Last night, my husband and I created a six week competition. It’s based on things that we both feel we would like to add to our lives, better eating habits, consistent exercise routine, affirmations, (and blogging) etc. The rules of the game reward you for each positive habit you execute. There is also a BIG prize for the winner. I do want to WIN! I want the prize, the title and the gratification! I’m diving in- giving this competition my all. I am considering a strategy. As the “chef” of the house I am in an interesting position. I’ve seen it before- those calculated players, the ones that set up their opponents, doing anything possible to see the other person fail. I’m not that kind of person. So even though I am in charge of our meals and the competition does have a weight loss category, I intend to play fair and do whatever I can to make our low calorie meals as delicious as possible.
This is quite a challenge. I learned quickly that if you wrap anything in puff pastry, dose it with butter or smother it with mayonnaise, it will taste amazing! Not the ideal recipe for a healthy diet and weight loss. So, my side challenge is to create a myriad of luscious, delectable low calorie meals that not only help my husband and I drop some LB’s but that will also keep us excited enough to make it through the six weeks.
Tonight’s menu includes my take on Armenian eggplant caviar- a thick puree of roasted, eggplant, garlic, red peppers and tomatoes. Served with crisp oven dried pita- the dip is thick and smoky ready to be dipped and licked. Then I mixed cumin, garlic, parsley, onion and basil with ground turkey molded them on a stick and seared them in a pan. The sexy sauce for the Turkey Lu Lu is Tzatziki. Together it is quite the delectable dinner. Eating with your hands and fingers is a super sexy turn-on. Our eyes dart from the plate to the mouth, taking in the teeth, tongue and lips. The more your mind sets on ruby red lips and pink tongues- the more one’s desire is elevated. Watch out- a meal like this just might lead to additional cardio! I suppose my only strategy now is to double up on the cardio!