You want to know something I find interesting and troubling all at the same time? Every time I hear someone talk about how they lost weight on one diet or another, it always boils down to one thing: eating fewer calories. It’s not as if they discovered that eating while standing on your head miraculously converts your metabolism to a calorie burning powerhouse. They don’t secretly disclose that pouring Sriracha on your left foot ratchets up the amount of calories you can consume. (Although that would make for some tasty toes.) Nope. The secret to most diets boils down to one thing: finding ways to eat less without being hungry. It’s that hunger part that loses me every time. So, you want to know what my favorite diet trick is? Find ways to eat whole, healthy, naturally-low-calorie foods that keeps you full. (Rocket science, I know.) My favorite go-to filling but delicious recipe is Green Bean Pasta Al Fresco.
Look. Unless we want to be like Michael Phelps and swim at a high intensity level for 8 hours a day, it seems we’re all doomed to a moderately low calorie life. The human body is just too damned efficient.
But here’s he deal. Low calorie doesn’t have to mean low taste.
I know what you’re thinking. That Marly is a genius!
It’s ok. You can roll your eyes at me now. I’m used to it.
I love recipes with fresh ingredients.
I love recipes with fresh ingredients that are easy to make.
I love recipes with fresh ingredients that are easy to make and taste so good.
I love recipes with fresh ingredients that are easy to make and taste so good and keep me satisfied for hours!
I love recipes with fresh ingredients that are easy to make and taste so good and keep me satisfied for hours…and one step closer to finally wearing that bikini again.
OK. The bikini is a stretch, but a girl’s gotta dream!
As promised on Instagram yesterday, things are getting real. Sure, it’s nothing fancy, but it is a tried and true recipe that’s been part of my spring arsenal for years. Every time I need to shed a little bit of my winter weight, this is one of the recipes that gets me back on track.
OK. Confession time. Sometimes I make the batch and eat the entire thing myself…at one sitting! Of course, with only 150 calories per serving, I can do that and not feel one bit guilty.
I like meals that I can eat until I’m full and never once regret it. In fact, this meal leaves me feeling full, but energized for hours.
And isn’t that what we all want? Full. Energized. Healthy!
- 1 small red potato, rinsed and chopped
- 1 lb fresh green beans, washed and with ends cut (I used Costco's bagged French Green Beans)
- 5-6 fresh cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- ¼ cup sliced black olives
- ¼ teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 fresh basil leaf, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Place the chopped potato in a bowl. I leave the skins on because that's where all the healthy stuff lives. Place the bowl in a microwave and heat for 1 minute. Place a lid on the bowl and set aside.
- Steam the green beans until tender. My favorite way of doing this is to rinse the green beans and then place them in a microwave safe bowl, place a vented lid over the top, and microwave them for about 4 minutes. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to blow off the steam and you should have some perfectly steamed green beans.
- Pat the steamed green beans dry and add the sliced cherry tomatoes. Next add the potatoes (that should be tender by this point) and black olives. Drizzle this with the olive oil and toss to combine.
- Season with garlic powder, basil, and salt and pepper.
- Serve warm!