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Are you feeling food fatigued? Tired of the same baked chicken and green beans?

Or having a deli meat and cheese rollup for lunch for the 3rd week straight, perhaps?

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and lose creativity in meals. What’s hard about food fatigue, the temptations starting looking even more tempting.

Finding variety in your diet is imperative to long-term compliance and weight management. Don’t be afraid to change it up a bit! Flavor is key in keeping meals new and exciting. Although we need to be mindful in our use of condiments, there are some low calorie options that used sparingly still provide a lot of flavor.

A couple easy ideas I came up with today are more focused on the Italian flavors. Marinating chicken or shrimp in a pesto sauce sounds as exciting as it really is! Below is an easy recipe to make some at home. Making at home helps you to keep an eye on the oil content (many store bought varieties can pack a powerful calorie punch) and you can change up the flavors as you’d prefer.

Another thought is to use a bruschetta recipe on your steak, chicken, or fish (instead of a baguette). Again, there are several different versions and recipes (the one below I pulled off www.allrecipes.com) so you can adapt it to your tasting. Give these toppings a shot! Use sparingly and save leftovers for another dish!

 

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe (simplyrecipes.com)

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (again…measure closely)

1/3 cup pine nuts

3 medium sized garlic cloves

salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine basil and pine nuts in a food processor, pulse a few times.

2. Add garlic, pulse a few times more.

3. Slowly add olive oil in a constant stream with food processor on.

4. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor.

5. Add the parm cheese and pulse again. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Double Tomato Bruschetta Recipe (allrecipes.com)

6 roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes

3 cloves minced garlic

2 Tbsp Olive oil (ahem…measuring well mind you)

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup fresh basil, stems removed

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

Shredded mozzarella cheese

1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients together. Allow mixture to sit for at least 10 minutes.

2. Spoon a small amount onto desired meat, and then stop with shredded cheese. Put in the broiler until cheese is melted.

3. Strange as it may seem, also good served cold! OR use it on leftover chicken for a different spin on your leftover meal.

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