Friday, June 10, 2016

Ahi Tuna Tartare and Marinated Cucumbers

I've been in a rut lately. I've been so over this diet because I hadn't had a chance to be creative. Being creative on this diet is key! I've been so busy with school that I hadn't had a chance to catch my breath. I've been relying on make ahead meals that I have grown so tired of. I am bound and determined to reach my goal weight this summer so getting creative is going to be the best way to do that.

I love sushi! Not just rolls, but sushi and sashimi too. I've been craving sushi lately so I decided to make an Asian inspired meal and let me tell you, IT WAS DELICIOUS. I was fully satisfied and could hardly wait to eat it! Here's what I did.



Tuna Tartare 

Ingredients
8 oz of Ahi Tuna 
2 Tbsp of Soy Sauce 
2 tsp of Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp of Wasabi Powder
Green Onions for Garnish 

What to do:
  1. Cut the tuna into small chunks and refrigerate until you are ready to eat. 
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients (except the green onions) together in a bowl. 
  3. Refrigerate the marinade for 30 minutes. 
  4. Mix the tuna and marinade in a bowl and combine with the green onions. 
  5. Enjoy! 

Marinated Cucumbers 

Ingredients 
2 cups of Cucumbers
2 Tbsp of Rice Vinegar 
1 packet of Stevia
Salt 

What to do:
  1. Cut the cucumbers into thin slices. I use a mandolin to get the slices really thin.  
  2. Combine the vinegar and stevia in a bowl. 
  3. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers. 
  4. Sprinkle salt on the cucumbers. 
  5. Mix together and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 
  6. Enjoy! 

Happy Dieting! 
-E

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pork Chops and "Apple" Sauce

I have a tendency to get really routine in my dieting. I eat the same things and don't usually get burned out on them. Cooking is passion, though. I am obsessed with making normally unhealthy things healthy. I cook for my mental health--cooking mesmerizes me, takes my mind off of the stresses of law school so much so that I can be in the kitchen for hours without realizing it.

One thing that really keeps me motivated is finding ways to cook my favorite things within the bounds of Ideal Protein restrictions and the simpler the better. This weekend I made Pork Chops and Chayote Squash "Apple" Sauce.



Pork Chops:



Sauce Ingredients
1 tablespoon of reduced sugar ketchup (or Walden Farms Ketchup)
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (I use Annie's)
A little Walden Farms Syrup 
Salt and Pepper

What to Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix the sauce ingredients together. 
  3. Slather a thin layer of the sauce on both sides of the pork chops. 
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Done! 
"Apple" Sauce

Ingredients 
2 cups of chopped, unpeeled chayote squash
juice from 1 lemon 
1 packet of stevia 
Dash of cinnamon 

What to Do: 
  1. Place chopped chayote in a sauce pan. 
  2. Cover chayote with water. 
  3. Simmer for 45 minutes. 
  4. Drain water. 
  5. Blend the rest of the ingredients and the chayote together. ( I used an immersion blender, but the real deal will probably work better.) 
  6. Drain excess liquid.
  7. Enjoy! 




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chayote Apple Pie Filling

I'm a sweets girl. If there is sugar in it, I'm there. There is a place in my town called The Pie Bar. They literally sell pie filling in cups that they sweetly call "pie bites" that are the best thing on earth. If you ask me, this is the most genius idea ever invented. If I had to eat one food the rest of my life a blueberry cobbler pie bite would be it. In law school, this has been my go to comfort food place. I'm addicted. 

Achieving success on this diet for me is about finding ways to trick your mind into thinking you are eating the old food you used to enjoy. I've been on a quest for pie bites this week and I think I found a solution. 

My new obsession is chayote squash. It's weird. It's small. It's shaped funny. It's adorable. It's amazing! It's a perfect ending to a day when you just need dessert! I found this recipe on 3fatchicksonadiet.com, but I adjusted it a bit--mainly because I didn't have all of the ingredients. I've tweaked the recipe a bit and made it more simple. 


Ingredients:

• Chayote squash (1 cup) 
• Juice and zest from 1 lemon 
• Dash of Cinnamon 
• 1 Packet of stevia 

What to Do: 

1. Peel and cut up chayote into cubes or slices like apples. 
2. Cover and microwave chayote on high for 4 minutes. 
3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. 
4. Microwave uncovered for 2 minutes. 
5. Remove and enjoy! 

Happy Dieting!
-E