My colleague turned me onto a bit of brilliance.
You see, I generally try to keep it respectable during the week since it’s so obscene and offensive on the weekends.
By “it,” I mean my food choices.
This means that I try to keep my mid-week lunches relatively healthy and low fat. This can be challenging, considering that I work in the Financial District with that little tart (I kid, I’m sure she’s lovely) serving sample pizza slices outside that one lunch locale conveniently located RIGHT around the corner from my office (STOP HANDING THEM TO ME!!!! I WILL EAT THEM!!!!). Anyway, I grapple with lots of temptations and a lack of time to prep much of anything during the week, so simple and healthy food when possible is a requirement.
Meet the crudité platter.
(I took this picture on my office floor…because I’m cool like that. Don’t be jealous of my wicked photography skills.)
You are seeing this correctly. It is a platter of sliced squash (raw), celery, carrots and toast. All cuddling together around the scoop of garlic and chive hummus.
Of course that’s not all. What do you take me for, a waif?
I dipped the vegetables and toast in this:
Beef chili from a local deli (Rebecca’s Cafe, as referenced on the soup cup). I went for the Mix ‘N Match. If you have never dipped vegetables in chili, you should really drop what you’re doing and get on that ASAP. Chili makes everything better.
And let’s face it. When it’s winter spring in Massachusetts, it’s nice to eat something warm.
So the best part about this situation is that it’s versatile. (I suppose you could call it a lettuce-less salad, but I tend to separate salads and stuff that you dip…and eating a salad every day is Boring with a capital B.) Some variations include:
- Your favorite cut up vegetables (I tend to switch it up with squash, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers and cucumbers) with toast, hummus and falafel.
- Toast spread with something fun (like an herbed cream cheese or Whole Foods spinach artichoke dip that only has 30 calories a serving <—delicious), some hummus for dipping and a cup of soup.
- Don’t laugh, but I really like those Hidden Valley Ranch dip packets. I HATE HATE HATE bottled dressing, and it’s impossible to find edible ranch dressing up here. These packets mixed with light sour cream are the closest thing I can find to REAL ranch dressing…and yes, I know that’s sad. Anyway, it’s great on vegetables.
- The usual vegetables and hummus served with toast smothered in cottage cheese mixed with low sugar strawberry jam.
The possibilities are endless, but the process is short. Cut favorite vegetables. Toast bread. Slop favorite dressing/dip onto plate. Add anything extra that tickles your fancy. Eat.
Then, for God’s sake, go eat something with sugar in it to reward your exemplary behavior