Cooking at Home

I was so well looked after during my trip to Devon you may think I would be reluctant to be back to the grind in my own kitchen but I wasn’t.  I love going away and staying with my family (and friends) but I also love being at home and today was no exception.

I ate too much bread and cheese while I was away so I made every effort today to not have bread or cheese.  I was working from home so I had to make healthy meals which were quick and easy as I was very busy.  So how did I do?

I started with a smoothie made with soya milk, coconut chips (no added sweetener), frozen blackcurrants, hemp seeds, Lucuma powder, Acai powder, Maca powder and protein powder.  Plus some supplements.add ins I used the coconut chips as a balance to the blackcurrants which can be quite sour.blackcurrants and coconut The quantities pictured above created quite a modest sized and very thick smoothie.  It was good and I enjoyed eating it.breakfast 22-10-13 How about this for a very colourful lunch!lunch 22-10-13 A red cabbage, nasturtium leaves and tomatoes from the garden.from the garden 22-10 With some pomegranate.pomegranate berries 2This pomegranate was perfectly ripe and it was sweet and very juicy.
Pomegranate berries I made up a salad with mixed green leaves, tomatoes, red cabbage, sugar snap peas, cucumber and yellow pepper.lunch 22-10 4 The tomatoes are so full of flavour when you grow your own.lunch 22-10 3 There was a lovely variety of colourslunch 22-10 2 and textures in this salad bowl.lunch 22-10 1 It looked great too.  I added no dressing at all.  The veggies were so fresh they did not need any and the olives had a little olive oil which was the perfect amount to add a light gloss to the leaves.colourful lunch I added olives and humous.  It was delicious.  These olives had some cubes of Manchego so not a completely cheese free day but it was only a little bit.olives with Manchego For supper I had a go at making this curry my sister Abi had recommended.  I believe most Supermarkets in England sell this brand.  You get a packet of sauce and a sachet of herbs and all you have to do is cook the rice and the protein.  We had it with large prawns.The Spice Tailor I also picked some leeks and Swiss Chard as a side dish.leeks and chard I cooked the spices in some coconut oil, added the prawns (I used raw tiger prawns) and then the sachet of sauce.  prawns and curry sauce In a wok I stir fried an onion with the Swiss Chard and leeks.stir fried veg 22-10-13 Dinner took about 15 minutes from start to finish – super easy and really tasty.  Definitely worth buying and I will make it again.Dinner 22-10-13

I do feel peckish though.  I should have cooked more protein with it so I think I will succumb to more cheese with biscuits!  I have some sugar free oatcakes and some Cheddar which are tempting me.  I gave myself 4 weeks to adjust to no sugar and then move on with really losing weight.  This is the beginning of week 4 so I shall give in to my temptation.

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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