The World’s Biggest Degustation hosted by Weight Watchers

This post is sponsored by Weight Watchers

Last week we were invited to a surprise event at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant – it was labeled as the World’s Biggest Degustation and the invite said that it would be 210 dishes served over 12 hours. However, this was all we knew!

We all entered the restaurant to an amazing table with a view of the Botanic Garden, and the staff proceeded to serve us with plates of (what felt like hundreds) of tiny meals. Everything from berry compote, to weetbix and milk, to grilled asparagus and boiled egg on toast. The breakfast menu featured 42 items that were served alternately to a table of hungry bloggers, foodies and magazine editors.

Once we had tasted some of the dishes that chef Matt Fletcher had curated it was revealed that all the dishes we were being served were part of the Weight Watchers No Count Option.. Now, I’m very familiar with the Weight Watchers SmartPoints Plan (as I’m sure most of you are) but this was the first time I had heard of the No Count option, which is said to be one of the most simple and effective ways to lose weight. On No Count, you can choose from a list of foods that are nutritious, delicious and satisfying and you can eat whatever you want from this list, without counting points. The list includes fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, meat, fish and dairy and wholegrains.

The World’s Biggest Degustation was all about showcasing the virtually limitless possibilities that you can create from the No Count foods list. All the food was amazing, you never would have associated the word ‘diet’ with any of it. We were spoilt for choice and options. We were part of the breakfast group but the lunch and dinner menu looked just as good!

We’ve put together this video below so you can see just how fantastic the menu was.

Not sure if the Weight Watchers No Count option is for you? We’ve included a recipe below for a mouth-watering Breakfast Slice so you can check it out for yourself. For more information and recipe options visit here.

Print Recipe
Weight Watchers Breakfast Slice
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 100 g baby spinach
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 zucchini
  • 65 g Weight Watchers Cottage Cheese
  • 125 g baby tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to season
  • mint to garnish
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 100 g baby spinach
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 zucchini
  • 65 g Weight Watchers Cottage Cheese
  • 125 g baby tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to season
  • mint to garnish
Instructions
  1. Place brown rice and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until rice is just tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C or 160°C fan-forced. Line a 26cm x 16cm (base measurement) slab tin with baking paper, allowing paper to hang over the 2 long sides.
  3. Place baby spinach leaves in a large bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover. Soak for 30 seconds or until just wilted. Drain well.
  4. Whisk eggs in a large bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in rice and spinach as well as carrot and zucchini, coarsely grated. Pour into prepared tin and distribute evenly.
  5. Dollop Weight Watchers Cottage Cheese over the top. Use the back of a spoon to lightly press cheese into egg mixture.
  6. Bake for 30–35 minutes or until golden and set. Serves 6.
  7. Cut into slices and serve topped with cherry tomatoes and fresh mint.
  8. TIP: Store slice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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