Nutrition

Oh. My. God. Ravioli is my weakness (of the pasta variety, these days)… Gnocchi was previously my top, top, favourite but it’s also considered fattening (compared to other forms of pasta). So, in keeping with my new “healthy lifestyle”, I’ve had to switch to an alternative.

Now, I’m not saying Ravioli is considered “healthy” but it’s – in essence – two thin pasta sheets sandwiched in between a small amount of stuffing/filling. What’s more, I think you’ll find that there are a LOT LESS Ravioli parcels in a given packet than there are pieces of gnocchi. Therefore, if you look at it like that, in terms of calories, Ravioli is healthier!

I ventured into M&S on Tuesday – where there had been a  train strike the night before – and decided that I wanted to make something quick and easy for lunch/dinner (by the time I got back).

… I’ll dedicate a post to the inconvenience of tube and train/rail strikes in due course, don’t you worry! #TheBaneOfMyLife #TFL? #FML, more like!

Yeah, I purchased the two types of ravioli, the accompanying Tomato & Basil sauce and foxtrotted my way home to prepare it. *clicks fingers and does jazz hands* “OLÉ!” (not the cream, although, that’s a pretty good shout tbf!)

How easy is this dish to put together? Simple. Boil some water in a saucepan with a dash of salt then add ravioli in at boiling point, waiting for five mins for them to pop back up to the top (when they’re ready for consumption). I also heated the sauce in a frying pan, as you do… 😆. Then, I tucked in!

It was beautiful. Hence why I’m writing this post at 00.17am in the U.K, three days later. Ravioli (or “Raviolis”, in my case) and Tomato & Basil sauce are “BELLISIMO” when paired with one another, (and the definition of #Beauty and #Bae).

I didn’t take a photo of it because the meal was too delicious to photograph! 😋 When your  tummy’s talking, you’ve got to answer it!

Why did I choose Mushroom ravioli? That’s because I’ve been on some Porcinni Mushroom and Truffle hype, recently. I can’t get enough of them! Apparently, there is such a thing as ‘The M Plan’. It’s a diet where we replace two meals a day for a dish that includes Mushrooms. For example, a Mushroom omelette for breakfast and  Mushroom on-toast for dinner. ‘The M Plan’ aids with weight-loss. As someone who’s called Miamii Miriam Mansour, I’ve got to try it, no? It’s what my initials would’ve wanted… 😂

It’s a Thursday and we’re five days into the New Year. Therefore, in keeping with my failure to adhere to my own resolutions long enough, I’m now proposing a detox to and for myself.

After purchasing my body weight’s worth of Ovomaltine (if you didn’t know what Ovomaltine was before reading this, I’m sure you’re penning a letter to Her Maj’ now, asking her to OBE or MBE me – after ordering yourself some from Amazon) just before the Christmas period, something’s got to give… I say this a lot but, one of life’s most unanswered questions is: “how have I not got diabetes yet?” The worst part is, I’m not actually joking… I love and rely on sugar to get me through the day. Sugar is to me what water is to you, I assume.

However, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve gone “cold turkey” (whatever that means)… I am trying this method, even though I do not believe in because I do not believe ridding yourself off something completely (without having a plan of action and steps in place) will work. Alas, I’m trying it and what’s the worse that can happen, right? I am back on Juice Plus+ after taking a little bit of a break – so my body regulates itself.

It’s best to take breaks in-between more than a  3-month dose of supplements just so your body continues to reap the benefits of them.

As I said, I’m back on the Juice Plus+ boosters, taking the capsules (8 capsules per flavour, 3 flavours a day for three days), drinking plenty of water – my idea of “plenty” is somewhere between the amount found in the Sahara Desert and the amount of rainfall measured after a drought.

I sometimes think that I’m a human with camel-like qualities. 🐫  I wouldn’t be surprised if I was reincarnated into a human from a camel or visa-versa. 🐫 > 👧🏻

What I mean is, I don’t need much water to function. I drink a bottle (of wine 🍷 ? I wish!) before bed sometimes and hardly ever drink (wine 🍷? I wish!) during the day…

However, saying that, there are times where I drink too much water to the point where I struggle to stay out of toilets. TMI, much? 🤣

Woohoo! I’ve started a 14-day detox and it consists of fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies (lunch and dinner) and a banana (for breakfast). I’m wanting to keep up with drinking lots of… (wine 🍷? I wish!) water and taking the Juice Plus+ capsules / boosters because I remember doing this last time and losing a little bit of weight. This time though, I’ll be adding regular gym sessions to the programme too. Of course, I’m still keeping up with those treadmill, cross trainer and Zumba sessions.

By summer 2017 I’ll be a new (LOL! Who am I kidding? The same…) woman! 👩🏻

Merry Christmas one and all,

Every year I volunteer to cook Christmas dinner for my family as a tradition and this year was no different.

Here we have an all-butter, honey and mixed herb turkey with nut stuffing, sweet potato wedges, chestnuts and an array of mixed vegetables seasoned with salt, pepper, as well as various other spices.

Top tip when cooking turkey: take it out of the fridge the night before and slather it in butter (get it under the skin) and all the way around the inside (where the giblets are) and leave it to defrost in room temperature. COVERING IT OVERNIGHT IS VITAL. A plastic bag with holes in will do.

Then, a few hours prior to cooking the next day, add more butter on top and squirt honey all over it, adding sea salt, pepper, garlic and mixed dry herbs. Pierce it with a fork all over, and leave to soak.

Once the turkey has soaked up all the flavours, pop it in the oven for however long it takes to cook at Gas Mark 4 before taking it out, leaving it to cool, later devouring with the vegetables and cranberry or bread sauce and gravy.

Top tip for sweet potato wedges: cut them inot quarters length ways and sprinkle brown sugar, squirt some honey, add a dash of olive oil,  sprinkle some black pepper and salt then let them roast for 25-30 mins (or until soft). I included cracked open chestnuts in the tray for added flavour.

Love,

Miamii xxx

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