Monday, December 27, 2010

Best Laid Plans

..of mice and women bloggers! So, I had all intentions of posting some great ideas for keeping your slim and trim figure over the holidays, and look how far I got! One idea! Sweet potatoes! Sweet!
The holidays were like a freight train on iced rails, barely slowing down enough for me to get a good look at them! (OK, so New Years hasn't arrived yet, but I know how it's going to be...a blur!)
Over the break I did discover a new blog that I am very excited about. It's called The Pioneer Woman (www.thepioneerwoman.com), and it is so incredibly inspiring to me! She's living the country life that I sometimes dream about having but probably never will (total city girl at heart!), she is an amazing photographer, and she's really funny. Especially her blog posts about adventures in the kitchen and with her "Marlboro Man"-- husband and father of their 4 kids. Anyway, check it out; I think you will be inspired, too! Hmmm...New Year's Resolution....set up a chicken coop in the back yard???? You never know, this city girl might have a little country in her after all!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Healthy Holidays!

Part of an attempted series of posts highlighting yummy holiday food that won't make you fat.

Today, it's sweet potatoes. Now, if you want the fat-making version, load a bunch of brown sugar, butter and maybe even some marshmallows onto your sweet potatoes. Congratulations, you've just turned one of the healthiest foods on the planet into junk food!
I have to say, I don't understand adding sugar to sweet potatoes. It's like adding sugar to sugar. Sweet potatoes have LOTS of flavor and sweetness already; you just have to bring it out. I find the best way is to roast them. Roasting brings out the sugars and caramelizes them and they taste amazing! Just dice them into 1" cubes, toss in a little olive oil and salt and pepper, put in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, and you're done! VERY delish and loaded with vitamins!! Healthy food status remains intact!