Friday, 10 October 2014
Cheesy Leeks on Toast
I've been back on Weightwatchers for 2 weeks now and really feel like I am on a roll. I lost just over a pound the first week, and am getting used to the restricted portion sizes. I am staying sugar-free, but didn't manage to lose weight using that method alone. I think that may be because I have spent so many years on one diet or another that I just cannot judge portions properly if left to my own devices.
Given that I really do need to lose a few pounds then something had to change. In fact, let's be honest here, I need to lose about 3 stones (for any Americans reading this, that is 42 pounds, and for any Australians reading this, that is about 19 kg).
For now, I'm still staying off the refined sugar, but am also following Weightwatchers. I just hope that this time I can stick to it for longer than 8 months - which I think is about my previous limit before the weight started creeping up again.
Anyway, today I'm at home so I got the chance to make my own lunch and spend a bit of time doing so. I've been really enjoying Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Veg Book and I leafed through that for some inspiration. There is a rather wonderful looking recipe for a Leek and cheese toastie, but there was a bit too much double cream and cheddar in it for a Weightwatcher's-friendly lunch, so I adapted it to lower the propoints value.
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 leeks, finely chopped
40g cheddar, grated
2 tablespoons philadelphia light (or other low-fat cream cheese)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tsp olive oil
4 slices of bread
Fry the leeks in the olive oil over a low heat until soft (it will take at least 15 minutes)
Stir in the thyme, philadelphia and grated cheese (reserving 2 teaspoons of cheese for sprinkling)
Lightly toast the bread, then spread with the leek mixture
Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top
Grill until golden and bubbling (it took 5 minutes under my grill)
8 propoints per serving (using recipe builder on Weightwatchers website)
--> Of course, you could reduce this to 4 propoints per serving by only having 1 piece of toast per person and having a salad on the side
If you're not trying to cut calories, then I'm sure Hugh's original recipe would be even better - his Veg book is available to buy on Amazon.