I have really enjoyed trying to cook a few new dishes and it has given me a bit of a boost this week. Eating the same old dull dishes can really get you down and when you have been on a diet for a few months you really start to lose motivation.
Simply Enjoy is divided into chapters including: lunches; vegetarian ; quick and easy; picnics and BBQ’s; cooking for friends; Christmas; side dishes; snacks and sweet treats. There is something to suit all tastes and cooking abilities. I really like the index at the back of the book which arranges the dishes in to ProPoints values so if you can easily plan what to eat according to how many points you have left.The book also lets you know if the recipe is suitable to freeze which is very handy.
You can get hold of a copy of Simply Enjoy at your local Weight Watchers class or you can buy it online here (there are three free recipes if you follow that link)
Honey Soy Salmon and Vegetable Stir Fry
I decided to try the honey soy salmon and vegetable stir fry first because I already had some of the ingredients which you need to make it and at only 8 ProPoints it seemed like a filling but low point lunch option. I put way more veg in that it said in the recipe because I was pretty hungry and veg is 0 points. The recipe suggests that you can make this more filling by adding 50g of dried brown basmati rice per person for an addition 5 pro points.
This recipe has a ProPoints value of 8 per person and serves 4 people.
You will need:
4 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons clear honey
4 x 125g skinless salmon fillets
Calorie controlled cooking spray
For the stir fry:
2 large garlic cloves, chopped finely
30g of grated ginger
350g pack of mixed vegetable stir fry
1. Mix together half of the soy sauce, all of the balsamic vinegar and honey in a shallow dish. Add the salmon and spoon over the marinade until coated. Cover and leave in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
2. Heat a large non stick frying pan, spray both sides of the salmon with the cooking spray and cook for 3 minutes until golden. Spoon over more marinade, spray with the cooking spray, turn over the salmon and cook the salmon for another 3 minutes. Keep the salmon warm while stir frying the vegetables.
3. Heat a large wok or pan, spray with the cooking spray and stir fry the garlic and ginger for 30 seconds, toss in the vegetables and cook until tender. Add the remaining soy sauce and toss until combined. Serve the salmon on top of the vegetables.
It tasted so good and I think mine looks a lot like the photo in the book, what do you think?
I have now lost over 40 lbs since joining Weight Watchers and I'm hoping that the recipes in this book will help to keep me motivated to lose an extra 40lbs. Dieting really doesn't have to be boring or restricting and great recipe books like this really do help.
Do you have any of the Weight Watcher cookbooks? This is my first one and I'm tempted to invest in a few more. What are your favourite healthy cookbooks?