Let’s talk specifics.
Rock star body. I want one.
But as Chris ever so belligerently pointed out. That’s kind of an ambiguous statement.
Do I want an E! True Hollywood Where Are They Now? rock star body? Are we talking Steve Tyler who, though thin, is kind of haggard and flabby and not necessarily the picture of perfect health? If so. I should probably consider putting on a few pounds. And start dropping acid like it’s 1999. (Which, coincidentally, was around the time when Aerosmith had it’s last hit single. So, all of this tongue-in-cheek business aside, this is probably a more accurate historical description than anyone truly cares to admit.)
Or am I thinking more along the lines of Shakira. Who has some of the more hard core abs that I’ve seen in my entire life. And man. Does she ever know how to use them.
Well, I’ll tell you. What I would really like is to fit into my old skinny jeans.
Rock stars wear skinny jeans. Right? Right.
And so once I fit into my skinny jeans. I will have a rock star body. Right? Right.
Logic. Gotta love it.
That’s a pretty lofty goal, though. So I’m sure most of you are saying to yourselves, “Okay, yes. But how?”
My biggest problem is that I have a sweet tooth. A major sweet tooth.
I can eat healthy all day long. I love vegetables, I love lean proteins, and I am majorly aware of portion control. I am also an exercise nut. So I’ve got that part down.
The problem comes when I think to myself, “Oh, I’ll only have one Hershey’s kiss. That’s not too bad.” And then, all of a sudden I find myself knee deep in little colored foil wrappers with no idea who I am or how I got there. This sound familiar to anyone else?
I’ve tried many times this past year to kick this habit. So what makes this time different? Well, they say it takes a village to raise a child. So I’m hoping that what I really need is a better support group.
Eat.Live.Be for a better 2011. A group of fifteen bloggers who are going to hold each other’s hands and hold each other accountable as we attempt to eat and blog our way to a healthier 2011. Every Monday we will post about a different theme as well as detail how we have progressed in achieving our own personal goals that week. This week’s theme is to share our goals. Mine – fit into skinny jeans while still eating deliciously healthy addictive food. (I am not going to share specific stats like my weight because far too many people in my personal life read this but I will be sharing pounds lost. So have no fear. You’ll get the details.)
The best part of this is – YOU can join in too! Feel free to post about your goals for the new year and link it up here! Also, next week’s theme is to write about your support community. Who are they? Where are they? What are they?
And here are a list of the other bloggers participating if you want to check out their posts on their goals today!
- Sarah Caron – www.sarahscucinabella.com
- Cate O’Malley – www.sweetnicks.com
- Maris Callahan – www.ingoodtasteblog.net
- Chris Arpante – www.melecotte.com
- Faith – www.clickblogappetit.com/
- Kristen –www.dineanddish.net
- Emily –http://andersonfamilycrew.blogspot.com/
- Jenna – FireMom –http://stopdropandblog.com/
- Joanne – https://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/
- Casey – http://www.thestarnesfam.com
- Patsy – www.friendsfamilyandfood.blogspot.com
- Tri-Fit Mom – http://trifitmom.blogspot.com/
- Claire from Cooking is Medicine. http://cookiedoc.blogspot.com/
- Allison from http://sweetflours.blogspot.com/.
- Jen from NJ Epicurean. http://www.njepicurean.blogspot.com/
The most critical part of working your way to a rock star body is the food. If you don’t kick your eating healthy routine into high gear, then you won’t see results. I swear it.
Thankfully, you can eat both healthy and delicious food. Simultaneously. This dish being the prime example. The sweet potatoes, which are simmered in a mix of honey and water are addictive. And their sweetness is balanced perfectly by the fresh flavored chickpea/spinach mix and the tangy lemon-yogurt sauce. If this is any indication of how delicious 2011 is going to be. Well, we are in for some rock star food along with some rock star bodies.
To which I can only say. Rock on.
Chickpeas and Spinach with Honeyed Sweet Potato
Serves 4 as a main, 6-8 as a side, adapted from Ottolenghi
A heaping cup of dried chickpeas
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
100 g baby spinach leaves
cilantro, to garnish
salt and black pepper
2 large sweet potatoes
700 ml water
1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz Greek yogurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
juice and grated zest of one lemon
1 tsp dried mint
1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl the night before you want to make them. Fill with enough cold water to cover the chickpeas by twice their height. Leave to soak overnight at room temperature.
2. The next day, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place them in a large saucepan and cover with plenty of fresh water Boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours. They should be totally tender but retain their shape. When they are ready, drain them in a colander and set aside.
3. Put the sweet potatoes in a wide saucepan with the water, butter, honey, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Turn them over half way through cooking to color evenly. Remove from heat and keep warm.
4. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, prepare the sauce for the chickpeas. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and add the onion, cumin seeds, and coriander seeds. Fry for 8 minutes, while stirring, until golden brown. Add the tomato paste. Cook for a minute while stirring. Add the tomatoes, sugar, and ground cumin. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Taste and season.
5. Stir the spinach into the tomato sauce. Add the cooked chickpeas. Mix together and cook for another 5 minutes. Taste again and adjust the season,.
6. Make the yogurt sauce by whisking together all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. To serve, spoon the warm chickpeas into a serving dish. Arrange the sweet potatoes on top and garnish with the cilantro. Spoon the yogurt sauce on top or serve on the side.