I have some homeade binders of all of the recipes I’ve collected. I have a 1/2 inch one for main dishes, a 1/2 inch one for breads + cooking substitutions (something I always needed when we lived overseas), & a 1 1/2 inch one for desserts. Because that’s how I roll.

Speaking of rolls, there are too many of them around my mid-section, so I’ve officially started a big fat diet. This is stupid to do with Thanksgiving and Christmas looming around the caloric corner. But, I can’t stand the chubble bubble accumulating around my bum any longer. Low-fat, healthy cooking here we go!

This is where I have a problem. I need to include more veggies & fruits in my diet. But, the only veggies I like to eat are carb-loaded or fatty. In fact, I’m not sure you can call most of them veggies. De-healthified Plant-derived Foods is more like it. The 1/2 inch binder I have of side dishes, salads, and appetizers is barely full. What’s in there are delicious dishes like cheesy potatoes au gratin, corn pudding casserole, and macaroni & cheese.

I stink at side dishes.

So, I’m asking for help. This will be the first ever mab Blab recipe contest. I’ll have some sort of real prize for the winner. Here’s the scoop:

Send me a recipe that fits the paramaters listed below. I’ll make it sometime over the next few weeks and write about it here. After all have been tried, my family and I will have a vote and the winner will get something. Who knows what. I guess it depends on if the winner is a boy or a girl. After all, last time Papa Steve won a Hittite fertility goddess necklace and apparently he hasn’t worn it yet. He claims he doesn’t have a matching outfit, but I think there’s another reason…..

Recipe Parameters:

1) It has to be low fat or low calorie. Nothing coated in cheese or fried. While I would enjoy these side dishes immenseley, they are not going to help me out, are they?

2) I’m a massively picky eater. For real. So, all entries that include squash, sauerkraut, zucchini, okra, mushrooms, chard, kale, asparagus, pineapple, watermelon, a lot of onions (a few or chopped small is okay), beets, or cooked cabbage are out. I also still have a dislike of green beans left over from my first pregnancy’s food aversions. I can eat them, but I don’t enjoy them. If you want to win, I wouldn’t send me any green bean recipes.

I think this is it. (Yeah, like this leaves a lot left…) Leave the recipe via comments or send me an e-mail. I’ll also take suggestions on the prize. It may be some of the sugar scrub I made up for the craft fair & gifts. It’s wonderful. Or, it might be a custom tote bag. Or since I’m not eating many sweets, maybe I’ll send you some cookies instead.

Oh, and up to 3 recipes can be submitted per person.

I’m looking forward to this culinary adventure! Come on people, show me that low fat and low calorie can still be fun!