Skint Beef and Mash

beefmashBasically, this meal was a combination of things I had in the fridge that were either past their use by date or almost at it!

It turned out to be pretty damn fantastic!

To make the beef you will need…

400g diced beef

1 bag of soup veg

1/4 cup of plain cous cous

1 beef oxo cube

250g of chopped mushrooms

250ml boiling water

4 tbsp of gravy granules

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

What you need to do…

Put all the ingredients except for the gravy granules into the slow cooker on low, for 5-6 hours.

When it is cooked, stir in the gravy granules to thicken it up.

…serve with some mash!
*I use instant mash quite a lot. It is super cheap and won’t go out of date quickly if I forget to use it!*

beef and mash

Skint Momma xx

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Curry Sauce

curry-sauceTo make a bulk of this curry sauce, to store in your fridge or freezer for a quick and easy meal, try this recipe…


1 tin of mushy peas
1 tin of beans
1 500g tub of passata
2 tbsp of tomato purée
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 chicken stock cubes
3 tbsp medium curry powder
1 cup of frozen peas
250g of chestnut mushrooms, halved and microwaved for 6 minutes in a little oil spray
A splash of soy sauce


To a large pan add the beans, mushy peas, passata, garlic, onion, tomato purée & stock cubes, bring to the boil and reduce the heat to a simmer
Add the curry powder and simmer for 15 minutes
Blend until smooth with a hand held blender
Add the peas and cooked mushrooms and simmer for a further 10 minutes
Add a little splash of soy sauce before serving

Serve over your favourite syn-free food…chips, rice, noodles….use your imagination! 

curry sauce

Skint Momma xx

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Creamy Bacon Pasta Sauce


Syn free


4 slices of bacon, grilled & chopped
1 onion, chopped roughly
2 cloves of garlic, sliced finely
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
Half a 300g tub of quark
200ml chicken stock (I use 2 stock cubes to make it, I like the stronger taste!)
1 tsp of onion granules
2 tsp of chopped chives (fresh or dry)

1/2 tsp black pepper (less or more to your preference)


Set aside the grilled bacon
To a hot pan use a little oil spray and add the onion and garlic until softened
Add the chives, onion granules and Worcester sauce and continuously stir
After a minute add the stock and let it boil and reduce for 5 minutes
Add the bacon to the pan then stir in the quark once you remove it from the heat (never let quark boil or it splits and becomes watery)

pasta sauce

*this recipe will serve 2 people so adjust the stock and quark quantities if making for more people* 

*serve it on top of your favourite pasta, I like whole wheat*
Skint Momma xx

PS – I am in no way related to Slimming World, please check all syn values with a consultant or Slimming World’s helpline.

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10 Signs You Have Mummy Brain


Are you the proud owner/mummy of 1 or more young children? Do you find yourself questioning everything you say and do? Do you feel like you might be losing your mind a little bit more every day?

You do??! 

You probably have ‘Mummy brain’

Here are the signs to look out for…

1 – When you go to do the laundry, you put all the kids clothes in the bin and a dirty nappy in the washing machine.

2 – You have to go through a list of names in your head before saying your own child’s name out loud. These may include the names of your siblings, partner, or pet’s name.

3 – You find your hairbrush in the fridge and can’t remember who put it there (it was you).

4 – You go for a pee at 5am…one minute later you think “Did I pee or not?”

5 – Your little bundle of joy explodes (from his/her bum) onto your bed at 3am, you reach for the baby wipes and throw a towel on it, lie down again and think “It’s only poo, I’ll deal with that tomorrow”. You don’t.

6 – You have left the house in one of the following at least once – slippers/dressing gown/pyjamas.

7 – You have sprayed hairspray on your armpits thinking it was deodorant and been genuinely confused all day as to why your skin is a strange texture and you smell like a hair salon

8 – You have used black eyeliner instead of eyebrow pencil…this needs no explanation. Epic brows.

9 – You forget what it’s like to talk to people like an adult. You use the phrase “poo-poos” far too often.

10 – ……………I’ve forgotten…

…and the best thing about it is – they don’t care what a hot mess I am. Not one bit! 


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Skint Momma xx


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Honest Slimatee Review

DISCLAIMER :- I do not work for HOLLAND AND BARRATT or Slimatee, or sell anything to do with Slimatee. I’m simply just a mummy trying to shift a few (by a few I mean a lot) pounds!



I had started to look around online at these ‘teatox’ teas being advertised. After seeing the price of them, I thought twice and started to ask around. One woman mentioned ‘Slimatee’ from Holland and Barrett, so I started reading reviews and doing a little research on it before making my purchase.

At just £3.69 for a box of 20, I bought myself 2 boxes at buy one get one half price, because you know how I love a special offer (offers change all the time, offer was correct at time of purchase – Aug 2015).

When my tea arrived it took me over a week to actually open it and start drinking my daily cup, as I was being told lots of dodgy stories about it, mainly bathroom related!

Once I started, the first thing I noticed was the taste – exactly like peppermint tea. I love peppermint tea so it wasn’t hard to swallow at all. 

About 10 hours after drinking the tea, I noticed some mild cramps in my tummy but nothing else. 12 hours later, a short bathroom trip was required, but really nothing out of the ordinary (SORRY!!).

I continued to drink one cup a day for 14 days, once in the morning around 8/9am. I changed my diet as well. I cut down on snacks and bread, and ate low calorie crisps and fruit instead of snacking on junk.

I ate all my own home cooked meals for dinner, I usually had an omelette and salad for lunch and toasted Nimble bread with cottage cheese, yogurt and fruit for breakfast.

By day 14 I had lost 10lbs.

So my conclusion is…if you want Slimatee to work, you HAVE to eat healthily alongside it. Drink plenty of water and green tea too. I have to admit I did NO exercise at all, as I am still suffering with pelvic arthropathy after giving birth (horrible!).

Slimatee seems to be more of a colon cleanse, rather than a ‘miracle cure’ for being overweight! In my opinion there is no quick fix for losing weight, the real key to it is a healthy diet and exercise! Although, it definitely helped my tummy feel a LOT less bloated and I didn’t feel tired or sluggish anymore, which for me was fantastic.

*Remember – do not drink it for longer than 14 days in any 2 month period and ONLY have ONE cup per day! (check with Holland and Barrett/your pharmacist/your GP if you are unsure about anything please!)

….I’m looking forward until I can drink it again, so yes, I would recommend it!


Skint Momma xx

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