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Meal Ideas & Inspiration

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

I share our weekly meal plans and have previously shared my favourite healthy recipes and meal ideas since making my positive lifestyle changes, but as I haven't done so for a while I wanted to post with some of my favourite meals to help anyone who may be struggling for inspiration. I have found that preparation and planning ahead have been key factors in my weightloss success and these have been some of my go-to meals and snacks that have helped to keep me on track.

Pure oats made with almond milk, with fresh blueberries, organic unsweetened desiccated coconut and a drizzle of honey  //  Bacon & eggs with Debbie & Andrew's sausages, spinach and tomato  //  A small bowl of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries  //   Mexican spiced chicken with mixed salad  //  Heck sausages with cauliflower mash and minted garlic green beans  //  Homemade carrot & coriander soup  //  Cooked ham with scrambled eggs, spinach and tomato  //  Sunday roast, chicken with leeks, carrot, sweet potato & broccoli  //  Scrambled egg with spinach & black coffee

Eggs fried in coconut oil with mixed peppers & onions, and Debbie & Andrew's sausages  //  Home-made bolognese with 'courgetti'  //  Pure oats with frozen blueberries & almond milk and a black coffee  //  Boiled eggs with cherry tomatoes, Debbie & Andrew's sausages and black coffee  //  Turkey steak with mashed carrot & swede and broccoli  //  Chicken & bacon stir fry with mangetout, baby corn and Tenderstem broccoli  //  Fajita chicken salad  //  Plain chicken salad with strawberry & apple for dessert  //  Cottage pie topped with carrot & swede mash

Ribeye steak with spinach & cherry tomatoes  //  Home-made 'Ice cream' - 0% fat Greek yoghurt with frozen blueberries & fresh lemon juice  //  Indian spiced chicken skewers with peppers, onions and brown rice  //  Blackberries, strawberries & raspberries with 0% fat Greek yoghurt & honey  //  Dairy & gluten free home-made Chicken korma with brown rice  //  Mixed berry smoothie with spinach, kale & 0% fat Greek yoghurt, and a squeeze of lime  //  Home-made beef burgers with spinach, cherry tomatoes and avocado  //  Cashew nuts in 20g snack portions  //  Sunday dinner - Pork loin steaks with sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and roasted sweet potato

Glenelg, Adelaide | #ShepsDownUnder

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Our first taste of Adelaide was the beautiful seaside suburb of Glenelg in Holdfast Bay, which is only 10km from Adelaide city centre but feels like a different world. Leah (the bride-to-be) and I enjoyed a leisurely wander down along the beach front at sunset after dropping off the Mister & her husband-to-be, Adrian, at a local bar for "the stag do".

It was a lovely warm evening and the walk along the beach down to Jetty Road - a long precinct of shops, bars, entertainment facilities and restaurants - was picturesque and refreshing with the cooling sea air, and the stunning backdrop of the setting sun over the water. We walked along to the end of the jetty to appreciate the spectacular sunset (and for a photo, of course) before heading off to choose somewhere to have dinner.

Where to Stay

Glenelg has plenty of accommodation types to suit all pockets and needs, from 1-3 bed private apartments to hotels, motels, B&Bs, caravan parks and a beachfront hostel.

Eating Out

You are spoiled for choice in Glenelg, where you will find a large range of cuisines in its many and award-winning eateries with something to suit all tastes - Mexican, Italian, Greek, Indian, Japanese, as well as traditional steak houses, seafood, and cafe/bistros. Leah & I opted to eat at Salsa's, and I enjoyed a huge bowl of chicken nachos with guacamole, salsa and sour cream with some spicy wedges. Mexican style food is my favourite, so I was completely in my element and struggled to decide what I was having.

For the Kids

We didn't have our children with us during our trip, but everywhere I looked I thought "My kids would love this!", in particular The BeacHouse with its mini golf, waterslides, carousel, play castle and dodgems - I don't think I would be able to get my younger three out of there, that is if I managed to get them off the white sand beach right out front.

Things to See & Do

Glenelg is the site of South Australia's original mainland settlement in 1836. You can learn all about its history by visiting its museums, the Bay Discovery Centre, and of course the Visitor Information Centre who can help you with local tourist information as well as booking excursions, tours, car hire and even accommodation. Glenelg is also home to many shops, sport & leisure activities including dolphin watching and watersports as well as walks & trails, or visit the beautiful marina and enjoy a drink or meal as you sit overlooking the beach.

Getting Around

Most attractions are within walking distance, but if you want to travel in and around Adelaide then you can hop on the tram that runs from Moseley Square at the end of Jetty Road to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Hindmarsh. There are also a range of bus services that go as far as the airport and Adelaide city centre, or you can take a taxi.

Glenelg is the perfect base for your trip to Adelaide with its stunning views and welcoming atmosphere and so much to see, do and enjoy for the whole family, and I know that the next time we visit South Australia it will be the first place that we go.

Meal Plan Monday 250515

Monday, 25 May 2015

Meal Plan 250515
Monday 25th
Home-made Chicken Korma with rice (brown for me, pilau for Mister and kids) and sundries
Tuesday 26th
Spaghetti (Courgetti) Bolognese
Wednesday 27th May Home-made burgers, chips & salad (steak & salad for me)
Thursday 28th May
Chicken Fajitas
Friday 29th
Saturday 30th
Ham, egg & chips (sweet potato chips for me)
Sunday 31st
Roast beef

#MealPlanningMonday linked up with At Home with Mrs M.
{*Brinner = breakfast for dinner}

Seaside Days

Saturday, 23 May 2015

I have fond memories of impromptu visits to the seaside as a child. I remember my mum & dad closing up the plant nursery on a Sunday afternoon, and then bundling the four of us girls in the car and heading off to the nearest beach where we would eat chips on the sand and stay & play until it started to get dark. We'd be changed in to our PJs back at the car and the next thing we knew, it would be morning - after the two of them had carefully transferred our sleeping selves from car to bed when we reached home.

I would love to take the kids to the seaside more often than I do, but sadly life & money tends to get in the way. A few weeks ago we organised a family trip to Weymouth on the train with the children, so myself, my siblings & mum all headed off for the day - buckets & spades in hand, picnics made to share stashed under buggies & in cool bags.

Despite it being a bit windy and foggy, we set up camp on the beach with our towels and bit & pieces and the kids got stuck in to having fun - digging holes, building sandcastles, playing with their ball & frisbee and generally racing around like lunatics, it was wonderful. The kids had ice creams & ate chips out of buckets, and shared their picnics and sweets. It's the kind of day out that I hope will always stay in their memory, like it does mine - simple fun at the seaside with their cousins, enjoying quality time together.

This makes me even more excited for our upcoming Mark Warner holiday to Lakitira in the October half term as an official #MarkWarnerMum. We have never been on a plane all together and have never had a beach holiday abroad (though we did enjoy a wonderful family holiday to Paris & the South of France in a beautiful villa last Summer), we are all very much looking forward to this amazing opportunity and much needed break from the daily routine of work, school, clubs, A-levels & GCSEs.
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