Beating the bland blahs of my Slique diet program has made me into a creative tapas chef. “Tapas” are from the Spanish cuisine which are small plates of delicious food that are eaten not as a meal, but as Pooh would say – “just in time for a little smackerel of something”. Having very small bits of superb savory or sweet snacks keeps the taste buds happy, and that part of your brain that says “ahhhhhhh” when you eat something goooooood.
Important to remember – You can extend the psychological pleasure of eating if you 1) take smaller bites, and 2) chew them very slowly, and 3) concentrate on being in the moment and enjoying your eating.
put a leaf of butter lettuce or a small bed of lettuce bits on your plate.
Spoon 1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce or relish (no sugar added) on lettuce.
Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans on top.
Add 2 sections of tangerine, tangelo, or clementine.
put out 3 small scoops type corn chips
spoon Black bean and corn salsa into chips
Put away chips and salsa into cabinet and go into another room to eat.
New Orleans Rice
I make up a batch of Zaterains rice and portion it into small storage containers. I am experimenting with what can go with it.
If I was really ambitious I would make a batch of HEALTHY rice pudding. Failing that, I buy the pudding in individual cups from the market.
With a cup of rice pudding, I will add 2 or 3 cinnamon crisp crackers.