Slow Cooker Dum Aloo
I don’t want to start sounding like that annoying family member who repeats them self (every family has one, right?). But (yes, you knew the B word was on its way) I’ve said this before, a slow cooker or crock pot can be a great aid to healthy eating and weight loss.
I mentioned in my last post that I was moving house again; it’s my 5th home since 2011. This slow cooker Dum Aloo is the second meal I ate in my new home. The first was a take away after I’d located the cutlery and cleared the kitchen table of packing boxes.
Moving Day Madness
“Where on earth did I put the TV remote?” I mutter to myself in panicked frustration. I know I’ve unpacked it. Not that I have much time to watch TV but hey, the new series of Game of Thrones is out, and I need a distraction from my huge ‘to do’ list before I head to bed.
The panic of the lost TV remote is now over, the wi fi is working, and I’m up to date with Game of Thrones – phew! I’m now finding the flow and getting a feel for our new home.
Over the years, I’ve developed a routine and always prioritise four things to do on moving in day. The fourth item is to unpack all the kitchen boxes and have a fully functioning kitchen before I head to bed exhausted.
Yeah, making the beds up is number one on that list. You do need to be able to flop into an already made up bed on that first night.
Get ahead of the game; plan and prep!
The next morning, I’m up bright and early (well early anyhow). Boy, am I glad I made myself set the kitchen up the night before. I head straight to the cupboard where the slow cooker now lives.
One of the advantages of planning and pre-preparing you dinner is it stops you mindlessly grabbing and eating unhealthy foods and regretting it straight afterwards. And in this instance, the temptation to order another take away is also eliminated.
Slow cookers allow you to make tasty recipes the night before or earlier in the day, so they’re a great prepping tool. There are many delicious lighter recipes you can make using a slow cooker.
So that first morning, I prepped the Dum Aloo and had it simmering away in the background while I worked my way through more boxes.
This recipe comes from the Hamlyn cookbook, 200 Slow Cooker Recipes. Dum Aloo is spicy but not hot and full of healthy ingredients. It has around 250 calories per serving and 6.7g of fibre.
Fibre is the name for a special group of carbohydrates. One of the problems I had when I was dieting, was that I often felt hungry. You get lots of fibre from meals that include beans, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, vegetables, potatoes and wholemeal bread.
Sometimes people think of starchy foods like bread, pasta and rice as being fattening. These foods especially wholemeal varieties, are rich in fibre and provide half as many calories as fat.
Fibre rich foods are essential for good health. They help prevent constipation and help fill you up without giving too many calories – useful when watching your weight.
Fibre-rich foods also help protect against bowel problems, including cancer of the bowel. Foods that are naturally rich in fibre have lots of other vitamins and nutrients too.
Spinach is high in vitamins A and K both fat-soluble vitamins needed for the maintenance and development of a healthy body and mind.
It also has protein and the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. No wonder Popeye loved it.
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