Ultimate Comfort Food

I am delighted to report, that unlike yesterday, I enjoyed all 3 of my meals today, very much.

I kicked off with an egg and broccoli breakfast.  Gina at Skinny Taste made a delicious looking Broccoli and Cheese Mini Egg Omelettes.  I made a few changes to my recipe but her recipe inspired me.

Baked Eggs with Cheese and Broccoli

Ingredients (serves 1)

Handful of broccoli or tenderstem broccoli

1 tsp oil or butter for greasing bowl (1 WW point)
2 medium sized eggs (4 WW points)
40 g Cheddar , grated (5 WW points)
Salt and Pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 180 ° C.
Steam broccoli for 7 minutes, until just tender.
Grease cooking dish ( I used a Pyrex dish).
Chop broccoli finely.

Whisk eggs together.
Put half the cheese on the bottom of the cooking dish.
Place the broccoli on the cheese.
Pour all the egg mixture over the broccoli.
Put remaining cheese on the top.

Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes until the middle is cooked.

I went round the edges with a silicon spatula and it came out of the dish easily and on to my plate.  To give this a scale, I served it on to a side plate, not a dinner plate.

It was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it as my clean plate can testify !

I mat Lisa by the local orchard for a walk.

It was below freezing out but we managed a 2 hour walk.  Round the half frozen lake,

where we met some refugees 🙂

In the base of this tree,

is the cutest little door ever!  Who lives in there?

This little dog is crazy.  Sorry Lisa but he is!  Swimming in that partially frozen water.

or the stream or anywhere else he could.

Last week we walked down here and it was thick, gloopy mud.  Today it was all frozen.

The boys enjoyed their long walk.  So did we girls.

This pretty cyclamen has sat on my windowsill, producing flowers for months, ever since Jackie gave it to me when she came for supper.  When I came back from my walk, the sun was on the petals and it looked gorgeous.

I had a salad for lunch.  So now who is the crazy one?  I was thinking I had not eaten enough raw food recently so needed to add more in to the diet.  I had mixed salad greens, tomato, celery and carrot with a small tin of sardines in tomato sauce (4 WW points) which I heated under the grill and 2 tbsp of mayonnaise (6 WW points).

I started supper before lunch as I was going to try the slow cooker for the first time.  I followed a recipe in the handbook.  The recipe used 1.5 kg pork but I only had 1kg so I adjusted the ingredients accordingly.

Pork Goulash

Ingredients (serves 4 – 6) If serving 4, one portion has 9 WW points.

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 kg shoulder of pork, visible fat removed and diced
  • 1 orange and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
  • Handful of fresh oregano
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 800 ml stock
  • small carton of sour cream (optional)

Method

Heat the oil in a casserole dish and fry the onion until soft.
In a large bowl mix together the flour, paprika, salt and pepper.
Toss the pork in the seasoned flour so every cube of pork is covered in flour.
Add to the casserole dish and fry until browned.
Add the red pepper, oregano, tomato puree and stock.

Bring to the boil, stirring until the sauce thickens.
Transfer the goulash to the crock pot.

Place the crock pot in to the base of the slow cooker, cover with the lid and cook on low for 7 hours.
Just before serving, swirl the sour cream in to the goulash.  I didn’t, because Harvey can not eat cream and I wanted to save points.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, I think this recipe would work well baked in the oven on a low heat for a couple of hours.

I served the goulash with mashed potato which I mashed with no additions.  Potatoes are so easy to mash at this time of year, you do not need butter or milk, especially when serving the potato with a dish with plenty of sauce like the goulash.  I had 300g potato (6 WW points).
The meat was so tender it just fell apart and the sauce was full of flavour.   It was fantastic and just what I was hoping for.  Washed down with a glass of white wine :-).  The ultimate comfort food, on such a cold day.

Daily WW Totals

Breakfast = 10
Lunch = 10
Dinner =  15
Other (wine and milk in tea) = 8

Daily Total = 43

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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