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Monday, 2 August 2010

Jambalaya

Current Weight:

14 stone 09lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 9lbs

Todays Syn Count:

8 on Extra Easy

Oh my god. The Troll is driving us FREAKING MAD!!!!!!

For the first 3 years of her life we could not get her to sleep through a night. She wouldn't settle until at least 10pm. She needed bottles of milk to send her off to sleep and she'd still wake up needing a drink or having a dream a few times before getting up at 7am.

We were exhausted.

Then about 6 months ago she started going to bed at 7.30 with no fuss. We would read her two stories and she'd fall sleep.

But she lulled us into a false sense of security. Her evil toddler brain has gotten the better of us because now she has reverted her ways and for 10 days now we have battled against her from 7.30 to 10pm. We put her to bed. She gets up. We put her to bed. She gets up. We put her to bed. She gets up. Ad infinitum.....

Her room is right next door to our living room (EVERY room is right next door to our living room - our flat is the size of a shoebox) so this back and forth situation only takes 30 seconds. But it is constant. Do you know how many 30 seconds there are in two and a half hours? Because that's how many times we are putting her back to bed.

She's waking Squirky up, she's throwing her bedtime drink across the room, she's climbing on top of her chest of drawers and throwing down all the breakables, she's turning on her light and opening the curtains.

Maybe it's some kind of late reaction to the arrival of Squirky?

At least this constant activity prevents my usual back and forth to the kitchen cupboard.....

Today was a tale of two emotions as I proudly conquered my motorway driving fear and took the girls down the M4 to see a friend. On the flip side I was unable to keep the Troll awake on the return journey so there's no chance of an early night tonight either....

Time to turn to comfort food - cue the stodgy meaty jambalaya. Bring it on Troll......


WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR TWO PEOPLE
  • 250g king prawns
  • Two chicken breasts
  • 114g Chorizo (5.5 SYNS PER SERVING - you could leave this out to make it free of syns)
  • Basmati and wild rice
  • Onion
  • 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper
  • Cajun spices
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1pt of chicken stock made with bovril
  • 1/4 tsp lazy chilli
  • 1tsp garlic
HOW I DID IT
  • Dice chicken and brown it with chorizo in a pan for 5 minutes
  • Then add diced and deseeded peppers and onion
  • Also add seasoning, bay leaves and cajun spices
  • When pepper and onion has softened add garlic and chilli
  • Leave for 60 seconds and add stock
  • Simmer for 25mins and add rice (top up stock if necessary), stirring through
  • Cook for 15 minutes stirring every few minutes
  • When rice is cooked through add prawns and leave to stand for 3 or 4 mins before serving
BREAKFAST: 4 SCRAMBLED EGGS: LUNCH:
SALAD - ROCKET, ROASTED TOMATO, PEPPER, POTATOES, CHICKEN, TWO BOILED EGGS, 8 OLIVES (1 SYN)
; DINNER: ; SNACKS: 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B CHOICE); PUDDING: FROZEN BLUEBERRIES WITH 2 MULLER YOGHURTS, CARIBBEAN COCONUT OPTIONS MADE WITH 350ML OF SKIMMED MILK (HEALTHY A CHOICE AND 1.5 SYNS)

2 comments:

  1. I said on Facebook, but thought I should comment here too. Made this on Saturday and it was *lovely*, and made two great big comforting portions. Used slightly less chorizo for 4 syns instead and it was worth every one.

    Thanks so much for posting these!

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  2. Hi Eleanor - really glad you enjoyed it! Hubby took cold leftovers in the next day and said it tasted even better then! I used to make jambalaya as a student - so filling and you're right - so comforting!

    xx

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