The Holidays are fast approaching. Christmas is exactly 44 days away for today!
A theme that seems to resonate through the holidays is the dreaded weight gain. (At least for me!) Let's face it; we are faced with a variety of eats, treats and drinks. The best made "waist watcher" plan goes out the window when you stand front and center of a fabulous holiday buffet table.
Before you know it, that little black dress you bought needs to be a bit bigger!
Oh yes, you can put your tennis shoes on and tack on another mile to your run.
Or you can vow to eat healthy for the days that the treats aren't calling your name.
Gin's Spicy Pickle Salad
1 pound salad cucumbers, sliced
2 large carrots, sliced
1/2 Daikon Radish, sliced
1 cup rice vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
piece 2 inch fresh ginger, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Fresh chopped cilantro
(1) In medium saucepan combine vinegar, sugar, salt, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. (2) Pour over vegetable mix and stir. (3) Move to refrigerator and marinate one hour stirring frequently. (4) Drain mix and toss with 1 teaspoon Sesame oil and top with fresh cilantro. (5) Enjoy!
I usually save the liquid and use it has a marinade for chicken, or as a base for homemade salad dressing. It is savory and full of flavor and lends itself to a variety of uses.
This pickle salad is spicy, filling and can turn a mundane meal into something delectable without all the calories. You could have a little bowl before you head out to your holiday party to take the edge off your hunger.
With that being said, let the Holiday begin! :-)