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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Operation No Carbs

My birthday is next month and there's a possibility I'll be spending it in the Caribbean. *happy dance* So to get ready for swimsuit season, I decided to cut out as many non-fiber carbs as is possible and healthy. My body loves carbs, hates being off carbs, so I knew this was going to be the textbook definition of "easy."


Day 1 was yesterday. I borrowed liberally from the Atkins recipe database, as well as my own smarts. Since I'm slightly allergic to egg whites, I need to stay away from the egg-heavy Atkins menu plans. For lunch I made my own Caesar dressing, plopped a bag of Dole Classic Romaine Salad, and then topped it with the pièce de résistance: sardines. (Yeah, classic Caesar has anchovies, which I thought I had in the pantry, but it turns out they were sardines instead. So I went with it.)

 It was literally a piece of resistance. I had to choke those fishies down with visions of a tropical beach front and center in my mind.

Much like this:

Hello, paradise.

The recipe for Faux-Caesar Dressing follows. (Original is here.) I accidentally left out the olive oil, added too much hot sauce, and totally forgot about the anchovy paste. Also, 3 garlic cloves was way too many. Learn from my mistakes. One of which was pretending I could eat sardines without choking.

Faux-Caesar Dressing
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
2 shots sriracha sauce (to taste)
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese

1. In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together.
2. Toss lettuce with dressing until evenly coated. Divide on plates; top with a sardine.
3. Try not to choke.

Opeartion No Carbs is, thus far, a dubious success. Onto Day 2...

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