Posts filed under ‘Healthy Low-carb eating’
Winter arrived in Las Vegas this week. It was the end of summer less than a week ago – temps in the balmy eighties. Suddenly it was gusty, chilly, better pull-a-jacket-on-with-a sweater weather. That’s how it happens around here.
After nine years in Las Vegas I’ve learned the drill. It takes a long time to make the agonizingly slow descent from the scorching, oppressive, make-you-want-to-cry 110 degree heat in August, to the cooler but still summery October.
Yesterday I wanted hot cocoa. I wanted my coziest, ugliest chenille sweater and a good, engrossing book. Instead I had meetings with two mentoring clients and a prospective client.
Plus, our carpet was cleaned. So, at 7:00 am, Ernie and I had to move furniture. Almost everything had to be up off the floor. My leather office chairs were in the bathroom. The dining table was in the kitchen. The side tables were on top of our bed. The carpet looks great, though. We’re ready for the holidays. The Christmas tree will go up next weekend.
Today, I intend to tuck into a good book underneath a cuddly afghan.
This time of year we want hearty, rib-sticking foods that make us feel nurtured. Even here in Vegas But we don’t want to pack on pounds. Because after the holidays we’ll set New Years Resolutions to lose those same pounds. As a result my favorite mashed potato recipes (I’ve got some good ones) will have to wait.
Yesterday, I was having a day where I knew I’d be running around all afternoon and finally walk in the door by 6:00 pm. So, getting dinner together quickly on those days is essential. Cajun Salmon is perfect. Otherwise we’re either going out for a quick bite, or, not eating until almost 8:00 pm.
I make an effort to not eat anything after 7:00 pm. It’s a guideline rather than a hard and fast rule – but many books on fitness and diet say generally speaking it’s a good idea to refrain from eating later in the evening. I’ve even read some info that says finish eating by 6:00 pm. That’s probably not realistic for most folks.
Cajun Salmon is a satisfying entree that feels and tastes good almost anytime of year. During the warm weather months I’m likely to make a quick, easy green salad and toss it with a little homemade vinaigrette. Now that it’s cooler I serve salmon with a hot green veggie like roasted asparagus spears. They cook at the same temperature in the oven. So you can have both going at the same time.
Some dishes are impossible without the carbs. They require sugar and flour to work. How can you possibly enjoy a cookie or pastry without carbs? Don’t tell me about soy flour. I’ve tried. It’s pretty gross.
When I’m making them at all I choose organic ingredients – so at least they’re real. Sure, my weight probably will inch up on the scale the next day – but at least I’m not putting weird, fake stuff in my body. Think about how often you buy a bag of sugar or flour. Once every few months? Why not splurge just a little on the best. After all, you’re only spending those extra $2-3 bucks or so a few times a year.