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What’s Cooking?

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?

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Virtual Vegetarian?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.