Slimming World flexitarian? ‘What’s that?’, I hear you ask.
I recently mentioned that I had started eating meat again, after being more or less vegetarian for the past couple of years. Doing Slimming World made me realise that, because I have IBS and can’t eat endless pulses, can’t touch soya and can’t stand Quorn, I was getting most of my protein from eggs and cheese. Cutting back the cheese to help me lose weight meant that my options were even fewer.
Add an inability to digest lactose (I use lactose free milk), onions, cabbage and cauliflower (amongst other things) and I am a flipping awkward person to feed. Good job I am chief cook around here!
Anyway, back to my point, which is that, although I am eating meat again, I don’t want to eat a lot of it. Partly due to the cost of the stuff, but also because meat has a huge carbon footprint. I am a greenie! In an ideal world I would be a vegan, but it not being an ideal world I will stick with being a ‘flexitarian’. I want to eat mainly vegetables, nuts, a bit of dairy, some fish and a little meat. This approach fits in well with this diet plan, so I am happy to be a Slimming World flexitarian!
We eat the odd pre-prepared and packaged item – we’re not perfect and get super busy like everyone else. But, on the whole, I like to make as much as possible myself.
So, onto this week’s meal plan, which hopefully reflects all of the blah above. You can read more about the benefits of a flexitarian diet at DietVDisease.Org.
I replace oil with Frylight and tend to either leave out the onions or use finely chopped celery instead.
Slimming World Flexitarian Meal Plan
Chicken pilau rice with chard from the garden. We will probably eat this at most meals as it is coming thick and fast. It is also delicious and I prefer it to spinach.
It’s not going to be a good Slimming World day, but I will try not to over indulge. Our meat intake is going to be pretty much focussed on this weekend. We have family coming for lunch. I am making coq au vin with rice and also pork with apples and cider. I will make it with pork chops as belly is too fatty.
Dessert will be strawberries, meringues and cream (lactose free low fat Greek yogurt for me, although I might go crazy and spend all my Syns on a meringue).
Pasta with roasted pepper and tomato sauce. I will roast fresh tomatoes with peppers and garlic and literally just squish them through some cooked pasta with some chopped parsley and oregano. Super easy.
Spanish Style tortilla with a big salad of leaves and herbs from the garden, tomatoes and grated carrot.
Mediterranean fish stew with mashed potato and chard.
Slow cooker vegetable curry and brown rice. Something like this recipe, although I will leave out the onions and mess around with it to use whatever we have. Low fat coconut milk is 4 Syns per 100ml. If I make 4 servings with my 400g can it will be mostly free.
I love my slow cooker, but tend to mainly use it for stews and soups in the winter. It’s so versatile though, I should use it more in the summer. I have a Morphy Richards 3.5 Litre one like this from Amazon.
More of the veggie curry and rice.
I do believe that this kind of diet is probably the most healthy we can eat. I am still a snacker so will stick with the ideas in last week’s meal plan to take care of that tendency! What do you think of my Slimming World flexitarian meal plan?
I am joining in with Katy Kicker’s meal planning linky. Check out her meal plan this week too. You can see more of my favourite food ideas and recipes here. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission.