Surprise surprise, today’s lunch involved leftovers! Saturday night’s leftovers in fact – well, the rice and sauce, all the chicken was eaten 😂.
I added 2 quorn sausage and a portion of steamed leeks from the canteen….
This will see me through today! (Well, at least till lunch 😂)
The melon is out of date as it’s from Saturday but I’ll trust my own judgement on it 👍
At weekends I tend not to have breakfast. I’m never hungry yet come a workday, as soon as I sit at my desk at 7am, I am ravenous 🙈
I love my Elfy Eating breakfast box. It’s tasty and so versatile, simply use any combination of ingredients that take your fancy…
My preference is sausage (quorn or SW) with boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, spinach, sliced pickled gherkins and a good glug of Hellman’s fat free vinaigrette & salt n pepper to taste 😋
Now I normally greet a Monday morning with as much enthusiasm as a trip to the dentist. This week however, is going to be a great week!
For me it’s only a 3 day working week. Then, on Thursday, not only am I having my third training day at Chester Zoo for my role as Visitor Engagement Volunteer (work allow me 1 day each year to volunteer in the community) but it’s also my 21st (ahem) birthday 🎉
As if that isn’t exciting enough, Friday we’re heading off for a weekend in Llandudno as a birthday treat – I am sooooo excited 😜 hmm who’s telling Sonny that he’s not invited….
Oh yes, there is the shall matter of an MRI scan in the middle of all this but it’s just routine as part of my pulsatile tinnitus diagnosis… 🙈
The only problem with multi tasking, especially when it comes to food prep, is that it is so easy to get distracted… I remembered the sausage just in time!
However, the thing I’m struggling with today is why? WHY when I ALWAYS prep 3 days in advance, why the f**k have I only boiled 5 eggs?? 🙈🙈
The more I cook this dish, the better it gets! Seriously folks, you gotta give it a go…
The garlic bread hit the spot too 😍
One thing I miss with a pasta meal is the garlic bread (and apparently, according to Mr F, much to his amusement, I say garlic bread like Peter Kay! Garlic…. Bread 🙈)
Shop bought garlic bread (you’re saying it the same way now aren’t you? Go on, admit it) is so high in syns so I like to make my own. It’s very low syn but really is a good substitute and I feel as if I’ve had something really, really naughty.
All you need is 1 tsp of low fat spread (my preferred choice is flora light spread – 0.5 syn per tsp), a wholemeal roll (healthy extra b) and garlic powder and dried parsley.
Spread the flora over the each half of the roll, sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley then bake in the oven for 10 mins @ 200*
Perfect garlic bread every time for only 0.5 – 1 syns depending on how much spread you use.
Regular followers will know by now that I like to prep my as much as I can in advance so that come dinner time, I have as little to do as possible, allowing more time to sit and drink wine on a weekend 🥂🍷.
Today is no exception.
A slight tweak to the ingredients in the recipe (see earlier post for recipe) because I’m working with what’s in my veg rack – red pepper, red onion & courgette.
I’ve also added a bit of garlic and chopped chilli when cooking the chicken for a bit of added kick 🌶🌶
The smells that come from the pan when preparing this dish are soooo tempting!
So now that’s the chichen and veg stage of the recipe done. I will reheat it later when the pasta is cooking.
Inspiration for tonight’s dish comes from the wonderful Basement Bakehouse…
I have cooked One Pot Cajun chicken Pasta many times and it’s a now become a firm favourite in the Elfy house.
Basement Bakehouse – One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
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