Let Them Eat Crispbread

I'm glad folks enjoyed the MSN article. And just so you know, I didn't come up with that Queen of Diet Blogging title! I would never dare to refer to myself in such lofty terms.

Obey

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As predicted, last week's mega loss (4.5lb) did not stick. Once my appetite returned things levelled out again. I was 2lb up this week which means 2.5lb down over two weeks which is more indicative of my efforts. I'm happy with that, woo!

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SALAD! It's what makes you skinny. Unless it's an unhealthy salad. Did you know there is a salad in Britain called Savoury Cheese, which basically means grated cheddar mixed with mayonnaise. They really stretch the definition here. You can get it on a bread roll or perhaps plopped atop a baked potato.

But back to the skinny salads. This week I am obsessed with this Carrot Salad that I got from a Weight Watchers cookbook. Say what you will about the twin dubyas, but in my opinion they consistently come up with the most innovative diet-friendly recipes. I couldn't be bothered fetching the cookbook, but here's a brief rundown.

JAPANEASY CARROT SALAD

Serves 4

  • Grate 4-5 big fat carrots
  • Chop up a wee bunch of coriander (cilantro if you're American).
  • Throw it all into a bowl with
    • 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
    • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
    • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
    • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Mix it all up and eat. Serves 4!

I was out of pumpkin seeds so used extra sunflowers. I also added the juice of one lime to zing it up a little. It tastes so refreshing and vaguely Japanesey! We had it with tuna steaks and steamed new potatoes.

Why is this not on my cooking blog? Because that's on hiatus while I write that stinking book. Which is on hiatus for ten minutes while I write this entry :)

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20 thoughts on “Let Them Eat Crispbread

  1. Alton Brown (American TV chef) uses a Y-shaped veggie peeler to create long strips of carrot, the length of the entire carrot — “noodles” if you will. (I love it when folks claim that veggies will replace pasta — as if!) I thought this might be a fun variation for you and would go well with the Asian flavor of the dish…which I’ll have to try pronto!

  2. There is a whole mentality of thinking if food is cold, it must be healthy – like Caesar Salad! That cheese salad sounds kinda yum in a trashy way though!

  3. go the cheese salad, mmm mmmm i say that on top of a nicely bbq’d sausage with some rosella would go down a real treat!!!

  4. Awesome article dude – you certainly are ‘da queen!’ It is so strange seeing that photo of you – I almost didn’t recognise you. It certainly puts your whole journey into perspective. I have this image of you from when I saw you last October. Svelte, relaxed and HAPPY (with a gorgeous Scot on your arm)!

  5. Congratulations on a great article – you deserve every acolade that is thrown your day. Thanks for the salad recipe – something to add to the list when summer finally hits Australia :)

  6. Pete – I will have to show Gareth that Gorgeous Scot bit… he should be chuffed with that :)

  7. ROFL @ that image! I love it! My best work is nowhere near as impressive.

    And ARGH to unhealthy salads – my Mum once made this beautiful tuna, potato, lettuce and spring onion salad and I scoffed the whole thing down when my Mum said, “Oh by the way, that had 2 cups of oil in it”. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor!

    I can’t wait to try that salad, it sounds fantastic! I somehow conned my Mum into making a vegetarian lasagna (kidney beans, pumpkin, feta cheese, spinach and broccoli in between the lasagna sheets) and I don’t think anyone realised that there was no meat to be had. Way-hey!

  8. Salad rocks. (And BTW I’ve always thought so – I just always thought chocolate rocked as well…)

    Anyway in this stifling heat (it’s been over 30 in London for weeks…) salad is the only thing to eat in the evenign although Dan threw a wobbly last night with 3rd side salad in a row.

    My home grown fav is: handful of grated carrot, shredded round lettuce or the little gem lettuce leaves, half a handful of sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes, about 50g of feta cheese crumbled with a drizzled dressing of balsalmic vinegar and good oil. Yummy.

  9. Ha! I like the idea of having a hiatus from your hiatus. (I’ll have to claim to be having a house-painting hiatus…)

  10. I, too, loved the article and your graphic – perhaps that should become part of the masthead for your site? :-)

  11. Best to leave the queen business to the experienced fake royalty. I’ve been a fake monarch for almost a decade now and the fake responsibilities of ruling a fake kingdom are quite taxing.

  12. I just read an article about a study that found folks who eat 3 cups of salad before a meal (made with lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber and low-fat dressing) ate approximately 100 calories less during the meal than folks who didn’t eat the salad.

    So salads make great appetizers AND great meals if you’re trying to lose weight.

    But, yeah, unhealthy salads are terrible. I’ve often seen people at a salad bar, loading up on meat, cheese, full-fat dressings, croutons, chow mein noodles, bacon bits, etc.–and then they sit down at the table and tell me how “healthy” they’re eating.

  13. I just read an article about a study that found folks who eat 3 cups of salad before a meal (made with lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber and low-fat dressing) ate approximately 100 calories less during the meal than folks who didn’t eat the salad.

    So salads make great appetizers AND great meals if you’re trying to lose weight.

    But, yeah, unhealthy salads are terrible. I’ve often seen people at a salad bar, loading up on meat, cheese, full-fat dressings, croutons, chow mein noodles, bacon bits, etc.–and then they sit down at the table and tell me how “healthy” they’re eating.

  14. You rather suit that crown. And frankly, our present Queen is getting on a bit, and the heir isn’t very impressive, so…

  15. Midnight Raider – there is no need to be derogative about people who say they are eating healthy when they haven’t actually made the best choices, they may not actually know that…. You’d be surprised how many people think they know what to do to lose weight but actually have it all wrong, in the case of weight loss I really do believe ignorance is an excuse, I speak from experience!

  16. Okay I must butt in here again to say ROFL at Isabelle’s comment! I actually did burst out laughing out loud, so much that the members of the family had to rush from wherever they were to figure out what had happened. Classic!

  17. Hey, you should be honoured by your title :) You deserve it!!!
    The salad sounds good, except for the coriander part (eugh)