Pizza Express Leggera Menu, cocktails and recovery food

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Pizza Express Leggera Menu, cocktails and recovery food

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Hello everyone, hope you are having a better Sunday morning than me. I’m rocking another lovely hangover, but as a result of a great day out at least! My Sister in Law and I decided to have a girls day out so we met up in town to go for pizzas, cocktails and red wine. That was Katy’s cocktail, an oak martini that had some kick to it! I had a ‘Spice to Meet You’:

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We had went to Pleased To Meet You for a posh cocktail fix, lovely!

Outfit of the Day:

P1150957Dress: TK Maxx, belt: so old I can’t remember where it’s from, owl necklace: Primark, purple tights: H&M, ankle boots: New Look

 Lunch was from Pizza Express*:

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I had the Pandana pizza from the Leggera range of lighter options. This was delicious and I have to say it was nice to have a pizza that didn’t leave me feeling completely bloated. The centre of the pizza is missing and filled with salad which I hadn’t been expecting! I also got one of the lighter dessert options:

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This was the Semi Freddo Dolcetti which was also lovely and just a nice size. I really enjoyed the meal although the pizza was served a little cold and the brownie that Katy had for dessert was rock solid! They are also fairly pricey with my pizza costing over £9. I do think it’s brilliant that restaurants are offering lighter options and I felt so much better finishing that meal, satisfied but not bloated, than I would usually when eating out. 

After that we drank more wine before I got the train home. I was not in any fit state I have to admit!

I had also been in Newcastle on Friday to meet a client and get my hair cut. I picked up some goodies from Aveda after getting my hair done:

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I love the Madder Root conditioner for red hair and was chuffed to be able to get some of the Aveda tea. I also bought a big winter scented candle and a tangle teezer brush. I also went and bought a few bits and pieces from Waitrose:

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I can’t wait to dive into that box of medjool dates!

Eats have included a lot of porridge!

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I’m making the most of the sweet mince pie filling while it’s festive – here with apple porridge and some peanut butter. I also made some healthy ‘nutella’ porridge before my spin class yesterday morning:

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So delicious! After spinning I just had time to chug down a green smoothie while I was getting ready to go out:

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Then when I got back, and had spent a few hours sobering up, I made one of my favourite ‘good for your soul’ meals:

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Melty cheese on toast can not be beaten when I’m feeling a bit rough. This was just the best!

Do you have a favourite ‘recovery’ food? Whether that’s from self inflicted illness or not ;-) Have you tried any of the Leggera menu from Pizza Express? What do you think about having calorie counts available when you eat out?

*my pizza was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review

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18 Comments

  1. LilyLipstick

    I like the Leggera pizzas – its nice to be able to have pizza in a normal day’s eating rather than it being a big splurge meal. I do find that the service and food at Pizza Express can be quite inconsistent – I’ve ordered the same salads at different branches in the past and some have been huge and amazing and others have been tiny sad portions – I guess its always like that with chain places. I love the Aveda tea – my friend bought me a box of it last year and I was so sad when it ran out. x

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    • Laura

      Yes I would definitely agree with that, it was good to be able to enjoy it and not worry about overdoing it in my other meals that day. So glad I got some of the Aveda tea it’s delicious :-)

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  2. Christina

    I bought two bags of those pretzels (hello buy 1 get 1 free!) to make chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites for a friend’s Christmas pressie – they’re so yummy!

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    • Laura

      Haha, snap! I used the other bag to make my pretzel peanut butter bark as a gift for some of my clients, I hope they enjoy it!

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  3. Anna @AnnaTheApple

    See cheese on toast for me is the worst thing I could think of. My mum used to give it to me when I was younger and I hated cheese. I still hate cheddar and melted cheddar is even worse. It’s funny though that one person’s comfort food is another person’s hate. I have to say probably most of my comfort food’s my hubby would hate haha. I love a thick soup made with squash and coconut milk. So so comforting. Or a big bowl of porridge mmmm.

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    • Laura

      Haha, it seems that way for everyone else as well, no one feeling the melty cheese love! I know what you mean though, it’s different for everyone isn’t it, but I would definitely agree on the porridge!

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  4. Maria @ runningcupcake

    I much prefer it when restaurants publish the calorie count- it doesn’t stop me eating out but means I can make a more informed choice. I like the pizzas with holes in the middle as if we had a pizza at home we would share, but when we go out Andy likes to have a meat one so we have our own and they are always too huge. Although Pizza Express do a lovely salad so I normally go for that.
    I never find desserts that good though- they always sound lovely but usually they are frozen and warmed up, whereas the mains are cooked fresh.
    I don’t really like melted cheese- I used to love cheese on toast but think I overdosed when I was doing my GCSE’s (long time ago!) . My comfort food would be tinned tomato soup :)

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    • Laura

      I have to say I was tempted to try the salad, I might have to go back for it another time. I know what you mean about the desserts, although my semi freedo thing was lovely, but that brownie was shocking!

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  5. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Oooh I bought some pretzels this weekend, yum! I am going to have to do a Waitrose shop before Christmas to get some of their caramel sauce for dipping. It is great that there are healthier options out there these days. Although I did feel a little cheated in Pizza Express with my Leggera pizza as the middle was missing, but it was still lovely all the same.

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    • Laura

      I got some salted caramel sauce from M&S for the dessert I’m making for Christmas, being lazy and not making my own lol! I know what you mean about feeling cheated, haha, I was wondering where the rest of it had gone!

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  6. Claire @ Flake and Cake

    Wow those dates look divine Laura! LOve your dress too, very pretty! I have lots of v old belts – one my Mum bought herself as a ‘new baby’ present when my sister (now 20) was born. They just last and last :)
    I do like the Leggara range at Pizza Express, esp the Superfood Salad and the mini desserts but agree that sometimes the production can be a little off – I’ve been there quite a bit recently and something always seems to be forgotten or wrong or not quite defrosted enough etc!

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    • Laura

      Thanks Claire! Not great that something hasn’t been right each time you’ve been, what a shame. I do really want to try the super food salad if I do go back.

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  7. Emma @ Stripes and Snapshots

    I love the leggera range, it makes eating out sensibly so much easier. You’ll definitely not regret getting a tangle teaser, I absolutely love mine, and can’t imagine life without it now!

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    • Laura

      I wish more restaurants would have options like that now! Loving the tangle teaser, bought another one as a gift!

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  8. Lauren (@PoweredbyPB)

    Medjools are my favourite, nothing else comes close to them! I love cocktails, but hangovers not so much haha! I just want all the carbs when I am hungover, coconut water and bananas are essential too. I had the leggera pizzas without cheese a few years back, haven’t been to Pizza express for yonks though.

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    • Laura

      They are the best aren’t they! I was gutted I had no coconut water in the house yesterday or I would have been all over it!

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  9. Lisa

    Toast is always my recovery meal, but I sometimes struggle with the cheese.

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    • Laura

      It’s strange for me as I haven’t gone for toast like that in ages, glad that I have some in the freezer for carb emergencies!

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