Wednesday, 29 February 2012

WIAW - lots of broccoli with peanut sauce

Hello! Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

Thanks Jenn for keeping things interesting - you're definitely inspiring me to eat more veggies! :)

This week's WIAW is based on Monday - I seem to always be quite motivated on Mondays to a) get back on track after the weekend and b) take photos of everything.

Monday morning started with a new-to-me granola - well Lidl's version of granola anyway - spiced orange and cranberry. Plus coconut yoghurt and the few blueberries that Toby would "let" me eat = breakfast...

I really liked the cereal. It had a nice orange flavour to it and lots of big crunchy clumps! :)

Lunch was very green, and an example of me seemingly having a teeny tiny bit of self-control left in me! I'd had a couple of wraps for dinner on Sunday night and started getting full as soon as I started eating the 2nd wrap. I did continue eating the first half of it, but saved the last half for Monday's lunch. Normally I keep eating until my plate is clean, no matter what, so I was quite impressed with myself! It made lunch super easy too - half a tub of Waitrose celeriac, spinach and creme fraiche soup and half a Philadelphia, basil tofu and spinach wrap...

The soup was nice, but I couldn't really pick out any individual flavours - I kept forgetting what soup it was that I was eating to be honest! I did like it though - it felt good for me and, well, green!

My camera would have me believe that I didn't eat any snacks on Monday, but I'm sure that can't be true. I seem to remember several cups of tea and a small piece of flapjack.

Dinner was amazing! I cooked a risotto for the others but I didn't fancy that, so I had a whole head of broccoli with peanut sauce.

Peanut Sauce
(serves 1)
  • 30g crunchy peanut butter
  • 5ml soy sauce
  • half tsp ground ginger
  • 15g peanut flour
  • 65g basil tofu, chopped really really finely (optional)
  • enough boiling water to thin to your desired consistency
Add all the ingredients, except the tofu, to a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until combined. Add the tofu, mix, pour over steamed broccoli, and eat!

You could use crushed peanuts instead of tofu, or just leave it out. I had it sitting in my fridge so decided to use it up, but it didn't add anything to the flavour, just gave a different texture.

I loved this! I had broccoli with peanut sauce when I went out for a meal at a Thai restaurant, and whilst this wasn't exactly the same, it was definitely delicious and really filling too!

Even though I was really satisfied after this meal, my sweet tooth started calling out a while later. So I finished the day off with a vanilla soy dessert and a few chocolate chips:

Well, as this is the last "love your veggies" you ever just eat a big plate of veggies? There is no way that Liam would have eaten a plate of broccoli like I did. Even with the sauce, he wouldn't have considered it a "proper" meal, and he also just doesn't like eating that much veg with his meals. The veg is definitely the least important part for him! I love vegetables though. I also love eating sweet potatoes with asparagus (and a bit of houmous), lots of asparagus with a couple of poached eggs, a big plate of roast veg (peppers, onions, courgette etc) with houmous etc etc. Sometimes a big plate of vegetables is just what I fancy! Plus that way I can tell myself that I "need" the carbs the form of a sugary treat of's all about balance!! ;-)


  1. I love huge plates of veggies with sauce (peanut sauce and broccoli are made for each other), particularly roasted veg with ketchup and nooch. Sadly I use so much sauce that it tends to negate the lack of carbs, and then I overcompensate afterwards because I think I've been 'good' at dinner. Whereas I'd have been better off skipping the sauce and having some wholegrains, which would probably keep me fuller and get rid of that whole 'I only ate veggies for dinner' entitlement complex.


  2. I have not had peanut sauce with savoury things, but I like the idea of it with broccoli. I had a sort of tofu/pesto sauce on broccoli last week (or a while ago)- that was nice- I added some crunch with pine nuts, but I am sure a peanut sauce would have been fab too. Might have to try it.
    That cereal looks lovely too.

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  3. I have never made my own peanut sauce before, but I do get it when I go out for Thai sometimes! I want to give it a go myself sometime :)

  4. We used to get Rachel's in the states, but I haven't seen it in a long time.

  5. Hi love big bowls of veggies! Broccoli is delicious like that, sometimes I just have some steamed with soy sauce and ginger and perhaps some nutritional yeast, yummy!

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