Raffle prize!

My prize last night is a ‘totally free’ (in the truest sense of the word) dinner which serves four.
For the two of us, and MSM decided to try a little, I used half of the peppers and froze the rest, reduced the amount of potatoes and tomatoes, and omitted the garlic cloves and chilli because she can’t digest them.

Ingredients (for 4) are
1 large red onion
1 each red, yellow, green pepper
1 large courgette
3 tblsp mixed herbs (I only used 2)
4 garlic cloves (omitted)**
1-2 dried red chilli flakes (omitted)**
3 tblsp balsamic vinegar
low calorie cooking spray (I didn’t have any, so used 1 teaspoon olive oil)
600g small new potatoes
400g baby plum or cherry tomatoes
small handful chopped basil leaves, plus a couple of whole ones to garnish.

The onion, peppers and courgette were chopped into bite size pieces and put in a large bowl together with the garlic**, chilli**  (if used) and herbs. The vinegar and oil were then added and everything mixed well (hence BIG bowl) before being transferred to a large roasting dish.
The potatoes were cooked separately until just tender and then drained.
These were added to the roasting dish and everything thoroughly mixed together.

Roast for 15-20 minutes in a hot oven (gas mark 7, 220/200 (fan oven) C), then add the chopped basil and tomatoes. Mix again and cook for a further 20 minutes until the potatoes are golden and soft.
Garnish with basil and serve.

This is all veg with other free ingredients and the only SW recipe I’ve tried.
My tasting committee weren’t keen, Hubby giving it 4 and MSM 3 out of 10.
Personally, I’d rate it as 5, but I’m unlikely to make it again.
Not because of the way I cooked it or the ingredients used, but because all of us felt something was missing to suit our personal palette.
Saying that though, it has given me an idea for a side dish to serve with chicken, chops or gammon, and I would add carrots and mushrooms (both speed and free food), cooking them all in a wok rather than baking in the oven.

If you like pasta with your veggies, there are pasta bake sauces you can buy which will add calories or sins depending what you’re counting, and add flavour and texture.
One of my favourite bakes uses left over chicken or turkey pieces (you could use tuna too), a pack of frozen mixed veg, cooked pasta shells/twists/tubes and a jar of low-calorie mayonnaise. The topping is crushed plain crisps and grated cheese and you bake it in the oven for about 40 minutes or until bubbling and brown.
Of course the syns and calories are off the chart, but it is decidedly yummy.

Below are meals since my last foodie post

Left: beef and egg salad           Right: prawn and apple salad

Above: Meringue desserts

Left: Hubby’s welsh rarebit             Right: my veg jacket potato

This morning’s speedy breakfast (pear, strawberries and cereal)


About pensitivity101

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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8 Responses to Raffle prize!

  1. Ritu says:

    All looking good!
    I think your recipe would be ok if you added a few more spices to the mix!

  2. It would have needed some garlic and onions for me but it sounds like a great idea. My husband won’t eat peppers and I miss them in meals.

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