God, what *don't* I eat?
Lately I've been eating a lot of fish. The Joy of Cooking roasted salmon recipe is great, and super-simple. You just melt a little butter and olive oil together in a pan (1T of each) and then pour half of it in a shallow roasting pan, put in a pound of salmon, skin side up, and pour the rest of the butter/oil over it, then top with salt and pepper. Bake for 5 minutes at 500 degrees, flip the fish and bake for roughly 5 minutes more. Gotta check it carefully during that second period because you don't want to overcook it; fully-cooked salmon will still be somewhat translucent in the center, kind of like a cut of steak cooked to medium-rare will still be red in the middle.
I eat a lot of chicken, too. The other night I made a Thai green curry with chicken I got off my friend's cooking blog, and it came out really well:http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000130.html
It looks kind of intimidating with all the various ingredients, but I just omitted what I couldn't find (krachai, for example, I don't think I've ever seen in my life) and it came out quite well. And it was easy to make! Just chop up all the curry paste ingredients really fine, put them in a blender with some water, then cook the chicken in some coconut milk with some of the paste in it, add veggies, and serve over rice. A serving of that over a half-cup of brown rice is a filling dinner with good fats, lots of protein, and healthy whole-grain carbs and can still be well under 600 calories.
If you're really in a hurry, or for convenience, you could buy store-bought prepared green curry paste and make the whole meal in no time, easily cook the curry in the time it takes to cook the brown rice.
I guess this is less of a "recipe", technically, but during the day I eat a lot of sandwiches. My staple at work is either peanut butter or cashew butter with banana on toasted whole wheat, but at home I make more involved stuff. I just pick a bread (either whole wheat or whole-grain seed bread), a protein (either sliced turkey or chicken or sometimes slabs of tofu pan-fried with spices), and the load it up with veggies, maybe a little cheese or avocado, and a low-calorie spread, usually deli mustard. Some recent favorites are:
- Maple turkey with sliced apple, melted sharp cheddar, and spicy mustard on whole wheat
- Sliced chicken with mustard and a pile of veggies -- sliced onions, tomatoes, carrots, celery, spinach, whatever I can find.
It's an easy way to get a lot of nutritional veggies and feel like I'm eating a really big meal and still keep calorie intake down, since you can pile veggies on a sandwich a foot thick and still the calories really just come from the bread, meat, and cheese.