Cooking is healthy, thrifty and fun. Plus you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour (ask me why I need to slim …) I’m in a transitional phase of my dieting efforts and will be making a post on the subject in the near future. At the moment, I have a thumping headache and am rapidly losing my language skills in the way that only a fellow migraine sufferer will understand. But moving swiftly on …
I really enjoy cooking. And it’s not just because I like eating, honestly! I enjoy the process, from picking out a recipe to finding ingredients, preparing them, watching the oven, presenting the food and, yes, I do enjoy the eating. The washing up is less fun. For a while there, I was eating only out of packets but I’ve managed to move beyond that and am cooking regularly again. I’ve just done my menu-planning and online shop for next week and thought it might be fun to incorporate a cookery thread on this blog. I tend to cook lots and freeze it and then eat from the freezer until it’s about empty before doing another shopping and cooking and freezing … you get the picture. I don’t always shop or cook every week – it depends what’s in the freezer which depends on how hungry I am(!), how many portions a recipe made, whether I like it, whether I’m home, etc. So I’m not going to promise you a regular thread on this one (and you all know how reliable I am, anyway!) But, each time I menu-plan, I will let you know what I’m planning to cook in the week ahead and invite you to do likewise in comments.
Here’s the first instalment:
- Sweet Potato Soup
- Chunky Minestrone Soup
- Cream of Tomato Soup
- Mixed Vegetable Skinny Soup
- Quorn Penne Bolognese
- Smoked Haddock Gratin
- Kofta Curry
- Butternut Squash Pappardelle
Now, if that little lot doesn’t keep me fed for a week or two I shall want to know the reason why!
What’s cooking in your house?
I wasn’t going to write about this. In fact, I told another blogger when I commented on her blog that I wouldn’t. But then I went out in the wind and the rain (library trip, pharmacy trip) and thought: Why not?
I’ve been virtually vegetarian before. And I did quite well. I lost weight, saved money. Both of which are good. But I was eating some really weird things. I’m used to cooking from scratch but with meat and I know roughly what goes with what so I can throw together a chilli without too much thought. Vegetarian cooking was a closed book to me, I didn’t know what went with what and I had some real disasters. So, eventually, I gave up – I was throwing too much food away and eating out of packets which, in my opinion, defeated the point.
So now I’m back at SlimmingWorld and I sat down last night to make a menu plan. And I thought: Gosh, meat’s expensive. And: I wish I could afford organic/free-range. And then I thought: Why not go veggie? You’re doing a menu plan anyway so you could cook from recipes (and thereby avoid the weird and inedible), save money and lose weight. So I made a veggie menu plan and shopped today. I’m planning to cook tomorrow and Sunday and then stick it all in the freezer to eat as ‘readi-meals’ through the week. And, hopefully, by this time next week I’ll have lost a pound or two.
I do have two caveats to announce, however:
- I am not going fully vegetarian. I prefer ‘Virtual Vegetarian’ which, to me, means I can eat meat/meat products if I want to. So, while I wouldn’t go out and buy 1lb of steak for dinner, I will eat steak at a family dinner if that’s what the hostess serves. I’m also not reading my food-labels to check for the animal additives that lurk at the end of the list. According to The Vegetarian Society, I’m a ‘meat reducer’ rather than a vegetarian. I don’t really care what you call it. If I say ‘I’m never eating meat again,’ then I’ll be at Burger King before the hour is out.
- I am not putting a time limit on the change. If I like it, if it works for me, then I may be virtually veggie forever. If I don’t and it doesn’t then I could be going to the butcher’s in the middle of next week.