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Vegan Haggis | Homemade Haggis

I’m Scottish, therefore I love haggis. However, I’m following slimming world, and the readily available pre-made vegetarian haggis’ (that are vegan), are 9 syns per 100g. That is 9 syns per quarter. I usually have half in one go, 18 syns is not something I’m prepared to eat, nor am I prepared to only have one quarter, so when it was St. Andrews Day recently, I went searching on the internet for a vegan haggis recipe that was fairly straight forward, and I found this one. I have tweaked the recipe a little to make it slimming world friendly (syn free, it uses a Healthy Extra B in the form of rolled oats), while it was not exactly like one of the shop bought haggis’, it was pretty damn tasty. I’ll definitely be having it again.

Vegan Haggis (Slimming World Friendly)

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 stalk of celerly, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 75g Mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 125g tinned kidney beans
  • 125g red lentils
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 40g rolled oats
  • Salt and Black Pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 175 celsius, 160 for a fan. Use spray oil to sautee onion and garlic.

After 5 minutes add the bay leaf, celery, carrot and some salt. After another 5 minutes add the mushrooms. Cool for a further 5 minutes.

In a separate bowl roughly mash the kidney beans with a fork, Add lentils, spices and vegetable stock. Lastly add the oats and mix well. Add to the vegetable mix and cook for about 5 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

When you’re getting it out it does tend to fall apart, so spoon it out of the dish when it’s done. I had it with mashed carrots and turnip, then some cabbage and brocolli on the side and of course gravy (2 syns worth) on top making it syn free and SP. If you’re looking for a no syn alternative this is it! Enjoy!

Homemade Vegan Haggis

Vegan Slimming World – Week 5

I reached the end of my mostly SP week, with two days spent at vegfest eating rather a lot I still managed to lose a pound! I did stick to it religiously around those two days, and I didn’t go completely off the rails either, although I ate way more than I generally do I guess. So losing a pound is pretty good.

I need to get my weight losses higher though, this one pound a week is very frustrating. I know that people say 1 – 2 pounds is all that can be expected, but man I just wish I could lose a little faster. When you have so far to go, 1 – 2 pounds a week seems like forever. If I lost at that rate it would take me to nearly this time next year to get to my goal target weight of 10 stone, I currently have 87 left to lose.

SP was good! But it felt restrictive as a vegan, while there is a fair choice of beans, lentils etc, I struggled to make things using these and tended to stick to either baked beans or quorn over the week. I only had pasta, rice and potatoes once though on my non SP days, and I think this must have helped my weight loss. I do think my suspicion about eating too big portion sizes of these foods was probably correct. Last night I weighed my pasta to a 85g dry portion, still large, 70g is the recommended, but instead of worrying about how big it was I knew, I checked the calories and saw it was well within normal ranges.

I’ll share my SP food diary for the 5 days of last week that I followed it, and maybe it will help any other vegans who are thinking about some SP time.

Wednesday

Breakfast – HexB for bread, 1 syn for maple rashers, spinach and tomato speed, 10g vegan cheese HexA

Lunch – Stir fry veg speed, quorn fillet protein, melon speed, soy sauce free

Dinner – carrots, turnip, brocolli and cabbage speed, gravy 1.5 syns, homemade haggis (recipe coming up) – protein and speed, porridge second HexB

Body Magic – None

Syns used – 2.5

Thursday

Breakfast – Bread – HexB, Maple Rashers – 1 syn, tomatoes, spinach, tangerine and melon speed, 10g Vegan cheese – HexA

Lunch – Bread – HexB, Fry’s Sausages – 0,5 syns, tomato, spinach, onion and mushrooms – speed, baked beans – protein

Dinner – lettuce, courgette, jalapenos, tomatoes, cucumber – speed,  chilli beans and quorn – protein, hot sauce – 1 syn

Apro yoghurt – 2 syns, fruit – speed

Body Magic – 45 minutes gym, 15 minute dog walk

Syns used – 3.5

Friday

Breakfast – Porridge and Chia – HexB, Rice milk – HexA, Alpro – 0,5 syns, Agave Nectar – 0.5 syns, Berries and plum – Speed

Lunch – Bread – HexB, beans leftover – protein, salad – speed, hot sauce – 1 syn

Dinner – Veg casserole – speed, cabbage, brocolli, turnips and carrots – speed, chickpeas – protein, dumplings – 8 syns

Body Magic – 15 minute dog walk

Syns used – 12

Monday

Breakfast – Porridge and Chia – HexB, Rice milk – HexA, Alpro – 0,5 syns, Agave Nectar – 0.5 syns, Berries and plum – Speed

Lunch – Pre-made shop sandwich – 10 syns (removing 6 for HexB), tangerine – speed

Dinner – Fry’s sausages – 1 syn, Baked Beans – Protein, Pepper, Carrots, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, celery – speed

Body magic – 15 minute dog walk

Syns used – 12

Tuesday

Breakfast – Bread – HexB, Baked Beans – Protein, Mushrooms, Onion, Jalapeno- Speed, Hot sauce – 0.5 syns

Lunch – Stir fry pack – mostly speed, quorn fillet – protein, hot sauce – 1 syn

Dinner – Baked Beans – protein, Wrap – HexB, pepper, onion, mushrooms, tomato, jalapeno – speed, linda mccartney pulled chicken – 2 syns, bbq sauce – 2 syns

Body magic – 15 minute dog walk

Syns used – 5.5

I’m not going to use SP this week, but I am going to start weighing my portion sizes of rice, pasta, potatoes, poha, cous cous etc, just to keep an eye on these and make sure that they aren’t affecting my weight loss.

Also,  I thought I would share my most liked nine pictures from Instagram last year, the amount of beans in these is hilarious!

Vegan Slimming World - Week 5

Lastly, next week at our Slimming World Group is the Christmas party and we are to bring food. Any ideas on what to take that is vegan and slimming world friendly to a taster would be appreciated! I have no clue at the moment.

Vegan Slimming World – Week 2

Week two of slimming world I found harder than week one. Just a little harder to stick to it, I think to be honest after having such a big loss the first week I was a little lazy this week. I was also having a very stressful time at work, and although I by no means pigged out I definitely ate more than I should have at times. Either way I still lost 1 pound! Whoop! 6.5 now since starting slimming world and 40.5 overall 😀 Here is my food diary for the week:

Food Diary – Vegan Slimming World – Week 2

Wednesday

Breakfast

  • 2 Slices of 400g wholemeal toast – Heathly Extra B
  • Tomatoes, Plum  – Speed
  • Grapes – Free
  • Vitalite – 1 Syn

Lunch

  • Tomato, Mushrooms – Speed
  • Five Beans, Tinned new potatoes – Free

Dinner

  • Onion, Musrooms, Garlic, Spinach, Side Salad, Tinned Tomatoes – Speed
  • Creamed Coconut – 3 syns
  • Chickpeas, Basmati Rice – Free

Extra

  • 2 Oreos – 5 syns

Thursday

Breakfast

  • 2 Slices of 400g wholemeal toast – Heathly Extra B
  • Tomatoes, Plum– Speed
  • Vitalite – 1 Syn

Lunch

  • Tinned Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms – Speed
  • Chickpeas, Basmati Rice – Free
  • Creamed Coconut – 3 syns

Dinner

  • Veggie Quarter Pounder – 9 Syns
  • Chilli Sauce – 2 syns
  • Boiled Rice – Free
  • Salad – Speed

Extra

  • Kiwi – Free
  • Strawberries, Melon – Speed

Friday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Loaf wholemeal bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Tomatoes – Speed
  • Vitalite – 1 syn
  • Banana –  Free

Lunch

  • Mixed Beans, Cous Cous – Free
  • Tomato, Cucumber, Jalapenos – Speed
  • Hot Chilli Sauce – 0.5 Syns

Dinner

  • Veggie Haggis – 11 syns
  • Potatoes, Mushy Peas – Free
  • Carrots, Brocolli, Cabbage – Speed
  • Gravy – 1.5 Syns

Saturday

Breakfast

  • Homemade Hash Brows (recipe coming up), Baked Beans – Free
  • Mushrooms and Tomatoes – Speed
  • Potato Scone – 3 syns

Lunch

  • Vegetable Pakora – 10 syns
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Speed

Dinner

  • Vegetables – Speed
  • Curry Sauce – 8 syns
  • Cabbage Spring Rolls – 12 syns
  • Boiled Rice – Free

Sunday

Breakfast

  • Tomatoes – Speed
  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B

Lunch

  • Boiled Rice – Free
  • Salad, Pear, Plum, Cherry Tomatoes – Speed
  • Vegetable Jalfrezi – 2 syns
  • Bombay Potatoes – 2 syns

Dinner

  • Lettuce, Peppers, Onions, Jalapenos, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, Tinned Tomatoes – Speed
  • Mixed Beans, Rice, Fajita Seasoning – Free

Extra

  • Grapes – Free
  • Oatly Cappucino – Healthy Extra A
  • Praline Syrup – 1.5 Syns

Monday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Tomatoes – Speed
  • Bananas, grapes – Free

Lunch

  • Parsip, Potato and Carrot Free Soup

Dinner

  • Tomato Pasta Sauce – Speed
  • Pasta – Free
  • Onion Rings – 4 syns

Extra

  • Oreos – 5 syns

Tuesday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Bananas, Baked Beans – Free

Lunch

  • Parsip, Potato and Carrot Free Soup
  • Rice Cakes – 3 syns
  • Vegan Cheese – Healthy Extra A
  • Cucumber – Free

Dinner

  • Orzo pasta, Hellman’s Fat Free vinigarette Free
  • Tomaotes,Courgette, Brocolli, Cabbage, Mushrooms and Peppers – Speed
  • Dijon Mustard – 0.5 Syns

Sadly some of this is guessed as I handed in my food diary before copying the last couple of days. I won’t make that mistake this week! Here you can see my food diary from week one and my initial post about slimming world as a vegan.

Vegan Slimming World – Weight Loss

My weight loss recently has been non existent. Not only non existent but it’s been negative, in other words I had a sneaking suspicion I had put weight on. In an effort to stem this before I end up putting on all the weight that I’ve lost, I signed up to slimming world.

I have previously tried slimming world, and have a couple of friends who have done very well there, but I have struggled to stick at it myself. But desperate times require desperate measures, and lose weight I will, so last Wednesday (26th October), I went back and faced the music.

I had put on 16 pounds. Looking on the positive side of it I have still kept off 34 pounds. This is good! My previous weight loss attempts have led to be regaining all I have lost and more. But I haven’t lost any weight recently and I’m hoping slimming world will help with this. I was a little apprehensive starting slimming world as a vegan, however after some research (and reading a massive thread on minimins) I decided I may as well give it a try! I know I’m ready to lose it, getting weighed publicly can only help and I know my diet has been only around 70% healthy of late.

So, veganS slimming world. What can you eat, and what can’t you eat? I will go into this more at a later date but its pretty much free amounts of vegetables and fruit, free within reason of potatoes, pasta, cous cous, rice etc, one free “calcium” based extra and one free “fibre” based extra a day. Everything else must be synned. I’m not a fan of the lingo but basically anything that doesn’t come from a natural source has a syn value. This can be checked on the app, website, or even just by googling.

The group is a large part of the slimming world experience. Members stay after weighing and discuss how their week has gone, if they lost/gained, tips for other members. I will attend class on a Wednesday morning, I will attempt not to weigh myself at home between classes and I will really really try to stick to the plan.

Weekly I also will share what I have eaten, hopefully to help other vegans considering slimming world. It may be pretty repetitive but such is life!


Thursday

Breakfast

  • 1 Large slice of wholemeal toast – Heathly Extra B
  • Baked Beans – Free
  • Tomatoes and Mushrooms – Speed

Lunch

  • Cherry Tomatoes, Salad – Speed
  • Grain Mix – 4 syns
  • Homemade Soup – Free

Dinner

  • Lettuce for wraps – Speed
  • Linda McCartney Burrito Mix – 4.5 syns
  • Mixed Beans – Free
  • Vegan Cheese 25 g – Healthy Extra A
  • Peppers – Speed
  • Fruit Pot – Free

Extra

  • Shortbread – 5 syns

Friday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Loaf wholemeal bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Spinach – Speed
  • Baked Beans – Free

Lunch

  • Rice, Mixed Veg – Free
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Speed

Dinner

  • Fry’s Vegan Sausages – 1 syn
  • Tomato Ketchup – 2 syns
  • Sweet Potato Fries, Beans – Free
  • Mixed Roasted Veg – Speed

Extra

  • Shortbread – 5 yns
  • Cream Cracker – 2 syns
  • Plum – Speed

Saturday

Breakfast

  • Homemade Hash Brows (recipe coming up), Baked Beans – Free
  • Mushrooms and Tomatoes – Speed

Lunch

  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Vegan Cheese – Healthy Extra A
  • Pickle – 1 Syn
  • Carrots, Cucumber and Tomatoes – Speed

Dinner

  • Vegetable Quarter Pounder – 9 Syns
  • Chilli Sauce – 1.5 Syns
  • Salad – Speed
  • Curry Sauce – 3 syns
  • Boiled Rice – Free

Sunday

Breakfast

  • Homemade Hash Brows (recipe coming up), Baked Beans – Free
  • Mushrooms and Tomatoes – Speed
  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B

Lunch

  • Wholemeal Cous Cous, Pinto Beans – Free
  • Courgette, chilli, spinach, onions – Speed
  • Curry Sauce – 3 syns

Dinner

  • Fry’s Vegan Sausages – 1 syn
  • Salad – Speed
  • Slimming world chips – Free
  • Curry Sauce – 3 syns

Extra

  • Grapes – Free
  • Oatly Cappucino – Healthy Extra A
  • Praline Syrup – 1.5 Syns

Monday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Tomatoes – Speed
  • Bananas, grapes – Free
  • Margerine – 1 syn

Lunch

  • Poha Rice, Pinto Beans – Free
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, chilli – Speed
  • Curry Sauce – 2 syns

Dinner

  • Sweet Potato, Baked Beans – Free
  • Vegan Cheese – Healthy Extra A

Extra

  • Pear – Speed
  • Dark Chocolate Square – 3 syns
  • Rice Cake – 1.5 Syns

Tuesday

Breakfast

  • 2 x 400g Wholemeal Bread – Healthy Extra B
  • Tomatoes, Satusuma – Speed
  • Bananas, grapes – Free

Lunch

  • Poha Rice, Potatoes – Free
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, chilli – Speed

Dinner

  • Risotto Rice, Stock – Free
  • Mushrooms, Garlic, Onion, Brocolli, Spinach – Speed
  • Vegan Cheese – Healthy Extra A

Extra

  • Crisps – 7 Syns
  • Margerine – 1 Syn
  • Plum – Speed
  • Oreo – 2.5 Syns

Weigh in is tomorrow, wish me luck! Starting weight was 16 stone 12 pounds, hopefully it can only go down 😀

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