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 a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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