Homemade Food, Recipe Ideas, Baking, Healthy Snacks

Ballin’ Bites: nutritious and tummy filling!

Ballin’ Bites

nutritious & tummy filling

If you fancy trying out these tasty chewing filling balls then check out the recipe below! They are full of vitamins, antioxidants and fibre from the oats and raspberries; the peanut butter adds a dose of protein to this recipe. The mashed banana also adds potassium, vitamin A, B6 and C! Perfect breakfast or for an on the go snack!

Ingredients for 14 balls

1.5 cups of rolled oats

2 mashed bananas

2 tablespoons of peanut butter (cashew/almond butter – allergy permitting)

2 tablespoons of frozen raspberries

1 tablespoon of chocolate chips (or tbsp of sugar/sweetener)

1tsp of vanilla essence and 1/2 a tsp of salt

Pop all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed, then with your hands roll into balls and place on greaseproof paper on a baking tray. Bake in the oven at 180 celsius for 18 minutes or until slightly browned. Leave to cool before eating or storing!



Nutritional Information (my fitness pal):

Calories: 110.5

Fat: 5g of which saturates 1.7g

Potassium: 224.6mg

Carbohydrates: 25.4g

Protein: 6.7g

Vitamin A: 0.4%

Vitamin C: 12.5%

Iron: 1%







Homemade Food, Recipe Ideas, Recipes

Kurly Krispy Krunchy Kale in 10 minutes

How to make kale edible in 10 minutes!!

I remember being served kale at work in the canteen and the dinner lady packed on three large spoonfuls of it, safe to say when I put my tray on the trolley I was not the only person who left a mass of boiled kale on the plate. However after I recovered from this kale-tastrophy, I investigated recipes which make kale taste nice. This is what i did.. it isn’t very original but its delicious – it even got the boyfriend eating greens!

1. Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius.
2. Wash the kale in a large bowl.
3. Dry the kale thoroughly – use a clean tea towel or kitchen paper
4. Evenly spread the pieces on to a baking tray.
5. Drizzle with olive oil or spray with a low calorie olive oil spray
6. Sprinkle kale with salt and add chilli flakes (optional)
7. Bake in oven for about 6 minutes or until crispy!

Japanese, Restaurant Review

Umi Japanese, Twickenham

Ever since Umi opened in Twickenham, I remember it went straight to number 2 on trip advisor then politely shoved The Crown out of the top spot, where it has stayed for several months. Restaurants come and go in Twickenham and I hope Umi will stay literally forever and ever!! Rightly so too.

Umi has to honestly be the best Japanese in London, even better than some famous Japanese/sushi restaurants such as Sushi Samba and Nobu!


Not only is the food divine, with generous portions for reasonable prices, fresh ingredients with a high food hygiene rating, the staff are also extremely lovely.

Bobby the manager is super friendly, he remembers faces and names, greets you and treats you well. He will always go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your dining experience – often offering tasters of new cocktails or if your main is expected to take a little longer he will provide you with snacks to keep you going such as tempura prawns, miso soups or a selection of sushi rolls! The waitresses are also very polite and seem to remember us as well (we do go quite often)!

Sushi is definitely a forté of the restaurant, although the katsu curry is lush and the tempura seafood and soups are delicious; however our top favourites are the dragon roll (top of below picture) and crispy duck roll with hoisin sauce! Yum!


Definitely worth a visit, if in the area! However worth checking whether 82,000 visitors are expected (rugby game) when your visiting and book (or avoid) as the restaurants fill up in a flash!


Homemade Food, Slimming World

Slimming Snack: Tuna Fritters

Since starting slimming world, it has encouraged me to read more recipes that are healthier for you! One of things that is so important with healthy eating is eating fresh and planning a head! So if you ever find yourself stuck this is a recipe where you most likely have the ingredients already in your kitchen or growing on your window sill!

More often than not, I am on the go with work so I wanted to come up with / research some lunch or snack ideas that aren’t too messy to eat on the go that are free in syns.

The original recipe is here; however I adapted it to what I had available and it turned out even better than expected!

Just in case you are interested each fritter is approximately 96 calories, 12.6g carbs, 1.3g fat and 9g protein – or completely free with slimming world.

For 6 servings, you will need potatoes; 1 white potato and 1 large sweet potato, fry lite, 1 tin of tuna in spring water, half a tin of sweetcorn kernels, handful of chopped spinach, handful of chopped coriander, handful of chopped chives and 1 whisked egg.

Prep time: 20 minutes.

Cooking time: 20 minutes.

Total: 40 minutes.

  • Peel and boil the potatoes for 15 minutes, then leave to cool – or pop in a bowl of cold water if in a rush. Once cooled these will need to be grated.
  • Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  • Whisk the egg in a bowl, add the chopped herbs/spinach, drained tuna and the half tin of sweetcorn. Stir and season.
  • Add the cooled grated potatoes and mix. This is where it can get messy; it is easier to use your hands to knead the ingredients together and make small pancake sized balls with the mixture.


  • Spray your baking tray with fry lite and pop each ball of mixture side by side (see picture).


  • Spray each fritter with fry lite and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden.
  • Let them cool for a few minutes then transfer in an air tight container & refrigerate for up to 3 days.


Voila and there you have it…  Tuna and Sweetcorn with herbs fritters! Enjoy!


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Slimming World

Chicken & Bacon Parcels!

Cooking with bacon is great, bacon is just bloody brilliant, super versatile and not all too bad for you and very tasty for us omnivores!! Chop the fat off and you’ve got yourself a slimming world “syn free” eat unlimited bacon pieces of bacon!!

If you read my previous post “Speedy Slimming Italian Stew”   you will know I jumped on the losing weight bandwagon because lets face it I over indulged during the festive period. You can also read more about these slimming world recipes cropping up everywhere!

These chicken and bacon parcels were huge hit with the family and you would never know they were a slimming world recipe, honestly.

I chose to have these with sweet potatoes as a side, to do this and to serve 4; peel and chop into chunks 5 small sweet potatoes, season with thyme, salt, pepper and fry lite. Pop in oven at 200c for 35 minutes.

For the chicken and bacon parcels you will need to;

  • Firstly fill a jug (1/2 pint) with boiling water and mix a chicken stock cube in, pour this into 40g of cous cous and add crushed garlic. Stir, cover and put to one side.
  • Add 1 large bag of spinach into a large saucepan, cover and let the spinach wilt, drain and wash in cold water, drain and then roughly chop.
  • Mix spinach with cous cous, also grate 2 tbsp’s of parmesan (keep separate).
  • Open up each chicken thigh and spoon as much cous cous and spinach into each thigh and sprinkle a little parmesan over the top.
  • Fold each thigh shut and wrap 1 piece of bacon vertically across the chicken and 1 piece horizontally (make sure you cut the visible fat off the bacon). – See picture!
  • Repeat for the desired amount of chicken thighs; the cous cous quantity makes 8 thighs.
  • Bake at 190c in a fan oven for 30 minutes (or until juices run clear) and serve with sweet potatoes and steamed brocolli. 

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This meal is great for all the family and it is mostly syn free, or 0.5 if you already had some of that healthy extra A (milk or cheese)!!

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Homemade Food, Slimming World

Speedy Slimming Italian Stew

Just like most people I have jumped on the January bandwagon of hoping to drop that extra stone I gained over the festive period from eating daily baked camemberts and drowning my liver in wine.  Haven’t you?

Again for the 10th year in a row, I vow to lose weight by doing one of these diets we see advertised on social media; 2016 it was weight watchers, last year it was Jane Plan this year it is Slimming World.

If you aren’t part of what instagram calls “the slimming world mafia” then basically the concept is unlimited free foods including most fruits, veg, meats, fish, eggs, pasta, grains and low to no fat yoghurts. Some of these free foods are called speed foods as they are supposedly meant to speed up your metabolism and fill you up for longer! Then all the ‘bad stuff’ has a points or “syns” system. At this point I am still on week 1 and still feelings sceptical about getting to eat unlimited pasta…

However I created a recipe which what a ‘slimming worldian’ would call “syn free” as it contains lots of speed foods, free foods and no syns! This is an excellent winter warmer, comforting, tasty, one pot dish! However for those who dont give a rats arse about syns one very generous serving is about 340 calories!

You’ll need to:

  • Pre heat the oven to 200c fan and chop one sweet potato (1) into chunks and season with Italian herbs, pepper and fry lite / 1 cal olive oil spray, bake for 35 minutes.
  • Meanwhile spray a large pan with fry lite, add 2 chopped shallots, 2 slices of bacon (with visible fat cut off), 2 cloves of crushed garlic and fry for a few minutes.
  • Chop up your veg; aubergine (1), mushrooms (10), peppers (1), cherry tomatoes (8) and pop these in the pan to fry, adding more fry lite if necessary (whatever you have in the fridge). Fry until somewhat browned.
  • Boil approx 1 pint of water in the kettle, add this to the pan with a vegetable stock cube, add pasta of choice, I used about 3 handfuls of farfalle (now this depends on handsize). Add 400g of chopped tomatoes + 1 can of water. Let this simmer for 12 minutes.
  • Don’t forget about the sweet potato, add this once the pasta is cooked and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Finally add a small bag of spinach leaves, these should wilt fairly quickly then stir and serve or store!

Ingredients: any vegetables, spinach sweet potato, fry lite, bacon, shallots, garlic, pasta, stock cube, chopped tomatoes, seasoning.  **the brackets means quantity!**

There you have it a super sweet but savoury slimming wintery Italian / Mediterranean stew full of super nutritious and speedy foods! Enjoy! 🙂