For Those with Resolve

January 2, 2008 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

A Toast 

So you ate yourself silly over the holidays, didn’t you?  Made yet another resolution to hit the gym and eat healthier?  I’m right there with you!  Come December of every year, I think I’ll be able to show at least a smidgen of will power to resist all those home-baked cookies my family puts together.  At the turn of every new year, I groan and wish I’d stayed on course.  You see, my mom, grandmother, aunts and cousins are all a bit nuts about making holiday cookies, resulting in five or six large trays full of more than 40 varieties being passed around on Christmas.  As usual, I succumbed to the buttery sugary bounty this year and now have to pay for my sins.

As such, here are my top ten picks for the healthiest, but still plenty tasty, dishes from the archives.   I’d stay and write more, but I’ve got a date with the treadmill…

1.  Candy Cane Beet Salad with Orange and Fennel is a lite lunch with plenty of vitamins to help keep your energy and health elevated.

2.  Bittersweet and Nutty Greens pack a punch of flavor and really fill you up.

3.  Carrot “Fries” with Mint are an alternative to the usual starchy fatty fries alongside your burger.  If you don’t like mint, try oregano or basil.  Change your usual beef burger to turkey or veggie and you’ll have a much healthier meal.

4. Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash is so ridiculously tasty, you’ll think you’re really splurging when you’re really eating super healthy. 

5. Spicy Kohlrabi and Corn is way back in the archives, from a time when I was still getting the hang of making posts pretty.  Despite its “age”, it still sticks out in my mind as one of the best healthy dishes on the blog.

6. Summer Salad with Roasted Tofu and Cumin Dressing isn’t really just for the summer season.  Locally grown lettuces and micro greens are still available even in January so this filling and warmly spiced salad is just as good in winter.

7. Butternut Squash and Pear Soup is a no-brainer for the healthy list.  What you might not expect is that it also does double-duty as an excellent healthy pasta or stir-fry sauce when you’re tired of eating soup. 

8. Pasta with Swiss Chard and Bacon is good warm for dinner or cold for lunch at your desk.  It stores well and eliminates any excuses for “I’m too busy to eat a good meal.”

9. Pumpkin Roll is a must since giving up desserts never helped anyone succeed at the diet game.  This recipe easily adapts to being low-fat and low in sugar.  Just be sure to use fat free cream cheese, a fat free egg product such as Eggbeaters, and substitute Splenda for the sugar in the cake part.

10. Fast and Fresh Mini Frittatas give you no excuse to go without breakfast, a very important meal for loosing weight.  Locally grown spinach is still available, along with other greens and mushrooms.  Or throw in whatever appeals most to you and make enough at one time for the whole week.  If you use the fat free egg product you got for the pumpkin roll, these will be full of protein and no guilt. 

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