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Thursday, 25 August 2011

I can afford to eat again ;D

25th August 2011
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face...you must do the thing you think you cannot do.Eleanor Roosevelt

Today’s the second day I’ve slept till my alarm I really need to turn the volume down and change the station, bhangra on full blast at 5am is not a good sound to wake up to.

How about that rain last night, my poor members got soaked as it started just as they were walking through the door!

Well despite being a little tired this morning, I’m an extremely happy girl as I’ve just been paid for the first time since I became employed by Weight Watchers on July 3rd, that’s a long time and to celebrate I’ve ordered posh food for delivery this afternoon from Waitrose, some of it will be used to take on our day out Friday so we can stay on track and still enjoy lunch.  In the meeting this week one of the things we’re looking at is what I could take on my day out for lunch and I have to say we can be guilty of being a little uninspiring; it isn’t until we really start thinking about it that the tasty stuff starts to get mentioned.  Good food can be healthy and within your daily allowance,  so when you’re thinking about what to eat, really thinking about it.  We spend enough time thinking about ‘eating’ that we may as well make those thoughts really tasty ones.  The recipe below has had so much feedback that I thought I’d better share it with everyone as everyone that eats it seems to love it.  Plus its really easy to cook.

Cheese & Bacon Lasagne,

Serves 6 - 9pp each, 8pp if using gammon
Prep: 35m, cook: 40m.

This freezable, family-friendly recipe is economical and has a wonderful comfort-food feel about it and recipe can easily be doubled.

3 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 ½ tbsp olive oil (6pp)
1 tsp dried oregano (optional I didn’t have any & it was still delicious)
300g pack lean smoked back bacon, chopped (17pp) or 300g lean gammon (11pp)
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes in rich juice
20 basil leaves, roughly torn, plus extra to serve if you like (optional I forgot to use it & it was delicious)
250g pack fresh egg lasagne (check pack for cooking instructions) (10pp)

For sauce
600ml skimmed milk (6pp)
50g each butter (5pp) and plain flour (5pp)
Generous grating fresh nutmeg
50g grated Parmesan (6pp)

Fry the onions in the oil for about 15 mins until golden. Add the oregano and bacon and fry for 5 mins more, stirring frequently. Tip in the tomatoes, season and bubble uncovered for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.  Meanwhile, make the white sauce. Pour the milk into a pan and tip in the butter and flour. Whisk continuously over a moderate heat to incorporate the flour, then simmer, stirring until thickened. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Spoon a third of the tomato sauce on the base of a lasagne dish. Top with a third of the lasagne sheets. Then top with a third sauce, a third lasagne, and the last of the tomato sauce and finally the last sheets of lasagne. Pour over the white sauce and scatter with the cheese and an extra grating of nutmeg. Chill. If eating straight away, bake at 190C/170C fan/gas 5 for 40 mins until golden and bubbling. Scatter with basil, if you like, and serve with a salad and garlic bread.

To freeze, cool completely, then wrap in cling film, then foil. Will store for 3 months. To serve, thaw for 6 hrs in a cool place. Unwrap and bake at 190C/170C fan/gas 5 for 50-60 mins until thoroughly heated through

Everyone will eat it, not just those trying to lose a few pounds.
Yesterday was week3, day2 of my 0-5k and at the end of the second 3min run when he told me to walk, I didn’t I carried on running and managed 7.5minutes not bad to say the first 1 minute run 3 weeks ago made me think ‘this is never going to happen’, and so far so good my body is coping with the stress of it all, no pains yet.  No running today though, too much to do – starting with Alfie walking.

Have a great day. xx


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