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The one where I make a healthy barbeque to show my family how it's done

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Dilemma: Parents (sicilian) coming with brother (heavy duty athlete, can eat anything due to that) to have a barbeque at our house, all kids included

Solution: Stick to diet, prove that you can eat your pants off with flavor and still keep it copacetic.


So I looked at recipes-- and frankly looked to make it healthy, yummy, and not avoid dessert. So I found this lamb burger with light tzatziki sauce, and these really cool "new england turkey burgers" with beer braised onions on them. Make them into sliders to cut the calories, make some good choices in the whole grain slider buns, and you're off to a good start. Add to that vegetables cooked on the grill, grilled portabella mushroom caps, a homemade cole slaw, light on mayo and with vegetables picked up from the local CSA, and plenty of side salad and you're golden.

And then, add this FANTASTIC berries with ricotta cream recipe from SparkRecipes and you're sitting on a dessert that clocks in at under 160 calories a serving.


And although my parents, complicated beyond all recognition, did not really notice my more than 20 pounds of weight loss since they last saw me, I was feeling good. During golf I was able to walk to my ball (yes. that's as far as I am able to hit it) and not feel winded (hot, since it was near 100, but not winded) and my health came back full force.

So, there it was, in the end of the day, with the three beers I had (yep, not ideal health wise, but tasty) I was still sitting very near my calorie goal.

I won't call it a home run, but I'd say we've got runners in scoring position.
and I'm proud to have not grazed all day or falling into the trap of overcooking for my family (a nasty sicilian trait)

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    Overcooking is a trait of a large Irish family too. Sounds like you planned ahead, which is huge! Keep up the good work.
    1649 days ago
    Great planning for the BBQ. Especially when it comes to cooking for la famiglia. (Piemontese girl here who suffers form that specific over-cooking malady myself.)
    1658 days ago
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