Month: April 2013

Hairy Dieters Spanish Chicken Bake

I have literally just polished off my dinner. And had to write this post as it was amazing!

You will have seen from my Meal Plan Monday yesterday, that this weeks food is all about the Hairy Dieters.
I love their cookbook, and thought why not dedicate the week to them.
What makes it better, you will tell by the title of the cookbook it’s all low fat. Makes me a happy slimmer.


This chicken bake was so good, I wished I’d made more, so I could have had a sneaky second bowl.

As always, with most of my meals, I have adjusted the recipe to my taste/what I have in the cupboards.

Here’s what I used:
(Serves 2)

2 chicken breasts
3 tomatoes quartered
4 garlic cloves
1 red onion quartered
1 orange pepper cut into strips
10 slices of pepperoni
Handful of baby new potatoes halved
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper

I used my Pampered chef square stoneware baker. I use this a lot as its fab for keeping the meat nice and moist.
Preheat oven to 200c/gas 6.

In your oven dish place the onions, potatoes, garlic and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, toss it together lightly and put in oven for 20 mins.

Once 20 mins are up, scatter the pepperoni over the veg and turn it over a few times. Place chicken breasts on top (I halved the breasts, so had 4 pieces) then sprinkle the oregano and cayenne pepper over the pieces of chicken. Place back in the oven for another 20 mins.

Again, once 20 mins up, take the dish out of the oven. Hold one corner up to get the juices and spoon them over the chicken pieces.
Place your pepper strips around the chicken and place back in the oven for a further 20 mins.

Once served, the garlic cloves with be really soft and you squeeze these out over the chicken.





Meal Planning Monday


Last weeks meal plan half went to plan and the other half, well just went to pot!
This week I completely sticking to it. One, because my budget needs me to, and two, my diet really needs me to.
I need to get stuck back in and up my gym visits.
I am starting to feel unhappy again about my weight as I have gained a few pounds :(. But I will get there!

This weeks meals are coming from my Hairy Dieters book, one of my favourites!

M – Spanish style chicken bake
T – Mediterranean beef burgers
W – some thing with fish 🙂
ThEasy Crispy Chicken
F – cottage pie
S We are away on a rare night out. Woo hoo! Dinner is likely to be liquid 😉
Su – skinny beef lasagne

Thanks to Mrs M for the weekly link up. Away and get some more inspiration.


Lolly’s New Room

This week we are beginning the refurbishment of Lolly’s bedroom.
We decided to do this for a couple of reasons.
It needed doing desperately. It is still a mint green, Winnie the Pooh, adorned baby room.
And because my little madam won’t settle in her room at all and if I am honest, it’s driving mummy mad!
She hasn’t settled since her having pneumonia and hallucinating that bugs were coming through her bed, walls, etc. Who can blame her? I wouldn’t want to sleep in a room if I even suspected a bug was in it.

So, naturally I have been looking into different websites, shops, for inspiration.
One site that struck out to me was the John Lewis site. Amazing products that myself and little miss Lolly loved.
The site was so simple to look around on both my laptop and my iPhone.

Here are some of Lolly’s favourites (she has been fluttering her eyelids at daddy for these)

We both think this Orla the owl, Grobag egg shell, is fantastic. Lolly because she loves owl and myself because it jazzes up the plain Grobag Egg.

I said to The Mr that I wanted a personalised name plaque or wall decor for Lolly and when I seen this one, I fell in love with it. Especially as she is a little princess.

Perfect for any little princess.

The Pearhead Signature frame. I have to have this! I fell in love with this the minute I seen it.
I am a sentimental mummy and love things like this. Special memories you can hold onto forever.
Plus I haven’t seen anything like this before, another reason I love it!

And the last item Lolly picked was the Jomoval Cupcake Castle wall stickers.

I think, in fact I know Lolly picked these as she is a mini princess, and boy does she know it, and she loves cake!

These are just a few of our favourite items, there are lots more on the site!
Just head to John Lewis to find fantastic items for your little prince or princess.

This is a sponsored post.
The wording and opinions are my own

Thanks Asda!

I popped into my local Asda yesterday, to get a few things.
I told myself all the way there “stick to my list, stick to my list”. A few times I don’t and end up with another £20 added on to the bill.

This time I just wandered about, had a quick look at the clothes sale rack and kept my eye out for the red reducers to clear tags on the shelf.
I’m glad I did! I didn’t go overboard, the Mr will be pleased to hear! I spent an extra £7, not too drastic.
Here’s what I got at bargain prices!

These were in the frozen section. Mini pizzas reduced from £1 to 50p a pack and the chicken kebabs were £2 down to £1.
The pizzas I got 4 packs, they are always handy for a quick lunch etc. and 2 packs of the kebabs, just simply because I love them 🙂

I got the mini man this fab jumper reduced from £8 to £2. Love it!

Lollys was the best bargain! This top was down from £3.50 to £1.
I always tell myself not to just randomly buy things, but at these prices who can blame me 🙂

What’s been your biggest bargain?


Meal Plan Monday – 15 April


Back to our routine this week after being away.
I have missed not having the meal plan, and my weekly budget went up!
Albeit was on holiday so allowed some exceptions but I didn’t like going over. I love having my budgets.

It’s going to be a fairly simple meal plan this week, doing a freezer raid, as usual we are on a budget and this month is going to be a little stricter (road tax at end of month).

Haddock chowder

Joes pork and chilli burger, homemade chips and salad

Something with chicken. Not quite sure yet.

Pork, again not decided on what exactly!

Vegetable pasta, this will be a make as you go recipe

Quorn lime, ginger and chilli fillets with rice

Bacon and chicken lattice. (Freezer bargain was £2.49 got for 62p!)

And I am back at the gym this week (yay!) feel so bloated after the junk we ate while on holibobs. Not that we are it every day, just now and again. And boy I can feel the difference.

Hop on over to Mrs M and have a look what others have cooking 🙂