The asparagus (courtesy of Boyfriend) was grilled on a grill pan (a very very worthwhile purchase) after being sprayed with some olive oil (my olive oil mister is also one of my favorite kitchen gadgets!) and generously seasoned with S+P + some lemon juice.
The salmon was also sprayed in oil and sprinkled with S+P (both sides) and baked at 375 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. I actually cut up an onion and put the salmon on a bed of sliced onion rings and put a few on top too. Unfortunately, by the time the asparagus was ready to come out of the pan, the salmon was still completely raw in the middle, so I pulled it out of the oven and stuck it on the hot grill pan (re-Pammed) for about 8 minutes on each side. The oions, which went all around the salmon on the grill pan after baking, were amazing! They had salmon juices on them which just made them so flavorful!
The sauce was a hastily whipped up cilantro-yogurt sauce (click for recipe) that I had made and loved before.
This is the baba ganoush (halved recipe) made just a little bit extra-special with the addition of 1/2 of a sweet yellow onion, sauteed in a non-stick pan until brown and transluscent. Blended with the eggplant it gives the dip a sweet, oniony taste that is just fantastic.
Also featured: Kale Chips, made with some nutritional yeast sprinkled on top most of the way through cooking. Yum!
This time I seasoned with a healthy dose of cinnamon, ginger and just a sprinkle of ground cumin, which made quite an impression on Nurse Z. Cumin is always amazing.
Finally, some chopped grilled zucchini sprayed with EVOO and seasoned with some S+P (maybe even a little too much). Grilled until super soft. Tasty and healthy. Took away the guilt of eating soooo much cheese and drinking soooo much wine. Well, at least until I saw the scale in the morning =)
For the past three weeks my diet has consisted of homemade soups like this pumpkin one right here (not geat): In a saucepan heat and stir 3 servings canned pumpkin, 1 cup chicken stock (added more and more until desired consistency was achieved). As the mixture gets warm and begins to bubble I added about 3 tbsp greek yogurt and some cinnamon, ginger, cumin and salt. Finally a little white vinegar. It was only ok. I am just glad I was able to dip some bread into there.
I found that the best thing was to add in some sharp cheese (fat free is most calorie-friendly, full fat or part skim is tastier and gooyer) and use a veggie stock as the liquid. It also goes well with a dash of cumin.
Finally, the very vast majority of my meals have consisted of Campbells Soup. I prefer the Healthy Choice, 98% fat free cans because they are low sodium and are calorie friendly. I skinny these up by A) spooning out 2 tbsp (and sometimes 3) of the soup mix out of the can and flavoring it up by adding veggie/chicken stock instead of water. I think it's silly that the soups come in servings of 2.5, as if you are making a Campbell's soup for a family meal. I go ahead and eat the whole can/pot but at least I know some of it is gone. I'm a big fan (or at least I was two weeks ago!) of the cream of chicken, mushroom and cream of celery soups.
I actually have a post in the works right now for a baked potato (other foods I can eat) and will discuss a recent trip to an upper east side wine bar that is so fantastic I just have to rave about it a bit.
Until then! Ciao!