imagine, we’re going to get very, very festive on this blog over the next month or so, but we’re beginning with a general overview of the festive season in our house. This is a quiz all about my Christmas favourites… the songs, the food and the fun activities we get up to. This is really the first Christmas where Short Rib has been properly aware of what’s going on, so it’s heading to be the most exciting one yet!