Frog-free Toad in the Hole

Toad in the hole was something I never really grew up with, unlike most families I know.  I was introduced to the stuff about a year ago and I’m actually quite a fan. It isn’t the healthiest of meals though.

So today I decided to make a low fat version of toad in the hole to die for. The recipe is from BBC Good Food, but I’ve managed to make it lower in fat using Musclefood’s virtually fat free sausages.

If you’re not a fan of pork sausages then using venison sausages may be an idea for this dish – and certainly would make it quite a bit more exotic! I feel that, next time, using Musclefood’s fat free chilli and garlic sausages would add tonnes of flavour and, at 0.066g saturated fat per sausage, would be divine for the waistline! 

Toad in the hole with red onions and thyme batter (serves 4)

Ingredients

1 red onion, cut into wedges, layers separated

8 thick low-fat pork sausages

1 tsp olive oil

For the batter

100g plain flour

1 medium egg

300ml skimmed milk

2 tsp wholegrain mustard

1 tsp fresh thyme leaf

steamed carrots and cabbage, to serve

 Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6/fan oven 180C. Tip the onions into a small shallow non-stick tin (about 23x30cm/ 9x12in). Arrange the sausages on top of the onions, then add the oil and roast for 20 minutes.
  2. While they are roasting, make the batter. Sift the flour into a bowl, drop the egg in to the centre and beat in the milk a little at a time until it makes a smooth batter. Stir in the mustard and thyme and season.
  3. Pour the batter quickly into the tin and return to the oven for 40 minutes until the batter is risen and golden. Serve with steamed carrots and cabbage.

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It really is that simple. 

As I said, my version may well have been lower in fat by using the virtually zero fat sausages – but it could be lower in fat STILL by using they’re certified fat free chilli and garlic sausages which I have in my freezer, ready for next time!

Happy cooking!

Henrietta x

4 stone down! 

So yesterday my weigh in revealed I’ve hit the four stone mark! 

Four stone down, another four and a half to go? 

Yes, I know. It does seem somewhat daunting; I have to keep going though. 

I’m taking it in steps, currently I’m about 4 kilograms away from being considered overweight rather than obese. That is my next target – to be overweight! 

I started this journey in the morbidly obese category, not even realising so! From a BMI of 41 I’ve managed to bring it down to a BMI of 31 – still obese but getting somewhere. 

But, typically, when a dieting fatty like myself manages to shed some extra pounds it involves a celebratory meal. 

Hello beautiful. 😍😍😍

 I don’t want to gain anything back though and ruin what I’ve achieved so low fat is still the way forward! 

I tend to eat fillet steak as it has a lower fat content compared to other cuts, but it can be pricey so I tend to overspend in order to become healthy. Muscle food is literally where I buy all my meat and even though buying a whole fillet of beef is around £35, I got a good 14 steaks out of it. 

Obviously if you want to be even more well behaved than me you would use sweet potato rather than new potatoes, but I just ran out. 😢

Good luck on your own journeys everyone and thanks for checking in on mine! Be sure to keep checking my blog! 

Henrietta x