Sugar-free meal plan: week 7
I am normally one to follow a recipe to the tee, but since I quit sugar I have found there are few recipes for sugar-free desserts or ‘sweet treats’ out there. And, anything I do find inevitably contains an artificial sugar or sweetener of some kind – now tell me, would you quit smoking and take up drugs? To me, quitting sugar and replacing it with a chemical alternative makes no sense. So, I experiment. Sometimes it goes pear-shaped, other times I am pleasantly surprised. This week was a pleasantly surprising week.
Let’s start with breakfast, shall we?
The weather has been cooling off, so I’ve been reaching for porridge of a morning to warm me up. Some people couldn’t think of anything more boring or bland for breakfast, but to me oats are so incredibly delicious, filling and in terms of toppings the possibilities are endless. I’ve been experimenting this week and here are five ideas for porridge toppings.
Lunch and dinner are pretty self-explanatory, so let’s cut to the chase and ski to dessert – are you with me?!
You know those days when you are starved, for no apparent reason, and you just can’t kick the cravings? (I’m sure most girls would know what I mean!) Well, I had one of those days on Saturday. It resulted in me staying up until 12am cooking and experimenting with sugar-free recipes that I hoped would curb my sweet cravings. The result was:
- Purple Fruit Crumble with Greek Yoghurt (whipped cream would have been amazing but I wouldn’t be bothered to whip the cream!)
- Date and Pecan Biscuits
- Chocolate Coated Almonds
- Chocolate Nut Butter Cups.
Yes, you can make all these things without sugar or articial/alternative sweeteners! I will be posting the recipes in due course. Which would you like to see first??
Sugar-free meal plan: week 7
(I’ll gradually be uploading my recipes and will provide the links within the meal plans ASAP!)
|Breakfast||Porridge with pear, cinnamon and walnuts + green tea||Porridge with chia seeds, frozen raspberries and chocolate coconut ice + pot fresh lemon and ginger tea||Porridge with banana, cacao, hazelnuts and coconut + pot fresh lemon and mint tea||Spinach, cheese and mushroom omelette + pot fresh lemon and mint tea||Spinach, cheese and mushroom omelette + pot fresh lemon and mint tea||Spelt sourdough toast (2) with Vegemite and cheese, and cream cheese, pear and cinnamon toppings + black coffee||Egg and bacon cupcakes (2) (a Sarah Wilson recipe) + pot fresh lemon and ginger tea|
|Snack||Hazelnuts + black coffee||Greek yoghurt with coco-nutty granola + black coffee||Almonds + black coffee||Carrot with cashew nut butter + black coffee||Carrot with cashew nut butter + black coffeeAlmonds||Latte||Date and pecan biscuits (2) + black coffee|
|Lunch||Leftover mushroom risotto with chicken||Leftover beef shin with mushroom sauce and broccoli||Thai-style tuna salad||Leftover lamb shoulder and mushroom risotto with spinach||Prawn and pesto pasta*||Leftover Thai Green Chicken Curry*||Smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, green capsicum, capers and baby spinach Mountain Bread wrap|
|Snack||Latte||Chocolate nut butter cup|
|Dinner||Parmesan-crumbed veal with salad of baby spinach, carrot, cherry tomatoes, beetroot, cheese and avocado||Thai green chicken curry with rice||Slow cooked rolled lamb shoulder with mashed pumpkin, broccoli, green beans and carrots||Italian chicken meatballs with wholemeal pasta||Tuna, anchovies, eggplant, zucchini, red capsicum, chilli and basil fry up||Thai-style smoked salmon salad||Satay chicken and noodle lettuce cups|
|Snack||Lemon and coconut biscuits (2) + Rooibos tea||Greek yoghurt and stewed rhubarb, pear and vanilla||Rooibos tea||Purple fruit crumble with Greek yoghurt
Chocolate nut butter cup
* I ate out, or someone else cooked, so the ingredients won’t be on the shopping list
^Contains sugar (oops!)
|Meat||Dairy||Vegetables||Fruit||Grains, nuts & seeds||Misc||In the pantry|
Chicken thigh fillets
|Cheese – feta
Cheese – Parmesan
Baby cos lettuce
Baby spinach Beetroot Brocolli Carrot
Cherry tomatoes Chilli
Raw cacao butter
Raw cacao powder
Cashew nut butter
|Butter (100% milk)
Tea (I used Green, Lady Grey, Madagascan Vanilla and Rooibos)