Another post for the April writing challenge.
This one’s funny because it’s what non social media people think the only thing we post about it what we had for dinner. Well this actually is.
A hearty breakfast before a day of spring cleaning, planting new veg and flowers in the garden and today’s couch to 5K run.
- Bacon, hickory smoked sausages, beans, tomatoes, seeded brown bread
We ate breakfast quite late so I didn’t eat again until our dinner…
- Roast pork, roast potatoes, Chantenay carrots, Broccoli, peas, gravy
- Home made apple and blackberry crumble
I have two weeks left of my Couch to 5K programme and I pig a bit more at the weekends but I’m going to try to be good this week and not eat too much.
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After being inspired by Hugh on his River Cottage Veg programme we decided to try and go veggie for a whole week. We often eat meat free meals anyway but we set ourselves the challenge to see if we could do it. (We had to overdose on fillet steak on Saturday night before we commenced though!)
These are the meals we had.
Sunday – Butternut and sage risotto
Monday – Roast vegetable couscous with feta cheese
A Stacey throw together special. Roast peppers, onions and tomatoes, make cous cous with a nice stock (I use Knorr veg stockpot), mix it all together, crumble feta on the top (in my case 4 syns worth). Job done.
Tuesday – Sweet potato and spinach dhal
Wednesday – Veggie sausage casserole
I cooked leeks, carrots, butterbeans, a squirt of tomato puree, smoke paprika and veg stock on the hob while the Cauldron Lincolnshire sausage were in the oven. When they were done I cut them into bite size pieces and mixed it all together before serving. I quite enjoyed the Cauldron sausages, peppery and herby and I didn’t really feel pork deprived. *Insert your own joke here!!*
Thursday – Spinach & Mushroom Lasagne
Just my usual recipe, I used fresh spinach, dried wholewheat lasagne and made a mushroom sauce with some Light Philadelphia. Virtuously resisted having garlic bread with it too.
This was niiiice. I’m not much of a salad muncher preferring hot food but you can’t go wrong with hot melty cheese. As usual I got a bit excited with the chilli flakes but it did great for my winter sniffs.
Saturday – Veggie burgers
These were much tastier that I imagined they would be, I could’ve eaten the mix on its own. Next time I won’t use honey though as I prefer a more savoury taste. So filling I ate them on their own with no buns.
All in all we did well. A couple of bacon cravings but it’s definitely made me realise we could eat even more meals without meat. Let me know of your own favourite veggie recipes.
Ethically I would like to think I could go veggie but in reality….no. I love MEAT. Especially steak, especially fillet but as long as it is Medium please. Thanks.
I am a Dairy Queen. All things dairy. I battle with it but I HAVE to have milk. There’s worse addictions I’m sure but milk is mine. Weirdo.
Most cheese, I’m not fussy. I love feta, I love baked Camembert, I love Stilton (brilliant in a good steak pie or with Broccoli in a soup). When we go to the Good Food Show at the NEC we taste and buy so many different cheeses we are in cheese heaven. Mmmmmm cheese. I am much better with managing cheese cravings. The simple rule is if I don’t buy it I can’t eat it. Then it’s more of a treat when I do.
Supermarkets that put offers on these things are evil. I have zero willpower when they are around and can quite happily eat the lot in one go. They are another thing not to buy because I WILL eat them until they cease to exist. Breadsticks were also a contender for this spot.
A handy food to love as it is so good for you. I’m not too much of a salad fan but raw Spinach I can eat. Even better cooked with garlic, pepper and a bit of cream with the above fillet steak!
I should have shares in chestnut mushrooms. I cook with mushrooms a lot. One of my specialities is mushroom risotto. Always a winner and easy to just scoff down.
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I shouldn’t have to explain.