Old Fashioned Suggested Diet – Day 2

So this is the second day of the slimming menu. I should’ve said it also says to avoid sugar in teas, coffee etc. I’m not sticking to that as I love sugar in my tea and coffee I have been good and only had fruit for snacks, although not felt the need for many snacks surprisingly!

Breakfast

Orange
Boiled egg
1 slice crispbread and butter

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Looks crap doesn’t it?? I forgot to buy oranges so was actually just a satsuma. Also I can’t remember the last time I ate a boiled egg just on its own. I have been putting them in a few dishes but not had it just as it is. I had to sprinkle it with some of my flavoured sea salt to help me eat it! That make it ok actually! Not really much else to say except I wasn’t starving all morning.

Lunch

Cold tongue
Coleslaw
Cheese and 2 cream crackers

I was in the butcher at the weekend and was too scared to ask for tongue, so I went to the supermarket and bought the packet stuff that’s ready for sandwiches and doesn’t look like a tongue! It tasted ok but there was just something about it that I really didn’t enjoy and only managed a few bites. I just had it on its own so think it would be ok in a roll with cheese, salad and mayo! I had the coleslaw leftover from Friday so that was great, even better! Then just had cheddar with my crackers. Had my lunch in work and forgot to take a photo, not really that interesting anyway!

Dinner

Grilled gammon and poached egg
Spinach
Fresh fruit

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More egg! At least this time it’s with the gammon so didn’t actually eat any egg on its own. Couldn’t decide whether to cook the spinach or have raw, chose the easiest option and left raw. This was actually very enjoyable! It looks like loads of spinach but the heat from the steak starts to wilt it slightly which is nice. A dressing would’ve been nice or I should’ve left the yolk in the egg slightly runny to add a bit of a sauce. To quote my husband ‘this didn’t seem like a diet dinner’. Just had some fruit for snack again.

So again this is a high protein low carb diet, and does have a good variety of food so not too plain and kept me filled up all day.

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Old Fashioned Suggested Diet – Day 1

I think I’ve mentioned that there is a chapter on diets and calorie counting and there is a week long suggested diet. So I had decided to follow that for the next 7 days. I’m not much of a dieter, I know this month I’ve cut out a few unhealthy things but that’s more as a test of my will power and to make me feel better about eating and drinking too much in the run up to Christmas. So to be honest I was kind of regretting saying I was going to do this diet thing, but it’s not too bad.

The chapter gives advice on how to lose weight ‘unspectacularly’ rather gives tips for a steady weight loss. So what I’m going to do is stick to the meal plans and each day post on my breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are a few new recipes so will post them as well. It will be quite interesting to compare this to more modern diet plans.

So here goes day 1;

Breakfast

Poached egg
Mushrooms
Slice of crispbread and butter

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Well I have never poached an egg before! In the egg section it gives advice, and it’s says to put a pastry cutter in a pan of boiling water and drop the egg in and cook till set. That worked quite well but think I over cooked it! Doesn’t advise how to cook mushrooms so I just fried them in a tiny bit of butter (butter is allowed in small quantities!). Also for the crispbread I bought a well known brand that I remember my mum having whenever she was on a diet! I remember them tasting like cardboard! Well they must’ve had a bit of updating as it was actually quite tasty.

I am very much a breakfast person, feel I need a big breakfast to get through the day and I usually have porridge, so was worried I’d be starving by 10, but surprisingly I wasn’t, lasted till lunch with no snacks – meant to say only fruit snacks are suggested.

Lunch

Liver and bacon kebabs
Broccoli or spring greens
Rhubarb fool

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Lovely liver again! So to cook the kebabs and I just fried the liver until it was practically cremated! Then I grilled the bacon and then put together on a skewer. I am a bit paranoid about cooking liver so hence the serious case of overcooking. Honestly it was ok, I made sure I combined the liver and bacon with each bite and was actually quite pleasant. Broccoli was just broccoli, not much to say! I didn’t make rhubarb fool as it’s not really rhubarb season so have to admit to a minor deviation, had a yoghurt instead!

Dinner

Savoury mince and marrow
1 slice of bread

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For the marrow I followed the stuffed marrow recipe from the vegetable section

Ingredients

1 marrow
3/4 lb minced meat
4 tbsps breadcrumbs
1 tbsp parsley
1 onion finely chopped
1 egg
Tomato sauce

Wash the marrow, peel, cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Mix the meat, crumbs, herbs, onion and seasoning with a fork and add enough egg to bind. Put this into the marrow and put the two halves together again. Wrap in greaseproof paper, put in an oven proof dish and bake at 180 for 1 hour.

I’ve never cooked a marrow before, it is just a giant courgette so was worried the high water content would turn this into a big soggy mess! I just made a tomato sauce in the usual way; onion, garlic, tomato, herbs and stock. This actually turned out really well, I know it’s not the prettiest looking but it certainly was tasty. The marrow is a bit watery but combined with the filling and sauce it’s good.

Don’t really think I need to post a photo of a slice of bread! I’ll save that for later as a treat, no cake for me!

Day 1 complete and overall not too bad!

Lentil Pie

There is a chapter in the book called diets and calorie count. I’m not on a diet as such but am having a relatively healthy November by cutting out chocolate, wine, crisps and cake. There are a handful of recipes in this chapter and there is also a suggested week diet plan, so for the last week in November I will be following that, it’s got some interesting suggestions!

Anyway tonight I made this lentil pie which is a suggested meal for a low calories diet.

Ingredients

Half a pound of lentils
1 onion sliced
Half a pound of mashed potatoes
Chopped parsley
A little tomato sauce

Wash the lentils and cook them and the onion with sufficient water to cover until the lentils are quite tender and soft and the water absorbed. Sieve the mixture, add the potatoes, parsley and a little tomato sauce with salt to taste. Put in an ovenproof dish and bake at 180 for 15-20 minutes until nicely crisped and browned.

I used puy lentils for this only because that’s all I had in the cupboard. I had planned to use red lentils but wasn’t until I started to make this that I realised I had none! I don’t suppose it really matters what kind of lentils you use as long as you cook the lentils properly. I think I boiled the lentils for about 25-30 minutes.

I wasn’t sure what it meant by a little tomato sauce, does it mean ketchup or an actual pasta like sauce? I was tempted to just squeeze in the ketchup but then I thought that didn’t feel right! Honestly felt like I was cheating, so I quickly made a tomato sauce with some fresh tomatoes. Also the quantity is a but vague so I made a sauce using two tomatoes so was probably half a cup of sauce.

I had doubts about this one but when it came out of the oven and the top was nice and crispy I started to feel a bit more positive! This was actually surprisingly tasty. It is a bit mushy although there is slight crunch from the top. The three of us had this for dinner, on initial presentation it doesn’t look great but after trying it we all had clean plates. It’s filling, comforting and tasty. It would be interesting to try with different lentils as I do think puy lentils are more flavoursome than other varieties. We just had this with some broccoli which helped keep calories down! After a few nights of butter and cheese that’s just what we needed!

Would I make this again? Yes, could adapt in many ways and is a good filling dinner
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