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It seems like my life is beginning to organize itself around our special Friday night dinners. These days, I’m gladly sticking with recipes from Clean Start by Terry Walters because I’m continually blown away by the results I’m getting from this cookbook. The three Clean Start dishes below are all amazing. Terry’s delicious recipes are all uber-healthy, but not all super low calorie, so balancing them out with low calorie salads and raw veggies on weeknights is important for me. But on Friday nights I relax a little, and here’s what that looks like for me:
Challah with Clean Start‘s Carrot Cashew Miso Spread
Trader Joe’s unfiltered grape juice
Organic Energy Chana Dal Soup (picked it up from the restaurant this afternoon)
Clean Start‘s Deep Dish Greens with Millet Amaranth Crust
Simple Baked Tofu with Tamari
Clean Start‘s Cocoa Brownies
Whew! That’s a lotta food! Why does it seem that way to me? Because weeknight dinners, for the most part, have become completely uneventful affairs in my house. I work full time, for one. And secondly, I have found that keeping dinner really simple has helped me to maintain my weight loss. Yeah! Less stress and an easier time with the scale. It’s a win-win situation.
Contrast this with the home I grew up in, where a friend jealously remarked, “Every night is Thanksgiving at the Schkolnick’s.” My mom has spent the greater part of her life in the kitchen, something I envy, as I too inherited the cooking gene. Everything in my household growing up seemed homemade. Mom even went through a make-your-own-yogurt phase. Much to my sugar-lovin’ chagrin, there were no Devil Dogs in my house, well, that’s not totally true. I think they made an appearance once. But they were kept in the freezer. I think my mom thought that it might help me eat them slower. Not!
Anyway, back to the fabulous Clean Start Dinner.
What was dinner like in your home growing up? Are things different in the home you live in now?