Healthy eating plan, beans and cous cous…

I’ve started a fitness plan because of the expanding middle haha. The gym, I attend, is running a course and so I’m tracking what is eaten. The app to track food is called Fitness Pal and is very good for recording what you are eating, drinking and any exercise. I’ve decided to cut out bread, rice, pasta and potato so my diet is on the low carbohydrate side. This is to curb appetite, hopefully. All the obvious stuff, such as sweets, chocolate, biscuits, processed food, etc. are banned. When eating out, may have some of the above although will try to avoid where possible. I’m also trying to cut down on alcohol, which is really hard.

Low carb diets are controversial, but recent studies indicate weight loss and improved health. The best way, in my view, is to be sensible. Still eat sweet potatoes, swede, carrots and copious amounts of other healthy green veg. Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms are suitable for this sort of plan. When hungry, fruit and nuts are the best snacks, although it is hard if you want chocolate.

My dodgy time is around 4pm. By this, I mean it is the time I’m hankering after food. To help with this, lunch is consumed after 1.30pm and even later, if possible. Dinner is around 6.30pm and this does help stop the ol’ hunger pangs a little. Sometimes, fruit and or nuts are consumed in the evening, but not too often. I’m keeping to around 1400 calories a day. This is quite high for me, but feel is sensible and will stop some of the hunger. Will update on my progress and do join in if you want? My plan is at the end of this post.

I’ve been sorting out my kitchen cupboards and now see some foodstuff that I’d forgotten about. I know, exciting times! Anyway, I’ve recently discovered and devised a couple of lunch time meals. Admittedly, the first one isn’t low carb, but delicious for a quick lunch.

Cous Cous Bean Salad.

Make cous cous by adding the boiling water and mix. Then add basil green pesto, beans (your choice, I used mixed salad beans). Add a few pine nuts and or pumpkin seeds. Chop up some sundried tomatoes. Add lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and mixed herbs. This makes a great lunch which is filling and healthy. Afterwards, you can add what you like such as boiled egg, ham, advocado, etc.

Cous Cous

Basil green pesto

Beans

Pine nuts and or pumpkin seeds

Sundried tomatoes

Lemon juice, olive oil and mixed herbs

Bean Cous Cous…

The next revelation happened during the recent Cotswolds trip. We stopped in a B & B and the proprietor offered us homemade baked beans for breakfast and as they were so delicious, I decided upon my return, to copy and make my own. This is how I made them…

Chop carrot, onion and add tomatoes, onion, puree, stock, herbs, garlic, pepper and splash of treacle. Boil and blend, then add the beans. Cook in oven for about an hour in a casserole dish.

As you can see, I had sliced avocado, roasted mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and low fat cream cheese with the beans and even though I say so myself, the meal was surprisingly delicious and filling.

Haricot beans

Onion

Garlic (clove)

Large carrot

Veg stock

Passata and some tomato puree with some boiling water (about 1/2 pint)

2 tins tomatoes

Paprika, salt, ground black pepper

Chili powder

Optional treacle

Bay leaf (optional)

Home made baked beans with sliced avocado and blob of soft cheese…

 

Sum up

  • Low carb – Cutting out bread, rice, pasta
  • Track what you are eating
  • Lunch is consumed after 1.30pm and even later, if possible. Dinner is around 6.30pm
  • 1400 calories per day
  • Prepare and cook healthy meals

 

 

Ref.

https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb

Hearty Lunches

As a lot of people are trying to focus on health and fitness, I’ve devised some nutritious recipes which are healthy and filling…

Breakfast – Fruit and Nut Porridge

So you could have this for breakfast or even lunch. It is really filling and keeps you full until lunch time. Porridge, milk, protein powder (optional), peaches (any fruit) plus a sprinkle of nuts. Delicious. Also, you can make with half milk and half water to cut down on calories and it is surprising how little difference it makes to the taste. A tip is to soak the oats for at least five minutes before you cook. This makes the porridge creamy and substantial.

Simple Omelette

Fry some new potatoes or sweet potatoes and courgettes in a pan with a tiny splash of coconut oil and water. When cooked, throw in three beaten eggs, season and enjoy. This is a good, quick lunch and is incredibly filling. Eggs always fill me up.

Roast Veggie Couscous

Another quick, simple recipe. Roast some vegetables in the oven. Whatever you like. Courgettes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and olives are in this bowl of delight. Make loads of couscous by pouring in a bowl and add the boiling hot water. Mix until soft which takes about a minute or two. My goodness it is quick! Throw in the veggies, some herbs and a little spice if you wish and serve. When I had this at work I served it in an attractive bowl and got some envious looks and comments. Cheap, quick and easy to prepare. I usually box up for about three days.

Spinach Pasta

Another quick one! Boil your penne pasta, cook some spinach and mushrooms. Make the dressing of olive oil, lemon, pepper and herbs and mix all together. I usually box up for about three days and pop in the fridge.

Hope you like my simple recipes which can be prepared in a matter of minutes.

 

#Juneathon, update plus a lunch recipe…

Ingredients for the stir fry…

The above means you are supposed to exercise every single day and blog, tweet of FB about it. Nowadays, however, most people just tweet or comment on FB rather than blog. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to blog about my progress, until now, but have been doing the exercise which is my main aim.

Day 1 – 3 Gym
Day 4 – Sunday run – (Did 6 k along local roads and country lanes.)
Day 5 – Short walk
Day 6 – Gym
Day 7 – Gym
Day 8 – A long walk

Sunday run – (Did 6 k along local roads and country lanes.)

Also, I’ve written two posts about sleep and energy as I seem to be lacking on both counts at the moment.  These posts are out this weekend, so I hope you enjoy them.

Last weekend, I decided you use up the oldish veg and do a stir fry for lunch.  Here is the recipe…

Impromptu Veggie Stir Fry

Left over veg – I used cabbage and leeks

Onions

Chopped garlic

Mushrooms

Seasoning, including herbs

Smoked Mackerel

Hoisin sauce (about tablespoon)

Sesame oil

3 Eggs, beaten

Fry in sesame oil, the onions, garlic, mushrooms, seasoning and add the beaten eggs to form an omelette. Remove the omelette from the pan and cook the vegetables and add the sauce. When cooked, serve up with the chopped omelette and add the smoked mackerel. Lovely.

A great lunch, which was exceedingly tasty.

Veggie Stir Fry

Three Day Stews

I have always cooked stews with enough meat for two days but recently I accidentally did enough for three days. I found I can adapt a stew by accompanying mash or roast potatoes, rice, cous cous and so on. Also, you can add some spices and various vegetables to make the meal variable and delicious.

Today, I’ve cooked chicken, beef and pork casseroles and left them on a slow, low heat to cook.

Basically, I divided the meat into three separate pots and threw into the oven on a high heat to crisp up the meat.

Whilst they were getting a blast of heat, I proceeded to cut up the vegetables: carrots, onion, pepper, mushrooms with seasoning and herbs.

Then I made a pot of gravy for the stews which consisted of meat stock, veg stock, tomato purée and a cheeky splash of port. Oh yes.

The pork also had an additional sauce of honey, French mustard, herbs and seasoning to make it sweet and succulent.

After an hour I took the three pots of meat out of the oven and added the honey mixture to the pork, gravy an veggies to all three stews. Only a little gravy to the pork though because hoping for a sticky thick sauce for the pork. After about six hours slow cooking, they will go in my freezer and I shall have one stew per week. Each one will last for three days.

You can adapt them, as above, and it means when you come home from a long day at work, you have something yummy to tuck into.

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Mini Quiches

What shall I have for lunch that will fill me up? Eggs are always filling and I have a new small cake tin tray. So I made some mini quiches and they are delicious, cheap and filling.

Beat some eggs in a bowl.  Chop a pepper, onion, mushrooms and add ground pepper and herbs.  Of course, you could add some chopped veg too.  Plop in the individual cake tins and fill with the egg mixture.  Pop in the oven and wait for about 10 mins.  Sprinkle some grated cheese on and pop back in.  Delicious, healthy, filling and super easy.  Enjoy with some salad.

Stuff you need:

About 4 eggs

Half a pepper

Onion

Mushrooms

Seasoning

2 oz mature cheese

and anything else you fancy adding.

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Mean, Bean Chilli

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Sometimes you fancy something different to eat.  I thought it would be a good idea to cook a hot, mean bean chilli.

This is roughly how you prepare the chilli.  It is sooo easy…

Chop a red onion, yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and drain some chick peas, mixed beans and kidney beans.  Throw in two tins of tomatoes, a little water, spinach, herbs, hot, hot, hot chillies and ground pepper.  Sling it all into a big casserole pot and dump in the oven for a couple of hours.

It is delicious with some rice and filled me up.  I have some left over for lunches.  Hope you are inspired to try a hot, mean chilli.  Enjoy and thank you for reading my blog.

Stuff you need:

  • Onion
  • Pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tins of toms
  • Mushrooms
  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Chillies
  • Spinach
  • Herbs and seasoning

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Last minute roasted veg..

So I’ve returned from my lovely break in Weymouth, rushed around the supermarket for a few bits, and realised I didn’t buy any potatoes.

With lunches in mind as well as dinner, decided to do a massive tray of roasted veg and throw the few little potatoes in that I found looking miserable in the cupboard.  Usually, cook beans and mash with sausages but it will be good to make something different.

Nothing like a last minute change of plan but at least I’ve got some roasted veg lunches for the remainder of the week.

Roasted veg: potatoes, courgettes, pepper, carrot, red onion, mushrooms, herbs, seasoning and splash of oil.

Enjoy!  Have you any last minute recipes?

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