Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy Holidays!

By which I mean Happy Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and MLK Jr. Day. 

Yes, it has once again been a very long time between posts, but I just can't help it.  I have been boring the crap out of myself for some time now.  All work and no play has made Jim a dull boy.

What's more, a fat boy!  I'll spare you the photo, but suffice it to say that about a year's worth of stress eating has packed on more than the usual amount of beef. 

So for now, the Gumbitarian diet will be a diet diet.  And I HATE diets!  I can't hang with any of that Atkins, South Beach, grapefruit and hard-boiled egg, Weight Watcher, Jenny Craig, etc. sort of stuff.  I like food too much.

My plan involves simple portion control.  "If you can't lift it, don't eat it!  It's too much."

Oh, and I'm cutting out alcohol.   Along with my will to live.

I have also enlisted technology in the form of a smart phone app, Lose-It!  It's supposed to facilitate weight loss by letting you set goals, track calorie consumption and exercise.  I think it actually works on the basis of all the calories I burn trying to correctly spell food names with the touchscreen keyboard.

So now I'm working with our CSA greens to come up with some halfway appetizing and at least marginally healthy choices.  (Oh, Healthy Choice; there's another one I can't stand.) 

I had moderate success the other evening.  One of my XMAS presents was a book, Greens Glorious Greens!  Kind of a chick title, but then, Denise bought it.  Anyway, the book has some 140-ish recipes for greens, which is handy given that we get about 140 bunches of greens in every semi-weekly CSA pickup.

The recipe in question was Polenta Topped with Dandelion Greens.  The recipe calls for your basic polenta, topped with dandelion greens that have been washed, chopped, boiled, drained and then sauteed in olive oil with garlic, salt & pepper and the whole mess topped with Parmesan cheese.  I took liberties.

To make it more of a meal, I chopped up a small quantity of tasso (if you haven't had it you should try it - hard to come by in southern CA without the aid of the Internet) and sauteed it along with the greens and then added a sort of arrabiata sauce.  Actually not arrabiata, it was just spicy sauce with about a 4-to-1 ratio of tomatoes to red Serrano chiles.

Spread that sort of hammie, greenie, arrabiata-ie sauce onto the polenta, sprinkled with a diet-like portion of parmesan and enjoyed.  Tasty!  Would have been better with a glass of Chianti, but alas, no alcohol.

BTW, spellchecking does not recognize polenta, suggests polecat instead.  Ummm, Polecat Topped with Dandelion Greens!  Sounds promising.


Blogger BJackie said...

Polecat w/ Dandelion Greens... pretty sure you can eat that on Atkins!

February 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM  

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