Sweet versus Savory: The life and times of a small town stranger

I’ve officially been back on Weight Watchers for two weeks and it is amazing how much better I feel. The thing that always strikes me when I start watching my diet is that I  cut out sweets without a fuss, but a reduction of salt or anything savory is a huge struggle.  

My tastes have always had this odd tendency. My mother never had to worry about me devouring candy, but she did have to hide the parmesan and the peanut butter because I would happily devour an entire canister of either.  And, I clearly recall being the only first grader with a rockin’ My Little Pony Thermos filled to the brim with clam chowder.  That’s probably where the ostracization that came to fruition in my awkward teenage years seeded.

I digress…

In any case, I have found some foods that I depend on for survival.

Here they are in my favorite list format.

1 wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese =1pt (I like to mix this in with my pasta, on my vegetables, on a whole-wheat flat-bun, and I even sneak a wedge on its own)

Skinny Cow Ice Cream–the cones and the sandwiches are soooo good.

Amy’s Organic Tamale Pie–2 pts

Shiritaki Noodles 1 pt–I was highly suspicious of these guys at first because they smell like death when you open them. As long as you rinse them, parboil them, and dry them they are a fantastic pasta substitute (creamy sauces or broth works best).

Spaghetti Squash 0 pts–Baked or steamed, this is also a great pasta substitute!

Ezekial Pita Bread (found in the organic frozen section) 1 pt–I like to put a little spaghetti sauce and part-skim mozzarella on these and bake them for about 10 minutes at 375.  

Spicy Shrimp Soup Thai at Asian Gourmet–This bowl of soup will clear out your sinuses and it’s only worth 2 points!

Sweet Potatoes 3pts–I love to cut one into fries, toss with olive oil and parmesan, and bake at about 400 for 20-30 minutes.

Sushi–As long you stay away from cream cheese and anything fried, you’re golden.

EarthGrains Flat Buns 1pt–These are surprisingly good! I use them with my veggie burgers.

Olive oil, fresh lemon, parmesan cheese (a sprinkling, not the whole canister), broths, and organic spices have also become main staples in my kitchen.


About Restless Cube Dweller

Most of my adult life has been defined finding homes in unconventional places, and learning to interact positively with others. I've lived in the middle of nowhere, in small cities, in large cities, in the suburbs, and now in Dubuque, Iowa. This blog represents my musings about growing up, moving on, finding love, and eating well in the suburbs and beyond.
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