Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Are You a Big Loser?

By Deb

My husband and I were browsing in our favorite bookstore when I stumbled across another cookbook (for the record we have about 70 cookbooks, but who's counting). I had to have it. I spent the next three weeks cooking almost exclusively from it. Mainly because every single recipe was to-die-for scrumptious. The second reason was because it promised I'd lose weight.

My husband was in heaven. I made him breakfast, something he rarely got from me. I sent him to work with a lunch bag (unheard of on my part, but well received on his), and at night he could look forward to a wonderfully prepared dinner.

I can't recommend it enough. Buy this book. Cook from this book.We are never hungry. All the recipes are low in salt, but you'd never know it.

Here's a healthy snack from the book. Serve it with celery sticks or make deviled eggs with it.

Creamy Hummus

3 cups of cooked chickpeas (approx 30 oz.)
1/2 cup warm water (may need a little more)
3 T. lime juice
1 T. tahini (I didn't have this, left it out, and still yummy)
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 T. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
2+ T cilantro

Mix all but the cilantro in a blender until creamy. Stir in the cilantro.
NOTE: It appears from early comments that we have anti-hummus readers in the audience (gasp!),so here's another simple recipe from the book: Dessert - any flavor frozen yogurt with blackberries on top.  Now, back to the story.
So I cooked and walked a mile or two almost every day and practiced yoga.

Meanwhile, my husband sat at the computer, playing games and eating.

Who do you think was the biggest loser?  growl, snarl, show teeth.
I lost......four pounds.
He lost....twelve.

What's the story with that? Life really isn't fair.

BTW, he looks really hot!


Mardel said...

You had me, well almost - until you wrote Hummus. Sorry, but, gross; to me anyway, love it all you want - :)

Men ALWAYS lose weight faster than women. I think is primal. Another reason could be because all their manly muscles (even if they're hidden under a huge stomach, lol) burn more calories than our smaller, more delicate muscles. So frustrating!

Dru said...

Isn't that the way - eat the same food and men will lose more weight doing less exercise.

Yeah, I'm not so fond of hummus.

Anonymous said...

Hummus, really really love it. Sorry Mardel and Dru, I had to write this after I saw your comment.
Never had hummus before until a friend introduced it to me, hummus made from organic chickpeas with olive oil. Mmm... I became a huge fan. That hummus recipe sounds great, I'll have to try it out soon. And the cookbook as well. Although, I haven't cooked anything for months though, since now my sister-in-law does all the cooking, and she's a really good cook. Oh well, I always could do it over the weekends.
About losing weight, well, I'm reminded of a Cathy comics long time ago of Cathy and her boyfriend (now husband) trying to diet and lose weight. Correction, Cathy dieting and exercising and trying hard to lose weight but not quite succeeding, then the boyfriend drinking water for lunch (or something like that), and immediately losing all the excessive weight. And Cathy saying to her female friend, "I'm going to go to the kitchen and eat cookies now."
Thanks for the great blog Deb.

Hummus lover

Deb Baker said...

A hummus controversy! Interesting. And great story about Cathy, hummus lover.

Ellery Adams said...

I love hummus. I like to serve it with pita triangles and slices cucumbers topped with feta cheese and black olive topenade.

Lover of Books said...

Well in my house hold, I seem to lose it faster unless it is due to stres and then he loses it faster. With a nursing 6 month old, I have lost a ton of weight. Now just to keep it off. :) I have the biggest loser food scale and LOVE it!

I bought it for when I had gestational diabetes. I am glad you lost weight bummer that it wasn't more but you'll get there. :)


Aryn said...

Ellery Adams - when can I come over? That sounds like the perfect meal to me.

signlady217 said...

I think "diet" is a four-letter-word. Like an embroidered pillow I once saw: "Every time I say the word 'diet' I have to wash my mouth out with chocolate!"

Good luck to all who are trying to slim down. I know it's not easy.

Andrea C. said...

Men suck when it comes to this. I will be struggling and working so hard for weeks to loose weight and my husband will get on the scale and say wow - I have lost about 15 pounds - mind you he was not even dieting. Errggg!!
I feel your pain and I am going to check this cookbook out for sure!

Vicki said...

I love hummus, but sadly hubby does not...hubby is a very picky eater. It sounds like a great book...I need to get back into walking so this gives me a small jolt of inspiration!

Maggie Sefton said...

Check how much starch is involved in that diet. Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, muffins/bagels. After "une certaine age" most women's bodies react differently to the starch carbs. In other words, they gain weight faster. The more starch and sugar carbs, the more weight. Oh, and a LOT of yogurts are full of sugar. Just an alternative view. :)

Deb Baker said...

Not much starch in this one and if there is it's whole grain, brown rice, etc, and in small quantities.

Heather said...

I love hummus too. I like all sorts of flavors of it. I make my own as well and the recipe is very similar to the one posted. A note on tahini, I did not know what it was at first either and did not know where to buy it. It is a traditional ingredient in hummus. It basically is ground sesame seeds made into a paste. You can buy it at most local grocery stores or an Health Food Markets.

Heather Webber said...

Once I got over the texture of hummus, I liked it. Love the flavors. Sounds like a great cookbook--I'm always looking for healthier recipes.

Kris said...

Maybe it was because you were walking and doing yoga..which was strengthening your you probably replaced the fat with muscle? He was just sitting on his bum.