Good Friday to you all! Well, it's not that Good Friday, but I think you all know what I mean. Anyhoona, let's get down to business.
If any of you have read my soul sister Aunt Bossy's blog, you will know she recently (lovingly-ish) slammed my Foodie Fridays. She seems to think that 1 1/2C of olive oil in a given recipe is simply too much. Well, I agree. And today I am going to share with you a recipe that is good for you, nutritious and delicious!!
Are you dying from anticipation? I knew you were.
7 whole fennel bulbs, bushy greenery removed
1 small bag medium size carrots
1/2 A jillion artichoke hearts
Several hard boiled eggs, slice in a beautiful fashion
25 Stalks of asparagus (if you can stomach it)
1. Purchase vegetables from your favorite market.
2. Clean and slice them any way you like that looks pretty.
3. Boil them in plain water until you can get your teeth through them.
4. Pile them high on a platter. The bigger the better.
5. Forgo the dip.
6. Look at it and feel the pounds melting away!!
Now, let me tell you the secret.
(It's so simple!)
Buy vegetables you and others don't like! Who has ever seen this kind of veggie tray? Normally they are piled high with tempting vegetables everyone loves, and a huge bowl of some sort of calorie-laden dip that packs on the pounds. In this version, when you ensure you like only one of the items, you are calorie home-free! You won't eat much (if anything) and you won't feel guilty before bed!
I know, I'm a genius.
Now, onto dessert.
- 1 cup okara (soybean meal)
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup carob chips
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, pistachios, or chopped walnuts
1. Throw all this stuff together in a bowl and mix it up. (Carob, seeds and nuts last.)
2. Drop onto baking paper-lined sheets.
3. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
There's an understated beauty to this recipe as well. Who has ever heard of Okara? And who will actually pay the thousand dollars a pound it's sure to cost? Also, carob isn't a regular grocery shop item. You'll have to trek to the next county to find it. So, if you want to lose weight and feel great, then keep dessert recipes in your house that you will never make!
And if you absolutely WILL make them, but were hoping for something a little more chocolatey, then (Mary M) I suggest you eat a square of Hershey's chocolate after each cookie. How's that sound? Easy-peasy!
I promise next week I will be back to the original kind of recipes. This week was just too good to pass up. Thanks for bearing with me, and thanks for checking out Foodie Friday, even though it may send you to an early grave. Have a happy weekend!