Today both the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet and Sunday are here again, as ever to remind us of the things we used to see and the things we used to do when it came to the rest day of the week.
Last week’s post about whether Sundays were better in the old days certainly stirred up some emotions with many people telling me what they liked about Sundays in their own particular way. Whether it be their mothers Sunday Roast, tape recording the Top 40 Music Chart from the radio, having the weekly bath, watching David Attenborough’s latest wildlife show or simply settling in for the night with the family.
The one thing that rang through the bulk of the replies was the fact that we as a generation no longer really indulge in the making of the Sunday Roast. Personally I miss it but because of my situation (being single, busy and bariatric) I simply just get on with it and don’t bother, but it seriously got me thinking about alternatives to what is considered a luxury meal of the week, one packed with calories and fats, carbohydrates and puddings.
Surely there must be a healthy alternative to a roast dinner that lets us folks who watch our waistlines indulge in the tradition?
I know it’s not a Tuesday but I thought to myself, why not? Why not make a healthy Sunday roast dinner and a healthy dessert for a change, after all we all love a roast and we all love being good….
So I’ve been off hunting and this is what I have come up with….
In my investigations I found that we do not really so much need an alternative as much as we need a very healthy version of the Sunday roast dinner and I think I have it here for you.
Free Range Roast Chicken, Roast Potatoes, Green Bean, Mushrooms, Peas and Baby Corn.
Low Fat Eaton Mess.
Come on! Let’s enjoy our Sundays once again, take them back to what they should be about BUT keep them healthy.
- 1 Free range Chicken
- 1 small Lemon scored and punctured
- Salt and Pepper
- 150gms Baby New Potatoes
- Olive Oil
- Herbs De Provence
- Green Beans
- Baby Corn
- Merengue – Smashed!
- Half Fat Creme Fraiche
- Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt
And so how do we do it then?.Well it turns out that eating healthily is not that hard everyone, we just need to pay a little more attention….
First the Roast Dinner!
Take the Lemon and cut diagonal lines into it so the juices can flow out once in the Chicken.
Then put the Lemon inside the Chicken.
Put the Chicken on the grille in the roasting pan and then cover with aluminium foil, then put into the hot oven for approximately 90 minutes.
Next chop the Baby New Potatoes into smaller pieces and add to a roasting dish.
Along with some chopped Garlic.
Along with some Herbs de Provence, some Himalayan Pink Salt and a good slug of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then mix in well before putting on the oven shelf below the Chicken.
Next prepare the veggies and pop them in a pan of water with some salt, ready to boil when the Chicken and Potatoes are nearly ready.
Unfortunately I forgot to show how to make the gravy but it is simple. Take the juice from the bottom of the roasting dish, let it cool and draw the fat from it. What is left, add to a little hot water, a Chicken Stock Cube, a splash of White Wine Vinegar and some flour and stir. This will give you a totally tasty and deliciously healthy homemade gravy to compliment the Roast Dinner!
And now the Dessert!
Take a bowl and crush some meringues into the bottom of it.
Add some Raspberries
Trim some Strawberries, slice and then add to the mixture.
Mix this all together.
Add the tub of half fat Creme Fraiche.
Then add half of a tub of the Strawberry yogurt and mix well in, then place in the fridge to set a little. Prior to serving, add the last of the meringues to give it that little crunch!
And that is how you make a healthy Roast Dinner and a healthy Dessert.
And Eh, Voila!!
FOOD DIARY:Friday 9th October 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Lunch||1||Small Bowl||Home made Meat and Potato Soup||207||17||9||3|
|Dinner||1||180gms||Piri Piri Chicken||338||35.6||3.4||22|
|Snacks||1||Single Serving||Triple Caramel McFlurry Ice-cream.||398||5.7||62||14|
Food was pretty good on Friday. All home made and wholesome bar the McFlurry (don’t ask!). With a walk that morning I had made sure there were some calories expended so the healthy eating took care of itself and the Ice-cream, even though a mistake, was most certainly taken care of in the days activities, mind you, looking at the carbohydrate levels, I doubt very much whether it will feature very heavily in future food diaries!
Yesterday saw me getting back to form with my walking. I managed just over 6 miles with the days walk. I think I have even re-discovered my Mojo because my friend and I took a “short cut” (yeah right!) that led us up a couple of hills that had more of an incline that the correct route, but instead of flagging, I found myself putting my head down and getting a good march on, only to turn around and see that I had left my friend for dust!
It really was good to get that feeling back where I was able to start powering through the hills once more.
The Map My Walk App gave me the following screenshot so I was happy with my first proper foray into exercise since my unfortunate drop in energy levels a couple of weeks ago…!
So with things moving ahead with the energy levels coming back up, I plan to make todays Sunday stroll one that we can share and all enjoy.
Stay out of the fridge.