I thought I'd put a quick post on here with a couple of meal ideas I've been using along the way. When I mention "Low Fat" foods make sure to read the labels and check the **PER 100g** figures. Some companies claim a food is "low fat" when all they have done is reduce the portion size so you're eating less of it!!!
I love food, and I suppose more worryingly I LOVE "bad for you" food i.e. take aways, burgers, anything deep fried etc. So when I'm having a day where I want "bad" food I substitute the following meals so I can at least feel like I've had something bad for me (don't get me wrong they're very tasty but don't think they're going to taste like your favourite fast food). The sort of things I'm talking about are burgers, fajitas, fry-ups.
Firstly if I fancy a burger: I make a healthy burger using ground turkey breast, salad, portobello mushrooms, egg, low fat cheese (leave out the cheese for a healthier burger) and corn on the cob.
Take the ground turkey breast and 1 egg yolk and mix together (add salt and pepper or chilli powder to taste), then shape into patties.
Put 2 mushrooms for each burger into a pre heated oven at about 180C for 10-15 mins. When they're cooked take them out and squeeze using kitchen roll to remove the water.
Put the corn cobs into boiling water for 15 mins.
Dry fry the patties in a griddle pan (cooking times vary depending on the size of the patty). Mine usually take approximately 10 minutes, turning once.
Using the mushrooms as the bun assemble the burger as you usually would. Use lots of salad :-)
Grate a small amount of the low fat cheese on the burger (I use a mature/extra mature cheese so I can use a lot less but still get the taste). Then put the other mushroom on top and that's your burger sorted!
I have 2 of these burgers with a large corn on the cob for my evening meal.
If I fancy a fry-up: I make a "grill-up" using bacon, Quorn sausages (don't be worried about using Quorn, I'm 100% carnivore and enjoy the Quorn variety of sausages), eggs, tomatoes (fresh or peeled plum), passata, sweetener and chilli powder (to make a ketchup).
I make the "ketchup" in advance and keep it in the fridge. Put the passata (sieved tomatoes) and chilli powder (to taste) in a pan and add a small amount of salt and a teaspoon of sweetener then bring to the boil. Boil it for about 5-10 mins until it thickens a bit then take off the heat. Put this in a tupperware dish and use whenever you want ketchup with something (you could just use ordinary ketchup but be aware it has a LOT of sugar in it).
Cut ALL the fat off the bacon and grill it. Grill the tomatoes at the same time.
Cook the sausages according to the cooking instuctions on the packet.
Put one whole egg and 3-4 whites into a bowl and add pepper and a splash of skimmed milk then whisk. Cook either in a pan or in the microwave to make scrambled eggs.
Stick it all on a plate with a couple of spoons of the chilli ketchup and there's your "grill-up".
For fajitas: I make fajitas using chicken thighs (slightly more fat but also a LOT more flavour, you can use breast if you're wanting to be even healthier), bacon, mixed peppers, red onion, herbs and spices, olive oil, Romaine lettuce and low fat sour cream.
Dice the chicken thighs/breasts, onions, peppers and bacon (again, only use the eye of the meat, NO fat). Put 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a wok/frying pan and fry the onions for a few minutes.
Then add the chicken and bacon and fry until they're pretty much cooked (depending on how big you have diced them).
Add the peppers and cook for 5 mins.
Use any herbs or spices you want to make the seasoning. I use hot chilli powder, paprika, turmaric, ground cloves, thyme and a very small amount of cinnamon. Add this to the mix in the wok and make sure everything is covered.
Tear a few leaves off the Romaine lettuce (they're kind of boat shaped) and spoon the mixture in. Add a small amount of the sour cream (or not if you're going for the healthier option).
That's how I now have fajitas :-)
Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. They're a good substitute for the highly fattening and calorific meals I used to eat.