The Fittening Day 8; Garlic Squash & Chickpeas with Spiced Cauli-Cous

So, I survived my first week. I haven't actually found the food too difficult to stick to. I haven't eaten out at all which has obviously made things easier and I'm really enjoying making up my dinners.

Admittedly, after a breakfast of fruit smoothies with avocado or spinach, I have mostly eaten some sort of version of curry or chilli for most of my meals, just serving it on beds of veg or with a little buckwheat instead of rice or nachos, but seeing as they are generally my two go to dinner bases anyway, I'm pretty damn happy with the arrangement.

Despite missing a couple of the exercise sessions due to having a new foster dog occupying my workout space, I still lost 6lbs in the first week, by mostly just sticking to the food rules and walking every day. I haven't been hungry or felt denied in any way. Everything is tasty and as much as I am loathe to admit it, in case it sounds like I'm growing up or something, I do genuinely feel better. As someone with a notoriously temperamental digestive system and without going in to too much detail about my biological workings, I honestly feel like this way of eating may be an actual real solution to the problem.

If you are trying to eat more naturally, I recommend having a large selection of fruit to snack on at all times; it's much easier to quickly satisfy a snack craving when I've got grapes, bananas, apples, satsumas and nectarines to hand. Throw in a couple of brazil nuts or walnuts and, hand on heart, I really haven't missed stuffing rubbish in my face. I did have a little slip up at the weekend when Massive Munch returned from a work trip and we had a little gin, but that's still a massive improvement on 45 cans of cider and a bag of pasta with all of the cheese.

Here are a few of the things I've been eating:

Mediterranean Mushrooms on Rocket, Steamed Asparagus & Broccoli

Mediterranean Mushrooms on Rocket, Steamed Asparagus & Broccoli
Mixed Veg & Broad Bean Chilli Served on Rocket

Mixed Veg & Broad Bean Chilli Served on Rocket
Anyway, enough about then, more about now.

Tonight's dinner was an attempt to try something that wasn't necessarily a curry or chilli, but was still blooming tasty and filling. It's also the first meal I've made where I didn't add any salt and it was actually OK and perfectly pleasant without it as the spices were flavourful enough, but I'd have still definitely preferred it with a little sprinkling of my pink Himalayan crystals of yum. An addict's gotta have those rocks, man.

Garlic Squash & Chickpeas with Cauli-Cous
serves 2-4

3 cloves of garlic, chopped into fine strips
1 inch ginger, chopped into fine strips
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 head of cauliflower, pulsed in food processor until it resembles cous-cous
a smidge of sesame oil

garlic squash & chickpeas:
1 onion, diced
2 summer squash, diced
1 tin of chickpeas with the liquid reserved
3 cloves of garlic, minced
bag of spinach
a drip of coconut oil
black pepper

  1. Pre heat your oven to gas mark 6 or something similar but electric.
  2. In a saucepan heat your teeny swipe of sesame oil and gently sweat the garlic and ginger slivers until slightly coloured, then add your seeds and heat until popped and aromatic.
  3. Mix your hot, cracked spice mix with the cauli-cous and transfer to a baking tray.
  4. Heat a saucepan over a moderate heat and swish some coconut oil around it, then sweat off your onion until soft.
  5. Throw your squash in with the onion, stir to combine and then add the chickpeas and aquafaba (chickpea juice. Apparently it has magical qualities).
  6. Lob in your minced garlic, and bring to the boil.
  7. Once bubbling, turn the heat right down, throw the spinach on top and pop a lid on the pot and steam for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Whilst it's steaming away, pop your cauli-cous in your now hot oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. You will notice that both things should be done cooking around about the same time. Magic.
  10. Serve the garlic squash stuff on top of the cauli-cous, et voila!
  11. Delicious, nutritious and also dinner!


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