Saturday, January 5, 2013

Weight Loss that Works - Tip #3

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and ordered a macro plate?  It's boring.  You get small piles of brown rice, beans, greens, sea veggies and vegetables.  Most things are not seasoned or seasoned badly, (why can't restaurants make sea weed taste good when it's really pretty easy?) so they usually will include a dressing. 

Eating the plain, mostly veggie plate, can feel good once in a while, but as a steady diet - it gets old.  The problem with that is, many people in their weight loss goals, try to stick to something like this for a long time and think that is the way to health.  It's the way to boredom and binges.  I used to wonder why so many macrobiotic teachers would teach all about the benefits of whole foods and then be drinking coffee, scarfing on sweets and many times, didn't look well.  Then I discovered many of them didn't have a good diet at all.  They were trying to be super strict and wound up with a spoon in the jars of peanut butter and brown rice syrup nightly. 

I also discovered that for many people, getting variety and fun into their diet, helps them eat less and stick to their goals.  I love to experiment and try things.  You may have wondered what I did with the rest of the daikon I blogged about yesterday?  I will make some cooked rounds tomorrow with the rest but first I decided to create daikon/scallion pancakes and they were delicious, fast and easy to do.  Since I was only cooking for myself, I did the braised butternut squash and parsley in the same pan as the pancakes. 

These amounts are for one person - multiply accordingly:

Daikon pancakes

3 inches of raw daikon, grated
1 egg
1/2 tsp. miso paste (or salt and pepper would be fine too.)
2-3 scallions, chopped
1/3 C. organic unbleached flour (use rice flour for gluten free)
oil for frying

You can grate the daikon right into the mixing bowl, add the green onion, miso paste and egg.  Beat with a fork a few times to mix in the egg but don't overmix.  Stir in the flour.  Use more flour if the batter is too thin.  (some daikon have more water than others)

Fry as you would any pancake flipping only once so as not to create a tough product.

Have fun with your food and it will help you to enjoy the food more and be able to feel satisfied with less quantity.

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