Thursday, February 7, 2013

Emergency diet engage!

Okay, okay.  Zach and I have gained a little weight over the course of the winter so far.  It's hard to have Christmas and New Years (eatin' holidays!) so close to my birthday (usually debauchery and plenty of sushi).  January 26 is also the anniversary of when we started dating, so we usually go out to eat for that.  My friend Anita visited, and that constituted several days of eating out, cooking big tasty meals, and travelling to Seattle where the restaurants are arguably as good as Portland's, if not better.  Most of the fun holidays are out of the way for now.  Valentine's day is the only possible one left.  I usually request not to get too much chocolate, though.

So now I'm trying to cook some healthy meals at home.  Many of the meals are going back to our vegetarian/meatless roots.  I've slowly added chicken and other meat twice a week or less.  Today I made this: Chicken and Feta Tabbouleh.  It takes regular tabbouleh and adds feta cheese (not so unusual) and chicken.  It needs to chill for a few hours, but I took a sneak peek at the flavor for lunch, and I have to say it's a keeper.  In addition, the recipe calls for pre-cooked chicken, so I bought half a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store.  The bonus is that I used all the nice-looking white meat to make the salad, and got to snack on the dark meat while cooking.  Yum.

I cut the amount of tomatoes way down since they aren't really good at this time of year.  I left out the cumin, too.