I'd like to stick around awhile and want to eventually have fun with my grandkids, and I want my grandkids to have great memories of doing fun stuff with Grannie Janni! Given my family history of heart disease, I think it's time to really ream the buttah out of my arteries. So I am going to enjoy butter (and other saturated fats like cheese, cream, fatty meats, bacon, etc.) on holidays and birthdays only. Thank heavens that chocolate is actually healthy (dark chocolate or cocoa - milk chocolate is now in the holiday category) - that will go a long way toward helping me wean off teh buttah. Maybe I'm not having cookies, but I can have a square of dark chocolate!
Here is the latest food I discovered which was a satisfying replacement for the buttered version:
BABY YUKON GOLD POTATOES WITH HERBS AND OLIVE OIL
1 lb baby Yukon gold potatoes
2 - 3 T good olive oil
minced fresh herbs - parsley, mint, garden celery, chives, marjoram, thyme
salt and pepper
Boil the potatoes until tender (about 20 minutes)
Drain and break them in half; place them in a serving dish with the cut side up.
Drizzle them with olive oil, then salt and pepper them generously.
Then sprinkle on the minced herbs.
They were so good, I didn't miss the butter.
And here is a hot chocolate that has been getting me through the mornings lately - it is chock-ful (lol) of healthy stuff like antioxidants and calcium and honey.
Good-for-you ANTIOXIDANT COCOA
2 - 4 tsp non-"Dutched" dark unsweetened cocoa (such as Scharffenberger)
2 tsp honey
4 ounces hot water
4 ounces skim or lowfat milk
Mix the cocoa powder with the hot water, stir in the honey until dissolved. Add the milk.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
GREENS WITH TOMATOES AND BABY SQUASH
small tomatoes, very ripe, halved
tiny baby yellow squash with their blossoms, cut in half lengthwise
greens - mustard greens and tatsoi, torn, large stems removed
mint leaves, no stems
baby red torpedo onion, sliced
I cut tomatoes and baby squashes in half, and put them in a non-stick skillet with the garlic & onion & olive oil, and layered on the torn greens and mint. Let it cook for about 4 minutes, then stirred it and then served it.