Mr. HB likes to have a hearty meal and I have been avoiding heavy meals, preferring to nibble on salads with a small amount of protein.
The reduced point plan has definitely been a success as I am closing in on my goal weight and have about 5 pounds to lose.
Last week, or rather the past 10 days I hit a plateau and the scale stayed at the same weight which I find rather discouraging, but I press on...
Encouraged by the results so far I continue to be mindful of what I eat and the portions that I put on the plate...if I have a larger lunch, I'll opt for a smaller dinner.
The meat pie recipe that I served Mr. HB follows...
Brown 1-2 pounds ground and stewing beef in a small amount of oil.
Add 1 large onion and cook until soft.
Chop and dice:
3 ribs of celery
3 medium sized potatoes
1 small turnip
Add to beef and onion mixture 1/4 cup flour,
blend to coat and cook for a few minutes then add 2 cups beef stock.
Season with salt, pepper, and thyme.
Add all the vegetables and simmer with the lid on until they are cooked.
Pop in a cup or 2 of frozen peas and put lid back on and let simmer while you make the pastry topping.
In a bowl measure 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp salt then mix it together.
Cut in 1/2 cup cold butter with a pastry blender until butter is coarsely blended.
In a cup measure
beat 1 small egg with 1 tsp vinegar
add just enough ice water until it measures 1/3 cup.
Drizzle into flour and butter mixture and mix to form into a disc.
Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill.
Place stew mixture into an ovenproof dish.
Roll pastry put on a lightly floured board large enough to cover stew and leave a little bit overhanging the edge to crimp and seal it in.
Cut vents in top of pastry and bake at 400 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or just until pastry is golden brown.
Dinner is served !
I highly recommend this wee Weight Watcher calculator.
It has simplified my shopping choices and makes it fast and easy to calculate the points of any products using the nutrition information on the package.
My favourite snack these days is a tart crisp freshly sliced apple
served with 2 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese and 2 Wasa rye crisp crackers.
I will opt for this mid afternoon with a cup of tea and it keeps me satisfied until our dinner is served around 7 o'clock.
How is your weekend going?
Anything fun and exciting to share?
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~