No Count · Recipe

No Count Sweet and Sour Chicken

A favourite fakeaway that is tasty and easy to throw together if you’re in a rush! Shows that food doesn’t need to be unhealthy to feel like a treat!

no count sweet and sour

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 minutes (or less)
Cooking time:  Less than 10 minutes

No Count:  Free
Smartpoints:  1 + 6sp for 60g rice/pasta

 

 

Ingredients
1tsp olive oil (from daily allowance) (If following Smartpoints use cooking spray)
80g frozen chopped onion
80g frozen chopped peppers
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tin chopped tomatoes (200g)
33g pineapple chunks and a drop of the juice
1/2 tbsp sugar free caramel syrup*
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp chilli flakes (add to taste)
50g cooked chicken chunks

 


Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan over a medium heat and fry the onion, peppers and garlic for three minutes.
  2. Add to the pan the tomatoes, pineapple, pineapple juice, sugar free caramel syrup, vinegar and chilli flakes.  Simmer for two minutes or until the sauce is your preferred consistency.
  3. Add the chicken and warm through.  Serve with a portion of brown rice or brown pasta.

 

*I get my sugar free syrup from TK Maxx and this is the one I use.
Image result for skinny syrup caramel

 

breakfast · No Count

The Cake Watcher’s Top 5 No Count Breakfasts

1. Cherry Bakewell Baked Oats – Taste just like cherry bakewells, easy to make & quick to grab in the morning!  Recipe.

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2. No Count Fry-Up – Eggy crumpets, bacon medallions & beans – filling & delicious. To make the eggy crumpets simply soak torn up crumpets in 1 egg whisked with a drop of milk & then fry.18160773_1247575788694541_4344144276402208768_n

 

3. Overnight Oats – Easy to throw together the night before & quick to enjoy in the morning.  You can put frozen fruit straight in and the juices soak into the oats as they de-frost – Delicious!  The ones here are cherry bakewell (bit of a fave), but you can use lots of different fruit/flavour combinations.

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4. Bacon & Egg Muffin – A great breakfast fakeaway of everyone’s favourite fast food breakfasts.

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5. Banoffee Baked Oats – Another baked oats variation, the banana in these really bulks them up so they are very filling.  Recipe here.

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Let me know if you try any of these, and what you think.

My thoughts on No Count

breakfast · No Count · recipes · snacks

Banoffee Baked Oats

These are a great low point/No Count snack or breakfast! They’re really quick and easy to make and you can bake them the night before and re-heat them in the microwave for a minute.

Yield:  1 portion/4 cake cases
WW SmartPoints:  6
WW No Count:  Free
Preparation time:  10 minutes
Cooking time:  35 minutes

Ingredients
40g porridge oats
1 egg
25ml skimmed milk
25ml sugar-free caramel syrup
1 banana

Method

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

2.  Mash the banana (I use a potato masher, but a fork will be fine too)

3.  Mix in the oats, egg, milk & sugar-free caramel syrup.

4.  Spoon the mixture into silicon cake cases in a cupcake/muffin pan or silicon mould.

5.  Bake for 35 minutes until the tops are browned and the bottoms are no longer soggy.

6.  Remove from the cases/mould as soon as they are cool enough to handle to prevent them going soggy. (No one likes a soggy bottom!)

No Count

WW No Count – Smarter Choices without the points.

What is No Count?
At WW meetings we have been talking again about No Count.  The idea behind this ‘diet within a diet’ is that you can eat as much as you like from a set list of foods but you must stop when you feel full.  You also get an allowance of oil and milk to use each day.  If you want to eat anything that is not on the list, then you can still use points from your weekly allowance.  The foods on the list are chosen because they are nutritious and satisfying – so are things like lean meats, wholewheat carbohydrates etc (see the WW website for a full list).  The pictures on this post are all e.g.s of No Count meals.

I have done No Count in the past with varying degrees of success (week 1 – I lost, week 2 – I put on) but this time have decided to try No Count days mixed in with Smartpoint days.

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Jacket potato, prawns, quark, hot sauce

The pros of No Count:
No weighing and measuring, no pointing and you can eat more of foods you wouldn’t normally eat as they are too many  Smartpoints (such as baked beans).  I like the oil and milk allowance because this is WW trying to support you in being healthier, and I wouldn’t necessarily have these things normally.  This diet may be easier for people who have more to lose and therefore get more weekly points to spend on extra bits.  Many people who I have spoken to at WW do No Count all of the time as they find it easier.  You can still eat out whilst following No Count, but it would probably mean your meals have to be quite simple (such as steak and a baked potato) or you could use weeklies for your sauces etc.

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No Count Spaghetti Bolognese

The cons of No Count
You can’t really save all of your weeklies until the weekend if you are having to use them up on things like ketchup or cheese.  I’ve found this quite tricky as I usually make my daily Smartpoints allowance stretch to cover all meals and snacks each day.  A lot of the time I felt like I was cheating and a bit out of control because I wasn’t weighing and measuring – I worry that I eat portions that are too big and have lost the ability to recognise when I am full.

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Weigh-in
After following 2 days of No Count and 5 days of Smartpoints (although I did have a meal out and drinks at the weekend which I saved my weeklies for, but wasn’t able to calculate the points) the result was, that I stayed the same.  This is a good result as I am currently maintaining.

My overall thoughts on No Count
No Count could be good for me on the odd days that I want to feel like I am eating a lot and it does make you feel full, but on the whole I prefer Smartpoints because I like the control and being able to have meals out and treats in the evenings.

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Should you try No Count?
I would definitely recommend you give No Count a go if you are curious to try it.  you should be able to get a handy booklet about it from your leader or check out the WW website.  There is also a No Count cookbook which WW are currently selling which seems to be very popular.  There are also No Count recipes featured in the WW magazine.  The app can convert to No Count, but if you do what I did and do a few days of each, it doesn’t really work as the app can’t seem to cope it, but it is possible to work around this by only tracking things you know aren’t No Count.

Ideas for No Count Breakfasts.