Day 298: Cavolo nero

Posted by Paola

I just realised that my 300th diet day will be a weigh-in day. *gulp*

12 noon  Ham and cheese salad + fresh coffee + orange

I’ve been Americano-style espresso for the last couple of months. I add about a normal amount of milk (as if I was making an instant coffee) and then enough espresso to get the right colour. I then top up with hot water.

1 serving calories protein carbs fat fibre
chilli 5 0.2 0.9 0.0 0.2
lemon juice 6 0.1 2.1 0.0 0.1
lettuce 11 0.6 1.2 0.4 0.6
tomato 14 0.5 2.4 0.2 0.8
Quorn ham-style slices 29 4.2 1.7 0.6 1.5
corn relish 32 0.2 7.3 0.1 0.0
orange 36 0.7 9.1 0.1 0.7
sun-dried tomatoes 48 1.6 5.6 3.2 1.6
cottage cheese 79 12.2 4.5 1.5 0.0
Total 259 20 35 6 6

Afternoon drink: hot chocolate (brrr!)

4:45pm  Cavolo nero with beans and cheese + fig

The cavolo nero came in today’s Abel & Cole box. First time I’ve had it. I washed it and then cooked it in a pan with the lid on using the water clinging to the leaves to steam it.

1 serving calories protein carbs fat fibre
lemon juice 6 0.1 2.1 0.0 0.1
sun-dried tomatoes 30 1.0 3.5 2.0 1.0
soft figs 37 0.5 8.4 0.2 2.0
extra virgin olive oil 41 0.0 0.0 4.6 0.0
cavolo nero 66 4.3 13.0 1.0 2.5
cannellini beans 71 6.0 10.5 0.5 5.3
half-fat cheddar cheese 83 9.4 0.0 5.1 0.0
Total 334 21 37 13 11

I later started making something that Frank and I can both eat. He doesn’t like squidgey things and, he doesn’t like the huge amounts of garlic I normally use when cooking for myself. A few days ago I’d cooked him a quick thing using Quorn beef-style pieces, frozen peas, balsamic and Bisto gravy.

This time I blended tinned tomatoes with chopped onion, sun-dried tomatoes and celery to create a thick base. To this I added the beef-style pieces, my remaining cannellini beans, diced carrot and some savoy cabbage.

It smelled a bit strange (from the celery, I think). I remembered that a Second life pen-pal recently told me of the trick to add a spoonful of peanut butter to soups. That improved the smell but still not right. I added vegetable bouilion and Bisto. I finally added some curry powder and now it’s an acceptable curry. I made some brown basmati rice to accompany it.

Expect to see peanut butter in my future soups and chillies.

6:50pm  Veg curry with rice + pint of fizzy squash

374g serving calories protein carbs fat fibre
red onion 2 0.1 0.6 0.0 0.1
Bisto powder 4 0.0 0.9 0.0 0.0
savoy cabbage 4 0.3 0.9 0.0 0.5
balsamic vinegar 5 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0
shallot onions 9 0.4 2.3 0.0 0.0
vegetable bouilion powder 11 0.5 1.3 0.4 0.0
celery 11 0.4 1.9 0.2 0.6
sun-dried tomatoes 12 0.4 1.3 0.8 0.4
cannellini beans 12 1.0 1.8 0.1 0.9
carrots 13 0.0 2.7 0.0 0.9
peas 17 1.4 2.4 0.2 1.2
tinned peeled plum tomatoes 20 1.2 3.5 0.1 0.8
peanut butter 32 1.2 0.8 2.6 0.3
Quorn beef-style pieces 41 6.0 2.0 1.0 2.2
brown basmati rice 102 2.6 22.3 0.3 0.0
Total 295 16 46 6 8

9pm  Cavolo nero with sweet chilli cottage cheese + pint of fizzy squash + apple

1 serving calories protein carbs fat fibre
apple 29 0.0 8.0 0.0 1.8
sweet chilli sauce 47 0.1 11.6 0.0 0.0
cavolo nero 57 3.7 11.2 0.8 2.2
cottage cheese 77 11.8 4.4 1.5 0.0
Total 210 16 35 2 4

Evening drink: hot chocolate

Day 298 calories protein carbs fat fibre
Breakfast 259 20 35 6 6
Lunch 334 21 37 13 11
Dinner 295 16 46 6 8
Snack 210 16 35 2 4
Other drinks 100
Total 1,197 73 153 27 28
25% 53% 22%
Allowance 1,200 75 – 105g
25 – 35%
120 – 165g
40 – 55%
33 – 40g
25 – 30%
18 – 30g
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2 thoughts on “Day 298: Cavolo nero

  1. I laughed to see how you just kept adding things to the dish until it turned into something you liked. I do that too – one reason why I’d never make a good recipe writer!

    I’m wondering what qualifies as squidgey, though.

  2. Re: squidgey: Frank seems to have a hyper-sensitivity to soft fruit and veg (in terms of finding the sensation unpleasant in his mouth) and so this includes raw tomatoes, cooked courgettes and aubergines.

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