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Day 743: Meals for One – Instagram it.

Last night, one of my closest friends who lives in the States asked who eats all the meals I post on Instagram as she was curious whether I do that much entertaining.

I replied that I post low carb, low calorie (200 to 300 calories), healthy dinners I cook for…myself. I said that I still wanted to have lovely dinners, the sort you would cook for/with a partner, even though I am single and live on my own.

Being single and living on my own does not mean that I should resort to TV dinners or sad looking supermarket meals for one.

Following our discussions, I had time to think about this and as minor as it might sound, I am proud that I have not given up on life or gone for easy options when it comes to eating for one.

I love food…therein lies my problem with weight. And I love experimenting with food. I am proud that I have continued to do so.

But why one earth should lovely dinners be confined to only those who are coupled up? What’s next? Transform myself into the stereotypical spinster (what an ugly word) surrounded by countless cats?

No way.

Self love is about being kind to myself and doing those things that give me joy, which include cooking, and having delicious, sometimes elaborate and interesting home cooked meals…for one.

In other news, following my latest restart on my diet, as of this morning’s weigh-in, I have lost just over a stone in 8 days; 6.6 kg. Now, if I can lose 3 more stones, I will probably be done with this diet quest…

Please follow me on Instagram, belleslowcarbworld  where I post photos and recipes of of my low carb, low calories and healthy dinners.

Below are photos of some of the meals from the last week. Click on the photos for recipes.

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Belle’s Spicy Chicken Burger – Cambridge Step 2

My husband (DH) had our favourite pork and leek sausages for dinner and I wanted something vaguely similar and so I made this. It was absolutely delicious. If you don’t like spicy food, use less chilli. The measurements are all for Step 2 and it was so plentiful, I couldn’t finish it!

You are of course welcome to share but please acknowledge sauce source by posting a link to my page.

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Preparation time: This was very quick to make but I chilled it for two hours to harden, so allow extra time. If you’re short of time, you can ditch the chilling but I find it helps, even if you chill for just 10 minutes.

Ingredients

245 g chicken breast fillet
25g of leek
Handful of fresh herbs (I used potted basil, mint and thyme but you can of course use dry herbs)
I clove garlic
Tiny fresh ginger (be careful with garlic and ginger as carb content. I weigh this as part of my 80g)
1 fresh Thai chiili (use less if you don’t like chilli but don’t forget chilli helps to increase metabolism)
Tiny bit of cayenne chilli (I didn’t really need this but it added colour)
Tiny bit of paprika
Pinch of lo salt
Tiny bit of allspice
Tiny bit of nutmeg (I only added this because the ingredients on DH’s sausages included nutmeg)
1 calorie fly light

Method

*Raw chicken can cause food poisoning. Please wash hands and all equipment very carefully*

1. Cut chicken into tiny pieces (I did this as wasn’t sure whether my blender would mince chicken. It did.)
2. Chop leek, garlic, ginger and herbs into tiny pieces.
3. Combine chicken with chopped vegetables, all ingredients and blend until smooth.
4. Mould into burgers onto a plate – I thought of moulding into sausages but given low fat frying, decided burger shaped would be easier to cook.
5. Cover plate with cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for an hour and probably up to 24 hours.
6. Heat a few squirts of fry light on a good non-stick frying pan using low to medium heat. Use a bigger pan than I did!
7. Cook for about 8 minutes or until done, flipping each side every two minutes. Mine were cooked after 6 minutes but I allowed extra time given raw chicken ingredients.
8. Serve with 50 g of salad or vegetables

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Day 3

Day two was my hungry day. I hadn’t been hungry ever in 7 years of low carb diets. It felt very strange to be hungry and I didn’t like that feeling. I worried I would never get into ketosis on such high levels of carbs as the Cambridge but perhaps I should just take a chill pill, go with the flow and stay positive it might just work.

I’m the first to admit that I like Science, I like Logic, I can’t just accept a simple yes it will work, I want to know why. That’s what happens when you have been dieting all of your adult life (forgetting about that first diet at age 9). Perhaps I should say dieting and failing for 23 years, becoming so completely aware of my body, what works and doesn’t work for me. I am yet to meet anyone as sensitive to weight gain as myself…perhaps if one day, you stumble upon this blog, you could be kind enough to leave me some positive thoughts.

Today has been OK. I miss food. Not the bad stuff that got me fat, I miss the sort of food that I never gain weight on. Generous helpings of low GI salads bursting with flavours, colours and goodness. Big chunks of meat that I can stick my teeth, yummy succulent oven baked spatchcock, chicken legs, juicy steam, roast lamb seasoned with rosemary and garlic. Mmm.

Back to planet earth.

Day 2 Report: 100%. I should pat myself in the back again but that’s already old.Did I mention I’ve been sensitive and moody?

Water: 3.6 l; milk 0.425 l

Breakfast – same as yesterday.

Lunch – Chocolate Mint Shake which was refreshing and lovely. Next time, I will try this as a hot drink.

Dinner – Oriental Chilli soup which was good but not as nice as the Chicken and Mushroom soup

After dinner – Strawberry shake. I thought I would like this because the once or twice I’d ever had milkshake over two decades ago, I had strawberry. This one was somewhat powdery, a bit chemical tasting and I won’t be buying it again.

Day 3 Report: On target for 100%.

Breakfast – Original Porridge and I added some cinnamon. I was so sure that I would not like this as I dislike the sliminess of real porridge but my little sister convinced me to give it a try. Game changer. Loved it. Here’s a photo, it was nice and thicker than some I’ve seen online because I used DualDynamics’s recipe

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Lunch – Mushroom soup. This was just OK, didn’t wow me.

Dinner – I made prawns stir fried with garlic, chilli and basil, served with salad.

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After Dinner – Coming up…Cappucino shake. I think I’ll have this hot…

Oh and I lost 0.9 kg today making it a total of 3.4 kg in two days. Little voice keeps whispering OK but I lost 4.6 kg in first two days of my January 2015 low carbing. Get over it woman.

In other news, watching Eastenders as I type this and I could have sworn that during the Live bits, Tanya said, “How’s Adam?” I wonder if she meant Ian? And if you haven’t got a clue what I’m on about, the real name of the actor who plays Ian Beale is Adam.

Time to switch off the TV. Baking programme. Food everywhere I look. Have a shake woman.