It's not been easy, but it's not been unbearable either. There are definitely things I've missed. Say...chips, ice cream, cheese. I really was starting to miss sour cream (which we used to buy in extra large Daisy tubs from Costco). Then I discovered Greek yogurt is a fine, actually better, alternative.
So I'm getting through this so far and, as a bonus, eating healthier.
Tonight I really thought I'd have trouble. I'd planned to serve a family favorite, Korean beef (fish for me). But as the meal came together, I think my plate was the best.
The sides made the meal, at least for me.
Instead of the beef, I quickly pan fried some lightly seasoned tilapia as we were ready to plate and sit down.
To get a hearty meal out of the skimpy fillets, I served them with bibb lettuce for wrapping, ginger-infused basmati rice, and spicy sauteed spinach.
The spinach was fantastic and so was a sauce I whipped up based off of this recipe.
- Spinach, trimmed and washed
- 1 medium shallot, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp chili pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp shallots, chopped
- 1 tsp garlic, chopped
I'm kicking myself for not getting any pics of the bibb lettuce wraps. They were cute -- both the beef and fish versions -- and cut down on the need for utensils.