Aubergine Pizzas Rock

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

I am of course exaggerating and I am not at sea facing death by thirst.  For some reason we do have a trickle of water in the kitchen.  However, in general terms our water shortage continues.  Flushing the loo with a bucket full of water, cleaning teeth and washing with a flannel at the kitchen sink have definitely lost any novelty value they may have had.  On the upside, we are saving gallons of water so the environment is benefitting and I have been swimming for the first time in years.  Well, beside bobbing about in a pool or in the sea on a holiday.

I needed a slow energy release for breakfast as I was planning to play tennis and then go for a swim and shower.  I made my usual porridge and today grated in an apple for sweetness.  To add protein and to lower the GI value of the meal, I added my last spoonful of the amazing almond butter with cinnamon and coconut.  It wasn’t even a whole spoonful.  I must definitely make that again as it was so delicious.

Breakfast: 50 g Jumbo Oats, 140 ml soya milk, 1 tsp Chia seeds, 1 apple and 1/2 a tbsp of almond butter.  Delicious and such a great way to start the day.  8 WW Points.

Tennis was really good fun as usual.  We are still at the coach’s house while the club courts are being resurfaced and she makes us work very hard.  We did a lot of volleying today which I love.  I find it very satisfying to whack the ball as hard as I can and finish off the point rather than slugging out a long rally.

After a pleasurable and tiring hour and a half of tennis I went swimming.  What a great time to go.  It was “General Swimming” but there was hardly anyone there so it was much easier to swim lengths than during the lane swimming sessions.  It was also a great way to stretch out after playing tennis.  I will be swimming after tennis again.

Exercise makes my hungry.  I had an aubergine and lots of tomatoes in the fridge and remembered that one of my favourite blogs had made a fantastic meal one day of Aubergine Pizza.  Click on the link to follow Kath’s recipe or follow mine 🙂

Aubergine Pizza – for 1

4 rounds of aubergine
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp garlic puree
2 tomatoes
80 g cheese (I used 40 g Brie and 40 g Halloumi) but you could use less if you wanted to save calories/points
Fresh basil

Cooking Intructions
Turn oven on to 200 ° C.
Put the aubergine slices/rounds on to a baking tray.  I use a stoneware flat dish (Pampered Chef Bar Pan).
Brush olive oil on to the 4 rounds of aubergine, turn them over and brush the other side with the remaining oil.
Season with salt and pepper.

Cook for 20 minutes.
Mix the tomato puree with the garlic puree.

Slice the tomatoes and cheese (I love tomatoes – they are so beautiful).  Slice the cheese very thinly so it goes further.

 When the aubergines have cooked for 20 minutes, flip them over and spread the tomato and garlic puree on the aubergine rounds.
Top with the tomato and cheese and snip the fresh basil on top.

Bake for another 10 minutes.

Bon appétit!

The Brie didn’t look as good as the Halloumi as the cheese melted too much but both tasted amazing.  Every mouthful was a pleasure and it was one of those meals I was disappointed to finish.  This would make a great starter for a dinner party as it is very easy and not at all time consuming but looks and tastes wonderful.  I should have served it on a bed of salad leaves and spinach but I was too hungry to go and pick any. 13 WW points.

Dinner was good but nothing special compared to lunch.  I made a pea and prawn risotto.  The Co-op were selling 2 packets of raw prawns for £5.  I am always a sucker for a promotion and this was still expensive.  We had to have equal share of the prawns so I know there were 40 in total so each prawn cost 12.5 pence.

I made Jamie Oliver’s basic risotto recipe and while that was cooking I melted some butter in a pan, added a crushed garlic clove and then gently fried the prawns until they were pink on both sides.  Everyone enjoyed it. 13 WW points.

I go to bed feeling pleased with myself today.  Pleased I managed to eat well, track points and do lots of exercise. Hopefully the plumbers will be here tomorrow to resolve my water shortage.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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