I realized that I use several general strategies to limit calories, even though I never count them. Here is one of my automatic methods – I do it automatically because I truly prefer to eat this way. Maybe you do too if you really think about it.
I really do not want a meal like the traditional Thanksgiving dinner – truthfully not even on Thanksgiving. Rather than the abundance of cheesy, gooey sides (candied yams, cheesy potato casserole, saucy green beans, stuffing . . . ) in combination with gravy drenched turkey, I would really prefer to have a simple baked potato and steamed green beans with my turkey and gravy. Potatoes and green beans that pick up a little bit of the loose puddle of gravy have just the right amount of flavor. A piece of simple pumpkin pie is a nice finale – with a little vanilla ice cream, of course!
In everyday terms, this way of thinking translates into dinners that include simple veggies with lasagna, or more elaborate sides like cheesy broccoli with a simple chicken breast or lean steak. In my opinion, one rich component of a meal is enough to satisfy the need for “tasty”.
Tonight I’m cooking, and I am practicing what I preach. The menu: lean beef tenderloin steaks with plain baked potatoes and Spaghetti Squash with Almonds. (click the link for the recipe). Confession: Since it’s Sunday, and the Packers are winning, I’m also making pumpkin pie!