3 Simple Diet Recipes
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There is nothing special about our three diet recipes - after all, they are simple diet recipes. They basically lean on what we frequently recommend for anyone trying to lose weight: Weed out the foods from the official Food Pyramid that you really enjoy, then experiment by creating personal low calorie, low fat favorites.
It's THAT simple - and it's fun! Make a list - and check it twice for naughty and nice. Your list may look something like Dieter Todd's:
Todd's favorite foods in the grain group are rice and oats. Within the vegetable group, he's quite fond of tomatoes, dandelions & other 'spring' greens, eggplant, okra, mushrooms and winter squash.
In the fruit group, his favorite foods are peaches, bananas, raisins and grapes. In the protein group, he is more of a fan of vegetable protein than animal protein so favorites include garbanzo beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
And let's not forget his all-time fav, peanut butter. Given these favorites, for dinner Todd might create a stirfry using his favorite chopped veggies. Or, he might create an awesome salad with yummy spring greens and toss in a bit of chopped fruit and nuts to create a harvest-type salad.
In this age, we've been programmed to think that unless a meal contains five courses, an appetizer and a dessert, then it's not a meal with backbone. So often, simple delicacies such as our Fresh Tomato Sandwich are forgotten. On that note, here are three of our favorite personal 'quick' creations mined with tips that we hope will make weight loss easier.
Peter Piper's Fresh Tomato Sandwich
Tomato Ripening Tip - Tom & I never store our freshly purchased (or home-grown) tomatoes in the fridge until they show signs of going beyond their peak. Even tomatoes that are a bit green will fully ripen at room temperature and revolve to a beautiful, rich red hue. Once a tomato sees the inside of a fridge, it loses that garden-fresh flavor. So keep tomatoes tasting like they should by storing at room temperature in your kitchen. We have found that placing our store-bought tomatoes in an area which receives moderate light works better than an area with ultra-bright light, such as a kitchen window.
Our Peter Piper's Fresh Tomato Sandwich is so simple to prepare. The key is to use a large fully-ripened tomato and slice it razor-thin. Tom is a genius when it comes to slicing tomatoes. He cuts them so thin that one could stand sideways in the road and never get hit by a passing vehicle.
To prepare, smear two slices of bread (important to use the freshest bread available) with LIGHT Miracle Whip. Fill with the thin slices of tomato; then add salt and pepper if desired. We really enjoy the coarse-ground pepper. To take this sandwich to another level, spray bread with butter-flavored cooking spray and toast in a toaster oven or in a pan until crisp and golden. Assemble as directed above.
Add fresh greens if desired, such as baby spinach or different varieties of lettuce.
Quick Holly's Hashbrowns
Potato 'Whitening' Tip - Sink potatoes in cold water until ready to shred to prevent flesh from browning or shoot on a squirt of any citrus fruit. Also, rinsing and draining the shredded potato before cooking will remove a good deal of the starch. Be sure to drain thoroughly to prevent spattering.
To prepare, simply peel one medium potato, wash and then shred finely. Carefully transfer into a non-stick pan sprayed with cooking spray (butter flavored works wonderfully well and adds a buttery flavor to the hashbrowns without adding calories). Salt & pepper as desired. Cook until golden on one side before flipping. Serve with ketchup if desired.
Quick as a Wink Diet Bread
We've got three tiny loaf pans that we use frequently for cooking our low calorie Quick as a Wink Diet Bread. A toaster oven also comes in handy and can produce one golden loaf in about 12 minutes. Better yet, our recipe is ultra flexible.
Ours contains all-purpose flour, Splenda, vanilla extract, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of ground nutmeg, dash of ground cinnamon and a splash of leftover jitter-free coffee.
I always enjoy a photo of anything I bake so I can have an idea of how it might turn out,don't you?
Here is our very-basic recipe for Quick as a Wink Diet Bread:
Basic Batter: 1/2 cup of flour (about 200 calories)
Sweetening: We use Splenda, but real sugar can be used for additional calories, of course.
Liquids: Use any of the following to add liquid to the Quick Bread:
Cold coffee, extracts, water, skim milk, fruit juice.
Non-Fat Thriller Fillers: Use any of the following in your Quick Bread keeping in mind that the additions need to compliment the liquids that you are using: raisins - golden or dark, dried cranberries, dried apricots, fresh peaches, mashed banana, a teaspoon of peanut butter, raw oats, hulled seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds.