Nursery Food

Some days we need to eat comfort food and today was one of those.  Lara woke up with a sore throat and was feeling terrible and had a long journey back to Durham ahead of her.  I would have made a nourishing chicken soup but didn’t have any chicken.  I did however have some cod left over which needed using up and spinach on the verge of being no good.  There was only one thing for it.

First though, having got through my cayenne, hot water and lemon drink, I made a smoothie with 1 cup of mixed berries, 1 banana, 200 ml of unsweetened almond milk and 1 tsp chia seeds.  I added some extra water so it made a longer drink.  This was only 3 WW points.  Not a very substantial breakfast but I was saving points for lunch.

We walked for an hour in the forest in glorious sunshine.  I walked faster than normal and was soon convinced it was nearly spring as I felt so warm.  I have rarely tracked activity points before but this month I am going to.  Especially today!  So an hours walking, assuming I walked 3 miles per hour, earned me 7 points.  I was going to need those later.

There were lots of branches across the forest paths and trees down from yesterday’s wind.

All the ponds and puddles were full which the dogs made the most of.

Back at home, I made my ultimate comfort food for lunch.  This recipe originally came from Jamie Oliver’s The Return Of The Naked Chef and has been tweaked over the years. The advantages this recipe has over other fish pie recipes is that you do not have to precook the fish, or make a white sauce and it contains vegetables so you have a complete meal in one dish.  Plus, it is divinely delicious.

Creamy Fish Pie

Ingredients (serves 4)

3 large potatoes (Maris Pipers are excellent for mashing at this time of year)
200 g spinach
150 g peeled, cooked prawns
300 g cod
1 onion, peeled
1 large carrot, peeled
1 tbsp oil
150 ml double cream*
100 g mature cheddar cheese
Juice of half a lemon
1 level tsp Dijon mustard

* having seen how many WW points are in 150 ml double cream (21!!!!!), I will try it with single cream next time which is only 8 points for the same quantity.

Method

Scrub the potatoes, cut in to quarters and boil for 15-20 minutes until soft.
Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.
Steam the spinach, squeeze out excess water and layer in the bottom of a dish.

Layer the prawns and then the cod on the spinach.

Finely chop the onion and cut the carrot in to small cubes.
Heat the oil in a pan and when it is warm fry the onions and carrots until they are tender – about 5 minutes.
Add the cream and heat through.
Add the cheese, mustard and lemon juice.
Pour the creamy vegetable sauce over the prawns and cod.

When the potatoes are cooked, mash them with skimmed milk.
Spread the mashed potatoes over the creamy vegetables.

My mash may not win a beauty pageant but that is because I keep the skin on the potatoes.  Extra nutrients and fibre are in the skin and by adding extra  fibre, you lower the GI value of mashed potatoes.
If you want to be very decadent you could grate more cheese over the top of the potato but I managed to resist that pleasure today.
Put fish pie in the oven for half an hour.

This really is top quality comfort food.  It is so delicious.  In fact we had a portion each and then shared a portion.  Using the WW recipe calculator, I calculated that this meal has 14 WW points per portion so my lunch today was a massive 21 WW points.

I rarely eat cream and was shocked by how many points there are in double cream, especially when compared to single cream.  It has nearly 3 times as many points. I enjoyed every mouthful though.  I knew it would be high in points which is why I had a light breakfast and did an hours walk.

I was not in the mood for cooking this evening.  Plus Harvey came home and announced he was starving and had to be fed immediately.  So we had pitta bread toasties.  Mine had 1 slice of ham and 40 g Taleggio cheese in it.  8 WW points.

This was followed by 3 dates with marzipan.  These little treats worked out to be 11 WW points.  That is the last of the Christmas treats.

I used up lots of points (45) today so I have used some of my weekly extras again but I am still within my allowance.  I ate really well today, had a great walk and am feeling pleased with how the week has gone.  Plus it’s the weekend.  :-).  Have a good one.

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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4 Responses to Nursery Food

  1. veg grower up the road says:

    Well done Zoe – I’m going to try your version of fish pie as the traditional way is such a faff and I haven’t made it for years! Thank you so much for the sushi rice – I bought some norri and salmon in waitrose + we had a delicious sushi meal last night. X

  2. Vicky Buswell says:

    Thank you Zoe for the fish pie recipe, It was so much easier than my normal one. I managed to get it together really quickly and it tasted amazing. It was a great comfort food and the whole family enjoyed it. Just what I needed before I start my strict regime of diet and excercise tomorrow! Thanks again will let you know if I try any other of your recipes. Enjoying your blog!

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