Thursday, 26 April 2018

Thursday, 26-04-18

Good morning.

I made a really nice veggie 'mixture' yesterday.
I softened chopped onion and carrot in oil, added a chopped red pepper and three chopped mushrooms plus a good handful each of butter beans, pinto beans, kidney beans and chickpeas.  Then I put in a can of chopped tomatoes and the same amount of water, a spoonful of marigold powder, some chopped sundried tomatoes, some lentils and some oats, some garlic and tomato puree, salt, pepper and some herbs from the garden (bay, thyme and oregano) - in other words, whatever I could find!  It all simmered away for a while on a very low heat.

It came out really delicious.  I topped two portions with mashed sweet potato mixed with a bit of soft cheese and baked it in t'oven and the rest made five portions for the freezer.  Easy meals!

Today's plans:
B:  muesli and fruit (yes, fruit!!)
L:  red pepper hummus, carrot batons, piece of fruit
D:  pasta bolognaise; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apple and baby orange

From the freezer:
The fruit for the muesli
The red pepper hummus
The bolognaise (turkey mince made)

The frugal factor
The muesli was a gift.
The fruit snacks are free as a friend with a sense of humour bought me some!
The hummus was frozen after Christmas
The turkey mince wasn't costly and the mixture is loaded with veg, thickened with lentils and oats.
Really, not bad at all.  Under the £2 for sure

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Wednesday, 25-04-18


It's on to a new regime now, one I have to work out myself.  I can have fruit for breakfast, carbs for lunch, extra veg . . . woo hoo!
I'm going easy for the first week or so.  I have been advised to keep on with the diet with added veg (to prevent constipation, which may be a problem at first, or perhaps the other too) while things heal and then slowly re-introduce other stuff; but swapping the food groups around is fine.

So - as a rough guide, today's food
B:  porridge and yogurt (because I want to, not because I have to)
L:  maybe beans or scrambled egg on toast - one egg, one slice of toast and no butter, not yet.
D:  gardener's pie - like cottage pie but with pulses and veg, runner beans; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apple and orange
. . . but it might change, depending on how things go.

From the freezer
The bread for toast
The pulses for the pie
Runner beans

The frugal factor
Pretty good today, bow I don't have to fuss about two portions of protein at lunchtime.  Pulses are great value anyway and I already have the veg I will use, none of which were costly - onion, but of mushroom, wonky peppers, sweet potato, carrots and anything else I can scrape off the bottom of the freezer.

And I will work out some provisional plans for the rest of the week.  I'm not stopping that; it's way too useful. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Tuesday, 24-04-18

Good morning.

I decided to weigh, seeing as I might not be weighing for a while and guess what?  Four pounds have magically vanished, proving that last weigh was just one of those blips.  As a result I am now in the 'overweight' banding, not 'obese'.  So pleased.

No plans to report today.  Not yet, anyway.  The most frugal day is the day you don't eat anything!

Monday, 23 April 2018

Monday, 23-04-18

Morning, everyone!

Today's plans:
B:  muesli and yogurt
L:  chicken tikka, salad
D:  salmon, SW chips, tomatoes; fruit yogurt
Ss: apples

From the freezer
The salmon and the chicken

The frugal factor
Well, not really today, not with salmon AND chicken, but this is, fingers crossed, the last day before my gallbladder op and I won't be feeling like eating much for the next few days so it all balances out really.
If the op goes ahead, it will also be the last day on the liver shrinking diet too.  A bit more flexibility again will be very nice.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Sunday, 22-04-18

Good morning.

The lamb yesterday was lovely.  I read that lamb is supposed to be pink but none of us like it pink so I did a long slow roast and it was lovely (it was leg steaks).  You could have cut it with a spoon!

Today's plans:
B:  porridge and yogurt
L:  really not sure as I'm travelling home from Mum and Dad's this morning.  I might have another omelette with a simple salad as that's simple, easy, filling and works with the food regime.
D:  probably pasta bol using some of that turkey mince mixture I made earlier this week
Ss:  apples

From the freezer:
The mince mixture.

The frugal factor:
It's nor bad really,  Eggy things are reasonable as is turkey mince and, of course, portions are small.  Sometimes, I think the apples are the most costly item in my diet.  :-)

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Saturday, 21-04-18

Morning, everyone.

Today's plans:
B:  muesli and yogurt
L:  ham salad
D:  lamb, mini roasties, runner beans; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples

From the freezer
The lamb (part of a leg steak) and the runner beans - last year's crop.

The frugal factor
Well, lamb isn't frugal, of course, and I've never seen it on YS, but I'm not paying for any of today's food so that's not an issue.  :-)

It's a very straightforward food plan today with nothing particularly creative but all very tasty!  I shall enjoy it.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Friday, 20-04-18

Good morning!

Weight update:  1 lb ON this week.  Oh, dear, but there you go; bodies are not machines and don't always behave according to expectations.  Maybe it's muscle as I've done several days of heavy digging, maybe it's just One of Those Things.  It's certainly not over-eating!

Today's plans:
B:  porridge and yogurt
L:  tuna and salad
D:  probably fish and SW chips, salad; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples

From the freezer:
The fish - probably pollack.

The frugal factor
More or less all of it.  The fish is the less expensive kind and even counting the tuna, it's not so expensive really.  A fishy day today!