Saturday, 21 April 2012


Thursday I decided (again) that it was time to shape up.  Inspired by a pic of the beautiful and curvy Kim Kardashian in this weeks Grazia magazine.  I really believe that diets don't work and that exercise and quality food is the key, just look at the national treasure that is Nigella.  I never struggle with the food part, but the exercise, well......  I did try and sign up for a Powerhoop class this week with the Fabulous Baker Girl but having been told we need to do an introductory course first we were bounced.  I've since invested in my own which I'm sure is an upcycled implement of Medieval torture from the Edinburgh Dungeons!

And quality doesn't mean us all having to traipse off to some high end supermarket or over priced deli.  Two more pots of soup (tomato and basil and sweet potato and lentil) were whizzed up in no time at all and for pennies. Just pop it into freezer bags and whenever you're feelin peckish stick one in the micro.

 Here's a crackin wee recipe I found on that's low cost, low fat and super easy.



Packet of gnocchi
300g turkey mince
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano 
1 tablespoon finely grated cheese
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
Basil sprigs (optional)


  1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add turkey to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain. Add onion and next 4 ingredients (through fennel seeds); sauté 2 minutes. Return turkey to pan. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and tomatoes; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and black pepper. Place about 1 cup gnocchi in each of 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with about 1/2 cup sauce. Garnish with basil, if desired.

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