After four weeks of winter, I feel flabby and slow. I don’t know what it is about the freezing cold weather, but come four o’clock, I NEED chocolate, big spoonfuls of Nutella or a few handfuls of chocolate chips, just keep me going until dinner time. Unfortunately, chocolate combined with being cooped up inside the house, unable to run outside, has resulted in my pants becoming a little too tight. Even my comfortable jeans are beginning to leave marks, and the thought of wearing sweatpants around the clock is sounding more and more appealing.
It’s time to take kick my chocolate habit, or at least take it down a notch. I’m challenging myself to a week without chocolate, cookies, or any dessert other than fruit. Today is day two. Yesterday was tough, I couldn’t pay attention to what anybody was saying without imagining how delicious a big chocolate truffle would taste melting in my mouth. Today was a little easier. I devoured a sweet grapefruit tonight and licked it my fingers when I was done. The tart sweetness was exactly what I was craving.
Cutting out desserts is my way of dieting. I don’t do it indefinitely, or the hopelessness would be too much. On Sunday I will allow myself a sweet treat. Believe me, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what it will be! I don’t change anything else about my diet. I still eat three meals a day, but I try to eat more fish and green veggies.
Two weeks from yesterday, my comfy jeans will be back to being comfy… I hope!
My Tasty Tuesday Recipe is a fish dish, but I don’t have pictures from the meal. Although it didn’t look pretty, it tasted great. We made skate which sounds daunting but is actually very easy. It’s also cheap, and tastes sweet like lobster. The texture is mild like flounder.
Skate in Brown Butter Caper Sauce
Skate Filets, deboned by your fish department
Butter (4 tablespoons)
1) Heat the pan on medium-high heat. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter and add skate. Cook 3-4 minutes on one side, and then flip. Cook for another 4 minutes, until no longer translucent on either side.
2) Remove skate from pan and place on plate.
3) Return pan to burner. Turn heat to high. Add 4 tablespoons of butter, swirling until melted. Scrape up bits of skate from pan into melted butter. Watch butter as it turns golden brown and emits a nutty odor. Add capers and take off heat.
4) Pour over skate and serve immediately.