Brainstorming

Ok, ok…I know this is so predictable, but I need to go on a bit of a diet. I absolutely refuse to give up the things I love, but I am willing to make a much bigger effort to balance my diet and exercise. Especially if it means looking better in a dress.

I’m cutting back on calories overall, cutting way back on simple carbs after breakfast, and limiting myself to 2 non-fruit desserts a week. Combine that with the amped up excercise routine I started a few months ago (err, minus a small break around the holidays) and I think I’ll be good to go.

On that point, I did some brainstorming yesterday. I wanted delicious dishes that fit my restrictions so that I don’t feel all sad and deprived. Boo. Here’s where I landed….

Main dishes

  • Thai chicken and basil lettuce wraps
  • Entree salads: Cobb, Chicken Caesar, Nicoise, Steak, etc.
  • Turkey patties with mushrooms and cheese
  • Tuscan chicken casserole
  • Frittata
  • Lamb patties with  minty yogurt sauce  with chopped Greek salad
  • Thai shrimp soup
  • Pescado Veracruzano
  • Roast chicken
  • Mexican chicken & lime soup
  • Venison chili
  • Indian veggie stew
  • Roasted turkey breast
  • Chicken salad, tuna salad
  • French Onion soup
  • Veggie-rich egg scrambles

Sides and Snacks

  • Thai bean noodle salad
  • Green beans with almonds
  • Roasted asparagus (with Parm or hollandaise)
  • Just delicious salads…all kinds
  • Roasted mixed veggies
  • Roasted cabbage wedges
  • Roasted Indian broccoli over raita
  • Sauteed spinach
  • Portobella mushroom stuffed with spinach, pinenuts & feta
  • Fennel and Celery salad with mozz (Dama Blanca)
  • Jicama and green mango slaw
  • La Condesa brussel sprouts (sounds weird, but it’s brussels with red grapes and bacon)
  • Spinach Madeline
  • “Deviled” eggs (egg whites stuffed with hummus)

I’ll update with pics and recipes as I get started. Off to the grocery today!

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