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MY DELICIOUS CARBONARA RECIPE

MY DELICIOUS CARBONARA RECIPE


Ingredients:

- Spaghetti
- Bacon (syn free with the fat removed)
- Chopped Mushrooms
- 37.5g of Philadelphia (1/2 HEA or 3 syns)
- 20g Reduced Fat Cheese (2/2 HEA or 3 syns)
- 1 egg (yolk separated from the white)
- Vegetable Stock Cube mixed with a small amount of water
- Dash of Salt and Pepper
- Sprinkle of Garlic Powder
- Sprinkle of Parsley
- Sprinkle of Oregano

Method:

1. Boil water in a saucepan (or frying pan if you like to cook your spaghetti like me) and cook the spaghetti. Drain once cooked and leave to the side.

2. In a frying pan, cook the bacon and mushrooms. Mix the Philadelphia, cheese and egg yolk in a bowl whilst the bacon and mushrooms are cooking.

3. Once the bacon and mushrooms are cooked, add the cooked spaghetti, vegetable stock, Philadelphia, cheese and egg yolk, along with the egg white and seasonings. Mix well and stir occasionally on a medium heat. Once the sauce begins to thicken, low the heat and keep stirring. 

4. Once the sauce is thick and creamy, your carbonara is ready to serve! Serve topped with parsley. If you find that the sauce has dried up a little just a bit more water before serving!

Carbonara is one of many of my favourite pasta dishes! I hope that you enjoy!

Lot's of love, Soph x
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CREAMY TOMATO MEATBALL PASTA RECIPE

CREAMY TOMATO MEATBALL PASTA RECIPE



Ingredients:

- Handful of Spaghetti (who measures spaghetti?!)
- Musclefood Lean Chicken Meatballs
(for the Slimming Worlder's - 0.5 syns each)
P.s. you can get £5 off orders over £25 at Musclefood using my code SOPHIE5
- Can of Chopped Tomatoes
- x2 Chicken Stock Cubes
- 75g of Philadelphia Light (HEA or 6 syns)
- Frylight
- Chopped onion
- Spinach
- Chopped Red Pepper
- Dash of Salt and Pepper
- A sprinkle of Garlic
- A sprinkle of Oregano
- A sprinkle of Parsley
- A sprinkle of Paprika

I say a 'sprinkle' because if you follow me on my Instagram you will probably know that I don't like to measure! It's all about taste-testing and guesstimating!

This recipe serves one, however, if you are cooking for more just double the ingredients!

Method: 

1. In a frying pan, spray Frylight and cook the onion, chopped red pepper and spinach together until the onion is see through, the red pepper is soft and the spinach is wilted.

2. Whilst the veg is cooking, boil a pot of water and cook the spaghetti and drain once cooked. 

3. Remove the onion and spinach and fry the meatballs until they are cooked through.

4. Once the meatballs are cooked, add the onion, red pepper and spinach along with the chopped tomatoes, Philadelphia, chicken stock cubes and the seasonings. Stir and leave to simmer until the sauce begins to thicken.

4. Once the sauce has thickened, add the cooked spaghetti and mix well. Serve topped with some more parsley!

And that is my Creamy Tomato Meatball Pasta recipe! I hope that you enjoy!

Lot's of love, Soph x 
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WHY NOT BEING OKAY, IS OKAY / A FEW THOUGHTS

WHY NOT BEING OKAY, IS OKAY / A FEW THOUGHTS


Do you ever have days where you feel ridiculously crap, moody or just down in the dumps? Then you think about why it is that you feel crap and you realise that you have absolutely no idea? And then you think about other people in the world who have reasons for feeling the way you feel and then that makes you feel even more crap because you can't even come up with one reason? I just lost count of the amount of times I used the word crap. But crap is a good word so...

I used to feel super angry with myself when I felt like that and I couldn't think of why I felt that way, but now I just go with the flow and accept that it is ok to not be ok 24/7. Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows as the saying goes. There could be many underlying reasons of why I am feeling this way, things that have happened in the past, life events that I thought I had overcome, small things that ruin your day without even realising they have, hormones, etc. I used to hide how I felt and put on an act and pretend everything was all hunky dory, but damn was that tiring. I felt (and still feel) like if I can't understand why I feel this way, how can anybody else? But why should I hide it? We are human beings, we have feelings and emotions and to be honest, putting on an act and hiding it would only make me feel worse. I decided I needed to be true to my feelings and if I am feeling crap, then I will feel crap.



Feeling crappy or sad are common emotions and in my eyes, the most hurried-past emotions in this current time, I feel as though there is so much pressure put on people to have this 'happy go lucky' attitude, which isn't the case for many, and that makes it SO much harder to express how we really feel because we feel like we will be judged, mocked, and so on. I find that rather upsetting and such a shame that people's emotions are treated like some kind of joke and not taken seriously.

Summing up, all I want to say is, it really is ok to not be ok. Do not feel like you are alone because believe me you are not. Also, please try not to be too hard on yourself about having to be ok and having it together all of the time and remember to always be gentle with yourself.

Lot's of love, Soph x

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MY GO-TO NIGHT TIME SCENT

MY GO-TO NIGHT TIME SCENT



Calendar // My Etsy | Sunglasses // Primark | Artificial Succulent // Primark 




When it comes to fragrances (and food) I'm a sweet scent kinda gal. I was a little late to the party on 
trying YSL Black Opium, it was a gift from my lovely boyfriend for my birthday earlier this year and I have fallen in love with it. I love perfume, you can never have too many perfumes in my eyes. I have a whole basket full of them, a little collection. I am quite picky when it comes to scents, I think overall I just love the sweet/floral scent not just for throughout the day but throughout the night also. It just tingles my senses and sends a triggers some happy switch in my brain or something....

However, I do prefer to spritz Black Opium on myself when I have night time occasions to attend, this may be down to the design of the bottle - the dark, mysterious, glittery design, as it gives off a night time kinda feel. I am also obsessed with the see through circle in the middle section which for some reason reminds me of the moon.

I never usually purchase perfumes for myself, I always receive them as gifts. I swear I have Ghost's whole collection of perfumes as my lovely Nan always buys them for me. I tend not to buy them for myself because all of the perfumes I like are waaay above the price range of a skint student... but this makes receiving perfumes as gifts so much more special because they aren't something I buy regularly, instead I receive them from a loved one on my birthday or for Christmas maybe.

But YSL Black Opium is definitely one that I will be savouring! If you love a sweet scent, you can purchase Black Opium here and try it for yourself! I would really appreciate some recommendations for other sweet/floral scents! What are your favourites?

Lot's of love, Soph x
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QUICK & EASY PASTA DISH / PHILLY PESTO PASTA RECIPE

QUICK & EASY PASTA DISH / PHILLY PESTO PASTA RECIPE




Philly Pesto Pasta is my favourite pasta dish at the moment. I love pasta, in all of its shapes and sizes that it comes in. I also love that I can eat pasta and lose weight! This recipe is a Slimming World friendly recipe and is only 2 syns for the Pesto Rosso if you count the Philadelphia as your Healthy Extra A! I often adapt the ingredients I use in this dish, but the sauce recipe is always the same. Sometimes I like to have bacon or chicken with it, or sometimes I will have no meat and simply just throw in some vegetables like spinach.

 Ingredients for one:

- Pasta (70-100g)
- Philadelphia Light (70g)
- Pesto Rosso (1 tbsp)
- Vegetable Stock (75ml)
-  A dash of Salt and Pepper
- A sprinkle of Garlic Powder
- A sprinkle of Oregano
- A sprinkle of Parsley
- A handful of Spinach
- 2 Cherry Tomatoes

This recipe serves one person, however, if you are cooking for two (or more) then you can double the ingredients!

Method:

1. Boil the pasta in a saucepan (or frying pan which I like to do) until cooked.

2. Once the pasta is cooked, drain in a colander and put the pasta back in the frying pan along with the spinach and a small amount of vegetable stock on a low heat.

3. Once the spinach has wilted, add the rest of the vegetable stock, Philadelphia, pesto and seasonings, stir and leave to thicken on a medium heat (stirring occasionally).

4. Once the sauce begins to thicken and become creamy, lower the heat and place the cherry tomatoes in a small dish, flatten them with a fork, sprinkle with garlic and salt and place in the microwave for 45 seconds until they are soft.

5. Once the pasta sauce is thick, mix and transfer into a bowl (or on a plate) and top with the cherry tomatoes. 



And that is my quick and easy Philly Pesto Pasta dish! It is such a versatile dish as you can use all different meats, fish, vegetables and it will still taste beautiful every single time!

I really hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. If you do try this recipe, make sure to comment with your thoughts about it!

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Lot's of love, Soph x



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