The Unlardy Project – end of week 9

Weight change this week: 2.5 lbs down (total loss 9.5 lbs)

Exercise this week: daily dog-walk; Wednesday, C25K training; Thursday, lots of steps in London (!);  Monday, C25K training (w2 d1 – 1.5min running intervals); Tuesday, HIIT circuits.

What worked well/tip of the week: Planning round meals out

Bits where I had to think: Dinner out in London on Thursday, afternoon tea in London on Friday, dinner out on Saturday – planned it in advance so I had zero-point breakfast and dinner on Friday in particular.

What needs to change next week: nothing – keep up the good work!

Mindset: pleased with the results so am keeping going

Favourite/new recipe this week: cottage pie with caluiflower topping – serves 4



  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 250g 5% fat beef mince (could use poultry mince or Quorn)
  • 1 X 400g tin of chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 red (bell) pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 150g chestnut mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large stick celery, sliced
  • 1/2 a medium courgette (zucchini), diced
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 40g reduced fat cheese, grated (use the fine side of the grater)


Steam the cauliflower, then mash it.

While the cauli’s steaming, brown the mince in a pan (if it’s non-stick you won’t need oil); then drain the mince, add all the other ingredients except for the cheese, and simmer for 30 mins until the carrot’s soft.

Place the mixture in a large casserole dish, top with the mashed cauli, sprinkle the cheese on top, and bake at 180 degrees for 40 mins.

(The sauce also works really well as a pasta sauce, with a jacket potato or rice – and you can mix things up a bit by adding beans/chilli/smoked paprika, or changing the the veg.)

1 thought on “The Unlardy Project – end of week 9”

  1. Hi Kate, congratulations, you’re doing so well at this. Dropping nine and a half pounds is a terrific achievement, so pat yourself on the back! Good luck with the running, Kim xx

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