Archive for ‘Side Dish’

December 16, 2011

Veg and Dippity

Always volunteer to bring the veg to the party.  That way you know they’ll be a tray full of low calorie, high fiber, filling, and delicious foods to fill you up.  Pile your plate high with the veg and take smaller portions of the richer foods.  This philosophy will get you and your waistline through the endless holiday buffets, desserts, and special treats.


So to abide by my rule, I am bringing the veg and dip to the family Christmas gathering tomorrow. Today, when I got home from work I had fully intended to take the easy way out and make a little dip packet.  One of those just add mayo and sour cream deals.


I was really looking forward to a dill dip that I bought at Christkindlmarkt.  Turns out, I didn’t actually buy the dill dip!  I ended up buying curry spices, tomato and onion, and pumpkin dip.  Oops.


I was not giving up on my beloved dill though.  Next stop, spice shelves.  Obviously I grabbed dill, plus parsley, nutmeg and sea salt.  My overgrown chive plant also caught my eye.


Turns out, dip packets are totally unnecessary.  A little of this and a little of that and I had a fresh and delicious dip.  Plus, my chive plant is happier and ready to sprout some new growth.  Win-win!


Herb Dippity

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 grinds sea salt

Mix it up and dip away.


30 Minutes Activity:  Walking, even though it was the last thing I wanted to do on a Friday after dinner and drinks.  But I did it.  Winking smile

December 12, 2011

Beet It

That’s what I say to Monday!


I needed a nutrient charge this evening after a long Monday at work.  It’s good there were some beets in the fridge!  You can just tell by their vibrant color that they are nutrient packed.  They are a good source of Vitamin C, Iron, and Magnesium.  They are a very good source of fiber, folate, potassium, and manganese!  Plus, they’re full of antioxidants.  Good for fighting cancer, strong bones, keeping your heart healthy, and preventing birth defects.

These beets were previously rubbed with olive oil and alderwood smoked salt and wrapped in a tin foil pouch.  Then they were roasted at 400 degrees for  about an hour.  After they cooled their skins could be peeled right off.  I chopped them and stored them in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge.  They were ready to be added to salads, smoothies, side dishes, or whatever you can dream up.


Tonight they served as a nutrient rich side dish.

Sweet and Sour Beets

  • 3 beets, roasted, cooled, and cubed
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 cup honey

Simmer until beets are warm and enjoy!


30 Minutes Activity:  Heading to do a new yoga video now!  Smile

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