My Top 10 Dishes from the TLC Plan
As I mentioned in my last post, one of the most impressive parts of the TLC Plan - for me - was the meals. I made so many new dishes that I never had before and found that I really, really liked them; so much so that I can't wait to continue making them now the plan is over! For my last post in this series, I wanted to show you all my favourites, so here are my top 10 dishes from the TLC Plan.
I love wraps but I am not a fan of peppers, salsa or sour cream, so mine usually consist of fried chicken (with a bit of paprika if you're lucky!), lettuce, cheese and mayonnaise. But the Activia version suggests frying onions and mushrooms in fajita seasoning (I used BBQ flavour) and laying it on a warmed-up wrap with lettuce and cheese... surprisingly good!
9. Toast with Peanut Butter and Banana
Another favourite part of the diet for me was the breakfasts, and this one is easy to make and very filling. Simply toast a slice of wholemeal bread, spoon on some peanut butter and put slices of banana on top! I'm not a fan of peanut butter by itself (I find it too sickly), but the bananas make it that little bit more sweet.
8. Fruit Smoothie
This snack contains one of my favourite Activia products; the pouring yoghurt. This is great with muesli for breakfast instead of milk too, but in this instance you blend it with strawberries, bananas and blueberries for a few seconds and your delicious smoothie is ready!
7. Chicken in Black Bean Sauce
This is one of the dishes that I never would have thought about making, but it was on the menu during my second week and I'm so pleased I chose it! OK, I admit, the recipe does suggest turkey and the sauce comes ready made in a packet, and all you have to do is add it to cooked chicken and green pepper and serve with rice, but I was incredibly impressed with the finished result!
6. Lower-fat Sponge Cake
The only negative about this dish is that the recipe on the TLC Plan website says to use plain flour, not self-raising, and so the cake did not rise! However, it tasted absolutely delicious and the icing, which was made from lemon curd, soft cheese and fromage frais (*cough* vanilla pouring yoghurt because I couldn't find fromage frais *cough*) was beautiful too.
Bagels are another food which I wouldn't have bothered with before the plan, but now I love them! For this breakfast simply toast a bagel, cook a piece of lean bacon, cut up lettuce and tomato and put it all together! The healthiest
4. Veggie Pizza
What I like about this dinner is that it is so much fun to make! Shop-bought pizza bases topped with a tomato and basil sauce, mozzarella, red onion and mushrooms and cooked for around 20 minutes... so good!
There are two variations within the plan; the first is the Chicken and Avo Sandwich (minus the avocado for me!), and the second is the Veggie Club Sandwich, or in other words cheese and salad. But what is great about these beasts is that you make them with not two, but three slices of wholemeal bread! Myself and @ultimatecoddy liked them so much we named them the 'awesomewiches!'
I love garlic mushrooms as a starter, so when I saw this on the plan I really wanted to try and make it. Finely chop garlic cloves and onion, fry with chopped mushrooms, add vegetable stock and leave to simmer, then finally add creme fraiche. In the meantime, cook some spaghetti and, when all is ready, serve! Delicious.