5 and 2: Stuff my husband cooks

Up till now, I’ve usually picked 2 days in the week that my husband and I are doing different things, so that we’re not necessarily eating together. But lately he’s expressed more of an interest in preparing meals that we can share, or that he can cook for me. Now, that tends to be based around ready meals, but there’s certainly plenty of good choices out there!  We even found that the chicken with mozzarella, accompanied by roast Mediterranean veg, part of the Marks and Spencer dine in for a tenner deal, would meet the criteria.

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Our first trials were the new Love Veg range from Sainsburys.  He had the green risotto kievs ready for me after zumba one night – I had them with some salad leaves, tomato and cucumber, while he had the more calorific accompaniments of coleslaw and pasta salad.  They were absolutely delicious – I’d planned to have only 2 (they come in packs of 6 and are 116 calories apiece), but couldn’t resist having one more half.

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The other item from the range we tried was the spicy bean veggie burger.  It was OK – I wouldn’t be rushing out to try it again, but it was a pretty tasty 250 cals.

Pasta and sauce is a super-quick standby, but I often rule pasta off limits on fast days.  These little individual sized packs of cappelletti come in at 350 cals for the single serve, and when accompanied by a spinach and ricotta sauce at 100 cls for half the carton, can just about be squeezed into a fast day.

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Not really “stuff my DH cooks”, but he is terrible at buying bananas – cant bring himself to buy them singly, and so we often end up with over-ripe fruit, which I keep in the freezer for future use.  Banana ice cream is ridiculously easy to make, and I find it a lovely post-run treat.  I also had some strawberries about to be too ripe to eat, so I mixed about 15 of them with 2 frozen bananas, blitzed the lot with a blender, adding a dash of Malibu and a drop of almond essence.  Delicious served with a sprinkling of flaked almonds and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

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What meals do you enjoy sharing with your family?

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