Life’s all a little different at the moment, isn’t it! How are you getting along? I’m really pleased that so many of you are sticking to your Lifestyle Plan – and the weight losses have been amazing. Well done, I know it isn’t easy.

Several members have told me that one their biggest temptations is ordering a takeaway. It’s so easy with all that’s happening around us to “order in” – but later in the week when you stand on the scales, I bet you wish you’d been stronger! This week I’m sharing some ideas to help you. Why not celebrate staying in with a Fabulous “Fakeaway”!

Any of the following recipes make a delicious, healthy eating “Fakeaway”. All the family will really enjoy these tasty treats – why not get the children involved in helping to prepare their favourite.

CHINESE “FAKEAWAY”

Sweet & Sour Chicken
Approx 180 cals per serving – serves 4
with cooked rice – approx 330 cals per serving

340g/12oz diced skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 medium chopped onion
garlic clove, peeled and crushed (optional)
227g/8oz can pineapple pieces
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp  clear honey                    1 tbsp root ginger, grated
113g/4 oz pepper, chopped     1 tbsp cornflour
Pinch of chilli flakes                   Ground black pepper

Mist wok with one cal spray and stir-fry chicken for 1 min.  Add pineapple pieces (saving juice) and all the other ingredients, except corn flour and garnish. Stir-fry for a further 3 to 4 mins or until meat is tender.  Mix cornflour with reserved pineapple juice and add to wok, stirring until sauce boils and thickens. Serve with 168g/6 oz cooked rice per portion.

Quick & Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken
Serves 3 – approx 400 cals per portion

Pour one jar of Uncle Ben’s Light Sweet and Sour Sauce over 335g/12 oz cooked chicken. Warm as instructed. Serve with 168g/6 oz cooked rice (Uncle Ben’s individual 62.5g bags are really convenient.)  Marie’s Tip: The chicken can be substituted in both these recipes for pork, prawns or Quorn.

Skinny Chicken Chow Mein
Serves 3 – approx cals 287 per serving

175g/6oz medium egg noodles                 1 tbspn/15ml sun flower oil
1 medium onion                                           2 cloves garlic (optional)
175g/6 oz bean sprouts                              175g/6 oz mange tout
2 tbspn/30ml dark soy sauce                     2 tsp/10g ginger root
1 tsp/5g five spice powder                         225g/8 oz cooked chicken breast fillet

Thinly slice the onion, garlic and ginger, and top and tail the mange tout. Cook the noodles in a large pan of boiling, salted water according to the pack instructions.  In the meantime, heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan, and stir-fry the onion and ginger over high heat for 2-3 minutes until the onion is softened.  Add the garlic, bean sprouts, mange tout and five spice powder, and continue stir-frying for a further minute.  Drain the noodles well and add to the wok/frying pan. Add shredded chicken and soy sauce. Stir-fry for a further 2 minutes until piping hot. Serve immediately. 

INDIAN DELIGHT
The Chicken and Mushroom Curry and Curry in a Hurry are really popular.

Chicken & Mushroom Curry
Serves 4 – 140 calories, 4g fat per serving – approx 320 cals per serving with cooked rice

In a non-stick pan, dry fry 450g/1 lb diced boneless chicken breasts. Add 1 chopped onion, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 336g/12oz sliced mushrooms and fry for about 5 mins. Once the juices start to flow, add 2 tbsp curry powder. Stir well to ensure all the chicken and vegetables are coated with the spices. Cook for 2-3 mins. Add ¾ pint chicken stock, bring to the boil then turn down the heat, cover and simmer for 35-45 mins (ensure chicken is cooked through). Mix 1 tbsp flour with a little water to form a paste and stir into the curry to thicken. Cook for a further 4-5 mins until thickened. Serve with 168g/6 oz cooked rice per person. 

Slimtone’s Quick and Easy Curry-in-a-Hurry
Serves 4 – 380 cals per serving (including rice)

 Place 336g/12oz cooked chicken, 1 chopped pepper, 1 sliced onion and 112g/4oz sliced mushrooms into a casserole dish. Pour 1 jar of Sainsbury’s basic range curry sauce (or any low fat supermarket brand at approx 300 cals per jar ) over the ingredients and simmer for 15-20 mins. Serve with 168g/6 oz cooked rice per person

PIZZA PARTY

Who doesn’t love a pizza? This Slimtone Pizza is the King of the Fakeaways. With a choice of toppings, it’s a family-pleasing favourite.

Margherita Pizza
Serves 1 – approx 250 cals per serving

One thin & crispy 9” pizza base         Low calorie cooking spray
1 tbsp tomato passata                        Mixed herbs
28g/1oz grated medium fat cheese

Place pizza base on a baking tray misted with one cal cooking spray. Spoon over passata and top with sliced tomato, finely chopped onion, grated cheese and mixed herbs. Bake in hot over for 20 mins and serve piping hot with a large mixed salad.

Marie’s Tip: These bases are really convenient and are available in most supermarkets and only 176 calories.  Top with your choice of toppings such as mushrooms, pepper, sliced low fat chorizo etc.

Chinese, Indian, Italian – lots of ideas to help you ditch the takeaway and enjoy one of these great ‘Fakeaways’ for a meal that really delivers!!

Stay in and stay safe. Enjoy,
Marie x

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