Friday, 21 June 2013

Summer Save Up and Shape Up Challenge

I was recently contacted and asked to take part in the Voucher Codes Most Wanted's Summer Save Up and Shape Up challenge. The challenge is to make a meal that costs under £5 and was under 500 calories per serving. Well you al know how I love to do a challenge so I was more then happy to take part in this! I spent some time really thinking about what I like to eat for lunch and what I could create for a filling and if needed portable lunch this is what I came up with.........

Tamzin's Feta Loaf and Salad

For the loaf:

You need: 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 red onion, 1 small courgette, 1 cup spinach, spices/seasoning, 6 eggs and 6 slices of feta cheese 

To make: chop the onion and courgette into small pieces, heat a pan over a low heat then add olive oil. After a minute or just under add the onion and courgette and lightly fry on the low heat. (you don't want to over heat the olive oil because it will burn and taste rancid!). Add your seasoning, I used a sprinkle of paprika, dried garlic, salt and pepper but you can add whatever you have in the cupboard. Add the spinach and once it has wilted remove pan from heat. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper then evenly spread veggies at the bottom. Top the veggies with feta, I cut 6 slices of feta and laid them length ways on top but you could crumble it in if you preferred. Whisk 6 eggs with a little water then pour over veggies and feta. Bake in the oven on a medium heat for 30 minutes. Pierce the loaf with a skewer and if it comes out clean loaf is cooked it should be firm to the touch. Let the loaf cool or serve immediately, if you leave it cool like I did it will deflate a little but that is normal! 

For the Salad:

You need: 1 carrot, 1 courgette, 1/4 of lemon, 1/2 tbsp olive oil

To make: grate the courgette and carrot then squeeze the lemon over and drizzle with olive oil

This was yummy!! I also think it was pretty simple to make and so easy to box up and take to work with you, perfect if your in a rush but need a healthy low calorie meal either at home or at work!

Each serving cost £3.41 (based on 2 people eating it, from the supermarket) and is 393 calories!!!!!!

An all round winner you might say?? I definitely say : )

I don't think eating healthy has to be expensive and here are my top five healthy eating tips for the warmer weather:

Eat Salad But Experiment!

Salad doesn't have to be boring tomatoes and iceberg lettuce! You can use most veggies raw to make salad and they actually taste better raw and are better for you!! Try grating celeriac and turnips then drizzle with walnut oil and some black pepper yum. Plus grating veggies makes them go further!

Make Your Own Dressing!

Pass on the pre made salad dressings they usually have loads of sugar and thickeners and are expensive. Use plain old olive oil/extra virgin/sesame or walnut which ever you like the taste of best and drizzle over salad, add some lemon or lime, herbs maybe some apple cider vinegar even, again experiment!

Team Your Salad With Protein!

Make sure you have some protein with your salad to keep you full and prevent you reaching for the less so good for you choices. Use meats, tofu, cheese, fish or eggs again whatever you like best.

Be Prepared!

I find that if I am unprepared my choices are definitely not as good as they could be. And if you are caught out and can only buy a meal from a shop it can cost £5 + not cheap! I like to prepare lunches the night before but I do this by making extra for dinner for instance I make chicken and roasted veggies but make enough for 4 so me and my boyfriend can have the extra the next day. This means we get a healthy meal and don't have to get up early to make lunch! 

Make Your Food From Scratch!

This is really the only way to know what is exactly in the food your eating, packet food has so many extras that you really don't need so unless you are out for the day or its a special occasion make your own food!!!! Its cheaper which means you could save some pennies and once you get into the routine it becomes second nature you just have to be willing : )

I hope you get a chance to make this feta and egg loaf, it really is delicious. I want to say thank you to the Most Wanted team for asking me to get involved it was fun creating this new recipe and I am looking forward to making it again! If you haven't checked out their blog you should take a look it has loads of healthy tips and interesting stuff to read.


Can you share a top healthy eating tip you live by?


  1. That sounds like a great challenge.

    Wow. Your savoury loaf looks gorgeous. Love the flavour combos.

    My top healthy eating tip is be creative. Healthy eating doesn't have to be dry crackers and a side salad. It can be fresh, tasty, wholesome products. Get in the kitchen and experiment with flavours.