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It’s getting colder! We had our first proper frost yesterday morning. So I think it’s time for some warming comfort food this week.
My energy levels definitely start falling as soon as the clocks go back and the weather cools. I try to follow my own advice on beating the winter blues. I get outside as much as I can, exercise every morning and eat a good diet. Nevertheless, I do feel tired at the moment, so the meal plan needs to be maximum taste and nutrition for minimum effort.
I make sure we eat lots of fruit and vegetables and I take quite a few supplements as well. These are mainly anti-inflammatory for fibromyalgia, but make me feel generally better I think. The GP says my vitamin D levels are fine, so I don’t take that, but I take turmeric, vitamin C, a chondroitin/glucosamine combo and acidophilus.
I know it sounds like overkill, but I genuinely think they help! I buy mine from Healthspan, as I think they are good quality.
Comfort food: this week’s meal plan
Me and number 1 daughter are going out to a jumble sale first thing. I hope we get lots of bargains.
It’s a bit of a drive away so I know I will be tired when it comes to thinking about dinner. So yesterday I made a big slow cooker sausage casserole, enough for two nights. We had last night’s portion with pasta and tonight will have the rest with creamy mashed potatoes and broccoli.
To make a change from a roast, I am planning to make Jamie’s hit ‘n’ run chicken tray bake. It’s from his Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less* book, which I quite like. The peppers and tomatoes are full of vitamin C, and I love the flavour of smoked paprika.
We will have air fried roast potatoes done in my VonShef airfryer – a useful bit of kit that keeps the fat content of our food down a bit. Having lost almost a stone on Slimming World, I don’t want to put it all back on again!
It’s only me in for tea, so I will make a pot of minestrone soup. This will be great for my lunches all week as well.
I like it because it is so simple and tasty, it is Slimming World friendly and definitely fits the description of comfort food.
I still have some pork chops from my yellow sticker haul the other week, so will defrost a couple of those. Mr S brought home a huge bag of windfall apples from somewhere, so I will chop one up and fry it up with the chops.
We will have this with some potatoes and steamed vegetables, plus a bit of gravy on the side.
This definitely isn’t very Slimming World friendly, but I’m allowed a few syns now I am a target member!
I found this Chinese marinade in the cupboard when I was writing this meal plan. It’s odd as I don’t remember buying it! As we have chicken thighs in the freezer I thought I would use it on those, probably with a big vegetable stir fry and noodles.
I don’t tend to use a bought sauce for stir fries these days – just soya sauce, sesame oil and a little stock seems to create a nice flavour without all the sugar and calories in the shop bought ones.
This is the final recipe box from my last Simply Cook subscription box – wild mushroom penne, which I will have with my favourite winter carrot salad.
I have enjoyed every single meal from Simply Cook so far. It would be too much to have a box a week – we wouldn’t use it and can’t justify the expense. However, as I have said previously, I do like the odd convenience meal and these are really quick and tasty.
I have gone for one box a month, and my next one is due any day now so will let you know how I get on with the new ones. If you are interested in trying Simply Cook, you can get your first box for £3 here*.
End of the week easy meal….you guessed it, a cheese omelette! We both love these and they are so cheap and easy. We will eat these with a jacket potato and some steamed vegetables.
So that is my week of cheap and easy comfort food. What are you eating this week? Do you change what you eat with the weather?
On the subject of food, I published a post in the week about the UK Money Bloggers #foodbankadvent campaign. If you are interested in helping other people in a small way as we head towards Christmas, you can read my post here.