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!!!