Jilly's Culinary Delights!


I decided I needed to lose some weight after seeing my holiday photos from the Summer!  I've been drinking a lot in the holidays which always piles on the pounds but just felt in general that I needed to shift a couple of stone!  So out came the recipe books and I'm re-teaching myself how to cook "real" meals again - and I have to say I'm thoroughly enjoying it! 

I thought it might be quite nice to share a few things with you.

Weight loss 
 Start Date 18th August 2008
weight - 13st 11 3/4lb

25th August
weight - 13 st 2lb

1st September
weight - 13st 1lb

8th September
weight - 13st 1lb

15th September
weight - 13st

22nd September
weight - 12st 11lb

29th September
weight - 13st

6th October
weight - 12st 12lb

13th October
weight - 12st 8lb

20th October


one red pepper
one green pepper
one onion
some mushrooms
crushed garlic clove
tin of chopped tomatoes
half a tube of tomato puree
tablespoon of sugar

Chop up all the ingredients and place in pot.  Add the tomatoes and tomato puree and heat until veg softens.  Add sugar to take away the bitter taste. 

Vegetable Soup

salt and pepper
chicken stock cube

Chop up all the vegetables into cubes.  Boil a pan of water.  Add veg, stock and seasoning.  Boil until veg is soft.  Either mash or blend depending on how you like your soup.  This can be frozen.
 Plain Chicken Breast

one chicken breast
chicken seasoning

Get a square of tin foil and lightly spray with low fat cooking spray.  Sprinkle chicken seasoning over the chicken breast and pull the foil around to make a loose parcel.  Put in oven at Gas Mark 4 and cook for approximately half and hour or till chicken is cooked (juices should run clear).  If you cut the chicken into slices and add it to a salad it's lovely for an easy lunch.
Scatty McTattie Salad

baby new potatoes
light mayonnaise
spring onion

Cut potatoes into reasonably sized chunks and boil till almost soft.  Drain quickly and leave to cool.  Chop up the spring onion and some chives.  When the potatoes are cool, add enough mayonnaise to coat them and sprinkle through with chives and spring onion.
 Banana Chicken

chicken breast
fat free turkey or baacon rashers

Flatten out the chicken breast.  Place a peeled half banana on top of the chicken breast and roll up.  Wrap the rashers around and secure with a cocktail stick.  Lightly spray a square of tin foil with low fat cooking spray and put chicken breast onto it, season with salt and pepper, fold foil round to make a loose parcel.  Put on baking tray and cook in oven at Gas Mark 4  for 30-40 minutes or till chicken is cooked.
Peachy Chicken

tin of peach slices
chicken breast
chicken seasoning
fresh parsley
salt and pepper

Flatten out the chicken breast and season each side with 1/2 teaspoon of chicken seasoning.  Place chicken breast on a square of foil.  Place 3 peach slices on the chicken breast and roll up, securing with cocktail sticks.  Lightly spray with low fat cooking spray and fold foil over to make a loose parcel.  Place on a baking tray and put in oven at Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes or till chicken is cooked.

Then make a paste with 1 teaspoon of cornflour and a few teaspoons of cold water.  Put the peach juice from the tin into a measuring jug and add enough water to make up to 1/4 pint.  Heat the juice in a pan with the paste, stirring all the time until sauce boils and thickens.

Take chicken out the over and open up the foil so it can brown and return to oven for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve hot with rice, potatoes or salad and top with the peach sauce.