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Perfecting vegetarian recipes...GO PATRIOTS!!!!


Friday, February 03, 2012

While I love trying other people's recipes, quite often I just end up working with what is sitting in the fridge or cupboard and "winging it"...

Last night, before I left for work, I whacked up a head of cabbage, used up a half a bag of fresh spinach, added a can of diced tomatoes, a "sad" zucchini that needed using up, added a couple of cups of water and plopped it in my crockpot overnight. When i got back from my over-night at work, I added a cup of texmati brown and red rice with barley and rye, plus a can of chick peas and a can of kidney beans...then turned it on HIGH for an hour or two. Took a taste and added cumin, half a bunch of fresh cilantro, 2 envelopes of Sazon seasoning, couple of pinches of red pepper flakes and a splash of balsamic vinegar...VOILA, vegetarian chili!

Pretty pleased with the outcome...(next time I will chop up an onion and add some garlic...). ANYWAY, I succeeded in getting a batch of chili that comes out to be around 200 calories for a two cup serving...and it is very filling.

The carnivore in me STILL wants me to put meat into dishes like this....but by finding ways to get a tasty dish without meat, I can have a bigger serving, with a negligible amount of fat, get my veggie counts for the day and significantly reduce the calorie count. These are all things I figured out by going back to my most successful weight loss weeks and going over my nutrition tracker to see what I ate that week.

Yesterday, I did a HUGE pan of roasted cauliflower & carrots with curry.... Tasted TERRIFIC, kept me satisfied -AND- it helped me to stay on track.

SPARK ON, my friends...find what works for you and stick with it!!!

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HHB4181 2/4/2012 12:23PM

    OOOooohhhh nice ideas. Sounds yummy.

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STELLARHAMMER 2/4/2012 12:20AM

    Love the idea of just throwing things in the crock pot for a great meal. Will try it this weekend.

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MEADSBAY 2/3/2012 3:47PM

    I try to make soup often, using what I have on hand- this week I made a cauliflower and carrot soup, with leeks and curry.
I make my own chicken stock and after putting it in the blender I threw in a handful of frozen peas.
Yummy!
No meat (except the stock) no potatoes or rice or thickeners.
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CHEFSOPHIE 2/3/2012 2:31PM

    I'm making vegetarian chile tomorrow to have for Super Bowl Sunday dinner.

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