Well thats what hubby says anyway. Yes, Mondays are Weigh-in days at Weight Watchers. I haven’t been for 3 weeks due to the holiday and had put on 1.5 pounds the last time I went. But I have been focused and generally within points since so I am confident of a good loss. But just in case I will be very careful today!
I had a very ripe mango in the fruit bowl and a carton of silken tofu in the fridge which screamed “SMOOTHIE” to me. Silken tofu is excellent in a smoothie as it gives it a creamy, custard-like consistency. Tofu is an excellent source of protein, low in fat and contains B vitamins, iron and calcium. To the silken tofu I added the mango, soya milk, banana and chia seeds and blitzed in the blender until completely smooth. I hate lumpy smoothies.
The end result was yellow, thick and creamy and you had to eat it with a spoon. It was delicious. My son can always sniff out a smoothie and was there immediately, clamouring for a large glass for himself. Luckily I had made double quantity!
I had a busy morning clearing out Harvey’s cupboards. He has grown so tall recently, many clothes no longer fit. He was a reluctant model and did not enjoy the task but eventually everything was tried on and sorted in to piles or put back in drawers. A tedious but necessary chore. While trying to remain patient with him my mind drifted off and I planned what I wanted for lunch. I knew there was a box of falafel in the fridge that needed eating up and I have an abundant supply of salad in the garden. What it also needed was my Tomatoey Humous Dressing.
6 tbsp chick peas
1 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp oil ( I used one each of rapeseed, olive and walnut)
2 large juicy ripe tomatoes
3 small/ 2 large garlic cloves
salt to taste
Chuck in a blender and blitz until smooth.
What an easy recipe! I love it and make it quite often. I like it quite runny and would ideally have added another tomato today but I didn’t have one available and I didn’t want to add more oil.
I use a small Braun Multi Quick blender which I bought for pureeing baby food and have used regularly ever since. It is perfect for making smooth salad dressings or pureeing small amounts of food . The larger blender (pictured above) is perfect for larger volumes but needs quite a lot of liquid to work well and a larger volume of ingredients than I have just used.
I put the Falafel in the oven to warm through and picked some cherry tomatoes for the salad. These were grown in a very large flower pot in a sheltered sunny spot on the patio.
I picked the usual leaves from the raised bed (spinach, beetroot, rocket, corn salad and 3 types of lettuce) , chopped up some celery and cucumber and arranged them artfully on a plate with the tomatoes. I plonked on the falafel and drizzled the Tomatoey Humous Dressing over the top. Yum.
I sent the afternoon most pleasurably in the garden, enjoying the sunshine and pottering about. My favourite type of gardening. I tidied up the tomato plants in the greenhouse, pleaded with the aubergines to grow (how hard can it be?), weeded the raised veg beds and planted some spring/salad onions in between the rows of carrots. Apparently it keeps the carrot fly away. A friend had told me about this but I couldn’t find the seeds I wanted until yesterday. Sarah Raven had some at the Smallholders Fair. I also bought a cute little pair of shears for deadheading which worked very well.
My daughter is in to running and she is very disciplined about it. She is also very disciplined about making me accompany her so I walk while she runs. I really didn’t want to go today as I was quite content in the garden but I received one of those looks and found my trainers quick smart! She even managed to persuade James he needed a walk today so we all set off together. It was so peaceful and pretty in the woods and I always love it when I go. Most of the walk is cool and shaded but there are long stretches where you walk in bright sunshine and others where the shade is dappled.
I had a chicken left in the fridge from last Thursdays farmers market and it needed eating. We decided while walking that we would have the chicken roasted with tarragon and lemon. Much as I love salad, I have had a lot of raw food lately and fancied some cooked vegetables.
As soon as we returned from the walk, I prepared the chicken. I think meat cooks better when it is at room temperature so I took the chicken out of the fridge after lunch. I remove all the packaging and put it on the roasting tray which I leave in a cold oven to keep flies etc off it.
I grow tarragon in a large flower pot on the patio (near the cherry tomatoes actually) so I picked 2 large stalks of tarragon. I stripped the leaves off the stalk and chopped them roughly. I mixed the chopped tarragon leaves in with some butter and added salt and spread it over the chicken. After one and a half hours in the oven at 190 the chicken was ready. James finished the dinner off as I had to collect Harvey who was out on a play date. I returned home to a perfectly roasted chicken, delicious gravy, spinach from the garden and mashed butternut squash. It was fantastic and hit the spot perfectly. The 4 of us picked that little chicken clean.
The other reason why James finished off dinner is because it was weigh-in time. And what a result! I lost 6 and a half pounds. I was really pleased that despite a fabulous holiday, I still lost an average of 2 pounds a week. So my total loss now is 24 pounds. It may not be appropriate to call it a weigh station for this whale for much longer.