Bruschetta for Breakfast

I’m sick, hungry and tired this morning. I wanted something tasty but that incorporated my daily portion of “Scan Bran” (a high-fibre crisp bread, think ryvita but tougher, and dryer!!)

I’ve been experimenting with the scan bran, following recipes and ideas online. A popular method is to add water to broken up pieces, soak until moist enough to mash, drain off excess water, add sweetener, flavours and an egg and microwave for 5 minutes. I’ve tried chocolate cake (more on that next entry!!) and then thought, I want toast, I need to eat this stuff (as part of a “challenge” – eat 5 pieces every day for a week with 2 litres of water, said to help boost weight loss)
So I soaked the scan bran, added the egg and a pinch of salt and microwaved it for 5 minutes in a Chinese takeaway tub.

When it was done, I removed it, left it on a piece of kitchen paper upside down to allow steam to escape and dry bottom off, then when cool to touch, sliced through middle lengthways – 2 loaf shaped slices of “bread”

I then cut each in half and grilled on one side until crisp, meanwhile I chopped 2 fresh vine tomatoes and grated 30g o my favourite cheddar cheese – Cracker Barrell!

When the bread was grilled, I topped each slice with the tomatoes and some chopped basil, then sprinkled with the cheese and back under the grill until cheese was bubbling.

This was Delish, very filling and had some fresh black pepper over the brushetta and had a spoon of extra light mayo on the side!!

Scan bran can be purchased at your Slimmin World class or instore and online at Holland and Barrett

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A New Kitchen Toy

Move over inner Nigella, I’m channeling my inner Jamie lately with my new favourite kitchen utensil – a 3 in 1 peeler!!  A long time ago, when I attempted lo-carbing for a while, I got to like “Zoodles” aka, courgette (Zukini) “noodles” – courgette sliced in very thin, julienne strips and used as a pasta substitute. Very nice, but a lot of work! A friend mentioned recently that she had purchased a Julienne Peeler and a quick google later I found this. I checked it out on Jamie’s Site and 5 minutes later had clicked “Buy”, my new toy arrived 2 days later!

 

The first dinner I made using my new peeler was a Chicken and Noodle Dish, First I peeled the carrot using the regular peeler attachment, then popped that out and used the Julienne Peeler attachment to peel the carrot into Julienne slices. They will come off the vegetable in one strip and then you just lift them apart in a big bundle after, really easy and kind of fun! Watch your fingers though, I cut myself twice by holding the carrot awkwardly!

Same for the courgette/zukini, but I didn’t peel it. I put the carrot strips into boiling water for 2 minutes, then added wholewheat noodles, cooked them for 3 minutes, then added the courgette and simmered for another minute. Drained all and kept to one side.

I stir fried chicken pieces, onion and pepper with some chilli, lemongrass, garlic and ginger, added the noodles and veg and splashed in some oyster sauce  (1 syn per tablespoon) at the end.

 

I am subscribed to an excellent blog, i’ve mentioned it before – Slimming Eats and this morning opened my email account to find an email with this Bruschetta recipe.

Perfect idea for breakfast! I had some over-ripe vine tomatoes in the fridge, and wanted to try the “soft fruit” attachment of the new peeler! Well, no more boiling and skinning tomatoes for me, the peeler works like a charm and so easy!

Feeling lazy, I just toasted some wholewheat bread (60g, Healthy B) and decided that I didn’t fancy garlic first thing in the morning. So while the bread was toasting, I de-seeded and chopped the tomatoes, added some fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. As per recipe, I served the tomato mix on the toast and it was delish!! Will be even nicer made correctly as a starter.

*I accidentally ate ALL of the tomato  (it was just so tasty!) so had 4 Syns worth of olive oil (2 teaspoons)