Do you like something sweet?

Often when we are trying to lose weight we crave something sweet. It is difficult at times to resist this. If you really are unable to give up chocolate then if you can try to eat 70% dark chocolate you will find that a square can be very satisfying.

However if you make yourself something sweet yourself as treat it can also be very satisfying and you can make things such as flapjacks for a lot less calories than you would buy in the shops and enjoy them all the more because you have made them.

These are ones that keep well in an airtight tin or box and are also great for sharing.
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FLAPJACK RECIPE
Serves 16
120 calories each
10 minutes to prepare cooking time 25 minutes
100 Grams of Low Fat Spread
120 Grams Soft brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon golden syrup
225 grams rolled oats
½ tsp ground all spice
Melt the low fat spread with the sugar and golden syrup
When melted add the oats and all spice and mix thoroughly
Spoon onto a baking tin 11 inches by 8 inches, which is lined with baking parchment.
Press down so it is level then bake at 190 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown
Cut into 16 portions and leave to cool – Store in an airtight tin

If you want something special for under 500 calories

I know that when people are trying to lose weight they often think they can’t eat anything special or interesting which is why I focus my Weight Away Plans on trying to provide interesting and tasty recipes

This one is one of my favourites because if you cook this for friends it makes a great dinner party dish and no-one would ever think you were trying to lose weight.

It is really easy to prepare and although it uses a slightly expensive cut of meat is well worth it. So why not try this delicious Lamb in White Wine and if you are looking for help to lose weight just go to http://www.weight-away.org

Great Tasty Food for under 500 calories

Great Tasty Food for under 500 calories

LAMB WITH WHITE WHITE
Ingredients

450 grams lean lamb steak cubed
100 grams button mushrooms
4/5 shallots roughly chopped
2/3 cloves of garlic chopped
Beef Oxo Cube
125 mls white whine
1 tsp cornflour or gravy granules
1tsp olive oil

Serve with Broccoli, Carrots and 150 grams of New Potatoes per person
To Cook
Take the cubed lamb and add to a large pan with the olive oil and cook until the meat is browned about 5 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes unto they are softened. Add the mushrooms and stir then add the white wine cooking for a further few minutes.
Make up the Beef oxo cube with 200 mls of boiling water then add to the pan with a Bouquet Garni and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the meat is tender.
Meanwhile cook to new potatoes, broccoli and carrots.
Just before serving remove all the meat and vegetables from the pan and put in a warm serving dish.
Add 100 mls of water with either cornflour or gravy granules to thicken the remaining cooking liquid and this will make delicious gravy.
All this for just under 500 calories

Sometimes you just need something comforting!

I know that when you are trying to lose weight there are times when you feel you want something comforting.

This can be the time when your willpower can desert you and you find yourself tucking into a chocolate bar or packet of biscuits. Only then to feel guilty!

One of the things that can help is making sure that you plan snacks or have things to hand that you eat without guilt and no that you are not damaging your progress when losing weight.

I make these rock cakes which are great share and also will freeze so you can have them on hand. Only 140 calories a cake and great with a cup of tea or coffee for a guilt free snack.

Only 140 calories and will freeze

Only 140 calories and will freeze

ROCK CAKES
Serves 12
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Calories 140

8oz (240 grams) Plain Flour
2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Good pinch of grated nutmeg
4oz (120 grams) low fat spread
4oz (120 grams) brown caster sugar
2oz (60 grams) sultanas
1 egg beaten
Approximately 4 tablespoons of water.

Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment
Sieve the flour, baking powder salt and spices into a bowl. Then stir in the sugar
Rub in the low fat spread until evenly distributed throughout the flour. Then stir in the sultanas
Make a well in the centre then pour in the beaten egg and 2 tablespoons of water.
Mix to form firm dough adding extra water as required
Shape the mixture into 12 mounds on the baking tray and rough up with a fork to make the rock shape.

Bake in a preheated oven at Gas mark 6 200C 400 F for about 20 minutes until risen and brown
Cool on a wire rack.

Will store in an airtight box/tin or freeze.

Tasty Beef Goulash for under 500 calories !

I am now starting to cook some casserole type dishes for the autumn/winter season. These are a great way to fill up, eat your vegetables for the day but also are so yummy and easy to do.

Here is a Beef Goulash I cooked to eat while we were watching the Rugby on Saturday night. The Goulash was great-shame about England!

If you want more tasty recipes you can follow this blog or join me at http://www.weight-away.org

Hearty meal for 475 calories per portion

Hearty meal for 475 calories per portion

BEEF GOULASH
Serves 4
475 calories per portion
20 minutes to prepare cook for 2 hours
Ingredients

450 Grams lean stewing beef
1tsp olive oil
I tablespoon of flour
2 tablespoons of paprika
1 red pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
400 gram tin of chopped tomatoes
100 grams of mushrooms chopped
1 beef oxo cube
2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt
300 grams of uncooked pasta

To Cook
Cut the meat into cubes then cover in the flour and season. Add the olive oil to a pan and brown the meat for 5-6 minutes. Remove from pan and put in a casserole dish.
Sauté the onions and garlic in the pan for 1-2 minutes then add the chopped red pepper and sauté for a further minute.
Then stir in the paprika, tomato puree, beef oxo cube and a splash of water so you can coat all the vegetables. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further minute then finally add the tin of tomatoes and stir until all mixed together.
Add all this to the casserole dish and place in an oven at 180 degrees or 160 fan and cook for approximately 2 hours.
To serve cook the pasta according to instructions divide between 4 servings plates then top with the goulash and spoon a blob of natural yoghurt to finish.
The goulash dish will freeze so if you are serving one portion each has 75 grams of pasta.