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Love it or hate it - Autumn is definitely on its way. Personally I love it. I can wear clothes that hide my lumps and bumps, layers and layers of woolly jumpers and jeans, go for long walks at night and then come home to a steaming cup of tea, curled up on the sofa with my lovely fleecy blanket!
Autumn is also a good excuse to cook comfort food; there’s an abundance of fruit and vegetables which can turned into soups, casseroles, stews and the fruit can simply be stewed. If you are feeling really experimental you could also have a go at pickles, chutneys and jams. Comfort food doesn’t have to be stodgy and filled with calories – you can make a lovely casserole with loads of vegetables and serve it with mashed potatoes and even more vegetables – you’ll be surprised how few calories you have on your plate.
This weekend I dug out my slow cooker and I made Slow cooked BBQ Pulled Pork, it was absolutely gorgeous and there’s plenty left over for tea tonight too! I also made a batch of soup.
For the soup I had a glut of tomatoes, some courgettes and a couple of small squash, a packet of dried fava beans and some chorizo. I dry roasted all the vegetables and then made up litre of vegetable stock from a stock cube which I added to the vegetables for the last 20 minutes along with the chorizo which I chopped into chunks. The fava beans only needed to be boiled for 20 minutes. Once the vegetables were tender I blitzed them all in the food processor and then added the beans and chorizo. Once the soup had cooled I poured into several zip top bags and popped it in the freezer.
Now there’s no excuse to pop to the shop for a calorie laden sandwich whilst at work, I can just take a bag out of the freezer and by lunchtime it has defrosted.
Here are a few suggestions to keep you warm during the coming months:
So don’t be despondent with the dark nights - it can be a really good time of year to diet or just increase your intake of vitamins and minerals with all the lovely vegetables that are available.
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