Sweet and Sour

Bearing in mind what I cook and how I cook it, it would appear that my sauces are pretty good for the SW meals. I use fresh vegetables and a stock cube for most which are all on the ‘Free’ list, as are herbs and spices, so it’s a good start.
I was somewhat curious to know then how synful my sweet and sour sauce is.

Today, I used lean chicken breast, and served it with rice (both classed as ‘Free’ foods).
This recipe is for the two of us, so technically speaking, I only half synned.
Quantity unless stated is unmeasured and to personal taste.

sauce bit:
1 tablespoon cornflour              1 syn
1 tablespoon sugar                    3 syns
1 stock cube *
vinegar *
soy sauce *
pineapple juice from tin ** see below
2 gloves garlic*
extra water if required

Un sauce bit (mixed in later) :
chicken breast*
red/green/yellow sliced peppers*
200g of a 240g tin of pineapple in juice       5 syns

For my added 1/3 of a plate with ‘speed food’ I had a mix of mushrooms*,  cherry tomatoes* and mixed peppers*.

* Free food list
sweet n sour

You can just make out the rice on the right hand side of the plate in my photo.
This meal therefore equates to 4.5 syns.

Free Dessert:
We were given a bag of red and white grapes today. As the white ones were seedless, we both munched our way through them, but the red ones had pips.
Both Hubby and I hate pips, so he cut the red ones in half to de-pip them, and I added a clementine orange and the pineapple pieces I had left over to each dish (approx 1 syn), put a dollop of natural greek yoghurt on the top, and then sprinkled mine with cinnamon (I hate natural yoghurt, but it’s better than cream or ice cream and it’s another Free food).

Cook’s Note:
I have used onions and mushrooms in my sweet and sour dishes in the past, and mixing them in with the rest of the ingredients doesn’t work for me. The mushrooms* turn the mix ‘dirty’ and the onions did nothing at all to enhance the flavour.
*Closed cup or button mushrooms don’t normally discolour though, so you could always add them five minutes or so before serving so that they are just soft.

Colin has rightly raised the issue of sugars in this post (see comments and my response).
I am a borderline type 2 diabetic, and so sugar is something I have to be careful with.
I am not a professional nutritionist, dietician, or food expert in any way, and there are some things in the SW programme that go against a lot of things I have believed in having a healthy food plan/diet over the years.
I intend to have a chat with the Group Leader tomorrow evening at our meeting. It’ll also be my first weigh in, and to be honest? I think the salads are going to go against me.

This is the kind of feedback and comments I am hoping for.
Everyone is different. We all see things differently, and what works for one, doesn’t work for another. I look forward to hearing from you.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Sweet and Sour

  1. colinandray says:

    I stand open to correction, but I suspect that there are a lot of naturally occurring sugars mentioned in this post which, together hidden sugars amd your processed sugar, may not be particularly beneficial (based on the “all things in moderation” adage). 🙂

    • Fruit has a lot of natural sugar, especially grapes, which is why in SW they, kiwi and bananas, are not classed as Speed foods. For a diabetic like me, I have to be careful, even if I am borderline T2. There are several things listed in Free that I intend to clarifiy at the meeting tomorrow. Potatoes and rice are starches, so I am used to having to have either one or the other. Eggs are also free, yet I believed these too should be limited over a week.
      I have kept a food diary which I intend to take with me, especially as the salad issue is foremost in my mind re water retention.
      15 syns a day is all very nice, but if it’s all sugar, that’s not so good, and I am being vigilant. Watch this space! If I’m going wrong, I need to know!! You will see I’m adding a paragraph referring to our comments, because the last thing I want to do is mislead anyone.

      • colinandray says:

        The other food to watch is Greek Yogurt. Yummy it certainly is, but it generally has a rather significant fat content (which is why it is so creamy!).

      • Ah, this one does say Low Fat, and I have checked it out. Hubby likes a totally fat free yoghurt (no nationality), so I shall go with that and the cinnamon now as it is 35p a pot cheaper!!

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  3. colinandray says:

    On water retention: Remember that the body automatically stores what it needs. It is my understanding that if you restrict fluid intake, then the body will store whatever it can get. Conversely, if fluid intake is a regular thing, then the body sees no need to store it. Manipulating the body is a tricky business!!!

    • I was told that to prevent water retention it was a good idea to drink plenty. Tea and coffee are allowed without restriction but using your milk allowance, and I am drinking at least 2 litres of water every day plus my cuppas. I have also got some parsley!

  4. scifihammy says:

    This looks a delicious meal. 🙂 I am interested to know if your new diet is easy to keep up and if you get results too 🙂

    • You and me both. Talking to my friend who goes with me she finds too much fruit makes her put on weight, so flexibility is key. Post will follow on Wednesday after the weigh in.

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