One of the things I often get asked about is motivation and how I stay on track. Well, I am not perfect and I definitely have off days/weeks, but what really helps to to eat clean the majority of the time is variation. I know that doesn’t work for everyone and some people find it easier to eat the same thing each day, so that they get in to a routine. That doesn’t work for me, as I quickly get bored of plain chicken breast, rice and brocolli. Making different meals most days, but still keeping them fairly quick and simple, is what works for me. I get to enjoy a variety of meals and stay healthy too.
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After the popularity of yesterday’s Mexican recipes round-up, I thought I would put together a list of the most popular recipes here on the blog. If you are new to the blog, or you just haven’t tried any recipes yet, these are a great place to start. Just click the title of each recipe and the recipe will open in a new tab.
My challenge to you is to try 3 new recipes this week. Maybe they could include some of the ones above, or maybe one of them could be the recipe I have posted below, or this week try making some of those recipes that you have had bookmarked for ages, but not got round to trying. You could just discover your new favourite meal.
This is the second stage of the Weight Watchers #stepintosummer challenge that I am hosting and I tried out 3 new recipes on the Weight Watchers website to keep my diet varied, but still healthy. The first one was pork loin steaks with cream mushroom sauce, which is posted below and it was a big hit. I even made extra mushroom sauce, as I thought it would go really well with chicken the next day for lunch. It was delicious. I don’t often cook pork, but I really enjoyed it and once all the fat was trimmed off, it was a really healthy meal.
I also tried turkey burgers with rice and salsa and chicken stew and rice. Dave and I both really enjoyed all the new meals we tried from the Weight Watchers website this week, but the pork and mushroom sauce recipe below was definitely our favourite. All the Simple Start recipes are great, as you don’t have to count points, the recipes are made from the wide list of ingredients that are included in the Simple Start plan.
Pork Loin Steaks with Creamy Mushroom Sauce – Serves 4
- 12-16 large new potatoes,
- 1-2 sprigs rosemary, broken into small sprigs
- 1-2 bushy sprigs thyme, torn into small sprigs
- Calorie controlled cooking spray
- For the creamy mushroom sauce:
- 2 shallots or half a small onion, finely chopped
- 200g chestnut mushrooms, finely sliced
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- 200ml beef stock from a cube
- 1 tbsp grainy mustard
- 6 tbsp 0% fat Greek yoghurt
- 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
For the pork steaks:
- 2 tbsp crushed mixed peppercorns, especially pink and green peppercorns
- 4 pork steaks, visible fat removed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Steamed baby vegetables, to serve
1) Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut thin slices in the top of the potatoes, almost but not quite all the way through. Put the potatoes onto a baking tray and spray with calorie controlled cooking spray. Insert a sprig of rosemary and a sprig of thyme between one or two of the slices on each potato. Season, and bake for 40-50 minutes until tender and golden.
2) Meanwhile, to make the sauce, heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and spray with calorie controlled cooking spray and add the shallots. Cook gently for about 5 minutes, adding a little water to the pan if they start to colour or stick. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the mustard powder before stirring in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the grainy mustard. Leave to stand for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir a little of the hot sauce into the yoghurt. Add the yoghurt mixture and parsley to the mushroom sauce and season to taste, cover and set aside while you cook the pork steaks. If you need to reheat the sauce, take care not to boil or it might split.
3) Rub the crushed peppercorns into the pork steaks along with a little salt. The steaks can now either be cooked on a bbq, or ridged grill pan, or under a hot grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes each side (depending on their size – they may need longer), until just tender. Serve immediately with the potatoes, mushroom sauce and steamed spring vegetables (eg baby carrots, leeks, courgettes, peas) or mixed salad
There is also another competition this week, where you can win a hamper full of goodies that will have everything that you need to kick-start your Simple Start journey. For your chance to win a Simple Start food hamper courtesy of Weight Watchers, upload a picture of one of your challenge meals to Twitter using hashtag #StepIntoSummer’
Have you tried any of the recipes above? Have a favourite? What are you looking forward to trying? Leave a comment below.
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