I've survived one week without ketchup having given it up for Lent.
This week's WIAW party is a selection of my eats from the weekend. I went home this weekend to see my folks and the boy. I recently started a new job, which is for a few months as a trainee reporter. My first job in journalism! But I've moved closer to where I work to make it easier. I had a really nice weekend, relaxed, curled up in bed with a cup of tea and Private Practise, went horse riding and even took the boy's car out for a spin (I'm a learner driver) and of course I had some good eats.
I made a gorgeous mug of frozen banana and peanut butter smoothie on Saturday. It was so good I'm sharing the recipe with you.
Breakfast on Saturday morning was chocolate banana oats. It may not look particularly appetising but was yummy and tasted better than it looks. In the bowl is half a small banana mashed, organic oats and unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, which I zapped in the microwave and then topped with the rest of the banana and a little maple syrup.
I won't leave you waiting too long for the smoothie recipe.
Frozen banana and PB smoothie...
You will need...
Heaped teaspoon crunchy peanut butter (no added sugar/salt)
1/2 cup cold water
2 - 3 tablespoons natural yogurt
Crack out the food processor...
Chop the banana the night before you want to make the smoothie and place in the freezer in a tub or bowl. Once the banana has frozen over night, throw it in a blender with 1/2 cup cold water and blitz together. Then add the peanut butter and yogurt and blitz together again. Serve in a bowl, mug or glass.
And the verdict?...
Oh my goodness was it good. Delicious and creamy with a little bite from the crunch peanut butter. You could use smooth PB if you want to but I like the crunchy little pieces. It adds an extra element. Next time I'm going to try almond butter.
A simple smoothie with only four ingredients You could add more elements to the smoothie if you wish but I wanted to keep it uncomplicated. Sometimes the fewer the ingredients the better.
I had the smoothie as part of my lunch on Saturday. The other component was a delicious turkey salad with cherry tomatoes, red pepper and a little tomato chutney - made with molasses not sugar.
Smoothies and salad are a great lunch. I like having different componanats to my meals. I'm also a big fan of soup and salad.
I made a flavourful and fragrant salmon, potato and coriander curry for dinner for the boy and me on Saturday night from a Weight Watchers recipe. It was gorgeous. The only thing I changed from the recipe was using 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil instead of one calorie spray, as I prefer to use the natural product. Calorie free spray may save on the calories or points but olive oil has healthy fats.
Some snackage over the weekend was an apple and a handful of cashews late Saturday afternoon.
I enjoyed a delicious bowl of fresh juicy pineapple on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday morning's breakfast was Greek yogurt with nutty muesli. Cereal and yogurt is one of my favourite combos.
That rounds off this week's WIAW.
What's the best thing you ate over the weekend?
Have you tried a new recipe lately?