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Edamame Succotash and a bat mitzvah ‘shrink down’

My cousin Dana and I were close growing up – two suburban girls doing normal suburban things – but couldn’t have lived more different lives. Now she’s a yummy mummy with 3 gorgeous kids, a handsome banker husband and a ski house up north. Me, well… I am me and have done my life.

When Dana called to say she wanted to look her best for her oldest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah and perhaps shrink down a bit, and could I help, I said, of course, I would do anything! My idea was that she actually would be helping ME. Dana would try a 6-week program I’d recently developed and wanted to publish. She would see how it worked and give me feedback.

Roasting the veg, just to start…

It was the perfect test. She’d never been on a diet or eating regime in her life, and weight had never been an issue. Coffee with half & half is part of her daily life and she wasn’t about to give that up but negotiation is a part of my style, so off we went. With 8 weeks until the ceremony, there was plenty of time for her to loose what she wanted to and for me to see how well my new program worked.

“What? You want me to drink what? Green smoothies?” Dana was a bit horrified by the concoctions I proposed but agreed to try. It’s a simple program, comprised of things like eat more greens, eat real food, drink more water, embrace vegetable juices, put your fork down between bites – not hard at all. I promise, the weight your body wants to loose will fall off and you will get back to your body’s set point. Consistency is the key. We didn’t even need to consult very often while she was on the program – just one or two conversations and several emails.

This past weekend was the big day. I think the two BEST comments came from Dana’s husband and mother. Her husband said, “Thanks for making my wife even more sexy.” And the fact that her mother said anything was huge. A Jewish mother is the toughest critic on the block – especially if they are MY relative. Bravo Dana, you look more beautiful than ever!

A warm bowl of succotash, perfect for a bat-mitzvah ‘shrink down!”

Roasted Edamame Succotash

1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow zucchini, diced
1 small sweet potato, diced
1 small ear of corn, cut off the cob and blanched
¾ C edamame, blanched
1 bunch of chives, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Putting it all together:
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Toss the zucchini, yellow squash and sweet potato in salt, pepper and a small amount of melted butter.
Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and a bit brown.

In the meantime, blanch the corn and the edamame in salted boiling water and drain.

Toss all of the ingredients together with the chives and add salt and pepper to taste. I sometimes will top with organic butter or olive oil, depending on the audience…