Prepared by Go Figure Chef David, here’s a delicious and fairly simple way to add veggies and good fats to your meal.
2 cups broccoli florets (steamed lightly, should be bright green but tender. Plunge
into cold water after steaming.)
1 cup artichoke hearts (packed in water, not oil preferably. If oil-packed is
available only, rinse first.)
2 cups olives (a mix of green, black and kalamata is nice, or whatever you have.)
½ cup thinly sliced sweet onion
Put cold broccoli and all ingredients in a bowl and toss with balsamic dip (recipe on next page.) Serve and enjoy!
Extra add-ins to choose from:
Herbs: fresh chopped basil, fresh rosemary
Veggies: cauliflower (prepare like broccoli), tomato, mushroom, peppers
Protein: turkey pepperoni, small pieces of cooked sausage
©David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2012
Holiday Treat: Chocolate Pudding
Pudding while losing weight? Okay, we know some of you will adhere strictly to the Go Figure eating protocol over the holidays. Bravo! You can save this recipe for Maintenance.
But we also know that a number of you will be making desserts for family and friends, and you just might want to have a teensy taste! This simple, but yummy, dish from Go Figure Chef, David, is for you.
Makes 3 small servings
¾ cup canned coconut milk (do not use lite)
¼ cup half and half
1 ½ Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp. sweetener, use any combination of the following: coconut sugar, agave, pure maple syrup, stevia (use no more than ½ dropper liquid or ½ tsp. powder)
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract (for vanilla pudding, leave out cocoa, and use 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
Sprinkle of salt
Blend all ingredients together in blender. Use non-stick pan if able; if using stainless steel, spray or lightly rub grapeseed oil around pan surface. Pour in ingredients and cook on medium heat. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Bring to a light boil and remove from heat. Adjust sweetness to taste. Let cool.
Served in a small dish with a little whipped cream and a sprinkling of shaved chocolate and unsweetened shredded coconut, it makes a pretty treat, and one that is significantly lower in calories and sugar than most desserts. Enjoy!
©David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2013