One of the things that can be a drag about dieting is portion control. Enter the Microplane. As you can see above, I have a 1-ounce chunk of Parmesan cheese, and that puffy, downy pile next to it is ... 1 ounce of Parmesan, grated on a Microplane. What first seems like portion control–inspired deprivation all of a sudden turns into a party where everyone is welcome. That is enough cheese for 4 people to top pasta, salad, or ... elote!
It's summer and corn is in full swing here in NYC. I'll eat corn with every meal in the late summer. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is as elote, a staple in Mexican street cuisine. It's just grilled corn, slathered in mayonnaise, cotija or Parmesan cheese, chile powder, and a squeeze of lime. For 50 cents extra, they'll cut it off the cob and serve it to you in a cup. I personally like it that way because I hate having corn stuck in my teeth. Here's my lightened-up elote snack: