Now I promise I am not becoming all Julie and Julia now I have the Julia Child books, I swear I am not!
However, as many of you know I struggle to balance my love of food and cooking with trying to maintain a healthy weight.
I try following Weight Watchers (WW), which kinda works if I put all my energy into it, but it kind of kills my creative cooking style and often goes against my attempts to only eat whole foods. What I mean is, WW foods often do not satisfy what I am looking for with taste, freshness and quality. Their own brand of food products contain lengthy, chemically sounding ingredients, which usually end up giving me abdominal pain (seriously).
So, I am wondering, after reading for the second time the fabulously titled "French Women Don't Get Fat" if there is someway I can combine the theory of WW with the taste and philosophy of French cooking and eating?
This may end up being the title of a new blog for me, we will see where it takes us.
For today, it is taking me to little red onion and goats cheese tartlets.
Using a few wonton papers in a muffin tin to form the tart, I fried up (in a small amount of olive oil) some sliced red onions, organic field mushrooms and some fresh oregano. I popped this fragrant mix into the little tart shells and topped with some crumbled goats cheese (full fat, yes, but so full of flavor you really only need a little bit). Top them off with a few roquette leaves and there you have it.
Total WW points of 2 per tartlet. I am pretty happy with the taste. The wontons obviously do not impart the same lovely buttery, flakiness that a traditional tart base would. The upside of this, however, is that the flavour of the filling is much more prominent.
While the oven is on, thought I would bake up some sweet potato, roasted in a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic, a good pinch of sea salt, a twig of rosemary and a few smashed cloves of garlic. WW points value of 1 for a bowl full. Would go smashingly with roast meat.