Almost 3 months in and I’m still going strong. Life is good. Food is great!
Raku is the next restaurant to join The West End conglomerate. They call themselves an upscale Japanese fusion restaurant. The menu consists of traditional sashimi, hand rolled sushi, tempura, and some flavorful fish and chicken entrees. The prices are average for a sushi spot. Entrees aprox $20. The decor is extremely simple and cozy and I absolutely love the red chairs and fish dangling from the ceiling. Much sexier than their 50th & France location. I wish them well … especially being neighbors with the popular Crave, who has great sushi too by the way.
Salmon grilled on the panini grill. 8 minutes on med-high heat. Sautéed spinach with green olive tapenade (Trader Joe’s) … Topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Finding new ways to eat the same foods can be difficult. My mission continues. The struggle is real.
Chia seeds are great to add to yogurt or salads. Get the extra fiber you need. 6g per serving.
I do not use salt to season my food. Top your meats, eggs or salads with these items for maximum flavor. South American Salsa is from Costco, Chipotle Salsa, tapenade and satay peanut sauce are from Trader Joe’s.
Season meats with any seasoning of your choice. Try not to use salt. Use sea salt if you must (moderation). You can purchase the seasonings from anywhere. The house blend is from Target (Archer Farms). I use low sodium soy sauce to season spinach when I sauté it. I use cayenne pepper on everything; it taste great on eggs, yams and seafood.
On The 17 day diet, you will eat lots of salads. But you can not use salad dressing. I mix balsamic vinegar with dijon mustand, or olive oil with balsamic or use the light champagne vinaigrette from Trager Joe’sSince you will be axing sugar from your diet, you can use these sweeteners. Use Stevia In The Raw to sweeten tea or coffee, put in plain greek yogurt or to sweeten oatmeal. I like Stevia In The Raw because it is the closest taste to sugar. No calories. Use the unsweetened cocoa (or use cocao) if you need a chocolate fix. I add this to the greek yogurt with a packet of Stevia and it reminds me of a chocolate treat. Use agave if you do not care for the Stevia. But beware of the extra calories it has. The strawberry fruit jam is key to sweetening the plain yogurt. I use 2 TB (60 calories).
Sauté shrimp and scallops in 2 teaspoons EVOO. Season with garlic, cayenne pepper, house blend. Sauté spinach in one teaspoon EVOO, season with lite soy sauce, garlic, 21 Salute. Top with South American salsa (Costco). Plate and enjoy.