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Friday, April 9, 2010

Eggplant Sub and Weightlossophy tip #6: Stick and Carrot

Eggplants have the same shape as baguettes of ciabattas. So why do we only use them as a sandwich filling and not instead of the bread? Check out this gluten free, low calories sub and one more Weightlossophy tip.
This is my spring detox week and along with my some light, healthy recipes I’m also posting the tips that helped me lose 55 pounds over 7 months last year. Today’s tip is harsh, but I think I might not have made it without it.

Stick and Carrot
  It is very common  for dieters to give themselves rewards for good performance: “when I get to 150 lb I will go shopping”, “when I get to 140 lb I am allowed a fancy dinner”, etc. Unfortunately, it did not work for me, because I would always put off the reward for later in order to binge today: “oh, I did not get there this week, no problem - I will get my fancy dinner next week”. 
  This time I had a clear deadline, to achieve which I had to lose at least 1 lb per week. So I decided that I needed both a reward and a punishment: if I lose a pound I get $x to waste on anything I want, if I don’t lose a pound I have to tear up and throw away an $x bill. x can be any amount that is painful enough to throw. By the way, throw means throw, not giving it to your friend or your favorite charity. There should be no justification, nothing to make you feel good about missing your target. Of course, the reward and the punishment can be anything: if I am good I will buy new jeans, if I am bad I will be doing dishes by hand all week. The main point is that the reward should be appealing and the punishment should be very detterring
  I know this tip does not sound good, but for me it made a huge difference - I have not missed the target even once. My “judgement day,” when I weighted myself to check for that lost pound, was Monday, and that was particularly effective because it prevented many weekend binges.
  Another argument that helped me accept this harsh punishment regiment was that so many
people pay tons of money weekly for private coaches, support groups, etc. So I thought: I would be “paying” only for weeks when I am bad, for good weeks I’ll be getting my rewards :-).
  Side-note: The weeks when I was traveling were exempt from my carrot and stick policy - I chose to enjoy my vacations.
And now the gluten-free detox recipe
Eggplant Sub
Taste 4 (out of 5)
Difficulty 1 (out of 5)
- 1/2 eggplant (30 cal)
- 1 slice red onion (10 cal)
- 1 garlic clove (5 cal)
- 3 mushrooms (10 cal)
- 2 rings red bell pepper (5 cal)
- 2 slices tomato (5 cal)
- 1 tsp canola oil (40 cal)
- 1 lettuce leaf
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock or water (5 cal)
- chopped basil, salt and pepper to taste
Total 110 cal, 1 serving
1. Slice the eggplant in half lengthwise. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and let stand for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the salt. 
2. Preheat a dry frying pan over medium high heat and cook the eggplants on it, occasionally stirring them to make sure they don’t stick to the pan. If they do, add a little stock or water. Cook for about 10 minutes on each side.
3. Mince the garlic, finely chop the mushrooms and the onion, and saute with 1 tsp of oil over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring. If needed add a little stock or water. Add the bell pepper, season with basil, salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes.
4. Place lettuce over one half of the eggplant, top the sauteed mushrooms and peppers, add the tomato slice and cover with the second eggplant half. Enjoy your sandwich!
I was not sure how the eggplants would turn out if fried without oil, and found them quite juicy. Of course, if you don’t count calories, feel free to use oil. I  bet it would also be great to grill them, but I ain’t got no grill :-(. 


Lazaro Cooks said...

Love your use of eggplant. Eggplant dipped in panko breadcrumbs and lightly fried in olive oil is sinful. Thank you for sharing your informative blog with the rest of us.

Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

wow, i've never seen anyone do that with an eggplant. i would have never thought of that - very cool!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting observation about eggplants. Your motivation is quite intense! Bravo on your success!

citronetvanille said...

What a great idea for using eggplants and getting rid of the bread!

Angie's Recipes said...

This is a really cool and healthy idea to make a veggie sandwich~

Suzie Ridler said...

Wow, that is a very cool no-card kind of idea. You could do the same with portobello mushrooms and make a hamburger of some kind. Cool!

When it comes to tomatoe soup, there is nothing better than fresh tomatoes for a soup, this is just a good alternative when you don't have any yet.

StreamingGourmet said...

What a fun, healthy idea! Good on ya! I did a post awhile back where I used eggplant slices as the "pizza dough" of the pizza, but I never would have thought of turning the eggplant into a baguette!

Unknown said...

Oh wow! This looks delicious and healthy, a combo I like :D I have to give this a try!

Ed Schenk said...

I love eggplant subs but confess to wanting the breading and cheese (Eggplant Parmesan Sub). Thanks for a healthier version.

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

What a great use of eggplant. I would love to try it. I do like grilled eggplant

CookingwithColey said...

Well done!. Way to get creative and innovative with a "sandwich."

bunkycooks said...

Great idea! I bet the sandwich is incredibly filling, too. I try to cut out bread most of the time and it definitely does help with losing weight.

singerinkitchen said... I feel terribly guilty with the subs I made today! Eggplant subs are my thing!!!

Unknown said...

That is very innovative and interesting. I will definitely try this out soon.

Scott K said...

rooting for you!

bestfriend said...

wow this is great!

DRP78 said...

great one!