My husband and I are currently reviewing our diet and we have realised that we need to better control our evening meal portion sizes. So we’ve been concentrating on reducing the amount of meat in our evening meal, which is a good first step.
Our evening meals tend to be pretty simple, some meat with peas and corn, for example. Sometimes we’ll add some potato, but not often. It’s usually followed up with yoghurt for dessert, or a frozen Weight Watchers dessert.
Previously the meals were satisfying because there was a lot of meat on the plate. Now that there is less meat, the meals don’t feel as satisfying so I’m looking to increase the flavour rather than the quantity/calories.
For example, boiled potatoes is pretty boring. Mashed potatoes are more exciting, but I don’t want to go loading up on fattening additions like cream or butter. I’m thinking of getting a mandoline slicer so I can do thin strips and maybe bake them with a bit of milk and some crushed garlic between layers.
I’m also interested in what herbs and spices people add to their meats. The most common meat we eat is chicken. We tend to buy ready-crumbed fish fillets, but I’m open to learning more about adding flavour to plain fillets - mostly cod/haddock. We also eat lamb chops and steaks. We don’t eat pork or bacon.
Does anyone have any tips for adding flavour (but not too many calories) to simple evening meals?