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Healthy Happy New Year Bean Stew - 154 calories

Ah, Christmas has taken its toll on me – and I managed to gain a staggering 12lbs over the festivities. That was over the course of a month and did include a two week holiday in the sunshine just ahead of Christmas. In my defence I did manage to get in a little exercise!

As of yesterday, I am back on it. This will be the year where I get to my 9 stone goal!

I also need to start improving my fitness levels. I have my first appointment with a Physio who I have been referred to via a Pain Clinic next week. The plan is to devise a suitable regular exercise programme which I hope will help with ongoing hip and lower back pain issues.

Yesterday and today I have been doing some bulk cooking – and thought you may like to see these healthy and low calorie filling recipes.

We have a plan with regards to diet. We are going to attempt 2 days a week eating fish, 2 days vegetarian and just one day of red meat. Outside of that, we will continue trying to find new recipes! We are also reducing the processed meat that we consume.

Healthy Bean Stew

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Cooking Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Serves: 6

Calories per serving: 154


Onions, Raw – 110g

Garlic – 2 Cloves/6g

Olive Oil – 12ml

Celery – 85g

Carrots – 100g

Swede – 175g

Courgette – 250g

Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice – 2 Cans/800g

Tomato Puree – 1 Pot/70g

Butter Beans – 235g

Cannellini Beans – 240g

Thyme, Dried – ½ Tsp/0.5g

Paste, Spicy Chipotle Chilli – 10g

Oxo Vegetable Stock Cubes – 1 Cube/6g

Chestnut Mushrooms – 170g


Peel and finely dice carrot, onion and garlic. Trim and finely dice celery. Peel the swede and cut into 1cm cubes. Cut the courgette and mushrooms into 1cm cubes.


(1) Pour the olive oil into a large lidded pan and heat over a medium heat. Add the carrot, celery, swede and onion and fry gently for 10-15 minutes. Add the garlic clove and cook for a further 5 minutes.

(2) Add the tinned tomato, tomato puree, crumbled stock cube and the water. Add the chipotle paste, thyme and paprika.

Stir thoroughly. Bring to the boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover and continue to cook for about 20 minutes stirring frequently.

(3) Add the courgette and stir. Cover and continue to cook for 30 minutes.

(4) Add the mushrooms. Stir thoroughly, cover and cook for a further 20 – 30 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked through.

(5) Finally, add the (drained) beans and stir. These only need to be heated through.

This meal makes an ideal “batch” cook and can be served either as a main meal or as a side dish to accompany chicken, white fish, pork chops, sausages or Mozzarella/Feta.

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Ooh thanks for the stew recipe. I too fell off my healthy eating plan ov5r the holidays. .and hope 9 stones this year is going to be achieved before my 2 year maintenance plans starts. 4 stones more ....I lost 4 syobes last year so im sure i can finish what i staryed. good luck and keep up the good work sharing your wonderful experiences. Really motivational and helpful. Happy new body..😆😆


Just wondering if anyone is having issues with posting pictures today? I have failed miserably with two posts - it's just not the same without a picture!

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None of us is able, Pineapple, the site's gone doolally!! :(

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I just managed to post one of my bean stew using Firefox instead of Chrome (I think...)

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Oh no I didn't! Glad it's not just me! Will post a picture when the problem is fixed! How boring is a recipe without a picture to drool over!


I spent hours trying to update the rotas! It wouldn't allow me to edit the thread. They're introducing a new feature and that always sends the site screwball!

They advise that we use Chrome!!

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You can see a picture here: flidfit.com/2018/01/03/happ...


and I see links won't hyperlink either now.... gggrrrrr


Scrumptious! Well done! make a really similar batch.. but may I recommend mixing up your beans.. Those with dark pigments in their 'skin' are very healthsome - barlotti, kidney, black bean just a few egs. I use at least 3 types in my batch and the variety of size and texture is quite nice too!

4 weeks is enough time for a 12 pound gain for me too pineapple, o so easily done ! But you have the attitude and the know how to beat the heck out of that and be back on track in no time!

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Ah! I was just using what was in the cupboard.... BUT I have found a recipe for a Jamie Oliver black bean burger that I plan to try in the very near future... jamieoliver.com/recipes/veg...

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That looks beautiful!

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I'm not too worried. Managed a two pound loss overnight by sticking to the Blood Sugar Diet principles yesterday and limiting myself to 800 calories. It will soon be gone again!

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Brill attitude!

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Hi pineapple27 I will try your recipe tomorrow I was just racking my brain trying to think of something different to try. Thankful for posting

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