It’s bean chilli tonight. And it’s been chilly today 🙂 I love the English language, you can have so much fun with it.
Ok, so I am on a major mission to rid myself of the sugar cravings that resurface at every single opportunity I give them. I have a sugar overload, such as the lovely tea-party on Friday, and I then battle really strong sugar cravings. It’s so hard. To knock them back down again, I am having a week of no added sugar and low carbs. So I will try and avoid starchy carbs like potatoes, rice and pasta all together. I will however eat pulses, beans, lentils and vegetables and some fruit.
I started well with a 2 egg omelette with 40 g Halloumi cheese and some wilted kale. That came to 11 WW points (2 for each egg, 4 for the cheese and 3 for 2 tsps oil).
I went shopping at lunch time for some black trousers because my old ones are just too baggy 🙂 . I am having lunch with a friend in the City tomorrow and even though I have known her for donkeys years and she won’t care what I wear, I want to look smart, not like some country bumpkin. I bought some. What was particularly exciting about my new trousers, was the fact I bought them in a regular High Street shop. Not a glamorous or expensive shop but an ordinary shop. This is exciting to me because for years I have been restricted to shops that sell clothes in larger sizes. Not any longer. I was thrilled and am looking forward to wearing my ordinary trousers tomorrow because to me they are really special.
I got back later than I had planned so I just had a quick lunch of 110 g ham (5 points) and an orange. I had some Brunswick ham which is a smoked German ham. It’s very lean and tasted delicious.
The orange was lovely too. Citrus fruits are fantastic at this time of year, sweet and juicy.
I then set about cooking supper. I got out my beloved copy of Veg Every day! and flicked through until I found a recipe I hadn’t made before and fancied for today. On page 23 I found Pinto Bean Chilli. Adapted, as usual, to use the ingredients I did have, I made:
Aduki Bean Chilli
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 3 onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 10 mushrooms, chopped
- 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and chopped
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 400 g tin of tomatoes
- 400 g tin of aduki beans, washed and drained (or any can of beans you happen to have)
- 100 ml red wine
- Handful each of parsley, coriander and oregano, chopped
- 200 ml water
- Salt and pepper
- Heat oil in a saucepan, add onions and sweat, stirring occasionally until soft.
- Add the garlic, cumin and cayenne. Stir and cook for a minute.
- Add the mushrooms and red pepper and stir to coat in the spices.
- Add the tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, aduki beans, red wine and herbs.
- Pour over 200 ml water and season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer gently for 25 – 30 minutes until the veg are tender.
- Taste and season.
I made it far too spicy for my family and that is having left out the green chillis! So I put half in to the freezer and served myself one portion. It was delicious. 1 portion, i.e. ¼ of the above recipe, has 5 WW points.
Hugh F-W suggests serving this with guacamole, shredded lettuce, soured cream and cheese. Plus rice and flatbreads. I did not have all that to hand.
I served mine with 40 g Cheddar (5 WW points),
Half an avocado I mashed in to the juice of 1 lime with salt and then added a large chopped tomato ( 4 WW points),
and 30g Greek yogurt (1 WW point). I needed that to manage the heat.
I am happy with how I ate today and I have ended the day having used up all my points but no more. Plus I have 5 activity points in the bank from a lovely walk I did with Lucy in the forest this morning.
As my friend Laura in Canada said, “Make It Happen Motivational Monday”. I did make it happen and I am pleased with that. Sugar craving – be banished!