California Rolls on my Waistline

Marvin Gardensalad and I just saw two deer right down the street from us! Oh! They were so pretty. I rolled down the window and said hello and told them I loved them very much. They seemed indifferent to my affections.

Now I am worried that they are cold. Marvin said I could knit them some deerwarmers.

Who delights in his every utterance? Is it Marvin?

Anyway, Big Storm 2008 hit us, with about a fourth of an inch of snow. You can still see the grass. Nevertheless, Marvin’s school was delayed two hours. Yeesch.

Speaking of a fourth of an inch, you know that yoga DVD I’ve been doing? The woman leading the thing is from Australia, and she keeps telling me to stand with my legs a meter apart.

Okay, I am in America. Couldn’t they have dubbed in a normal measurement? Isn’t a meter like a mile? I seriously have no idea. I just stand with my feet apart and hope for the best. Stupid foreign measurements. Hey, I have two Australian readers! Clear it up for me, will you? And don’t make fun of me that I do not know your foreign Australian ways, with your didgeridoos and your boomerangs and such.

Oh, and thanks, everyone, for commenting yesterday! Aren’t you all nice. Now I need you to comment again. Does anyone have any good healthy dinner suggestions? I am having a bagel or a banana for breakfast, I have a can of plain almonds at work, I have a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato for lunch, usually, and carrots and hummus as a snack, but girlfriend is hurting for interesting dinner ideas.

Today we went out to eat at one of the three restaurants that aren’t fast food in this town. Well, there’s a fourth restaurant, but it’s Chinese buffet food, and you could not pay me to go to that bacteria fest. Anyway, we went to a Mexican restaurant and got California burritos, which were on special tonight. Livin’ large. A California burrito has redwood trees, smog and Crips in it. Delish.

So, please advise. Something healthy that does not involve shrimp, cilantro or grapefruit.

Let’s see how long it takes some wise guy to bring out his shrimp cilantro salad with grapefruit pieces recipe.

23 thoughts on “California Rolls on my Waistline

  1. You are much kinder to the deer than am I. I rolled down the window the other day to chastise a mama doe who allowed her fawns to play willy nilly near the edge of the road while she watched from the safety of the treeline. For nutritious snacks, I’m not much good there. My favorite is Braeburn apples scraped in chevre right from the box. Probably too much salt to qualify as healthy – but oh so good. Also, with the salt, I love cucumber slices and grape tomatoes dipped in ranch dressing.

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  2. I look for recipes on allrecipes.com and there is a great site sparkrecipes.com. This site is an off shoot of sparkpeople.com which is a great community for people who want to lose weight. Another thing that no one has mentioned is quiona. This stuff is great. There is a recipe for quiona and black bean salad at sparkrecipes that is great. Hope you enjoy it. Love the blogs

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  3. Wow, those are some healthy readers you got there! I definitely wouldn’t ask me for health food advice, but one thing we’ve started doing is juicing. We got a juicer from Costco for like $90 and we use it almost every day. We throw whatever fruits and vegetables we have in it (carrots, oranges, celery, broccoli, and spinach usually) and then use the fresh juice along with frozen fruit (mixed fruit from Costco–strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, etc) and blend it all to make a smoothie. They taste great and it’s how we get our daughter to get her fruits and veggies.

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  4. Check out the fish counter at your grocery store. I must have ‘meat’ with every meal and I’ve found fish to be a healthy alternative. Our local grocery store has pre-made tilapia fillets – breaded in cornmeal, garlic powder and a bunch of other seasonings I can’t distinguish. I just pan-fry in light olive oil. These fillets freeze very well too. There must be recipes for a similar ‘breading’ online.
    Another idea – quiche. I love quiche. I don’t know how many calories are in eggs though. But I use green onions, turkey bacon & cheese. Turkey bacon has less fat than the good stuff and is surprisingly tasty. I never do quiche with a crust – too much work for my taste.

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  5. Check out Cheap Healthy Good. She has a ton of great healthy recipes. http://cheaphealthygood.blogspot.com/
    I agree with the brown rice comment. Brown rice can (and should) be your best friend. Whole wheat pasta, too.
    Here is what we had for dinner last night:
    Greek Penne Pasta
    1 package (12 ounces) whole wheat penne pasta
    1 bunch arugula or spinach(1/2 pound), stemmed and roughly chopped
    4 plum tomatoes, chopped
    4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
    1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
    10 fresh basil or mint leaves
    1 t. balsamic vinegar
    2 T. olive oil
    salt and pepper to taste
    Cook the penne according to package directions.
    Meanwhile, soak the arugula in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes to clean it thoroughly, then drain. In a large serving bowl, combine the arugula, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, basil or mint leaves, vinegar and oil.
    When the pasta is done, drain it and toss it with the ingredients in the bowl. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.
    Prep & cook time- 25 minutes
    8 servings

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  6. Lettuce wraps. My family loves these. I buy a head of lettuce and stir fry (in a tiny bit of sesame seed oil) some cooked brown rice, chopped veggies like cabbage, carrots, onion, chopped peanuts or whatever kind you like and maybe some scrambled egg. We dip these in soy lite sauce. The lettuce gives it a nice crunch without adding all of the carbs and calories.

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  7. i buy a pound (a pound!) of spinach from costco every week (every week!) and use it as the base to pretty much everything: salads (add pecans, a chicken breast and fat free dressing and it’s a great lunch or dinner), pasta (whole grain pasta, blanch the spinach add it to the sauce and yum), a healthy side (again, blanch, add a little salt and olive oil)…

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  8. Salmon. I think I have some links in my blog from back when I was under the delusion that I might start eating healthy. Check the Tried and True link in my Categories.

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  9. G’day mate .. crikey I can tell ya what a metre is .. it’s about the same as a yard. :o)
    One nice low fat .. filling .. visually pleasing .. yumm dish is oven roasted potatoes .. or yams .. or butternut pumpkin .. oops Aussie moment .. thats butternut squash here .. or carrots .. or a big old combination of all of them. Cut the selected veges into small pieces say 25 centimetre cubes .. oops or an inch .. then place them all in a baking dish and pour a small amount of EVOO .. I stole that from Rachel Rae :o) .. over them and whatever spices you desire then bake until all nice and brown.

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  10. I agree with the Cooking Light magazine. I’ve found recipes there that I’ve really liked.
    Also, you can make almost any recipe more healthy by just doing low fat versions of the dairy and cream soups, whole grains instead of the white stuff, decreasing the meats and increasing the vegetables.
    In dessert recipes you can replace the oil with applesauce, mashed bananas or pureed peaches. Try replacing only half at first while you’re getting used to it. You can do that with whole grains too. Sometimes I’ll do half whole wheat pasta and half regular so my family doesn’t notice as much.
    I suggest doing low fat but not fat free versions of everything. The first time I was on my own I cut out too much fat and messed up my metabolism and cravings and ended up gaining the “Freshman 15!” Your body does need fat, just not as much as we usually eat, and it needs the healthy kinds.

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  11. Why is it you can get an Australian yoga DVD, but I can only find American versions here in Australia??? The American versions make me feel like I’m back in the 80s doing video aerobics.

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  12. We use the magazine Everyday Food for recipes. It’s a pretty small publication, but it packs great and easy to make recipes that are healthy. I believe it might be a Martha Stewart publication, but I wouldn’t hold that against it!

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  13. I use boneless skinless chicken breasts and put fat free italian dressing and honey on them. Bake at 350 for about 35/40 minutes on a cookie sheet (with a lip) to carmalize the honey/dressing.
    Also, boneless/skinless chicken breasts, dijon mustard, honey, soy sauce (low sodium) and curry powder. YUM! Bake 350 for about an hour in a covered dish. We have officially gone to raw veggies for our veggies. Where I struggle is with carbohydrates. We both need those or we are hungry within an hour…any ideas???

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  14. Well I’m not Australian, but I am Canadian and we use the metric system too. Y’know, like most of the world. 😉
    A metre is about a yard. (1 yard is about .9 of a metre.. close enough for yoga really).
    Enjoy!

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  15. This sounds silly, but subscribe to Cooking Light magazine. I thought it was just an ad fest like most mags, but my doctor has it in her office and I found 3 recipes I loved during 15 minutes of flipping through.
    Now I subscribe and I made a couple of Thanksgiving recipes from there. On Tuesday night I made tilapia with tomatoes and olives (with brown rice on the side!) and it was tasty.
    For now, though, buy dry black beans. Use the quick cook method to reconstitute them, then saute two onions, two carrots, three celery stalks, and one green pepper (all chopped) in two tablespoons of olive oil. Dump that into the cooked simmering beans, add a bit of cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, oregano, and a bay leaf. Keep adding ’til it tastes good, add a can of no salt diced tomatoes if you want, then simmer a little longer and eat in bowls with Texas Pete and plain yogurt on top. Deeeeeeelish! Also cheap and filling.

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  16. Roasted veggies. Just about any kind. Sprinkle/drizzle a bit of olive oil. 450 to 475 degrees until they’re all browny around the edges. Sprinkle a little coarse kosher or sea salt on them.
    Green beans, with a little olive oil, tomato, onion, and oregano (I call them greek style.)
    Salmon is also great. Slice lemon and onion very very thin lay on top of salmon – pour over a little white wine (if you have it), cover with foil and bake.
    You can also do some baked shrimp (no cilantro 😉 – I’d give you some recipes but think you’d virtually smack me. 😉

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  17. We love baked chicken. I buy whole organic chickens, stuff them with onions quartered and sage and rosemary. Just oil the skin down with olive oil and sprinkle some garlic powder on the outside, along with some lemon pepper. Then add a couple of veggies like greenbeans and a baked sweet potato. Is that not a southern dinner. LOL! Or you could bake a potato and add low fat sour cream and have a large salad with it. We have been eating some wonderful salads my husband has made for dinner (he cooks, I clean up). He makes our salad dressing and it’s delicious.
    I understand more snow is on the way. On the weather report in Atlanta this evening they are telling us we have a 90 percent chance of snow on Saturday, lots of snow, I mean 3-4 inches of snow. This sounds like the blizzard of 1992 when we got 5 inches, actually we had closer to 8 inches in our little town south of Atlanta. Then the temperature is suppose to drop into the teens. I’m sure church will be cancelled if it that happens. There are lots of kids that are going to be soooo disappointed because the snow event of the year is going to happen on the weekend.

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  18. Learn to love brown rice! It’s the base of the macrobiotic diet, great for you and FILLING. We just add veggies and call it a meal multiple times a week. I also make wraps, vegetarian taco salads, veggie pasta and a lot of quiches.

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  19. The Almond Joy bars came in a box with directions, you know, like a cake or brownies or whatever. Looked in your bad-for-you aisle at the grocery store.
    How is it my health blog has turned into me telling people where to get Almond Joy bars?

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  20. Uh Uh, no recipes until we get the almond joy bars recipe. Unless you want 5 meters of cilantro in your mailbox, give gf!

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