What are your New Year's resolutions? Do you make them? My dad has the same one every year... not to eat chitlins. I've never known him to eat a chitlin, so I guess he's doing pretty good meeting his goals.
I love new beginnings and make lists of things I want accomplish, places I want to visit, people I want to see, it can get a bit overwhelming.
This year the goal is simple. Very simple. To eliminate simple sugars from my meals. Sugar causes inflammation and lately I've been experiencing inflammatory arthritis in my left pointer finger. Not a good situation for a painter. Thank goodness I'm not left-handed!!
The first hurdle was to eliminate Coca-cola from my life. This was not simple. It's a daily struggle. I'm using a little Neuro-linguestic programming to convince myself it's toxic poison to stay away from it.
The next hurdle was to reduce processed foods that have lots of hidden sugar. Most of my recipes I"m replacing Stevia for the sugar or finding other spices and flavors to replace the sugar.
One of my favorite recipes is for Tzatziki Sauce, a greek yogurt salad dressing, dipping sauce and all around tasty treat.
You'll need a cup of Greek Yogurt, a cucumber, a lemon, garlic, dill weed, freshly ground sea salt and black pepper.
First, peel and grate your cucumber.
Add the yogurt, zest from the lemon, and the juice from half the lemon.
Next add about a teaspoon of grated garlic. I purchase the garlic that is already grated and packaged in olive oil. Also add Dill Weed to taste. I like a lot.
I was going to serve it over a salad with chicken, but decided to use it as dipping sauce for the chicken and sauteed fresh asparagus with olive oil, garlic, and sea salt for a side.