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Lightening Up

Posted Jan 05 2010 6:15pm
If your holidays were anything like mine, there was duck, turkey, chicken, shrimp, cream, butter, cookies, flourless chocolate cake, egg nog, gluten free pasta, cheese platters, short ribs and too many other food stuffs to count. I've already declared this week a cocktail (and beer and wine, for that matter) free week and I'm lightening up my meals, too. I know many people who do a full fledged post-holiday detox, but for me, focusing on fresh ingredients, smaller portions and generally less butter is enough for me. It is still winter, after all. From personal experience, I can declare it very, very, very cold on the East Coast and the Midwest doesn't look much better.

When I did a quick online search for quick and easy as well as low calorie dinner recipes, I kept running across steak paired with a salad. Keep the portions small and its a surprising low calorie and delicious meal that is fast to make after a long day back at the office. This week I'll make flank steak with an arugula salad topped with pomegranate seeds and orange slices. Last week, at one of our celebratory family meals, there was grilled London Broil topped with a tomatillo salsa accompanied by a fresh green salad, avocado and a hard boiled egg. Throw some red quinoa in for a whole grain, and you've got a balanced meal that is big on flavor but refreshing enough to chase away that holiday bloat. You don't have to go cold turkey into the smoothie and salad routine, either. What's your favorite way to lighten up after the holiday season?
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