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Stretching dinner

Friday, March 29, 2013

I went from "Guh, I have nothing planned for dinner and am too hungry to cook" to really tasty bastardized Indian curry with tons of veggies in, like, half an hour. Thanks, stray jar of masala simmer sauce in the cabinet! I totally ignored your cooking instructions and made you about 50 times healthier, but I'm sure you will forgive me.

See, the jar called for just browning a pound of diced chicken breast, then dumping the sauce in and simmering for 15 minutes. But instead, I chopped onion, garlic, red peppers, mushrooms, green beans, and carrots and sauteed all of them with the chicken before adding the sauce. Suddenly, we went from a dish that was really only big enough for 2 and was really high-calorie and veggie-free to one that was mostly veggies with the chicken and sauce serving a condiment role.

Don't be shy about adding more veggies to dishes! The whole family eats them better when they are incorporated into the main dish.

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KAREBEARCARES 3/30/2013 7:18PM

    I love this! this is what I always do! just toss in carrots, onions, broc and/or mushrooms into everything I make. simples!

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NATPLUMMER 3/30/2013 12:10PM


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GAILRUU 3/30/2013 11:29AM

    My husband will eat mainly meat if I cook a roast or steak. It is more cost effective to use it in a dish to flavor the dish and incorporate healthy vegetable choices.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 3/30/2013 11:20AM


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TATTER3 3/30/2013 9:46AM


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ROBERTAUP 3/30/2013 8:48AM

    sounds great

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/29/2013 11:47PM

    Great idea! I am gonna have to go find some of that sauce!

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TAFODIL24 3/29/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing

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FRANCIEVW 3/29/2013 9:48PM

    Way to rally and find a great dinner in your own home! :) Love those simmer sauces. I don't even bother with the meat. Just veggies, sometimes a few raisins. Yum.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/29/2013 8:55PM

    It's always good to add veggies.

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    Dear Miss180's,

You're quite right about the veggies!! I hope you continue going in the right direction on your weight loss journey. All the best! sincerely,


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