Eat Healthy at a Friend’s House

I hear it all the time, and I completely get the challenge.  You are invited over for dinner and your friend cooks high glycemic carbs with high fats and lots of wine.  You panic knowing that this is no longer your way of life and so you politely stuff your face with the food that simply makes you sick.  Nothing worse than this, I know.

This is why it is essential to teach your friends that not only are you an optimal eater, but you are willing to coach them on what to make if you decide to come over.  If that isn’t in your style and you don’t want to wean your way into their unhealthy business, then another option is to bring a dish to the house and teach your friend indirectly how healthy, yummy cooking is possible.

I am grateful that I already surround myself with healthy friends.  They share so many similarities with me, and naturally they treat their bodies like temples too.  It’s a no brainer that when I go to Christine’s house, I will be eating healthy. Last night, she cooked so many goodies including swordfish, steak, zucchini and sweet potatoes.  Simple, but great.

Here are her ingredients to a quick healthy meal for JZ:

  1. Swordfish (wild)
  2. Thin cut boneless grass fed top sirloin
  3. Meat rub (these are pre-mixed seasoning that is sold at virtually every supermarket)
  4. Organic zucchini
  5. Fresh lemons from her garden
  6. Extra virgin olive oil
  7. Mushrooms
  8. Onions
  9. Basil
  10. Crushed garlic
  11. Sliced steak tomatoes
  12. Low fat butter

What to do:

A) With both the protein sources, Christine used the open fire stove top.  However, with the fish, she covered it to give it a poached effect. One at a time: with the Swordfish, put some olive oil, lemon, garlic and and basil on it and cook it on the stove for a few minutes (keep a close eye on it cause you don’t want to overcook it, especially if you cover it).

B) In the meanwhile in another pan, place the meat in there and sprinkle with the meat rub.  Cook until it meats your temperature expectations.  In a small sauce pan, put some olive oil in with chopped onions and mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes to top the steak at the end.  The onions will naturally caramelize along with the mushrooms-this makes the dish!

C) Slice zucchini length wise and put into a pan with olive oil and some fresh garlic.  Cook it until it is softened.

D) Take the sweet potatoes and microwave them the entire time for 12 minutes.  Take them out and cut them into thirds.  This will decrease each person’s portion so that everyone doesn’t carbo-load at your dinner table.  You can even put butter on the table for people to use if they want.

E) Garnish every plate with sliced tomatoes and a lemon for the fish.  Put everything else on a separate plate and allow everyone to serve themselves.

F) You will see in the video that some people will even have a glass of wine with this dish, since this was shot on a Saturday night.  Once a week glass of wine is fine.  Avoid daily wine consumption for optimal health results.

Thank you Christine for a delicious meal and for always opening up your home to me!

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