Saturday, September 30, 2017

Meat Pie for the Mister

Lately on my WW regime I have been eating different food than my husband.
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...

Meat Pie

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 carrots
3 ribs of celery
3 medium sized potatoes
1 parsnip
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.

Pastry

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.


Before baking


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 ~

11 comments:

  1. My husband and I have very different dietary preferences. He would love the pie if he did not know that he was eating parsnip or turnip. He avoids most vegetables and fruits. I love apples in the fall and cheese and Wasa are a good snack. Rain today and laundry. A friend is bringing me some Japanese anemones for the parking lot gardens. Enjoy the cottage!

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    1. My husband likes meat and potatoes....he also loves pasta and noodles.
      Apples are particularly good right now and we have two trees in the garden that have produced a bountiful crop. We are both enjoying them...I think they taste even better because we grew them ourselves!

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  2. The meat pie looks scrumptious. Sitting here eating small but delicious home-grown fresh apples and pears with a little bit of cheese. Harvested my tomatoes. Snow tomorrow!

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    1. Yum your home grown apples must be lovely...we have two dwarf apple trees...a Liberty and the other is Chehallis both delicious. The combination of cheese and fresh fruit is tasty...

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  3. You're very good to your husband and your pie looks perfect. My hubs and I have gone on a plant-based diet and I'm working on a recipe for a hearty pie that is vegan, it's coming along nicely but I am struggling a bit with the olive oil crust, very tricky!
    We leave today for Scotland and I'm quite excited. Just finished my packing up! Enjoy your week Hostess and well done with your health goals too. XO

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    1. I have been following avidly your change in eating habits...I don't think my husband would ever give up meat!
      I see that you have arrived in Scotland and already you've been on a hike. Hope your cold has gone...and that you are breathing that crisp Scottish air!

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  4. I have been using APPLES as my bread..........and you know what I have LOST WEIGHT TOO!

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    1. My that sounds fabulous! Apples as a bread substitute!

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  5. Congrats on the weight loss!! Do you know of a weight watchers cookbook that is for people who must eat grain free?

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  6. No I don't know of a cookbook by weight watchers that is grain free Charlotte...you probably would have to calculate the WW points based on the ingredients from a grain free cookbook I would imagine...it might be laborious but you could record the points on the recipe pages.

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  7. Congrats on your weight loss. I need to call WW ASAP! My Mister would sell his soul for that meat pie! Enjoy your weekend.

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