My Mum and her OH left about 9 this morning. I'd been up since about 5:30 am, had an early breakfast and was starving by then! I managed to keep it to scheduled snacks at that point, walked into town (laden down as usual) and then came back - still hungry! I'm not sure how well today is going to finish, I'm tired after 2 successive nights with not too much sleep and that always makes me hungry. In fact I was tempted to give myself permission to have a day off - I'm fighting that urge so far, but it may come to that in the end.
I really enjoyed their visit yesterday. We ate very healthily, and because they've only recently started dieting themselves we spent a lot of time talking diet, food, healthy eating etc - we always do, but this time my Mum wanted to, where usually she's accusing me of being obsessed! (Moi???) As a result I hauled out my healthiest cookbooks and found literally dozens of un-tried recipes that look really appealing, so once my focus shifts from using up food I'll have lots of new ideas! Just hang on for a little while and the food will get more interesting again! And definitely still healthy!
All bran with strawberries
A personal favourite and very antisocial meal - good job I went shopping before eating this! Its a pasta dish which uses an entire head of garlic per person! I do like my garlic... basically you gently fry your peeled garlic cloves (whole) in a little olive oil, then simmer them for 15 minutes in vegetable stock. During this stage you cook a small amount of pasta - I used 50 g, and mixed a couple of types of pasta because I was using the tail end of the bags up. At the end of the 15 mins you mash the garlic with a potato masher / the back of a wooden spoon, top up the vegetable stock (using about 3/4 pint (English) per person in total), and add half a thinly sliced red pepper, a quarter of a thinly sliced onion, and a thinly sliced tomato as well as 1T dried tarragon, 1T dried basil, and dried oregano & black pepper to taste. It smells absolutely amazing!!! Then you add the pasta to the sauce, simmer for maybe another minute, and spoon it into a dish. The sauce doesn't thicken, and its not meant to - the idea is to have a highly flavoured, garlicky broth to dip bread into! The original recipe long since disappeared from the web so I can't find the credit, but I reduced the amount of olive oil and pasta quite a bit to make it more diet friendly (reducing the oil does effect the taste sadly - but not much). I had a bowl of this pasta with some nimble bread spread with laughing cow light.
A big salad with prawns that were sitting in my freezer.
Ah, here comes the bulk of the food today! I had a cashew cookie nakd bar (small) and a summer berry protein smoothie before my walk into town. After lunch I had a Muller Light yoghurt - Vanilla sprinkled with dark chocolate flavour - and my fromage frais version of Greek Yoghurt with honey. And then I remembered that there was a big bag of kale in the fridge that was bought over a week ago to make a particular recipe that I never got around to. Obviously I couldn't waste it - so I used almost the entire bag to make a monster serving (I didn't expect to finish it - except whoops, I did!) of Kale Chips (kale tossed with oil spray, vinegar, salt & pepper, cooked for about 8 mins on a tray in the oven at 180 degrees). I just kept nibbling till they were all gone - and I was stuffed with very low cal green vegetable goodness! Oh, and I may have had just one or two teaspoons of natural peanut butter (crunchy - I love the crunchy bits! Oh, damn, now I wish I'd tried eating the kale chips with the peanut butter... a missed opportunity
Weight today: 10 st 2.5lbs (142.5 lbs)