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Now that the holiday season gluttony is (almost) over ......

What are some of the simpler, lower-cal'd (maybe) no-fuss foods you are looking forward to get back to ?

For me .....

- simple grilled sandwiches and soups;
- stuffed baked potatoes;
- fried rice;
- noodles in soup (ie: udon with seafood);
- bouillabaisse;
- cornbreads, corn muffins;
- simple pastas such as pappardelle, rigatoni, conchiglie and ravioli;
- omelettes;
- corned beef hash, or just any thing with shoestring hash browns

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  1. Lighter soups - had pho yesterday and cooked up a big pot of (bastardized) sundubu jjigae for breakfast/lunch today.

    Lots of veggies.

    Fruit and kefir.

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    1. re: tcamp

      I got a six-pack of organic chicken broth today at Costco. Will use it as a base for richer soups and stir-fries. Lower fat, we must eat with lower fat/high flavor, and with more vegetation, be it fruit or vegetable. Gods, I'm so tired of sweets and gutbombs (probably won't last THAT long, however).

      1. re: EWSflash

        I threw away a bag of holiday sweets and brought another bag's worth to work to put out next week. My family will howl once they realize.

    2. It is citrus season down here. Will be searching the books at the library.

      I ate off of my Christmas ham for 8 days. No smoked products for a month.

      Still mid 70s, so I am still awaiting soup and stew weather.

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      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        made my own mojo with some of the citrus for Cuban roast pork for tomorrow night -- that'll be simple -- roast pork sandwiches and a veggie tray.

        Tonight was baked chicken and white rice...it was nice to have something really simple and reasonably healthy.

        The French call it a "crise de foie" -- literally a liver crisis; not a bender, but that state where your body begins to rebel at consuming too much of too much.

      2. I loaded my fridge with calorie free konnyaku so I could fill up on sukiyaki, oden and other simple one pot meals after the holidays. We'll probably also do a lot more tofu in Szechuanese and Korean iterations, as well as homemade sauerkraut and sausage.

        1. Dunno. We just don't go overboard with things over the holidays -- no cookie comas or fat frenzies to recover from, really.

          Less expensive stuff than jumbo lump crab, whole sides of salmon and duck, that's for sure.

          But then your list doesn't appear to be low-cal for the most part '-)

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          1. re: linguafood

            I agree with the last part :) I just like getting back into a pattern and actually as I get older I seem to stray away from all the loaded foods of my youth and gravitate to just elevated versions of usual meals or more expensive cuts of meat etc. It suits me better these days.

          2. It's not over for me...I'm on vacatio next week so I'm "allowing" myself another week but even at this point I'm ready to get back to usual. In between the holidays, I always revert back to my usual favorites, lower calorie but I also relaly love them - roasted chicken and turkey, loads of salads and fruit and yogurt. Last week at work actually I happened upon a leftover pile of iceberg lettuce and literally couldn't stop eating it - it was like the best thing ever! I can only do high calorie indulgence for a few days before a need a break and then after the holiday weeks/months I need a few months off so I like that the holidays are all clustered together. I have a ton of stock also from roasts so look forward to many soups.

            1. Dinner salads, pizza margherita, summer rolls (I have the stuff for it, now to get down to making it so I can eat it).

              But mostly a near-total absence of sweets. I'm actually sick of them.

              I would like a big fat lobster tail for dinner tomorrow (New Year's Eve). I demand lemon, but a little butter would be lovely, too. I doubt if I'll get that, though. God, I miss lobster. King crab, too.

              1. LotusR, a few items on your list of no fuss foods still sounds pretty great and pretty heavy to me. When I go simpler, lighter it doesn't include cheese, starch or beef. Your list is darn tasty though

                My list would be more like:
                grilled fish
                salads with vinegar dressing
                light clear soups
                soft boiled eggs
                yogurt and fresh fruit
                lots of season citrus
                and about the only 'heavy' would be a thick fruit smoothie to start the day or carry me over til dinner.

                January I'm so over the whole "let's dig in" thing I hardly make full on meals for a while. And I tend to skip eating in restaurants for a few months just to take a break from the overload.

                1. For me it's not really about low-cal it's more about eating on a regular schedule and more meal planning.

                  The holidays get indulgent because there seems to be more unplanned eating, more snacking and more "ugh, what the F is for dinner?" And "ugh, I forgot to pack lunch" craziness.

                  My son (and husband) thrive on routines so meatless Mondays, taco Tuesday, etc makes dinner time, grocery shopping and life in general easier.

                  For me personally winter means eating a big protein heavy breakfast like omelets with veggies and cheese, lean meats, oats topped with poached eggs or smoothies made with veggies, berries, flax and nut butters.

                  It also means packing my lunch. I do a lot of grilled chicken or salmon on salads, veggies with hummus and avocado, yogurt and fruit. I stock my drawers with raw almonds for snacking. It's like the bitter cold has my body craving healthy fats and protein. Plus having good lunch on hand means not giving into nasty but yummy cafeteria temptations!

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                  1. re: foodieX2

                    Yes, can I have my schedule back? That is really what I miss most around the holidays

                    1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                      ...... Pho The Win :-D

                      And you guys in Montreal have some dang good pho too.

                    2. Less booze. I was having a blast matching wines with my courses, and suddenly I have 6 open bottles. And the "cheap" one was about 20 bucks, so we've been drinking. And starting to not appreciate nice wine.

                      1. roasted chicken and rice
                        turkey breast with romaine lettuce and tomatoes
                        cauliflower popcorn

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                        1. Soups,lentil salads, pesto spreads, wraps and pita, room temp soba noodle with veg, Breton crepes, and arepas with various stuffings (avocado, cheese, sausage, black bean).

                            1. I'm more looking forward to the regular schedule and the absence of the plethora of (ever-so-tempting) foods at the office.

                              1. Reconnection with weight watchers and living off points!
                                Which means...lots of veg..lean meats....gotta limit myself to the cheese!!

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                                1. re: jarona

                                  Ha ..... I still got my stash of WW books, guides and charts um, somewhere. I'm +25 lbs where I should be and it really is time for me to get back on it. Ten years ago I started WW and lost 40 lbs ..... now I'd be happy to lose and keep 15 off.

                                  Snacking after 9pm ..... very very bad for me !

                                2. Salads, full of spinach.
                                  Egg white omelets for breakfast
                                  Roasted veggies
                                  Cucumber salad with vinegar
                                  Hummus and vegetables
                                  fruit smoothies