Controlling even half the ingredients gives us some idea of the calories.
The curry sauce was from our local takeaway, which doesn't come with the nutritional content listed on the pack! So all we can do is make a bold guess at the calories. It gives us some idea about what we are eating, and we would estimate this curry and rice (excluding the onion bhaji and flatbread) at under 500 calories. We tend to over estimate when we're not sure. If we are wrong, the scales will soon let us know. So what's in our curry, and how did we make it?
One ready made portion of curry sauce - we chose DHANSAK
100g chicken breast per person
roasted butternut squash
****We ordered one portion of dhansak sauce - which we think is enough for FOUR portions of curry. Dhansak sauce contains lentils, and it's very filling on its own.
For each portion we cubed 100g of chicken breast, then browned in a frying pan. Add the chicken to the curry sauce and cook gently for around 20 minutes.
For a bit of extra flavour and texture, we also added cubed roasted butternut squash (which had been cooked in foil on the bbq earlier). You could add cubed sweet potato or cauliflower etc. The vegetables bulk out the meal and help bring down the calorie content.
To finish, we poured boiling water onto spinach leaves and left this to cool. Squeeze out the moisture and roughly chop. Gently fry the sliced garlic and chopped chilli in a little oil for a couple of minutes then add the spinach to heat through.
If you have a little time why not try making your own? The basic ingredients are PLAIN FLOUR & WATER. No yeast and very quick to make. You can experiment with various flavourings too - here's what we used:
Makes 2 - 4 flatbreads
100g plain flour
half tsp ground coriander
half tsp ground cumin
good pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt
****Mix the dry ingredients together then bind with the water. Knead together for a few minutes. Divide into two and roll each flatbread thinly. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
Heat a dry frying pan and cook each flatbread until they puff up slightly and you see brown spots.
****REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - do you know yours?
We began our weight loss journey in January 2011 - and began our blog in June 2011. Here's a link to the first post. (here's the link).
We like to post our main meals to show you what CAN be eaten. You won’t find us posting every last morsel though – but we hope this gives you an idea of how far calories can go! I'm currently going through the photographs and replacing them with more website friendly versions which will allow the blog to load quickly.
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