The End Of Term

I was awake early and logged on and working by 7:30 am to make sure I could finish up early.  After a couple of hours I was in the mood for making something interesting to eat. Inspired by Kath Eats who makes a Baked Banana Oatmeal, I made:

Baked Pumpkin And Raisin Oatmeal

Ingredients (serves 4)

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 egg, beat
  • 1/2 can pumpkin
  • 1.5 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180° C
  2. Line an 8″ deep sided pie dish with parchment paper
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together on one bowl and the wet ingredients together in another
  4. Stir the dry in to the wet
  5. Tip in to the pie dish and bake for half an hour

Baked oatmeal raw mixture

This was very quick and easy to make and tasted pretty good.  Not amazing but good.  Kath’s recipe suggested adding sliced bananas to the top and sprinkling with brown sugar to get a sweet and crunchy crust which would be good.  Or I might think about serving it with something like a vanilla yogurt.Baked oatmeal cooked

I had mine with 1 tbsp almond butter, a banana and some coconut chips.  It was good to have something different.Baked oatmeal with toppings

For lunch I made something else.  I sliced half a squash, spread it out on a baking tray and baked it for half an hour until it was tender all the way through.Sliced squash

I also whizzed up a batch of humous.  If you use canned chick peas and have a food processor, it is super easy and very quick.  I sprinkled some paprika on top and drizzled over some olive oil.  There is a humous recipe on my recipes page if you don’t have one.Humous 14-12-12

There was a spare dish popped in the fridge for later.Humous in glass dish

A very simple and tasty lunch.Pumpkin and humous

Not only did I break up today (Woo Hoo 🙂 ) but Harvey did too.  I collected him from school and we went to the local church where he was one of many gorgeous choristers.  My little cherub – such a proud Mummy moment.Harvey choir boy

I feel as if I am coming down with a nasty throat and chest so actually felt exhausted when we returned home.  I didn’t feel up to cooking so we stopped in at the garage and bought crisps.  Yes my dears, for tea, she who is trying to lose weight and be healthy let her child and herself have crisps for tea.  Dipped in to the other pot of humous.  Washed down with a medicinal whisky and ginger ale.Tyrells and HumousWe did have a clementine each too so a modicum of redemption.

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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1 Response to The End Of Term

  1. laura1952 says:

    I hope you are not coming down with another nasty cold. One more reason to keep eating foods that put nutrients into your body. Keep getting that Vitamin C into you and prayers for your throat and lungs are sent across the miles. May your body be able to fight this off.

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