I wore a skirt with a top tucked in!
On day 4 of getting back on it after Christmas and New Year and I wanted to share some of the new recipes I’ve tried and my when I’ve been an angel and when the devil has taken over 😉
This week I was ill on Halloween so didn’t end up eating party food or drinking at my sisters party as I was too busy throwing up! I didn’t eat until Sunday afternoon meaning I went 24 hours without eating-surely there’s a pound off 😉 once I did start eating on Sunday it was a cheese craving-for a change-and I had some of my sisters homemade cheese and onion pie. I counted this though and as it was the only thing I ate all day figured that it would be fine as I was still within my daily allowance. As you will have seen in my previous blog I ate mainly pumpkin in various different meals throughout the week and I continued my ’round the world’ foods with a trip to the Middle East with homemade falafel on mini wraps (this was 9pp) which is high for me to have in one meal.
The last few days has been all about the pumpkin. Normally I would carve out the pumpkins and throw away what was inside but we had 2 pretty big pumpkins this year and it just seemed a shame to waste it. On Monday morning I was determined to do something with the 4 huge packs of pumpkin I had in the fridge. Soup seemed an obvious solution and I’ve also always wanted to make pumpkin pie.
It struck me that I haven’t eaten pumpkin before and now I know why-its really really bland! It might smell amazing with a candle stuck in it outside the house but the taste doesn’t match up to the smell.
I therefore needed recipes that had something else in them to give the food a good taste.
First up was the soup I found this recipe that had coconut milk in http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/pumpkin-coconut-bisque-5150 I changed it slightly by leaving out the butter, sugar and red pepper-and I don’t understand the ‘cup’ measurement so just threw it in. The recipe says to use canned pumpkin but mine was fresh. I roasted it first (it was about 700g) I also used veggie stock instead of chicken. It was pretty nice although I think I overdid it on the allspice and it probably could have done with a little more coconut milk it. I got 4 portions from it and it worked out at 0pp per portion
Next on my list was pumpkin and chocolate muffins-this was my first reason for wanting to keep the pumpkin as I had seen these somewhere-possibly on Facebook and thought they would be easy to make with my little munchkin
There are quite a few recipes out there for these but I used this one http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/skinny-healthy-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/ although mine certainly didn’t look at good as hers! I got 12 out of the mixture and its was 20pp so they work out at 3 for 5pp or 2pp each. (I know what you are thinking-if you have 3 in one go you only use 5pp but if you eat one a day for 2 days then that’s 6pp so you might aswell eat 3 in one go 🙂 ) I could have made them less but went overboard with the chocolate chips. Again I didn’t bother with ‘cups’ but weighed out the chocolate chips and threw fresh pumpkin in-I just boiled it to soften it first.
Lastly we turn our attention to the pie. Most of the recipes I found were pretty high in calories/points/sugar so I decided to opt for a savoury pumpkin pie instead of a sweet one. I found this recipe http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/pumpkin-feta-and-pine-nut-filo-layer-pie/ again I did some tweaks- I didn’t put chilli in as I don’t like ‘hot’ food, I didn’t use any oil or as much pastry (I put a layer on the bottom-using a sheet and a half, folded over once the filling was in then scrunched some more on the top) so it would bring the points value down and I didn’t add pine nuts but that was purely because I forgot to buy them when I went shopping 😦 the whole pie was 20pp and I split it into 4 so 5pp per portion. This was really nice and my favourite out of the 3.
So the good news is the pumpkin is gone out of the fridge, however, I still have 2 bowls of soup, 3 portions of pie and 8 muffins to eat so its safe to say we will have all had enough of pumpkin by the end of the week.
Ah a happy ending I hear you say-however my sister rang to tell me that she left 2 pumpkins at my mums that she forgot about and I might aswell have them-apparently pumpkin is lovely in a risotto…….
Treat-wine. Trick -spritzer vodka.
Treat-blue cheese, Brie, smoked cheese, just cheese, cheese and more cheese. Trick- use a strong flavour use half the portion, grate it and mix with quark.
Treat-chocolate ice cream. Trick-frozen aero mousse.