Monday, 15 June 2015

BBC Good Food 7-Day Summer Diet Plan - Day Five

Dee – Day Five and we’re still going strong and, coffee and tea notwithstanding, sticking to the diet plan.  Today sees the introduction of new recipes for lunch and tea.

Breakfast:  Date & Buckwheat Granola with Pecans & Seeds
We’d kept just enough of this back to see us right for breakfast today and tomorrow.  Thankfully the weather was much improved on yesterday, so we weren’t in need of a warming bowl of porridge.  This granola, when served with the thick yoghurt that we like still sets us up well for the day and is filling enough to last us until lunch time.

Lunch:  Peanut Butter Hummus with Fruit & Veg Sticks
As we expected, this turned out to be quite a light lunch, though it was a lot tastier than we thought it would be.  The hummus included shelled peanuts rather than peanut butter, and was spiced up with smoked paprika.  The recipe called for a few whole chickpeas to be stirred into the mixture to give it additional texture but I decided instead to puree them all up as I wasn’t too bothered about varying the texture.  The apple slices worked extremely well with this dip.
Serving quantities were fine and we are both looking forward to Tuesday’s lunch.

Tea:  Chicken & Avocado Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing
Jay enjoyed this and would happily cook it, or versions of it, again.  I wasn’t so keen, and will leave it as my one and only sampling of the recipe.  I like blueberries, broad beans and beetroot as ingredients in their own right, but I don’t think they work together on a plate.  The tastes and textures are just too far apart.  The chicken and avocado weren’t a problem, and I don’t think the beans would have been out of place.  I’d even be interested to try the blueberries if they were pureed and mixed in with the balsamic vinegar, although the beans would then have to go, but I don’t think the beetroot belonged there at all.
I ate it all, but had to pick it apart ate the beetroot first, followed by the beans, before moving on to the other ingredients.
Out of all the recipes we’ve made, this has been the only one that I haven’t enjoyed, so that’s pretty good going.
We have blueberries left over, but they will be the garnish for tomorrow’s breakfast.  We also have beetroot, which we’re keeping on one side for a lunch or tea later in the week.

Day six tomorrow.  We’re not giving up now…

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