Catch up

Hello All! A bit of a catch up from me!

I did go to class last week, and Stayed the Same! I was annoyed, especially considering I hadn’t eaten chocolate for a WHOLE week – my lenten sacrifice….but then I thought about it, and realised I had been eating rather a lot of cake, in place of the chocolate, so is it any wonder!!

20130227-094752.jpgAfter reading Tonette’s Post recently about Tuna, I went through a phase of having this salad for lunch a few days in  a row – cooked beetroot, tuna, feta, rocket, petit pois and balsamic vinegar (reduced in a pan to make it syrupy!) delish and filling, and warm too, as I tossed in the peas right after steaming.

 

 

 

 

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I shop in SuperValu, for most of my Groceries, and last week while I was there (starving, having been to class and not eaten for most of the day!!) I passed a stand where a gentleman was cooking samples from this new range – Kinsale Gourmet.

I sampled the Seafood Lasagne, pictured left, it was delish and I picked up 2 on the spot for dinner that evening! The bonus is they came with the lovely earthenware dishes!! The Lasagne itself was very tasty, I let it defrost for a few mins and tipped the pie from the plastic pot into the ceramic dish and baked them in the ceramic in the oven. These are really handy, freezer to oven or microwave and all natural ingredients!! Himself was so impressed with it that I went back and got 2 more, and got 2 of the cottage pies to try soon, so now I have 4 lovely dishes! I hope this company do well, it’s nice to support a small Irish Business!

 

There may  have been 2 nights out with too much alcohol in between this post and the last, but no chocolate, 2 whole weeks now, I am very impressed with myself and the cravings have almost gone too. I was a bit hormental yesterday and really wanted some but I cut up a melon and had some of that, which didn’t work, so then I had a corn on the cob with a touch of butter and some black pepper and that filled the gap!!

Lastly, food related for today. I must talk about my new toy – the Steamer! My friend recently gave me hers to try out and I must say I am quite liking it. I have made the following meal twice now and even Junior 2 likes it mushed up…Junior 1 likes the Brocolli with his fishfingers 🙂

Steamed Salmon, Sweet Potato and Brocolli 

2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1small head of brocolli, cut into florets

2 salmon fillets

garlic powder, chilli flakes, soy sauce, salt and pepper

– Place the sweet potato chunks on the bottom tier

– Place the brocolli Chunks in the middle tier

– on a small plate that fits in the top tier (or I use baking paper with the sides twisted up to form a saucer shape, place the 2 fish fillets side by side, sprinkle with some garlic powder, chilli flakes and a splash of soy sauce, salt and pepper and put the lid on.

– set timer to 25 mins, make a cup of tea, find a magazine, tell your hubby to watch the kids you are very busy and important making a complicated dinner, sit down for 20 mins and relax

– Timer will ping, dish up! I like to mash my sweet potato on the place and himself adds jalepeno relish – the flavours really compliment the spicy steamed salmon. It’s so easy I will make it again and again.

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Risotto

I’m sure that an Italian may gasp in horror at my risotto, not a drop of butter or oil in sight!! Still, it’s one of my most favourite meals, comfort food and so versatile!

I used asparagus, white wine and topped mine with some crispy bacon.

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Risotto

ingredients

250g risotto rice
Pack of asparagus tips, cut in bite size pieces
1 pint hot chicken stock
125ml white wine
1 clove garlic, crushed
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan
1 small onion, finely chopped

– sauté the onion and garlic with spray oil until softened
– add in the rice and stir for 1 min
– add the white wine and stir until absorbed
– add the stock, a ladle at a time, stirring in between until absorbed, then add another ladle, etc
– after about 10 mins add the asparagus
– when the rice is softened to taste, remove from heat and stir in some grated Parmesan (as much or as little as you like, and some fresh ground black pepper)
– I served mine topped with some crunchy grilled bacon, which I broke up and stirred through the rice

I was feeling generous so hubbie had his topped with a salmon fillet that I brushed with pesto, wrapped in Parma ham and baked for 15 mins!

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Peppery Pasta with Salmon

Salmon today – didn’t know what to do with it, certainly wasn’t salad weather, I wanted something warm, creamy and with pasta and so this dish was born!

It’s very, very tasty, il make it again and again, super quick and free if you use the light cheese as part of your healthy A. I used laughing cow light triangles, the first one didn’t melt so well with the veg and salmon and I didn’t want the salmon to break up too much so I added the remaining 2 triangles to the hot pasta and stirred well and that worked better. With hindsight, Philadelphia light or quark would have worked well too!

Peppery Pasta with Salmon

Serves 2

150g whole meal spaghetti (or pasta of choice)
2 salmon fillets, cooked in a covered dish for 5 mins in microwave, or poached
1 large red bell pepper, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 vine tomatoes, chopped
Small bunch fresh basil
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Salt and pepper
3 laughing cow light triangles (or 4 to make it more creamy, or use other low fat soft cheese)

– cook pasta according to instructions
– meanwhile, fry the peppers in fry light over medium heat until lightly coloured and just soft, add garlic and fry for 1 min
– add the tomatoes, most of the basil, chilli and salt and pepper and stir, lower heat and break salmon into bite size chunks and add.
– drain pasta, reserve a little of the cooking water, add the cheese and stir very well until melted then tip in contents of other pan and mix gently
– serve with fresh basil snipped over the top

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Mini Mezze

Ever wanted to make something for lunch, but weren’t sure just what?? I wanted something tasty, that looked good, but needed to include a salmon fillet as I had some defrosted.

A fridge forage later and I’m grilling red peppers on the George foreman until they were charred and soft. I got some Levi Roots Reggae sauce and spread a tablespoon over each salmon fillet (1 Syn) and grilled those too.

Meanwhile, I chopped some fresh beetroot, cherry tomatoes and red onion along with 50g crumbled feta (healthy A allowance, I had Half of this salad) and added some balsamic vinegar.

I served a salad plate piled with fresh rocket, the tomato salad, roast red peppers mixed with steamed mangetout an the salmon fillet, along with a small baked potato.

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Blacked Salmon and Spicy Pasta

Blacked Salmon and Spicy Pasta

After a big lunch earlier on Tuesday, cooking didn’t really seem appealing, but hubbie and child had to be fed, and sure, if they were eating I may as well join them! Quicky fridge recce threw up salmon fillets (surprise!), … Continue reading

Salmon and Asparagus Salad

A rainy day here and the Last thing I wanted to eat was salad but I bought a “healthy grill” in tesco last night and wanted to test run it!

2 grilled salmon fillets later and salads assembled (husband has no choice but to be on a Slimming World trend too!)

Rocket, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, blueberries and tablespoon of honey mustard dressing (2 syns) with the grilled salmon and steamed asparagus. Delish!

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Lunch Ideas

As i’m following the Slimming World plan, I will add syn value in where I can, and hope i’m accurate in my calculating 🙂

Food is so important to me, I need it to look appealing and taste just as good. I don’t want to be on a “diet” eating diet muck, processed or otherwise…so I try to cook from scratch as much as possible while following the plan suggestions. I hate feeling deprived and I like to enjoy my food, I haven’t bought into the “food as fuel” idea just yet.

I try most mornings to have fruit for breakfast, sometimes with a “hifi” bar or sometimes with a slice of wholemeal bread. If I know i’m going to have a breadroll at lunch or whatever, I will just snack on fruit all morning to keep any hunger pangs at bay!

Some recent lunches i’ve had are as follows:

Salmon Fillet topped with a sprinkle of garlic powder and dried thyme and baked in the oven (wrapped in tinfoil) at same time as syn free chips (par boil or microwave with a few tsp water for 5 mins, then spray with fry light, onto baking paper on a tray and into the oven) and a salad of rocket, tomato, beetroot and balsamic vinegar (Syn Free)

 

Leftover Syn Free Bolonaise (Jamie Oliver Recipe) with asparagus and rocket and fat free vinegarette, and a sprinkle of fresh parmesan (about 5g)

 

Homemade Chicken Goujons (chicken fillet cut into goujons, dipped in egg and wholemeal breadcrumbs), served with salad and homemade coleslaw (shredded white cabbage, carrot, spring onion and a mix of extra light mayo and fat free natural yoghurt). Salad tossed with fat free vingerette and sprinkled with parmesan (5g)

 

Leftover Smoked Salmon Pasta (wholemeal pasta, smoked salmon, homemade pesto (3.5 syns) and a tablespoon ex.light garlic and herb philidelphia, served with rocket, spinach and watercress mix bagged salad, drizzled with balsamic vinegar

 

Chicken Salad – chicken breasts sprayed with a little fry light, sprinkled with cajun spice mix and under a hot grill, with sweetcorn, rocket and chopped tomatoes. I used Honey & Mustard Dressing that I diluted with a little bit of water to make it go further and had this with 50g of a wholemeal bread roll as my healthy B option.