Tastetastic Thursday 4/19

I pledged to go sugar-free today and I have to say, I did pretty well!  The odds were stacked against me because my office is PACKED with sweets and treats and it was really hard to resist, but I did it.  I caved for a minute at around 7:00 tonight and had two bites of an ice cream sandwich, but then I put it away and stopped eating it.  Go me!

Here’s what I ate today:
Breakfast – Two slices whole wheat bread with natural peanut butter and banana; plain hot tea (blech)
Lunch – Kale salad (which did have a bit of honey in it) and frozen fruit
Snack – Two fruit leathers made with fruit juices instead of sugar
Dinner – Salmon with dill and garlic, cheddar cheese, Triscuits (not the most well-balanced but I was feeling snacky)
Dessert – Two bites of an ice cream sandwich (I’m only human, after all)
I think I want to try again tomorrow.  Who’s with me???
While you’re thinking about it, here are the features from last week.

Rosemary Scented Vegetables from Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish
Such beautiful colors!  It’s like the most amazing hodgepodge of vegetables and makes me want to sit down with an enormous platter of these veggies and a fork and just dig in.
Lightened Up Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip from My Kitchen Adventures
One of my favorite appetizers at restaurants, but oh so terrible for you.  This version is lighter and healthier, but sounds just as delicious.
Potato, Tuna and Mushroom Gratin from Yummy Inspirations
I love all three of these things, so why wouldn’t I love them together?  I think the only thing I would change would be to make the top crunchy somehow.  Panko?  Regardless, it sounds really good!
This week’s party has huge shoes to fill because last week was the biggest Tastetastic Thursday yet!  Thank you all for coming back every week and inspiring me and others to keep cooking.

Who’s ready to party? The rules are simple:

  1. Please link up no more than two recipes. 
  2. I’d love it if you’d follow me on Facebook and/or Google Friend Connect. 
  3. Please have a link back to me on your post. I’ll be featuring three links next week, but I can only feature you if there’s a link back. 
  4. Click around, have some fun, and get inspired! 

(As always, the links show up in random order. No rewards for the early birds, or punishments for those who get there a little later.)

Like this post? Please click on over and leave a comment. It would make my day!


  1. Kristy Lynn

    well done! i’m proud of you! i do find that once I cut sugar out I no longer crave it. I think that’s true of a lot of things. Your body likes consistency. Once you get out of a habit, it takes up the new one. Good job!!

    This week I’ve linked up the swag I got from my CSA – where do you get your ingredients from?

  2. Joan@chocolateandmore

    Way to go! I don’t think I could do it, but I do make it a habit of whenever I’m hungry I drink a big glass of ice water first, then wait a few minutes before going in search of a snack. Thanks for hosting a great party as always.

  3. Jocelyn

    I have been cutting sugar for a week now…and it doesn’t get any easier:-) The first 5 days I did almost no sugar at all, and then the last 5 days I have had small doses each day!!! Good job on cutting the sugar in an office full of it! You will do great tomorrow too!!! Thanks for hosting!!!

  4. Laura

    Congrats to you! I know what it is like to cut out sugar, but I feel so much better after avoiding it. There are a lot of great alternatives to sugar like stevia and coconut sugar. Happy Thursday!

  5. Something Swanky

    Good for you!

    My Snickerdoodle pudding mousse can actually become sugar free VERY easily!!

    Although, even sugar free– it’s still not in the healthy, whole foods, non-processed genre of foods 🙂

  6. Winnie

    Thanks for hosting Amy

    Honestly – I’m not into cutting sugar and substitute it for other things, especially not(!) stevia. I do think we must not consume too much sugar, and that goes to all other food.
    I wish you success in any way you choose 🙂

  7. Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures

    Thanks for featuring my dip!! It’s not as creamy as the restuarant versions, but just as tasty. I actually put the leftovers in an eggbeater omelet and it was delish! I have just a little left I think I might make pinwheels out of! You could also stuff it in chicken breasts, because it really holds together nicely.

    good for you for making it through a sugar free day! I need to try to do a no added sugar free day myself! I don’t think I could give up fruit! 🙂

  8. Haydn and Kristy @ Taste Buds

    I’ve been searching under rocks and behind trees for a lightened up but not scary lighter version of Spinach dip – so into the one you’ve featured!!

    This week I’m throwin’ out fish in a pinch: Fresh, seasonal pan seared Pacific halibut with oven roasted tomatoes, Saanich Organics (my CSA) braising greens, and cumin scented red quinoa. All in 30 minutes!!

  9. Carrie @ young living oil lady

    Thanks for hosting! I have shared my Simple Spinach Salad this week. I love linking my recipes to other blogs and finding recipes to make! Would love for you to link up to our Tuesday Kids in the Kitchen party. Thanks so much for your consideration! Blessings

  10. YummyInspirations

    Thanks for featuring my Gratin, if you don’t want quite so much hard cheese on top, maybe substitute some light cottage cheese with an egg mixed through and then cooked in the same way in the oven to brown the top. That’s my go to cheesy topping when I am being “good”! Thanks for hosting this week!

  11. Shaheen

    First time here and first time I am submitting. Just a shame, the Rhubarb and Rose Petal Butter image hasn’t shown up 🙁 Thanks for hosting.

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