Vegetables, Three Ways

Three fantastic ways to consume vegetables today and no naughties so this was a good eating day.  No walking or other exercise unfortunately as my day light leisure time was spent cooking and most of the day I was working.

I began with a juice to try to restore some health to my body after that extraordinary dessert yesterday.fruit and veg for juice I like juices and they make me want to continue eating and drinking highly nutritous food.green juice 2-9 2 An excellent start to the day.green juice 2-9 Mid morning I snacked on a juicy nectarine.juicy nectarine 2-9 At lunch time I really wanted rice with some stir fried vegetables.  I cooked up a large pot of rice and flavoured the rice with turmeric and za’tar while it cooked.rice and cup and seive I stir fried onions, red pepper, broccoli, beansprouts and mushrooms, served with half an avocado, coriander, sprouted beans and seeds and a large spoonful of lime pepper jelly.lime pepper jelly Very healthy.lunch 2-9-14 2 Very tasty.lunch 2-9-14 For dinner I wanted a Thai style vegetable curry and heaving searched my recipe books and failing, I found a Jamie Oliver recipe on-line.  You can see the original recipe here.  I have written up how I made it.

Thai Green Vegetable Curry

Serves 4 with rice or 3 without

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 red and 1 green pepper
  • Kernels from 2 corn cobs
  • ½ a fresh red chilli
  • 1 tablespoon groundnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • Runner beans
  • 1 lime

for the green curry paste

  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3cm fresh ginger
  • a small bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh chervil
  • 3 sprigs of fresh lemon verbena
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 4 dried lime leaves
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon fish sauce

Method

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5
• Halve the butternut squash, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard
• Remove the peel and chop the squash into 3cm chunks

butternut squash

  • Halve and deseed the peppers and cut in to 1/8ths
  • Add the squash and peppers to the roasting tray, drizzle with oil and season
  • Roast in the oven for half an hour and then set aside
  • If using runner beans, slice and boil or steam for 3 – 4 minutes.  Set aside
  • Chop the spring onions roughly and add to the food processor with chilli, garlic, ginger and herbs
  • Blitz until smoothrunner beans and spring onions Grind the coriander seeds and lime leaves and add to the food processor with the soy sauce and fish sauce and blend together.pestrle lemon verbena boiled green beansHeat the groundnut and sesame oils in a deep wok
  • Add the sweetcorn and green beans and fry for a couple of minutes
  • Add the green curry sauce, coconut milk and stock and bring to a simmer
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if required
  • Add the vegetables, warm through and serve
    green Thai veg soup I ate mine as it was but it also goes well over rice.  It was absolutely delicious and we all loved it.  I added some dried chilli and sweet chilli sauce to mine.  I could eat this again!green thai vegetable soup

So there you have it, vegetables, three different ways.  They were all good and I really enjoyed consuming so many vegetables today.

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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