Stretching leftovers in every direction

Hello Dear Reader,

My soup mug contains just one portion of homemade ragu sauce and I needed to feed us both. I added a jar of cheapo tomato sauce, it’s gluten free and 80 calories for half a jar (4 slimming world syns). It had less fat and less calories than the low fat versions in the supermarket. Ironically, it costs the same as a tin of tomatoes so it was cheaper than making it myself.

As usual, we ate it with a massive pile of steamed greens instead of pasta to keep our carbs low and to get more nutrients into ourselves. Seasonal veggies like this are really cheap too.

I added a tin of sweet corn too. More cheap veggies.

We had one slice of cheese each. It might seem a bit expensive to buy sliced cheese but it’s portion control for us. You can see, one slice goes a long way. (4 syns) 

As if spring greens, carrots and celery in the ragu sweet corn wasn’t enough, I chopped up some gerkins and the crunchy spicy sourness really added punch to an already flavour filled bowlful. 

So today we’ve eaten: frozen leftovers, jarred, tinned and pickled and fresh…..all on one plate. Healthy, cheap and used up everything we had at home.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xx

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Spicy chickpea stew

Hello Dear Reader,

We’ve had meat two days in a row so tonight’s supper is a hearty veggie stew with chunky chick peas and it’s vegan as well.

I rummaged around the bottom of the fridge and back of the larder and also added some mixed frozen veggies from out of the freezer. I also added a heaped teaspoon of smoked paprika and cumin, a stock pot and some black pepper to give it flavour

I chopped my veggies and fried them in frylight until softened.

I added the stockpot, spice and tinned tomatoes, half a mug of red lentils and a mug of boiling water (helps it cook quickly) and allowed it to simmer for 15 minutes until all the veggies were soft but not mushy.

I served DB’s with basmati rice – half a cup of rice and three cups of water with a sprinkle of salt and I just had extra vegetables. We are not lovers of hot spicy food but you could add plenty of chilli if you like it.

This’ll be great for our lunches and it’ll reheat well and some will be frozen.

Totally free food in terms of slimming world and it’s even vegan and a proper hearty belly full. 

It’s also cheap, used up what we had and was delicious.

I’ll make this again!

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx

Eat your greens 

Hello Dear Reader,

I love green leafy vegetables and they’re really cheap in season And they have more vitamin C than oranges. I bought all my groceries this week from Aldi including a tiny beef roasting joint that I stopped from shrinking by slow cooking it with some water, salt and pepper in the slow cooker. My fork shows how tiny our meat was.

It just melted when it was cooked and it didn’t shrink and stayed really moist which was important as it wasn’t cheap. We’ll just have a veg based meal tomorrow to offset the cost.

I used some of the beef stock when I mashed the potatoes, especially as we ate far too much butter in Brittany! This was really nice  and surprisingly creamy.

As we’re trying to keep our carbs low we’re not eating a lot of spuds so we’re filling up on greens. It’s a good job we really like them. I wonder, wherever you are, what the ‘greens’ in your country? 

I added some GF bisto granules to a mug full of stock and made some gravy. 

This is end of week one and I think we’ve done ok and we’re definitely eating more healthily, doesn’t seem hard and we’re enjoying it. 

I’ll keep you posted.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx

Mighty Meaty Pizza

                        
Hello Dear Reader,
I love pizza but even the gluten free varieties are calorie laden. Here’s a Slimming World version that’s virtually carb free.
                        
I seasoned a 600g of low fat (less than 5%) minced organic local beef, seasoned well with salt, pepper and oregano, pushed into a foil lined quiche dish and cooked it for fifteen minutes at 200 C.
                        
It shrinks a bit from the side and I drained off the water, meat always shrinks when it’s cooked.
                       
I topped it with 100g of low fat Pesto (6 tablespoons ) sliced onion, three sliced tomatoes and then 129g of grated half fat cheddar.
                        
I popped that in the oven for ten minutes.
                         
I served it with rocket, red pepper, tender stem broccoli and green beans. If you follow the Slimming World Plan, then the pesto is 4.5 syns per portion and the 30g of half fat cheddar is from the healthy extra A list. If you’re not following the plan then just trust me, this was fantastic. If you’ve ever tried reducing carbs then it’s a great recipe that’s packed with flavour. Husband called it a pizza burger and he loved it, he’s losing weight too.
My local slimming club leader talks about wearing ‘positive pants’, well I’ve got to pull mine up tight as I’ve set myself the personal target of exercising every day and I’m just about to go out again. Tonight’s soundtrack is Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits. 
Over to you Dear Reader, if you were out tonight, what would be your soundtrack? 
Until tomorrow,
Love Froogs xxxxx