31/01/2013

Lunch box: Friday, 1 Februarie 2013


What a terrible way to start February! With me working late (4 nights in a row) and coming home after the shops have already closed, running out of provisions (and being too tired for ideas) has made me come to the following conclusion: 

I'm giving myself an off day! (And Hungry Hubby a cheat day)

So no lunch box today...

30/01/2013

Lunch box: Thursday, 31 January 2013

My, my, my...how to pack my new lunch box!


I'm so excited that for once I'm doing my lunch box first! A very plain and (dare I say cheap) sandwich: polony and mayo on whole wheat. This is a sandwich that I have loved since school. Usually on white bread but I thought whole wheat will be a bit healthier. With that in the fruit compartment I'm having raspberries and blackberries. In the veggie compartment I'm having hummus, carrots and sugarsnap peas. In the carb compartment I'm having mixed nuts and cheese crackers. My small little treat is a chocolate heart.


Hungry Hubby is having two polony and mayo sandwiches, green grapes, raspberries and blackberries. Instead of hummus Hungry Hubby is having sweet chilli dip with carrots and sugarsnap peas. With his mixed nuts and 2 crunchies

I'm really loving my new Rover lunch box!

My new lunch boxes!

They finally arrived! How excited am I? I can't describe it. Yes two of the lunch boxes are the same as the ones we have already ("Launch") but the other two are the "Rover" lunch boxes.


The Luanch has three big compartments (one big compartment with two smaller ones) while the Rover has five compartments al different sizes.



The Launch's 3 compartments are easily filled: the big one for sandwiches, wraps etc. The middle one for fruit and treats, the smallest one is for vegetables and dips. With the Rover I will be able to fill the compartments just as easy (if not easier!).



As you can see the Rover is more suited to my less hungry needs. The Rover is over all slightly smaller automatically making the portions smaller as well. The treat compartment is a bit small for my liking but luckily the long compartment is meant to use for carbs (thank goodness).

Well let's see how I fill it.

29/01/2013

Lunch box: Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Cheese fingers were on my mind... What am I talking about? I have bread and cheese. One or two other things but mainly bread and cheese. So toasted cheese was on the menu for lunch but how boring can that be! So I added a twist. Okay a couple of twists: toasted ham and cheese fingers!


With the Toasted Ham and Cheese Fingers Hungry Hubby is having hotdogs and carrots. For fruit we are having green grapes, cherries and raspberries. Mine is different in two ways (as always) in that I'm having some more of the exquisite Hot Smoked Norwegian Salmon instead of hotdogs and my toasted fingers are made from croissant instead of hotdogs buns.


My lunch box is heavy but I need the carbs but I need the energy. So my two croissants are 16 ProPoints (but one is for breakfast at least) and the salmon is 5 ProPoints.

Toasted Ham and Cheese Fingers:

• 4 hotdog buns
• 4 slices Gouda cheese
• 6 slices shaved ham
• 2 tsp Dijon mustard

1. Slice the hotdog buns open and spread with cheese, ham and mustard.

2. Toast until crispy and the cheese melted.

3. Cool down and slice each bun into two long fingers.

For mine I used 2 croissants with 3 slices cheese and 4 slices ham and 1 tsp mustard, toasted and cut into 4 fingers.

Each hotdog bun cut into 2 fingers are 5 WeightWatchers ProPoints and each croissant cut into 4 fingers are 8 WeightWatchers ProPoints each.

28/01/2013

Lunch box: Tuesday, 29 January 2013

I made my first Quesadilla and they turned out great: crispy on the outside and meaty/cheesy/fruity on the inside.


Hungry Hubby is therefore having Ham, Cheese, Mango & Blueberry Quesadilla, carrots, sugarsnap peas with sweet chilli dip. For fruit he is having green grapes, blueberries and cherries.


My lunch is different in 2 aspects: I'm having hummus instead sweet chilli dip and strawberries instead of the cherries.

One Ham Cheese Mango and Blueberry Quesadilla is 9 WeightWatchers ProPoints, and the hummus is 2 WeightWatchers ProPoints.

Ham, Cheese, Mango and Blueberry Quesadilla

 
This was an idea that came to me while driving home tonight. It started with ham and cheese. It was something that I had in the fridge. Then I thought bread or croissants. Then I remembered I had flour tortillas. I added mango because I wanted something sweet. Then I added blackberries for colour. And Ham, Cheese, Mango and Blueberry Quesadilla just sounded good. It turned out beautifully.

Ingredients:

• 3 flour tortillas
• 6 slices Swiss cheese
• 9 slices shaved ham
• 100 g mango 
• 1/2 cup blueberries
• 6 slices Gouda cheese

1. Place 2 slices Swiss cheese on one half of each tortilla. 

2. Top with 3 slices shaved ham.

3. Top with mango, thinly sliced. top with blueberries

4. Top with 2 slices Gouda cheese each.

5. Fold in half and either grill in a sandwich press or fry in a non-stick frying pan.

27/01/2013

Lunch box: Monday, 28 January 2013

Hungry Hubby is attending a work function which includes his lunch (lucky guy) so I decided to treat myself. And boy am I having an interesting lunch!


I'm having a salad made from butter lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, orange pepper and feta. My protein portion is a little bit of a luxury hot smoked Norwegian Salmon. It's a substantial piece of fish, high in omega 3 and nothing of the slimy aspect that I can't stand of those thin little pink slices of cold smoked salmon that is so popular.

Because my lunch is so healthy {5 WeightWatchers ProPoints} I decided to go a bit wild with my breakfast so am having a fresh croissant with Nutella { 9 WeightWatchers ProPoints} My very own version of a chocolate croissant! A lot sweeter than the classic french version but just as tasty. Makes my feet itch to go to Paris again...

Turmeric Lemonade Battered Fish


I know it sounds strange, but believe me this really is amazing and it taste just as good with the turmeric exchanged for Aromat and the lemonade for beer. This recipe comes from my Uncle, Antonie Maritz (lovingly called Spyker by everyone) and as it's his secret recipe, I've been given the permission to shared it with everyone.

Spyker's advice: you have to gauge the mixture and use the right amount of both flour and liquid to give yourself a pancake-consistency. He doesn't add baking powder or any bicarb so the batter doesn't puff up too much, it beautifully envelopes the fish and the turmeric gives it a beautiful glow.





• fillets firm white fish (such as hake)
• 1 cup plain flour
• 1 cup lemonade
• 1 - 2 tsp turmeric
• 1/2 tsp salt

1. Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Mix well so no lumps are visible. It should be like pancake batter and a light yellow. Add more flour or lemonade if necessary (you can also add more turmeric if you want a brighter colour but be careful that turmeric does not overpower the fish)

2. Cover fish fillets completely and fry in shallow oil until golden brown. Drain on some kitchen paper and enjoy.

24/01/2013

Lunch box: Friday, 25 January 2013

Hungry Hubby isn't getting a lunch box! No don't worry, he's not being punished for some indiscretion or another. He is merely attending a lunch meeting Friday and a conference of some such thing on Monday.


 But I am having a great lunch box (Hungry Hubby will be so jealous!) I wanted a serious sandwich and we still had some leftover steak for last nights dinner so I'm having a steak, avo and cheese sandwich on crushed wheat. For my fruit portion I'm having some beautiful plums, gooseberries and green grapes. I've also included some of the yellow and purple carrots. The yellow carrots are really good, the have this interesting taste, almost minty that I really love.

For breakfast I added a Bran and Raisin Muffin {4 WeightWatchers ProPoints}

The sandwich is 11 WeightWatchers ProPoints.


The Steak, Avocado and Cheese sandwich:

• 2 slices crushed wheat bread
• 40g thinly sliced beef steak, cooked
• 1 slice Gouda cheese
• 1/2 to 1/3 medium avocado
• lemon juice
• salt and pepper



1. Slice the avocado and coat in some fresh lemon juice to ensure it doesn't discolour. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Top with steak slices, then cheese slice and cover with remaining bread.

3. Toast until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted.



23/01/2013

Lunch box: Thursday, 24 January 2013

What do you do with left over pork schnitzel? You make sandwiches!


So I had fresh Portuguese rolls, so Hungry Hubby is having pork schnitzel on Portuguese rolls, Gouda cheese, chutney and parsley. For his snack his having 2 Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake Balls, crunchies and cheddar penguins. For his fruit his having some of the last Rainier cherries, red and green grapes.


I decided to have the crushed wheat bread instead of the Portuguese rolls as the rolls are smaller but an extra 1 ProPoint difference. So my sandwich is crushed wheat bread with Gouda cheese, pork schnitzel, parsley and chutney. My fruit is cherries, pineapple, red and green grapes and instead of a treat a have these beautiful coloured carrots in orange, yellow and purple. Beautiful aren't they?

My sandwich is 8 WeightWatchers ProPoint each (Hungry Hubby's sandwiches are 9 ProPoints each). 


 

22/01/2013

Lunch box; Wednesday, 23 January 2013

I felt like High Tea scones, buttery and crumbly with thick cream and strawberry jam. The craving got so bad that I bought some scones from Woolworth's: butter scones for me and cheesy scones for Hungry Hubby.


So Hungry Hubby is having 3 of the cheese scones with cheese, apricot jam and smoked ham. A selection of fruit: nectarine, pineapple, green grapes and fresh coconut. As a snack we are having a Laughing Cow cheese and mini bread sticks.


I'm having the same except I'm having only 1 butter scone {5 ProPoints} with jam, cheese and ham {4 ProPoints} with my fruit {1 ProPoint for the fresh coconut} and my Laughing Cow Dipper {3 ProPoints}

Therefore a total of 13 WeightWatchers ProPoints for my lunch box and snacks.

21/01/2013

Lunch box: Tueasday, 22 January 2013

I didn't do the weekly shopping so I had to raid the fridge for our lunch. I saw the English muffins, leftover salami and cheese and had a brilliant ideas: Pizza! I didn't have any tomato paste so I used pesto instead and my Pesto Pizza was born!


I added some carrots and tomatoes with guacamole, red grapes, pretzel mix and wasabi peanuts. Hungry Hubby is a big guy so he is getting 2 English muffins. I on the other hand only get one.


I added a kiwi, cherries, strawberries and gooseberries. The berry season is slowly coming to an end and I shudder to think where I will be getting some decent fruit from...

Where do you buy your fruit?

Pesto Pizza

Something quick and easy for the  lunch box. English muffins forms the base and instead of a tomato base I used basil pesto instead.



3 English muffins
4 tsp basil pesto
9 slices cheese
8 black olives
6 slices salami

1. Slice olives and salami into smaller pieces.



2. Cut the muffins in half. Divide the basil pesto between the muffins.



3. Top the muffins with the cheese slices, then salami and olive.

4. Bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese melted.

Two pizzas amount to 8 WeightWatchers ProPoints each pizza is 4 WeightWatchers ProPointers

20/01/2013

Lunch box: Monday, 21 January 2013

We had a braai (South African barbecue) over the weekend and I made Hungry Hubby's favourite "braai-sandwich" (we South Africans love our bread so much we even toast it on the braai). Usually it's cheese and tomato. If you want to do it a little bit fancier you add onions (they turn amazingly sweet when slowly roasted over a low fire) but I followed Hungry Hubby's suggestion: making the Jalapeño Popper Sandwich and it was a huge success!



Unfortunately for Hungry Hubby, he decided to leave me and go to the cricket instead! By the time he got back there was only half a sandwich left from 18 sandwiches (we were only 12 people) serves him right!



But after feeling bad (and listening to him complain all day Sunday) I caved and made him some of those Jalapeño Popper Sandwiches for lunch. This time I used plain old white bread and emmental cheese instead of ciabatta and mozzarella. 



To accompany his sandwiches Hungry Hubby is also having a selection of fruit: red grapes, raspberries, blueberries and cherries.he's also having some cucumber sticks with spicy dip. And as his little treat for the day is 2 Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake Balls

I'm having a business lunch so no lunch for me... There goes my WeightWatchers points for the week....

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cake Balls

The cake ball craze is almost over and I think most people would be saying: thank goodness for that! I used to be one of those people until I needed a treat I can make quickly and I had this terrible craving for cake. I took out all the ingredients out to bake a cake or cupcakes or something and then I thought that even though I grave the cake I don't want to bake the cake!



So I bought a fully baked Madeira cake but it didn't look appetizing so I decided to jazz it up and the only way forward was cake balls.

280g Madeira cake
100g peanut butter
100g cream cheese
3 tbsp icing sugar
2 slab white chocolate


1. Crumb the madeira cake until fine crumbs.



2. Mix the cream cheese and icing sugar until fully incorporated and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Soften the mixture with a little milk if too stiff.



3. Mix into the cake crumbs. Form in into a sausage, cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4. Form into balls of equal size and freeze for at least 30 minutes. I noticed that the easiest method to ensure al the balls are equal in size, weigh each ball before rolling.

5. Dip the stick into the melted chocolates and press into the ball. Let dry.

6. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate until fully covered. Place into a foam block and refrigerate until hard.




If you don't have sticks, roll the balls into the chocolate and place on a baking tray covered in foil and sprayed with Spray-and-Cook.


Don't make the mixture too soft or the balls will melt at room temperature!

WeightWatchers PropPoints per Cake Ball: (made with 2 cups white chocolate chips)

If you make 20 servings it is 5 PorPoints each but as the ball are so sweet I suggest you make them smaller, 30 servings is 4 ProPoints each and 40 servings is 3 ProPoints each.

17/01/2013

Lunch box: Friday, 18 January 2013

After going overboard (again!) so I'm being virtuous and packing as light as possible (with one or two little treats, if I don't I'll go mad) so here we are:


Hungry Hubby is having 2 whole wheat rolls with low fat cream cheese, salami & avocado. I'm also sharing my new indulgence: the duetto (mascarpone cheese with figs and pecans) with whole wheat crackers, Rainier cherries, raspberries, blueberries, peach and 2 heart chocolates.


I'm having only 1 whole wheat roll with low fat cream cheese, low fat ham and avocado. Because fruit are free, I'm having lots of them: peaches, gooseberries, raspberries, blueberries and Rainier cherries. As you can see I'm loving the berries! I thought that I would eat as much of the variety that's available now before we're stuck with just apples and oranges during winter. For crunch I'm having these cute baby carrots and just in case I need something sweet and so I don't grab the nearest chocolate: 2 kinder surprise. 

My  roll is 7 WeightWatchers ProPoints and the Kinder surprise is 1 WeightWatchers ProPoint each.

16/01/2013

Lunch box: Thursday, 17 January 2013

Hungry Hubby is being spoiled today! He is having 2 Hawaiian Chicken Burger for lunch and boy they are good. They are so good that when we had them for dinner I overdid it by having two hamburgers myself!


With his two hamburgers, Hungry Hubby is also having biltong, wasabi peanuts, carrots and these beautiful flat dessert peaches. He shouldn't be hungry after this!

Because I over indulged so badly at dinner, I'm only having the chicken breast with cheese melted over it with herb salad.


My treat is the mascarpone cheese with figs and pecans, whole wheat biscuits and 4 kinder surprise chocolates. My fruit are some of those peaches and more Rainier Cherries.

My lunch box is pretty heavy in the points department, 16 WeightWatchers ProPoints but I tend to subtract what I don't eat (probably 3 out of the 6 biscuits saving me 2 ProPoints or only eating 1/2 of the mascarpone saving me another 1 ProPoints or just 2 out of the 4 chocolates saving another 2 Propoints but this is my breakfast, snacks and lunch leaving me sufficient points for dinner.

Hawaiian Chicken Burger

Hungry Hubby decided he felt like a big hamburger, so considering we've already had burgers so many times over the Christmas holiday and all of them were beef so I decided on a chicken burger and only 2 things make a so-so chicken burger amazing: cheese and pineapple!


• 4 big burger buns
• 4 chicken breasts
• 4 slices Gouda cheese
• 4 pieces fresh pineapple
• Lettuce
• 4 x 15ml burger sauce
• Paprika
• Spray and cook
• Salt and pepper


1. Season chicken breast with paprika, salt and pepper, spray with spray and cook and grill until cooked. Place a cheese slice on top before you remove it from the grill until melted.


2. Assemble your burger: bottom bun, lettuce, chicken with cheese, pineapple, sauce and then top bun.

Enjoy.


The Hawaiian Burger as above is 10 WeightWatchers ProPoints because Hungry Hubby asked for a BIG burger. If you use a smaller whole wheat roll then the burger has only 8 WeightWatchers ProPoints.