Those who know me will understand what a wrench it’s going to be for me, both physically and mentally, not being able to exercise following the op in a week and a bit. What’s more, whether I should be or not, I am worried about putting on weight afterwards as a result of not being able to exercise, or having as much control over my food.
Now I know, I know, I know that in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t important. I’m not stupid, and I wouldn’t be going through all this if I was. However, I’m already removing two things that very much define me as a woman. I think it’s going to be hard enough to face the world and feel feminine with no boobs, let alone face the world carrying extra weight, AND with no boobs!
With this in mind my plan is to make and freeze a load of food that I can eat when I get home from hospital. To save Mr F the hassle and my waist from cheese and butter. Having done my research, unsurprisingly, a lot of recipes for the freezer actually contain a lot of cheese, butter and pasta. Three amazing ingredients that are sadly, not necessarily your friend when living a largely sedentary life.
So, with the help of Chef F, tonight I turned to my trusty Weight Watchers and made their low-fat, Lentil and Tomato Soup.
Lentil and tomato soup http://www.weightwatchers.com.au/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeid=74811
Prep should take 15 mins and cooking time is 30 mins – EASY
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 medium onion
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- ¾ cup / 180g dried lentils
- 400g whole tomato
- 1 tsp chilly flakes (my addition)
- 750ml vegetable stock
- Combine the olive oil with half the garlic and put to the side.
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the remaining garlic and the spices. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the lentils, tomatoes and stock. Increase heat to medium. Bring to the boil. (How easy is this)
- Reduce the heat to low. Cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils are very soft, stirring occasionally.
I am a big believer that unless you are a chef, professional photographer or food blogger, regular people’s food generally looks like vomit in pictures. Recall if you can any restaurants you visited in Spain where the menu bypassed language restrictions by simply taking pictures of their dishes. It all looked like different shades of dog food…
So whatever you think this looks like, this tastes lovely. And now I have 3 healthy meals ready to freeze and defrost as needed. I’ll report back with pre-freeze meal number 2 later this week.