Yeast Free Recipe: All Day Breakfast Shakshuka

Yeast Free Recipe: All Day Breakfast Shakshuka

I’m not a huge cooked breakfast kinda gal. I much prefer cereal or fruit and yoghurt and will push to pancakes on special occasions.

However, the girls from my old job cooked this on my hen do and it was amazing!

The biggest mission with this is to find yeast free sausages but rest assured they do exist. The ones pictured are Scottish Slimmers chicken sausages but Aldi and Tesco do a pork chipolata which is also yeast free. Slimming World’s frozen sausages are another brand.

What you will need:

Sausages

Half a tin of baked beans

Half a tin of chopped tomatoes

Bacon (I used 2 rashers with the fat cut off)

Paprika

Chilli flakes

Egg

Cheese

So it’s supposed to baked in the oven but after being particularly ravenous I fried a lot of it.

Cook the sausages in a frying pan and add chopped up bacon when they’re about a third cooked.

Once the bacon is cooked, add the beans and chopped tomatoes and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the Paprika and chilli flakes and mix in.

I then transferred it all to an oven proof dish and added the egg and cheese.

Place it in the oven on about 190′ for 10-15 minutes (until the egg is done).

Bon appetit!

I Lost Weight, Felt Great and Met My Soulmate

I Lost Weight, Felt Great and Met My Soulmate

Firstly, I’m really proud of the title of this post. Very satisfying.

Anyway, we are not here to sit and oggle at true art but instead discuss the above. I had always contemplated having a weight loss blog and no doubt as it evolves, more health and fitness will sneak in (you know, when I actually manage to make it to the gym and stuff).

I have been battling with my weight really since I was about 11. I had a hiatus hernia from birth and therefore spent my childhood throwing up most of what I ate. Suddenly I stopped throwing up and the weight piled on. I looked like I’d been puffed up with air which wasn’t great for my self-esteem and nor did it make me popular with the boys (I don’t mean at the age of 11 by the way ha).

I have tried 99% of the diets out there; probably the only ones I haven’t tried is the cabbage diet and that one Beyonce did with the lemons and the honey. Still not sure how I feel about cabbage or drinking weird stuff.

The first time I properly lost weight was when I was diagnosed with gallstones at 19 (it’s only as I write this do I realise what a sickly person I am!). Anyway, fat consumption pisses off gallstones, so I cut out all fat until my operation meaning that I was only really eating 800-1000 calories a day and I lost about 10lbs in 6 weeks. Three weeks after the operation I started eating fat and put it all back on (and some more).

In 2012, I went back to uni to complete my masters at a university in London and although the Fitbit hadn’t hit the shelves at the time, I’d guess I was walking at least an hour every day. I also had the love bug (pre-Tim and in hindsight wasn’t remotely love) which meant I wasn’t too hungry and was eating betweeen 1000-1500 calories a day.

I should probably mention at this point that I’m a short arse at 5ft 1″ so probably don’t require the recommended 2000 calories a day.

Anyway the combination of walking considerably more and eating less SHOCKINGLY made me lose 35lbs! At the time I wasn’t consciously trying to lose weight and it was about 6 months before I realised what had happened (players be keepin’ me busy with their games). I had shrunk from a size 16 (pushing an 18) to a size 10!

Post the 2012 situation with a boy or two, I decided to knuckle down and find myself a husband. I will discuss how I did this in another blog shortly. I was feeling good about my size and my weight and it paid off as I got very lucky and managed to locate Tim who put up with all my boy issues and still managed to fall in love with me. That boy deserves a medal.

For our wedding last year I was conscious of toning up for the shores of Aruba (by the way, I’m really sorry I keep banging on about Aruba but I’m still grieving as I miss it so much) so I signed up to Joe Wicks 90 Day SSS Plan. Although I only lost officially 2lb, I managed to shed 11 inches overall (and I didn’t even finish the plan) which meant my wedding dress did up (THANK YOU JOE!). It was Joe that actually got me into doing HIITs and if you’re going to make me exercise I’m either going to swim or I’m going to do a HIIT.

Joe is another one that rarely uses yeast so again very useful for providing me with some tasty recipes and I have since gone on to adapt for normal living. His plan is really designed for you doing several HIIT sessions a week and with all my crazy driving and my complicated love/hate relationship with my job, I’m just not motivated at the moment.

I’ve managed to maintain that weight loss for the past 5 years but have noticed the scales starting to creep back up so I’m intervening quickly. So far I’ve lost 5lbs since the middle of March which I’m rather chuffed with.  I’ve signed up to Weightwatchers and I’m doing their No Count plan which is kind of like Slimming World but not. Perhaps a little more strict on the sweet treats dare I say. You can keep up to date with what I’m munching on on my Instagram page if you’re really interested.

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PS Confession time – whilst I’ve been writing this post, Tim has literally been feeding me chocolate. He doesn’t even know what I’m blogging about! Hilarious.

Yeast Free Recipe: Curried Parsnip Soup

Yeast Free Recipe: Curried Parsnip Soup

Soup

Sorry about that blob in the middle.

This soup won’t be for everybody but I find it a very satisfying soup (and I’m not even a big soup fan). It’s really convenient for lunches and makes a decent sized portion (this is half of it).

What do you need?

  • About 4 parsnips
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1-2tsp of curry powder
  • Optional: Hot sauce

Cut up the parsnips and onion and add to a pan of hot water (along with the curry powder). Cook on medium heat until the parsnips are soft.

Depending on your blender, either let it cool or blend straight away. Depending on the thickness determines how water you drain out. I tend to leave the water in when blending to make it less stodgy.

The reason I choose water over stock is that it’s very tricky to find a stock without yeast in. I believe Kallo does some but I am yet to find it.

I then add the hot sauce afterwards for extra spice.

Yeast free, easy to make and filling.

What It’s Like To Give Up Yeast

What It’s Like To Give Up Yeast

Interesting fact: yeast was in the top 15 for causing anaphylaxis when I completed my BLS training.

Fortunately for me, that wasn’t my reaction to yeast and it was just random guessing that made me realise yeast was the problem.

I used to get REALLY itchy legs. So itchy in fact that I was worried that if I ever had a seizure, I would end up being sectioned because I looked like I went hard on self-harm. I wish I was joking.

At the time of my realisation (due to my mother’s random guessing), everyone was beginning to speculate about gluten and dairy intolerances and that’s what made me think about looking at what I ate. I was discussing it with said mother who suggested yeast could be the cause. She reported that my Dad used to be sick after just one beer and that that had yeast in it too.

I decided to bite the bullet and try the Candida diet. At the time, I was much more of an oven food kinda gal, and vegetables were an alien concept. Which essentially meant I didn’t have a whole lot to eat. I committed for a week and noticed I was having the effects that the Candida diet suggested I might have (I won’t disclose as it’s gross. Google if you’re that interested ha).

Once *that* had happened, I noticed my legs were a lot less itchy and starting to heal. Then I was left with ‘shit, what am I going to eat now?!’. I started googling and noticed that Slimming World synned yeast. It was there in black and white. Needless to say I joined pretty quickly.

Since then, we’ve seen the revolution of healthy eating and everything is made from scratch now. Don’t get me wrong, I still miss pizza and genuinely experience grief that I can’t have a McDonald’s burger bun. Stopping at the services results in either bankrupting myself at Waitrose or Marks and Spencer, or turning to chocolate. I did have a slip where I ate something with yeast in (transpires Stollen is a bread and not cake) and I can confirm that me and yeast are done. Over. Never again.

It also means I can’t eat other fungus foods (yum) like mushrooms, sour cream, grapes. The list goes on.

So apologies in advance if you ever invite me over for dinner but even my Mum manages to fail every time and I end up running out to the shops.

Yeast Free Recipe: Tortilla Pizza

Yeast Free Recipe: Tortilla Pizza

 

This is an AMAZING fast ‘recipe’ (does it even qualify as a recipe?!) for the most amazing tortilla pizza.

Being yeast free means the days of proper doughy pizza are long gone. I do believe there are yeast free pizza bases available, but I am yet to source one. It’s also possible to make a yeast free dough or the cauliflower base, which I reserve for special occasions due to the length of time it takes.

What you will need:

  • A tortilla wrap (or as many as you like). I prefer the mini wraps from Aldi as they seem to cook better with no sogginess in the middle.
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped tomatoes – obviously you can use puree, but I much prefer the chopped tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle of garlic, oregano and chilli flakes
  • Jalapenos
  • Red onion
  • Sweetcorn
  • Spanish Chorizo slices
  • Cheese (I use chilli double gloucester cheese for an extra kick)

Cook in a fan oven on 180′ for about 10 minutes, but check frequently. When the wrap goes a light brown you are ready to go.

NB: you will probably need a pint of water to overcome the spicy.