Free Lunch

The next few days are going to be spent getting organised for Monday.
I’ve been looking through my food diaries and will be digging out the SW bible.
I noticed that Hubby and I have had an awful lot of ice cream through the summer! Needless to say, now that the last of them have gone (four days ago), stocks will not be replenished.

I got on the scales this morning and although it’s not as bad as it could be, it is still worse than I’d anticipated. Ho hum. I refuse to be a defeatist before I start.

Anyway, I experimented in the kitchen today for my dinner, and you may remember this dish I made a little while ago, of which I have since had another 5!
The problem with pasta bake is, as its name suggests, it’s best baked in the oven, and that takes at least half an hour after the original preparation time to get the cheese on top nice and crunchy.
Also, cheese has syns, unless you take your 30g as your dairy allowance and syn your milk for cereal and drinks instead.
So, I thought why not do it with spaghetti and omit the cheese altogether?

I kept getting sidetracked for one reason or another but used :

small handful of stick spaghetti (broken in half to fit my pan!)
2 medium sized tomatoes (ours) cut into quarters
I medium onion (ours), sliced
3 chestnut mushrooms cut into quarters
4 slices each of red, green and yellow peppers
1 chicken stock cube
(it should have been veg but I took it out of the wrong side of my cube box)

I was going to add a sliced carrot but forgot, and also forgot to add my herbs whilst cooking, so sprinkled them on the top.

I could have used some green beans too, but we’ll be pulling our wigwam in the next couple of days and want to get as many beans to a sensible size beforehand.

I cooked the onions, peppers and tomatoes with the stock cube until soft while the spaghetti boiled over even though I’d turned it off when I left it to cook on the ring, such is a drawback of an electric hob ( 😦 ).
I didn’t add much liquid to the pan knowing that the tomatoes and peppers have quite a high water content, as did the mushrooms which I added last.
By the time everything was ready, I had quite a lot of stock juice in the pan, but one thing I hate is my dinner swimming for shore, so using my holey spoon, I put the mix over my cooked (but not burnt) spaghetti and threw most of it away.
As I said, I’d forgotten the herbs, so sprinkled them over the top.

Apart from the stock cube, which may or may not attract a syn value now of about ½, this was a ‘free’ dinner and tasted pretty damn good!
Hubby had a jacket potato with tuna which was a pretty safe bet and some six hours later, no after effects!

Photo: with and without flash.

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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 Free Lunch

  1. Bee Halton says:

    That looks rather nice. I think my mum used to make a topping if bread crumbs with a little butter or oil on top of pasta bake which is quite nice but I don’t know if it makes any difference to your diet requirements.

    • Breadcrumbs and butter/oil would all have to be synned. My SIL made a fabulous bake topping with crushed crisps and cheese. Definitely off the charts, but oh, so yummy!

      • Bee Halton says:

        Ah, that’s a shame. But I find it makes it more delicious if you have it only sometimes as a treat.

      • Provided you’re aware of what you eat, you can plan and syn accordingly. It’s what I intend to do as if you deny yourself the occasional treat, it only makes you crave it more!! 🙂

      • Bee Halton says:

        I see it the same way. It’s also a question of figuring out what puts weight on you. I am cutting out butter on my sandwiches and sugar in coffee. Not that I drink that much but it makes a difference. Just trying to keep my weight not necessarily lose any so that’s usually enough. But when it comes to calories there are some surprises: I work with the Samsung Health app and according to them a bowl of cornflakes with normal milk has more calories than cheese in toast and beans. Well, we have rye bread and I have only one slice and not much cheese on it. Still I found that rather surprising. And exercise makes all the difference too 😊

      • I’m trying to walk at least two miles a day, and as you say, it is very much a question of what puts weight on the individual. Mine is salad stuff, the weight goes on because of the high water content, unless I have it with chips! Sort of defeats the object somewhat!!!
        I do like spread on my bread, but as I intend to cut down there, it;s a double whammy.

      • Bee Halton says:

        Definitely 🙂 hope you find nice substitutes that help with the weight 🙂

      • Thanks. I shall be using my blog as a diary to plot my success/progress as I did before.

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