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Sunday Dinner in July

Last night’s meal was the perfect example of an easy, somewhat healthy, satisfying plan ahead dinner.   It was so good that the goons kept eating and drinking and eating, and I finally had to kick them out at 10:30pm.  It was a school night!

First, I made the Blueberry Buckle on Saturday afternoon.  It’s kind of like a lemony blueberry coffee cake.  Add a little extra salt and lemon zest to the recipe below.

Then we looted our garden and hit the farmer’s market to make a Mediterranean salad with lemon dill dressing.  Butter lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, peppers, red onion (sliced thin and rinsed under cold water), basil, chickpeas and feta.  The dressing is lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, dijon, fresh dill, salt & pepper.

Butter Rice is a great goon filler staple.  Rice, chicken stock, saffron, butter and lots of salt to taste.

Top it off with sweet corn on the cob.

And perfectly grilled flatiron steak marinated in olive oil, onion, oregano, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Loosen the belt buckle for the Blueberry Buckle.

Link to Blueberry Buckle Recipe: http://linboblueberries.com/recipes/CIBlueberryBuckle.html

 

 

Spicy Slaw

Spicy Slaw

I always get asked for this recipe so it’s about time that I write it down.  This is (yet another) low cal favorite that packs in lots of veggies and lasts at least a week in the fridge.  I’ve been eating the leftovers all week tossed with chicken and avocado.  I love it with BBQ, grilled pork and burgers.


Spicy Slaw

4 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 cup low fat mayo
2 limes, juiced
2-3 teaspoons hot sauce (to taste)
1-2 teaspoons honey
1 bag of shredded cabbage
1/2 bag of broccoli slaw
3 carrots, shredded
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 jalapeños, finely chopped

Whisk together vinegar, lime juice, mayo, hot sauce and honey.  Adjust seasoning as needed.  It should be a nice balance of salty, sweet and tart with a little kick from the hot sauce.  Toss with remaining ingredients and chill it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.  It’s even better the next day.

Sneaky Tzatziki

This is one of my all time favorite recipes.  It’s super easy, healthy and I make a big batch to put on everything.  It’s particularly amazing with grilled chicken or lamb kebabs, or even as pita dip or salad dressing.  It’s sneaky because if you make it with 0% yogurt, no one knows it’s actually healthy.  I’ve also made it with dill, feta, parsley and cilantro for a different twist.

Tzatziki

2 cups 0% Greek yogurt
1-2 teaspoons spicy Dijon mustard
1 lemon, juiced
1 large cucumber, seeded and roughly chopped
1-2 teaspoons honey (just enough to round out the yogurt)
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 bunch of mint
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Blend everything in the food processor, check for seasoning and enjoy.  That is it my friends.

Salad Smoothie Shake

I am a strong believer that early birds get the worms.   I work out early, get to work early, and eat healthy early in the day.  Life is about balance.  Start out good, finish off bad…

In order to keep myself from weighing 500 pounds, I like to eat clean (ok, 10% of the time).  This smoothie makes me feel virtuous before (or after) a serious goon-out oinker session.  It’s breakfast, it’s a salad, it’s clean livin’, and it tastes like dessert (that might be pushing it, but it’s really tasty).

Salad Smoothie Shake (serves one petite goonette)

8 oz. unsweetened almond milk (you can also use water, juice, soy milk or skim milk)

1 scoop whey protein powder (preferably vanilla without added sugar)

1 tsp flax oil

1/2 ripe banana (use frozen ripe bananas to make the smoothie even more like a milk shake)

1 handful frozen pineapple (or mango)

1 handful fresh or frozen blueberries

1 handful fresh spinach

Add all ingredients into a blender and kick it into high gear to combine.  I also like to add some of the following to mix it up from time to time:

  • Toasted almonds
  • Greens powder (available at Whole Foods)
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Any ripe berries
  • Any greens
  • Nut butters
  • Coconut milk (lite)

Mmmmmmmmm…..can’t wait for my next burger.

Tastes much better than a salad...I promise