Yummy Tom Yummy

Tennis Tuesday – woo hoo 🙂 .  So I usually have a light breakfast on a Tuesday and it tends to be a smoothie.  I was really pleased to have found a sugar free almond milk.  I try to not eat/drink too much dairy which is a real weakness of mine.  I I do not want to overdo soya products.  I don’t like rice or oat milk, except in porridge.  The only almond milk I have come across has sugar in it and I am trying to cut down.  So I was elated to find some sugar free Almond milk.

My smoothie was made from frozen mixed berries, a banana, 1 tbsp Chia seeds (2 points) and 200ml almond milk (2 points).

After tennis I had a coffee and snacked on an apple.

I was hungry at lunch time and wanted something spicy and something I have not had for a long time so I headed to Thailand for inspiration.  One of my favourite soups is Tom Yum with coconut milk added.  I bought a jar of Tom Yum paste so it was a really easy lunch to make.

Tom Yum with Coconut

  • 3 tbsp Tom Yum paste
  • 500 ml boiling water
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 1 small chicken breast, cut in half lengthways and sliced thinly
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut in to small florets
  • 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Fresh basil and coriander, finely chopped
  • Green chili, finely chopped (optional)

  • Mix the Tom Yum paste in with the water in a large saucepan.
  • When the paste is mixed in, add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  • Chop the broccoli and chicken.  I used the broccoli stalks too.

  • Add the chicken and broccoli to the saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • After 10 minutes the chicken should be cooked and the broccoli tender.
  • Add the fish sauce and lime juice and taste for seasoning.
  • Serve in to a large bowl and sprinkle the fresh herbs and chili on top.

It was a huge bowlful of food and was all so delicious.  The heat (i.e. chili) was just how I like it.  The herbs and lime juice make it taste fresh and zingy and the coconut is sweet and creamy.  A perfect flavour combination.

You could make it without the coconut milk and save 9 WW points but I love the sweetness it adds.  That huge bowlful was 15 WW points.

I didn’t get round to supper until 9:30pm so I just made an omelette.  2 large eggs, 50 g cheddar, 3 tsp butter, 40g peas and parsley.  Simple but satisfying.

But not a patch on that Tom Yum.  Which was so yummy.

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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