19 May 2014

Free Printable Meal Planner Download

Challenge Three week absolutely flew by for me. I stuck to the challenge of having breakfast every single day, but I had such a busy week with work, Uni as well as a friend staying, that taking photos of what I ate went right out of the window! There were a few days where I just had fruit; a bowl of berries or fresh mango (which I am now addicted to!), other days I'd go for a favourite Weight Watchers friendly English breakfast, or porridge with blueberries, bananas and golden syrup. Did you manage to complete the challenge and remember to have breakfast everyday?

Challenge Four is going to be more of a challenge for me than any of the other challenges through #StepintoSummer, as I am the least organised person lately, and sticking to a plan might be tricky. But I'm definitely going to give it a go! Challenge Four is to plan all of your meals in advance, including weekend meals too! Planning ahead, whether eating at home or planning your restaurant picks for a meal out, has really helped me in the past with staying on track. Admittedly, I get lazy and I stop doing it, but Challenge Four has spurred me on to get as organised as I was before. I've grabbed a free printable menu planner download, and I'm going to have a look around for a really nice meal planner pad, to help me keep organised long-term. When you sit down to plan a week's meals in advance, it can seem quite daunting, but I find a few easy tricks make it a lot easier than you'd think, and it helps to save time in the week instead of getting flustered over what to cook that night. I do a quick run through the fridge, freezer and cupboards, writing down the main ingredients we have, then either plan a meal I want or just write down the main part of the meal, for example chicken, so I exactly what we're having that day. I don't just plan main meals either; I've planned a full week of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's actually made me feel really motivated and quiet excited for all the yummy food we're going to eat this week - let's hope I stick to it! Will you be joining me in Challenge Four? 

Weight Watchers #StepintoSummer Challenge Four
Here's a fab recipe to get you going with your meal plan, which we had over the weekend. My partner decided to tackle this week's recipe, as he's been getting really involved with my new eating habits and enjoying the healthier, yet just as tasty food. I think he did a really good job, especially as he rarely cooks! The perfect meal for a warm, sunny evening, they were absolutely delicious and I've made the salsa again twice since! Let me know if you give it a go, and don't forget you can also check out the recipes I shared for Challenge One, Challenge Two and Challenge Three

Weight Watchers Simple Start Hero Recipe
BBQ Burgers and Chunky Wedges 
Serves 4, 14ppts per portion

For the burger:
500g extra lean steak mince
1 small red onion, grated or very finely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 garlic clove, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lettuce leaves, to serve
4 Sandwich Thins, toasted, to serve
For the chunky wedges:
4 large potatoes, unpeeled, each cut into 8 wedges
1 tsp mixed dried herbs
Calorie controlled cooking spray
For the tomato salsa:
2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1/2 hot green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1/2 lime, juice only

Step 1 If using a bbq, start by lighting it in order that the coals will be hot enough to cook on - usually about 15-20 minutes.

Step 2 In a large bowl, mix together the mince, onion, oregano, ground cumin and coriander, garlic and plenty of seasoning. Divide the mixture into 4 and form into balls. Now flatten the balls, and make them square-ish and about the same size or slightly larger than the sandwich thins. Set aside.

Step 3 For the chunky wedges, preheat the oven to 200C. Put the potatoes and dried herbs into a large bowl. Season well and spray with calorie controlled cooking spray. Toss everything together until evenly coated. Spread the wedges onto a non-stick baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes, turning once or twice, until golden.

Step 4 Meanwhile, for the tomato salsa, mix together the tomatoes, spring onions, chilli, coriander and lime juice to taste. Season and set aside until needed.

Step 5 To cook the burgers, put on the bbq directly over the coals, and cook for 4-5 minutes each side, until the juices run clear. Toast the sandwich thins over the coals during the final couple of minutes' cooking time.

Step 6 Serve the burgers on the sandwich thins, with lettuce, tomato salsa and mustard, accompanied by potato wedges.

As usual, there's another giveaway prize up for grabs for this week's #StepintoSummer challenge, and this week you could win a Lock & Storage set! For your chance to win Lock & Lock food storage sets courtesy of Weight Watchers, tweet about your how you're planning your weeks meals, or what you're most excited that you've planned for a meal this week, using hashtag #StepIntoSummer, or, show us how you're getting on with this weeks challenge on Facebook by tagging @WeightWatchersUK and using hashtag #StepIntoSummer for your chance to win Lock & Lock food storage sets!

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Weight Watchers Simple Start Hero Recipe BBQ Burgers and Chunky Wedges

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