Meat Free Days

We are in the throes of our weekly meat free days, having had sweet and sour peppers yesterday  and a vegetable stew today which will provide us with our ‘stewp’ tomorrow.

My sweet and sour dish was so easy as all I used was a tin of pineapple pieces in juice, what was left of my green, red and yellow pepper, 2 cloves of garlic and a carrot. When all these were nice and soft, I added three large sliced closed cup mushrooms to just finish it off.
My sauce was a mix of the pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, stock cube, dried ginger spice and brown sugar.
Served with rice, the total cost was probably just over a pound for the two of us, with a total syn value of 9½ for the sugar and tinned pineapple.
sweet-and-sour-jan-3Today’s stew consisted of a 1.5 kg stewpack for £1.39 which contained carrots, 2 small parsnips, 2 onions, and a swede. We added three potatoes from a 1kg bag purchased for 19p a little while ago, a stock cube, and some gravy granules for thickening which gave it a syn value of One.

I had dessert again today, which was a green fruit salad of kiwi and grapes, with 3 sliced apricots (1 syn each) and some quark. I sprinkled the top with cinnamon spice.
This is the one I had yesterday which had a banana at the bottom instead of the apricots.

green-fruit-salad-3-janHubby had the second individual Christmas pudding with a dollop of quark today.

Tomorrow he has a blood test with the nurse who told me about being eligible for the free 12 week membership with Slimming World.
After that, we are into the supermarket for tea…….. literally…………… as they have a special offer on Yorkshire Tea and rumour has it that tea prices here are about to soar.
As we have some vouchers for that particular chain, I intend to stock up!


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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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7 Responses to Meat Free Days

  1. colinandray says:

    How do the stock cubes rate re syn value?

    • According to the SW book, stock cubes have no syn value, but gravy granules do. Tomato puree, spices, vinegar and soy sauce are also syn free. The thing to watch with stock cubes though is the salt content as some are quite high so I tend to only use one.

    • A good tip for gravy thats syn free is using passata, a stock pot (or use a stock cube with added water) and mixing it with some garlic and finely chopped onions that have been fried in fry light.

      It’s a syn free alternative thats mostly speed food and tastes delicious with some Slimming Wold style roast potatoes!

      The only downside is Bisto is brown and this is dark red – so it takes a bit of visual imagination 😀

      • Thanks so much for the tip! I use a stock cube and water from the veg as a rule rather than making a thick gravy. I don’t fry anything, steaming my meat in water which works for us. Thanks for commenting. I appreciate it.

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