At the moment Mr Smith is working really hard at trying to shed a chunk of weight and is doing so well with it too (I am really proud of his efforts and determination). I too want to lose a few lbs for the Summer/beach days, but I am not by any means being as strict as he is. I am however supporting him in the areas that matter most and where our weak spots are, and this means changing up what we eat on our date nights!
Every Friday night we have a date night – It’s mostly ordering a pizza or curry and watching a film together, though occasionally we go out to eat or watch a film at the cinema too if we can get a sitter. I love date night and really look forward to not having to cook and just being able to chill together at the end of the week, doing something we love. Whilst we are pretty good at eating healthy most of the week, our weekend take outs aren’t the best when you want to shed a few LBs and so we have been aware for a while now that we really need to cut down on those to help Nath especially with his weight loss and save a bit of cash too. Sometimes we do really well and will buy posh, healthy ready meals from M&S or something fresh, but one thing’s for sure – we rarely cook!
This weekend though I made myself not give into the habit/desire to have a curry and instead quickly pulled together a “fakeaway” for us both! It was hard to get up and do it as I don’t particularly like cooking on date night (it doesn’t feel special to me), but as Nathan can’t really cook, unless I make something, the answer is a posho ready meal, eating out or take out! So on Friday, as we had established we didn’t want to do any of that, I ended up cooking! It wasn’t so bad though – I roasted a chicken, made some mint yogurt, chopped a salad and toasted a couple of wholemeal pitta – I presented him with “Fakeaway chicken Kebabs” and it was super tasty, fresh, low in calories, healthy and mega cheap too! We then used the leftover chicken yesterday in pesto wraps for lunch and he has been able to lose another 2lbs this week as a result!
I wasn’t keen to cook, but this creation tasted so nice I didn’t mind in the end and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Fakeaway Chicken Kebabs
This meal was so yummy and didn’t leave us with that heavy, groggy feel you sometimes get with eating a takeaway. I also love how cheap and easy it is to make, because (a) we need to be spending less and (b) by Friday I often can’t be bothered to cook! The kids had a sneaky bite before bed too, so if you are looking for a fresh Summer tea for you as a couple or to enjoy as a family, this might just hit the spot!
You will need …
Wholemeal Pitta bread (toasted)
A whole chicken Roasted (I used a piri in the bag one from Aldi – £3.99 or 1/2 price if you get there in the evening)
Salad – I used Lettuce, Red onion, cucumber, Tomatoes
Natural low fat yogurt
Roast the chicken in the oven. Whilst it cooks chop your salad and make the sauce.
For the sauce simply mix half a pot of natural yogurt with a tablespoon (or more) of mint sauce, 1/2 tsp (or more for flavour) of chilli powder and a tablespoon of sugar.
Finally toast pitta and half, and fill with cooked chicken, salad and yogurt!
I love takeout now and then I’m not gonna lie, but after how tasty, easy and cheap these were to make, and after seeing how much difference it has made to Mr Smith’s weight loss goals this week, I will be sure to make even more of an effort to make healthier dishes for our date nights – I still want a curry once a month though – maybe!