Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lunch On The Light Side...Curried Egg Salad Wraps On Lettuce

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Boy, did I get a speech last night.  If truth be told, everything that my daughter said was true yet...

It seems somehow I've turned into a very naughty girl.  I don't exercise enough, we eat too late, I'm not watching my weight the way I used to and for all purposes, I am not leading the life I should at my age.   Yikes!  It's true that lately I've been too engrossed in my trading, something that gives me great pleasure and fascinates me to no end, and I've been engrossed in CNBC all day long sitting at my computer and watching the ups and downs of the stock market which is more like being in Vegas than checking in at the Bellagio.

So things have to change (at least for awhile) and at 4 o'clock when the market closes, the sous chef and I will take a walk around the neighborhood, like we did today, and get that monkey off our back.  We will also have salads for lunch, eliminate the quick sandwich on the run and try to eat at a more reasonable hour.  No more double martinis before dinner while waiting for chicken pot pies!

Why do I have to be dragged into this...I'm svelte

One of the things I discovered a long time ago was substituting iceberg lettuce wraps for bread and imagining I was having a sandwich.  It works. If you don't need to watch your weight, there is nothing better than egg salad sandwiches on pumpernickel or whole grain bread; but if you do, lettuce wraps ain't all that bad.

The mayo is your worst enemy but you don't have to give it up if you use just a little.  Supplement with mustard and curry powder and the results are pretty yummy.  Anyway, this is my idea of  a trader's lunch on the light side.  Just double or triple the quantities if you are sharing with friends.


2 hard boiled eggs chopped
2 TB finely chopped celery
1 tsp. red onions finely chopped
1 TB mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. dill
Salt and pepper.

3 large and crisp iceberg lettuce leaves.


Cook the eggs in boiling water for 15 minutes.  Rinse in cold water, let cool and peel.  Finely chop them.

Transfer to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Cool for 1/2 hr in the fridge.

Lay a lettuce leaf flat, add some salad and fold.  Enjoy!

Serves 1

1 TB mayo= 90 calories
2 hard boiled eggs - 156 calories



  1. Nothing like a good egg salad . . . whether on lettuce or bread! And with us thinking about Easter and hard boiling eggs . . . perfect timing!

  2. I think if a double martini makes your day—at your age (LOL)—happy days are here again!

    We have wonderful eggs at our local co-op. I'll have to try this. Alas, I did not inherit the tall thin gene like my grandfather and several aunts and now that the weather is getting better my tall, thin husband will be gently FORCING me to take up my daily walks. Bummer! Lucy looks adorable. I'm sure she's a fantastic stock picker!

  3. If not a good stock picker, she is occasionally good luck. I find that when she is sleeping next to me somehow my picks and timing get much better.

    I thought at my age I would surely be able to relax and eat whatever the heck I pleased. By this time I had already had two husbands and several...Oh, never mind.

    Now the kids and cholesterol get in the way. This was not in the cards, no indeed.

  4. Whenever it seems necessary to "eat light", I return to
    your wonderful recipe for halibut in a curry sauce.
    In fact fact it's become a staple in this household and
    never fails to satisfy.
    Isn't it dreadful though when the metabolism alters
    and nature begins to give us the Finger?

  5. Toby

    I think I have another recipe you might like. Stay tuned!


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