Using the diverse cultures and foods of Astoria, NY to feed one man's imagination in the kitchen.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Losing weight and eating well

It's been a while since my last posting. Much has changed in my life. I have been dieting for 3 months and down a total of 27.5 pounds. Still a long way to go but I am determined. What finally did it for me? No idea but after 20+ years of talking it is actually happening.
A few keys have been:
Every calorie counts so make it good for you and delicious.
Actually journal what you eat all day. This has been an eye opener and a valuable tool.
Portion control.

With this in mind, I share with you a favorite recipe. It's healthy, low calories and 0 points for Weight Watchers.

Spicy cilantro dressing
Serving size: 2 tablespoons.

2 cup(s) Iceberg lettuce

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, (1 whole lemon)

2 tbsp drained Pickled Jalapeno Slices

1 tbsp juice from pickled jalapeno jar

2 tsp table salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 cup(s) water

1 cup(s) Spanish onion

1 cup(s) cilantro, (1 whole medium bunch with stems) washed / cleaned

1/2 cup(s) avocado

Put all ingredients in blender and puree till very smooth. Put in container with air tight lid. Will hold in fridge for up to 1 week. Adjust for salt, cumin, lemon. Adding more lettuce will smooth out the flavor.

We serve it on a plate of salad with grilled chicken breast or Tilapia.

Great for salad dressing, topping for cooked meats, chicken, veggies. Also use as base for green rice dish.