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Mushroom Risotto; a modest rant on recipes — 14 Comments

  1. Greek Yogurt and herbs de provence… a great dip…
    And having spent years on the diet yo yo, could not agree more on your rant. A meal made with real ingredients is more satisfying, filling and you eat less. And if you don’t…
    Take a walk is great advive

  2. Like you, I look down my nose at “low cal” options, especially low-cal cookies. Cookies, for heaven’s sake! Who ever thought of that? Crazy. Now, I have to admit that I’m overweight and almost always have been, so advice from me on staying slim is somewhat hypocritical. But I’ll bet I’m healthier overall than 80% of American women, even the ones thinner than I, because I eat a well-balanced diet, I walk my dog a couple of miles a day and I swim 2X weekly for an hour for exercise. Portion control is the ticket – I just can’t seem to get there and I have to admit I’ve stopped trying. I’m off the rollercoaster for life.

  3. Katie, that looks so good. I recently found a new Organic Greek Yogurt at my market, it is to die for…anybody deserves a good rant once in a while don’t ya think?

  4. Katie, I have to confess that I utterly adore your very level headed view on food and calories and what is appropriate for an adult to take in. 🙂 That said, I confess to using heavy cream on a highly irregular basis — I have a crazy rich brownie recipe topped with a true ganache — butter, heavy cream, and chocolate. They are *heavenly*. But so rich that even I, and I confess to not really being able to tell ‘rich’ from ‘not’, can only eat very small ones. They get made perhaps once a year. And then shared with EVERYONE. 😉
    I’ll have to keep in mind the using yogurt + milk as a sub for full on sour cream or heavy cream. Trying so hard to eat more healthfully in hopes of dropping some weight….and walking. 😉

  5. I would have to say that some don’t consume enough calories throughout the day. This means our body thinks it is in starvation mode and holds onto the fat. Wise words Kate to all those starvers out there. Now on to the risotto!!

  6. I couldn’t agree with you more! I used to work with a group of ladies who were all large and all always on ‘diets’ which meant eating a small salad with a lot of salad cream on it ‘to give it flavour’ or a diet microwave meal. But come 3.30pm they were all starving a desperate for cakes and biscuits. They would marvel at how i could eat so much (usually salad, or pilaf or soup) and not be fat.

  7. I hate it when people try to sneak low-fat options into desserts normally made with butter and cream. It’s the butter that makes them dessert!
    However, as someone who is not a yogurt fan, I wouldn’t be replacing heavy cream with yogurt. If I have leftover cream, I’ll drink lots of whipped-cream-topped hot chocolate for a while. 😉

  8. Year on the Grill, walk is the best way! The diet yo-yo is so true and so bad for so many…. Glad you’re off it!
    Zoomie, the whole size / weight thing is wrong, IMHO. We should be concerned about health – and you are right about you being healthier than most!
    Kate, if there not worth the calories I don’t eat it… Of course, there are degrees of worthiness…. Thanks for the visit!
    Ina, I do rather like to rant…. and I love Greek yogurt!
    Laurie, now there is a proper use for heavy cream – paired with chocolate. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just tend to use other things – but not in baking!
    Manningroad, well, we wouldn’t want to get in a rut about it all, would we?
    Val, it really does not work to try to starve yourself… But people still try. Risotto = good!
    Jayne, I used to see that all the time when I was in an office – a lettuce leaf for lunch and a cake for a snack!
    Rachel, when I decide to indulge in a decadent dessert (and I do love them) I want the real thing – all of it! Hot chocolate….. Yum!

  9. oh I totally agree with you about using the real stuff! I would much rather eat a smaller portion of a high calorie food than try to create a larger portion of some low-fat version with lots of additives included in the ingredients.
    Your mushroom risotto looks great!

  10. Katy, you are right on spot! Using real ingredients satisfies the craving and walking it off is the way to go. Your risotto looks and sounds delicious!

  11. Christine, thank you – on both counts ;-))
    Jenn, small portions are so much better in so many ways. And real is always best.
    Pam, increasing the exercise is a must this time of year… I will not give up my Christmas chocolate!