I have got four Xmas/end of year/festive season functions this week. Two of which I have control over, in the sense I will be preparing the food.
Today I had my first function, which was a buffet of three courses, alcoholic drinks plus coffee and chocolates.
From the menu on our tables, I decided what to have before I went up to the buffet. I also decided to make three separate but small plates. First, I had a green salad with 1/2 dozen oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon, and tomato and caper salsa. Thus avoiding the bread rolls, prawns, cold meats, and creamy and oily sauces.
Then I went for a small slice each of turkey and ham, mixed vegetables (carrot, broccolini, cauliflower), two pieces potato from the potato gratin, and chestnut stuffing which was formed into little portions surrounding a whole chestnut.
For desert, I had a slice of fresh honey dew melon and pineapple, chocolate mousse the size of a tablespoon in a praline, and a fruit mince pie.
I didn't touch the coffee, chocolates, or the cheese board. I also drank water, which was very nice because it was a warmish day, and I didn't fancy the wine that was on offer. I felt pressured by my colleagues, as they were all drinking wine, but there was one other fellow that was not drinking wine, and when he saw I was been hassled he joked that I was 'riding'. That is, I had rode my bike from work to the function centre, and would be riding back to work afterwards. I was ever so grateful for his guiding of the conversation away from me not drinking alcohol.
However, I have learnt from entering the food in my SP Nutrition Tracker, that I need to tread carefully as far as fruit mince pies are concerned!
My weekly meal plan for this week includes:
Italian Lam Meatloaf, Steamed Corn, Green Beans and Carrot
Lasagne, Steamed Green Beans, Cauliflower and Corn
One-pot Silverbeet, Potato and Sausage 'Comforter'
Grilled Steak and Cauliflower Fritters
Crustless Silverbeet, Pinenut and Olive Tart, Green Salad
Steamed Salmon with Thai Sauce, Steamed Peas, Carrot, and Broccoli
CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet www.csiro.au/en/Outcomes
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