I like cooking, and at the same time am trying to complete my transformation from clydesdale to racehorse - or at least trotter.
(Started at 214, got to 180, backslid to 189, now working my way down again with a goal of seeing 180 in April, as a springboard to 170.)
We know that we can lose weight by eating plain salads, crudities, baked skinless chicken breast, and similar diet food. But, speaking for myself, I'm not willing to give up eating interesting food.
So I thought I would start a thread for food and cooking tips, tricks, and ideas. The theme here is: tasty food, that is fun to eat and that you'd even be willing to serve to guests, but is also low calorie or low fat or low carb or whatever your particular dietary goal may be.
To start us off:
- Potatoes are one of life's great pleasures. Alas, it is a very starchy, high calorie food. Well, root vegetables have many potato-like qualities, which makes sense when you think about it. For example, rutabagas when peeled, boiled, and mashed with some butter and a little cream, with salt and white pepper to taste, make a nice substitute for mashed potatoes.
- Greek yoghurt can be a reasonable substitute for mayonnaise in many applications, For example, canned tuna, mixed with 2% fat Greek yoghurt and a little salt and white pepper, makes a creditable filling for a tuna salad sandwich. Or, make a lower-calorie spicy salmon tartare using chopped raw salmon, Siriachi hot sauce, and Greek yoghurt instead of Japanese mayonnaise. I use this as a flavorful topper for baked salmon fillets, but you could use it in a sushi roll too.
- Chicken skin is the source of most of the fat and much of the calories in a chicken. So the typical dieter eats all his chicken skinless. But chicken skin has so much flavor. If you remove the skin, then cook it over medium heat in a saute pan, pouring off the rendered fat, you will end up with crisp, brown, and remarkably low-fat chicken skin treats. You can do the same with salmon skin, by the way.
- Pasta is another favorite food that goes straight to (my, anyway) waistline. The trick here is spaghetti squash, halved, baked, then shredded with a fork. It comes off in spaghetti-like strands, soaks up pasta sauce, and chews much like spaghetti. Also useful if you are on a gluten-free diet.
Okay, your turn - contribute your food and cooking tips for the drafthorse on a slimming regimen.