Freezy and Easy

September 17, 2010

Dinner: Fish, wedges and veg!

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LnE says -  Lightly crumbed fish fillet served with seasoned potato wedges and new season vegetables

Should keep my hopes low, in case I am disappointed ? Its a Friday which means FISH N CHIPPPPPIES for dinner. So I chose the fish fillet with …. WEDGES. Omigosh, I love potato wedges so much.

I want a quick meal, not oven baking, so I can relax into the weekend!

Smelt good, like real fish n’ chips. I decided to plate serve. There was a lot of veg.

The fish was crunchy around the outside and soggy in the middle. There was a high coating to fish ratio, but the fish did taste really good. I found it too chewy though. I wanted to tomato sauce it, but trying to stay on track. I think this is an oven meal

The wedges were also soggy BUT nice, probably because I like soggy chips. They were very full of flavour (as in potato flavour, not batter) As you can see they are less battery than the picture. They tasted healthy in a good way – not greasy or gross.

I do think "New season vegetables" is a silly way to say frozen 3 veg mix"…  There was a lot, A LOT of veg.

The meal was balanced, maybe too heavy on the veg (I would prefer salad, but you cant freeze salad) I would buy it again because it tastes similar to fish and chips from the shops, but healthier. After LnE I could recreate it pretty easily but right now I am enjoying the easy of a quick meal. 6/10

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Day 1: Lunch – Pumpkin soup with wholegrain roll, cheese and apple, and muesli cookie

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The soup was frozen and I heated it for four min. Waiting, waiting. It came with a small amount of tasty cheese, something I don’t usually add (I prefer natural yogurt or sour cream) and I heated the roll. The soup smelt and tasted… odd. Not bad exactly. It was quite watery in comparison to the Campbell’s butternut pumpkin I usually have. Perhaps it was the different pumpkin variety?
The roll was very big, and full of yummy grainy bits like linseed and poppyseed. I don’t usually microwave bread because it goes tough and chewy, but even though I over heated the roll it was fine – tasted almost fresh-fresh! More than happy with the roll, which I used to soak up most of the soup. It certainly satisfied my rumbling tummy. I am actually quite full now. But for how long?
I didnt feel like the apple until 3.15pm. I decided to save the cookie for dessert. I was peckish at 5.30pm, but had a cup of tea instead.

The roll pulls lunch up to a good 7/10. I wont order the soup again anytime soon, but I did love the roll!

The Muesli Cookie was pretty big! But not too big, which is great because it will help me avoid portion distortion in the long wrong. I ate it after dinner, by heating it 20 sec. Yummy! 8/10

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The smaller portions prove to me LnE is not some fad diet, its about learning about healthy eating, in easy steps. The other thing is, because I am paying a decent amount for this, and its an easy system to follow and stay full, so temptation is not calling anywhere near as hard. I don’t want to "ruin" it with a bite of candy or cake. I want to finish this!

Day 1: Breakfast – Two slices of Grain Toast with Apricot Jam and Greek Style Passionfruit Yoghurt, and fruit medley

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First, I just want to note I am VERY wordy to begin with, so you get me a little, and some of my biases etc. As I get through the food it’ll cut down, I just want to paint a picture for potential LnE customers. The key is I bold key points and section, so just skip my blab and get to the bold!
I went to the gym for an early morning class. Bloggers usually say they are are RAVENOUS after a big workout, but for some weird reason when I exercise I cannot stomach food for an hour or so. The harder I work the longer I cant eat for! This is bad, so I usually have an Up & Go within 30 mins of a workout, then some fruit or a muesli bar when I can stomach food.
Today I just forced myself to eat as much as I could within about 45 min of exercise, and just leave the rest for when I got hungry. I ate at about 7:15 at work. The only LnE labels were on the yogurt and jam lids which I pulled off, so I could be eating any brand really.

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The Greek yogurt is pretty small – small as those packs of dessert yogurt from Aldi or Tamar Valley. Unfortch it is not as creamy or delicious as the dessert yogurts. Almost a little grainy, and also a little tart. BUT nevertheless it was quite good, and didn’t overdo the sauce at the bottom of the container. Personally I like smaller containers of yogurt like this.

I don’t usually do toast for brekkie – and if I do its one slice, loaded up with delicious options like vegemite topped with cottage cheese+avocado grilled, or ricotta berries and honey. But I thought I’d stick to the plan. The toast came frozen, in a  packet of two slices. I ended up eating both pieces because I toasted both and didn’t want to eat soggy toast for morning tea. There was not really enough jam for both slices, so next time I might just have one piece of toast, and replace the lost calories with a smear of avocado and vegemite. The bread was called "grain" which made me think nine-seed type stuff, but it was more like wholemeal with grainy bits. I did like it – it smelt great, the slices were BIG.

By 10 am I was ready to consider morning tea. But I guess still pretty full and a cup of tea would have crushed any cravings. Morning tea is planned as fruit medley – apricots, raisins, apple, maybe paw paw? I don’t usually eat such energy dense stuff unless I am hiking/studying furiously, but I was peckish by 11am. A decent serve. Quite sweet. Kinda wish it was a fruit and nut or seed mix. I didn’t find it that filling though.

Overall thoughts
LnE is a lot higher in carbs than I am used to, mostly coming from bread. I tend to get my carbs from some very grainy bread, oatmeal and bright veggies like sweet potato, and the odd serve of brown rice, so I am interested to see if this keeps me fuller than I am used to. Looking forward to the variety of breakfast though.

Overall a decent breakfast but I am glad every day is not like this, as this is pretty easy to replicate in terms of time/effort compared to cost. 6/10. That is still good. 5/10 would be acceptable for the cost, 4/10 would  pack my own

September 16, 2010

Dinner: Lamb Shanks

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This is what LnE had to say: Tender lamb shank meat with a chunky tomato and red wine sauce served with creamy mashed potato and garden vegetables

I have heard you should take it out of the paper for presentation, but in real life, it looked fine. Plus minimised my dishes. I wasn’t too keen as I am not a huge mash fan but I do love lamb

My routine: Shower on -throw meal into microwave – program 9 min – jump into shower and wash – dry –  get into PJs – set up Ugly Betty and my laptop- get a drink (diet lemon  fizzy I decided) and quickly tidy up before it beeped – done. The smell was fantastic. I was impressed. Suddenly I was looking forward to this!

I sat down and tried a little bit of everything

Sauce – wow, salty. Makes sense, at 810mg of sodium… but delicious. Not bland at all

Lamb – Omigosh! SOOO tender I couldnt believe it. It was mostly top quality, with only a small amount of goo (fat) but very tasty, and just enough I thought.

Veg – a bit sad there wasn’t more pumpkin, but it was probably enough with the other veg. Mashed potato good – salty enough

I was very VERY happy with the whole meal. Halfway through I was feeling very full. Perhaps its because I had a soft drink, or because I’d just been doing exercise. Either way, feeling good about it all! I think the fact that it wasnt really old (like frozos can get) helped as there was no freezer burn

I give it an easy 8/10!

Day 1: The delivery

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Ok, so I left instructions to leave the box around the side of the house and the lovely people took it around the back into the shade. Awesome.

Judging by the temp outside the box I think it has been out here since about lunch time. Not good as I get home around 5pm. But the food inside – chilly and perfect, kept cold with dry ice. I quickly unloaded my goodies into the freezer and fridge before skipping off to my Body Step Class (more on gymming in the future)

Each meal came in its own baggie, marked with the planned day, then sorted in bigger meal bags to store – making it easy for taking to work and sorting out. I decided I would try and stick to the advised days for eating the food where I felt comfy, but you could really eat it in any order, or mix it up.

I also ordered 5 meals for dinner this week. I got a fair mix. I am most excited about hte wedges with the fish and the mac cheese. Yum yum!

Ok, for my first dinner I could wait until after my class to pick what I wanted, what I felt like. AWESOME. I chose the Lamb Shanks, with a side serve of mashed potato, carrots peas and pumpkin – 367 cal which is fine by me (most dinners are around 400) Most of the evening meals do contain a significant portion of carbs, so if you have a problem with that I suggest switching lunch and dinner. See my next post for the review!

I opened up tomorrow’s breakfast and lunch to pack. There is a fair whack of fresh fruit, which is ok. I love fruit. But I guess I wouldn’t eat and orange when strawberries are available. I will suck it up during the meal plan weeks to save money I think.

The food is blatantly branded, so if you are embarrassed about LnE or, say like me, you are concerned your work mates will judge you (as I am a good healthy normal weight in general, I am a pear and dress for my figure and wear Spanx so people assume I am lighter than I am) you can always pull the lunches apart and put into your own Tupperware. I left some, moved some, as I don’t like eating out of plastic all the time.

The food seemed like too much at breakfast, not enough at lunch to me at first. I don’t usually have cereal AND toast at brekie, so I will probably cut some of that out, and add things like flax seed oil and chia to make up the calories, or eat the toast for morning tea instead of the fruit.

Ok onto the meal reviews!

September 14, 2010

And so it begins!

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No photos just yet – this is all pre LnE…

A little about me

I’m a bit of a foodie (a bit, I said. Obviously on hold now) as in I read blogs, love testing out new restaurants and dabbling in the kitchen. I drool over tastespotting.com I love fresh healthy food and cooking. Particularly baking. Said baking has taken its toll on my waist, where I am usually slim. I am pear-shaped, although I have broad shoulders. I fit size 8-10 tank tops, but size 12+ trousers. The waist is usually loose, but my thighs and booty need some serious spanx to be comfortable in size 12. My goal over time is to fit into size 10 without spanx (and a generous size 8) and reduce my BMI to 22 (its 24 now, which is healthy, but I am usually small framed, and carrying a few extra kilos) I work a fair bit. Mon-Fri, ~7.30-4.30 but often later and usually 15-30 min for lunch in there. I also travel a fair bit with work, on and off, but its not rare for me to be away for 5 months out of the year in total. I live alone, and dont have kids so I should not complain about having no time. But I want to get on top of my life while I am young (I’m 23) and before all that hecticness begins! I HATE running, but put up with it, but LOVE LOVE LOVE Les Mills classes and weights training (which I havent done much since joining my new gym)

What is lite n easy (LnE)?

Lite n easy is a food program which promises easy meals delivered to your home, with minimum prep and hopefully weight-loss options if you are interested.

The plan is based around three meals and two snacks, and comes in either 1200, 1500 or 1800 calorie plans. The meals are relatively customisable and you can either get all your food delivered, or 5 day programs, or just meals (like breakfast and lunch, or dinners only) The meal plans are available on their website, and change seasonally.

Why I chose LnE

  • It was the only healthy food system that delivered to my place in QLD for a semi-reasonable price that wasn’t meals on wheels. I had also heard promising things. I promise you I am not getting paid or endorsed. I don’t even think they know about this blog. I have always been a fan of HeatEatReview, so I guess it’s a mini Aussie version

Initial Feelings

  • I found signing up painless and easy, although you do need to ring up to confirm delivery details.
  • They deliver to your area once a week, which I found slightly annoying as my delivery date is a Thursday, and I often go away on weekends with work or family, so if I ordered a 5 day meal plan for a week, the last two days would risk getting stale. Most of the food is frozen so it should be ok, but, yeah, it’s a little inflexible.
  • The cost is ok. $110 for 5 days worth of meals sounds crazy, but my food bills were sky rocketing as I was stockpiling foods/sauces etc, and wasting a fair bit of food living alone. Also the time I spent at the shops is now saved.
  • Although the plans look healthy, there are some nutritionally … less valuable… foods included that I would not normally eat (but obviously make it easier to freeze the meals and make a profit) such as Jasmine or white rice, potatoes, and starchy frozen veggies (corn/peas etc) with almost every dinner, vice salad or lighter frozen veg like beans or broccoli. There is no brown rice/quinoa/wholemeal cous cous or abundance of  "superfoods" that I am used to.
  • The meal plans look good, with lots of variety and choice. To offset the cost and the lack of "superfoods" I chose the 5 day plan, and have decided to stretch the food out over 7 days, by adding eating out (healthy!) a few times and adding my own fruit/cereal etc but sticking to their caloric and nutritional guidelines. And I will probably only order two out of three weeks, supplementing with other frozen meals and my own cooking as I go. As they publish their nutritional information this is quite easy – they don’t make the diet guidelines a secret.
  • In order to lose weight I need to eat about 1600 calories given I exercise moderately (I will be bumping this up soon) I have ordered the 1500 calorie program as the 1800 cal program just feeds you more snacks, and I would prefer heftier meals. As such I will add veg/oils/nuts/good fats to my meals and drink skim milk, but will mark whenever I diverge from the LnE plan. Promise!

Welcome welcome!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — fionagold @ 11:00 am

Hi!

Welcome to my little blog!  I thought I’d try my own food blog a few months ago but I fell behind. Now I have been inspired to share my journey as I begin a food delivery program (which will hopefully free up my time) and share my experiences for any Australians also interested in such fooding. As time passes I will probably end the food program, but hope to continue the blog!

I’ve decided to start the Lite n Easy food program in Brisbane for a number of reasons:

  • I like being healthy, but I am easily lured off the path of food virtue. Although Lite and Easy is not a super healthy meal plan, I hope it will break my bad habits of making microwave brownies late a night…
  • I live alone and although can cook meals for one (or for four and freeze them) its somewhat lonely and I find a waste of time to spend less time eating (alone) than cooking and cleaning . Its not just dinner, but lunch too!
  • I am enjoying my new freedom of living alone, and am getting selfish. I want time to do "me" things like shop for shoes, hit the gym daily, blog, read magazines.
  • Speaking of time, I hit the gym at 5.30 after work. By the time I get home, shower and get hungry, its 7.30 and I would rather eat cookie dough than a real dinner. Less effort post gym = more chance of eaitng healthy
  • Although my weight is in the ideal BMI range, it is at the top end, and I want to start eating cleaner in order to shed some muffin top, and then gain some muscle to keep me a healthy weight

Wish me luck!

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