Week 24th – 30th November 2013
Yes, back to the standby of chicken during this week – the good news is that in the week following there is a break from fish and chicken.
I am beginning to get the feeling that this blog is turning into a cookery blog rather than one about the effects oof my diet. Basically there isn’t much to say about the diet now. It’s part of my lifestyle, my weight has stabilised and I feel no ill effects apart from feeling a bit colder on the fast days.
So the main area of interest has become what I eat each week and how I cook rather than any diet effects. Not that I mind, in fact one of the main benefits as far as I am concerned is the need to look for appropriate recipes of interest in my cookery books, and of course recipes that aren’t too time consuming and have an estimate of their calorific value.
I had picked out a couple of recipes on the weekend so by Monday I was ready for my first meal.
So, I bought a pack of chicken drumsticks and thighs (with bones in) and used the drumsticks for the first recipes – ‘honey mustard chicken pot with parsnips’ (from ’201 one-pot favourites’). Seemed appropriate as parsnips are around now.
The recipes involved browning the drumsticks first then removing and frying onion. The chicken was then added back into the pan then a mixture of veg stock, mustard and honey plus some sprigs of thyme and the parsnips are added and the mixture then cooked for 30 mins or so.
It turned out well, and my wife who shared the meal gave it a positive vote so it will join the list of dishes to do again.
I also steamed a mixture of carrot, cauliflower and broccoli to accompany the chicken.
All followed up with an orange.
So. calories? Well the chicken is rated at 325 cals per portion, so I would err on the cautious side and say 400, plus 150 for the veg, teas and orange, which gives a total of 550, probably an overestimate but still within guidelines.
A change of cookery book at least, if not meat. With the chicken thighs left from the pack, I opted for a curry from y ’500 curries’ book. However, this was a pretty mild curry described as ‘Kashmiri Chicken Curry’. Not too involved, it used a mix of masala paste (supposed to be kashmiri but I only had garam), tomato ketchup, Worcester sauce, five spice poweder, sugar and salt then left for a while and used to coat the chicken with and left as a sort of marinade for at least a couple of hours.
The cooking started with garlic and ginger being fried in a wok then the chicken and marinade was added and cooked with a cover for at least 15 mins until the chicken is tender. Then some lemon juice was squeezed over the chicken plus some more ginger and coriander leaves.
Verdict – pretty good, needed to be a bit more spicy I think.
It was accompanied by steamed vegetables as on Monday (keeps down the calories!)
Followed by an apple.
Calories – the chicken is quoted as 259 cals (suspiciously accurate figure) – so I would make it 300. Total for the day would then be about 450 including veg, apple and teas.
Well, after changing the batteries on my sophisticated scales and setting it up again my weight on Sunday was 11st 1.5lbs after dropping below 11st on Thursday so the picture remains a seesaw weight around 11st, which is fine by me.
I feel much the same and like being at my current weight. It may go up a bit over the Christmas holiday period of course, not just because of the eating but also because I tend not to run as much and won’t get to the gym as regularly.