Bruschetta for Breakfast

I’m sick, hungry and tired this morning. I wanted something tasty but that incorporated my daily portion of “Scan Bran” (a high-fibre crisp bread, think ryvita but tougher, and dryer!!)

I’ve been experimenting with the scan bran, following recipes and ideas online. A popular method is to add water to broken up pieces, soak until moist enough to mash, drain off excess water, add sweetener, flavours and an egg and microwave for 5 minutes. I’ve tried chocolate cake (more on that next entry!!) and then thought, I want toast, I need to eat this stuff (as part of a “challenge” – eat 5 pieces every day for a week with 2 litres of water, said to help boost weight loss)
So I soaked the scan bran, added the egg and a pinch of salt and microwaved it for 5 minutes in a Chinese takeaway tub.

When it was done, I removed it, left it on a piece of kitchen paper upside down to allow steam to escape and dry bottom off, then when cool to touch, sliced through middle lengthways – 2 loaf shaped slices of “bread”

I then cut each in half and grilled on one side until crisp, meanwhile I chopped 2 fresh vine tomatoes and grated 30g o my favourite cheddar cheese – Cracker Barrell!

When the bread was grilled, I topped each slice with the tomatoes and some chopped basil, then sprinkled with the cheese and back under the grill until cheese was bubbling.

This was Delish, very filling and had some fresh black pepper over the brushetta and had a spoon of extra light mayo on the side!!

Scan bran can be purchased at your Slimmin World class or instore and online at Holland and Barrett


Salmon and Asparagus Salad

A rainy day here and the Last thing I wanted to eat was salad but I bought a “healthy grill” in tesco last night and wanted to test run it!

2 grilled salmon fillets later and salads assembled (husband has no choice but to be on a Slimming World trend too!)

Rocket, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, blueberries and tablespoon of honey mustard dressing (2 syns) with the grilled salmon and steamed asparagus. Delish!


Lunch Ideas

As i’m following the Slimming World plan, I will add syn value in where I can, and hope i’m accurate in my calculating 🙂

Food is so important to me, I need it to look appealing and taste just as good. I don’t want to be on a “diet” eating diet muck, processed or otherwise…so I try to cook from scratch as much as possible while following the plan suggestions. I hate feeling deprived and I like to enjoy my food, I haven’t bought into the “food as fuel” idea just yet.

I try most mornings to have fruit for breakfast, sometimes with a “hifi” bar or sometimes with a slice of wholemeal bread. If I know i’m going to have a breadroll at lunch or whatever, I will just snack on fruit all morning to keep any hunger pangs at bay!

Some recent lunches i’ve had are as follows:

Salmon Fillet topped with a sprinkle of garlic powder and dried thyme and baked in the oven (wrapped in tinfoil) at same time as syn free chips (par boil or microwave with a few tsp water for 5 mins, then spray with fry light, onto baking paper on a tray and into the oven) and a salad of rocket, tomato, beetroot and balsamic vinegar (Syn Free)


Leftover Syn Free Bolonaise (Jamie Oliver Recipe) with asparagus and rocket and fat free vinegarette, and a sprinkle of fresh parmesan (about 5g)


Homemade Chicken Goujons (chicken fillet cut into goujons, dipped in egg and wholemeal breadcrumbs), served with salad and homemade coleslaw (shredded white cabbage, carrot, spring onion and a mix of extra light mayo and fat free natural yoghurt). Salad tossed with fat free vingerette and sprinkled with parmesan (5g)


Leftover Smoked Salmon Pasta (wholemeal pasta, smoked salmon, homemade pesto (3.5 syns) and a tablespoon ex.light garlic and herb philidelphia, served with rocket, spinach and watercress mix bagged salad, drizzled with balsamic vinegar


Chicken Salad – chicken breasts sprayed with a little fry light, sprinkled with cajun spice mix and under a hot grill, with sweetcorn, rocket and chopped tomatoes. I used Honey & Mustard Dressing that I diluted with a little bit of water to make it go further and had this with 50g of a wholemeal bread roll as my healthy B option.