Like the rest of the world, I'm going on a diet starting January 3rd. (Not the 1st or the 2nd, because that's still technically vacation. duh.) So, in preparation for the days of portion control and carrot sticks ahead, I'm focusing my efforts on blocks of cheese, a tub of holiday popcorn large enough to feed a small village, chocolate and wine. It's a diet that's really easy to stick with. It takes pretty much zero determination. If you tell yourself that popcorn (despite being covered in caramel) is in fact a vegetable, it's even easier to stay on track. This diet does require some exercise though, or else even sweatpants can get uncomfortable. Even a brisk walk to your next meal counts for something. (If you have a Forever Lazy adult onesie, you should be fine if exercise doesn't fit in with your holiday plans.) A significant other that's on the same diet is key to success.
Pre-diet Diet Essentials include:
Parrano Cheese (sold at most supermarkets)
Fig Spread - I love this kind sold at Whole Foods
Chocolate every 2-3 hours, or as needed
A visit to a grandparent's home for meals and unending snacks
limited edition oreos (they're covered in white chocolate!)
Meatball subs (I made baked chicken meatballs so it's not a total loss, right?) Recipe below:
Baked Chicken Meatballs
1 pound of ground chicken breast
3/4 cup of breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of olive oil
dash of salt, pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon of parsley
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. You may need to use your hands to really mix well.
Spritz a baking sheet with Pam. Place your balls (ok, grow up people) on the sheet. I make them pretty small, 2-3 bites each. Drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle paprika on top. Bake for about 26 minutes.
Place the balls on a delicious roll, top with good tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese.
What are you feasting on this week? Any healthy snack recs for 2012?
PS - I had kale this week. So that makes the rest of this totally fine. right?