Elderberries, Stormy Days and Meal Planning:
Autumn Broth Recipe (5:2 Diet)
It’s Tuesday, it’s late September, it’s VERY stormy and it’s my weekly meal plan, late again, although I may just start to post it on Tuesday now…….as it seems to fit in better with my schedule, and it’s a bit free and easy this week too, with just ONE fast day, as I am out and about all week. But, I will still be sharing new diet recipes, as well as some great diary posts about what I have been up to, and some new baking recipes too……it’s a muddled jumbled week of excitement, flowers, baking, cooking, conferences, workshops, Italian cheese and meeting new people! So, please be a little flexible with my meal plan, as it is very much “on the hoof” so to speak!
And the recipe I am sharing with you today is a VERY seasonal one, an autumn broth, or potage – depending on if you liquidise it or now……..low in calories and high in Five-a-Day veggies, this is filling and true comfort food. Serve it naked, as in no bread or accompaniments if dieting, it with stacks of crusty bread and butter if calories are inconsequential…..or, how about dropping a few dumplings into the broth 20 minutes before the end of cooking for a hearty and substantial supper dish. It’s the main part of my ONE fast day this week, but my husband also enjoyed it with a stack of sliced baguette last time I cooked it! I will be posting my simple meal plan below, and linking it to Mrs M as usual, for Meal Planning Monday, although I am a Tuesday planner lately.
On to elderberries, which have been prolific this year, and are one of the jewels of the hedgerow; if you would like to see my Elderberry and Apple Jelly recipe, then pop over the read my latest article at the Sarah Raven blog, Garlic and Sapphire, where I have been musing about autumn and it’s bountiful fruit…..A Cornucopia of Preserves in the Autumn Pantry. It would be lovely if you left a comment there too, to let me know what your thoughts are about my article and preserving.
If this week’s meal plan is too limiting for you, as I am not eating in much (!) please take a look at last week’s meal plan here: Weekly Meal Plan and a New 5:2 Diet Recipe for Fast Days – Creamy Garlic Mushrooms on Toast (190 Calories) and the one for the week before may be useful too: A Weekly Meal Plan, A Taste of Autumn and Allotment Soup (100 calories) for the 5:2 Diet. And, as my recipe today is VERY seasonal, I am linking up with Ren’s Simple and in Season, which is being hosted by Katie this month over at FEEDING BOYS AND A FIREFIGHTER.
But now on the the Autumn Broth recipe and my slimmed down meal plan for this week! Have a wonderful week, and I will see you later…….Karen
Meal Plan for Week beginning 24th September
Breakfast: Toast and home-made apricot and vanilla jam
Lunch: Out at Fortnum and Masons!
Tuesday – Fast Day (500 calories)
Breakfast: Low-fat yoghurt (49 cals) and 1 small boiled egg (54 cals)
Lunch: Autumn Broth (98 calories) with 2 cripsbreads (64)
Milk allowance: 150mls (51 cals)
TOTAL: 506 calories
Lunch: sandwich whilst out!
Supper: Beef and ale casserole with mashed potatoes (recipe to follow)
Lunch: Out for Press lunch with Gran Padano
Tea: Toast or sandwiches
Out all day with FBC12!
Weekend – FBC12 – so VERY fluid!