Indulge without piling on the pounds

When it’s cold outside, the trees have lost their leaves and the frost gathers every morning and night, there is simply nothing better than curling up in a warm place and feasting on winter delights. And this winter, the feasts can be guilt-free.

While snuggled under blankets and warm layers, the last thing you want to worry about is the weight you’re packing on while enjoying winter-musts like hot chocolate, chilli con carne and roasts. Comfort food should leave you feeling relaxed and content, not guilty!

Try a scrumptious Coq au vin with chicken, bacon, mushrooms, onions, red wine, brandy, tomatoes, garlic and parsley for a healthy meal that keeps away the winter blues. Warm up with a chilli con carne that includes green peppers, garlic, tomato and onions, chilli and lean beef. Or treat yourself to a tasty pot roast, made from sirloin, dry red wine, tomato sauce, garlic and thyme.

You can also indulge in a delicious and creamy but yet nutritious chocolate shakes – hot or cold – without the guilt, with the new chocolate flavoured Shake n Shape simply add hot water or milk for a delicious treat. Why not enjoy your hot chocolate with a slice of delicious cheese cake that has only 1.3 grams of carbs per portion!

Making the most of winter and enjoying the delicious meals that taste even better in the cold, while maintaining your healthy body weight is possible with a cookbook from The Diet Everyone Talks About. Filled with food that you will enjoy, like the ones above, this “Eat Slim” book becomes a collector’s item for everybody interested in good, comprehensive and slim eating. It is a complete guide to home cooking and entertaining – ideal for winter snuggles and happy cooking along with a healthy lifestyle.

Winter has never been more appealing than now. Curl up, eat your favourite comfort food, stay warm and enjoy, without any thought of dreaded winter weight. Winter is the time to start making those summer bodies!

For more information about how you can get hold of the recipe book or the Shake n Shape hot chocolate, visit www.the-diet.co.za for details, or alternatively find them on Facebook: The Diet Everyone Talks About or follow them on twitter @dietsa for daily hints and tips. You can also give them a call on 016 362 4890 to find out more about this effective diet.

Chilli Con Carne Recipe

Portions:             6

Prep time:          35 min

KHD:                     15g per portion

Ingredients:

20ml                     Canola oil/Olive oil

1                             Green pepper (or ½ green and ½ red) seeded and chopped

3                             Garlic cloves, crushed and chopped

500g                      Lean beef mince

100ml                  Concentrated beef stock

1 tin                       Tomato and onion mix

1 tin                       Red beans/chilli beans

1                             Chilli, chopped (optional)

Method:

  1. Heat oil. Stir-fry the garlic, pepper (and chilli) for 3 minutes.
  2. Add meat and fry till meat becomes brown. Add the stock.
  3. Add the remainder of the ingredients and simmer slowly for 20 minutes until the sauce becomes thicker, but the dish should remain saucy.

 

Pot Roast Recipe

Portions:             4

Prep time:          20 min + 2 ½ hours

KHD:                     5g per portion

Ingredients:

30ml                     Canola oil

1.4kg                     Sirloin roast

5                             Onions, peeled and cut into 4

500ml                  Dry red wine

500ml                  Tomato sauce, heated

1 clove                 Garlic, crushed and chopped

2ml each             Thyme, Basil and Allspice

To taste               Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C.
  2. Heat oil in large ovenproof casserole dish. Sear the beef for 6-8 minutes over medium to high heat on all sides. Season well.
  3. Add onions and continue cooking for 6-8 minutes over a medium heat.
  4. Pour in the wine and the tomato sauce. Add the garlic and seasonings and bring to the boil.
  5. Cover and cook in the oven for 2 ½ hours.
  6. Serve with additional vegetables if desired.

Coq Au Vin

Portions:             4

Prep time:          60 min

KHD:                     9.5g per portion

Ingredients:

8                             Chicken pieces

125g                      Bacon, thick and diced

To taste               Salt, pepper and chicken spice

300g                      Button mushrooms (small)

200g                      Baby onions or 4 onions quartered

125ml                  Good quality dry red wine

50ml                     Brandy

325ml                  Chicken stock

½ tin                     Tomatoes, juice removed. Chopped

5ml each             Crushed garlic, Thyme and Rosemary

± 30ml                 Corn flour, made into a paste with some water/soya flour

To garnish          Chopped fresh Parsley and Chives

Method:

  1. Brown bacon in a heavy-based saucepan. Remove and save.
  2. Wash chicken and dry thoroughly. Brown in the bacon fat and season to taste. Put bacon back. Cover the pan and cook slowly for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Heat the brandy in a small pan. Ignite and pour over the chick.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the corn flour and garnish) and simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. Thicken with the flour. Heat until thickened. Add more flour if necessary.
  6. Garnish and serve.
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