After a week of fairly tasty dinners (lots of crustless quiche lunches as well) I’m still long weight. I’ve found that the days when I have a carb meal (salad, falafel and houmus, or the squash risotto) I don’t lose weight the next day and I don’t sleep as well.
I’ve allowed myself a few variations to the rule.
Paleo / Caveman eating and going right back to basics is great if you have the time. If yu have a couple of kids and a husband baying for food and don’t want to spend a whole morning in the kitchen (which I did for my first carb lunch over Easter) then the shop bought alternative that is closest to Harcombe (few additives as possible) and as low in carbs as possible if meat is OK. Today we have meatballs from waitrose they had a little potato starch but it was pretty low and I just avoided cooking any high carb veggies with them.
Chorizo is in. I’m not munching a whole sausage a day but if Merguez sausage is OK then I can have a little chorizo. Combining both of the above rules I’ve enjoyed some fab sausages from Sainsburys, 95% pork meat, seasoning and a tiny bit of bread.
I’m loving the sudden embracing of dairy in all of its fatty forms, after years of cautiously spritzing a pan with spray olive oil it feels great to add a glut of oil and knob of butter (butter!!) to a pan before frying an omelette. For years I haven’t had cheese due to diets and the fact that hubby hates it so unless I can eat a portion on my own (an dry low fat cheese at that) it goes to waste. I’ve loved rediscovering cheese, here are favourites so far
1. Brie melting into an omelette
2. Sweet nutty Jarlsberg, with salad or partially melted on my breakfast omelette
3. Whole ball of mozzarella on the side of a pasta sauce in place of the pasta
4. Marscapone mixed into my homemade Greek yoghurt with raspberries.
Today I’ve cooked meatballs (yum) veal saltimbocca (double yum) and biccies with the kids (not tasted by me but yum apparently).
I doubt anyone needs a recipe for a meatball sauce but here is mine(it was very yummy!). Mozzarella is mild enough to add to the side of this dish for a phase 2 Harcombe meal.
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 slices of bacon chopped
Small piece of chorizo cut into small pieces
Packet of meatballs (or homemade meatballs)
1/2 tin of tomatoes (I used tinned whole cherry tomatoes)
1 beef stock cube
1. fry onion and garlic, add bacon and chorizo and cook for a few minutes
2. Add meatballs and brown
4. Mash up half a can of tinned tomatoes, add along with half of the tomato can filled with water and a beef stock cube.
5. Cover and simmer.