I have been trying to change my diet, everyone’s really. I would like to lose some weight but have permanently renounced diet food, which brings me to The Full Plate Diet. Oh my goodness, what a great, healthy, encouraging, and practical way to shed pounds! Making sure you have 40 grams of good fiber in your diet every day is a challenge, as is drinking 10 glasses of water. But I can’t tell you how much better we all feel already. Whole grain breads, salads twice a day, several kinds of fruits and vegetables on our plates for each meal. Ten “non diet food” pounds down…I will keep you posted.
The only one in the family who has complained, somewhat, has been grandma, the one in the family with the biggest sweet tooth. She would rather have pie than asparagus. I have been experimenting with roasting all sorts of veggies, making them the centerpiece of each meal. Here is one of our favorites:
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
6 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” cubes
2 yellow or white onions, thinly slices
2 Tbs. minced garlic
1 Tbs. whole dried sage
1 Tbs. dried parsley
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
Drizzle olive oil in bottom of 9 X 13 pan. Add potatoes, onions, and garlic, toss to coat. Sprinkle with sage, parsley, salt, and pepper. Roast in oven at 375 degrees until vegetables are tender. Delicious served with roast chicken or pork chops.
I had bananas getting too ripe on the counter yesterday and remembered I had this recipe filed away so I decided to try it. Grandma was thrilled. It is not a healthy recipe but it sure was yummy!
Banana Caramel Nut Cakes
1 1/2 sticks softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
4 ripe, mashed bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup caramel ice cream topping
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Mash bananas and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar; add eggs. Mix dry ingredients and bananas into mix but don’t over mix. Stir in nuts and gently add caramel topping without mixing into the batter but leaving swirls. Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Makes 16 miniature banana nut caramel cakes. Can be dusted with powdered sugar or top with a thin powdered sugar icing. These are much richer than muffins and are really good served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle ice cream with nutmeg and cinnamon for an extra tasty treat!