take 2 tsps of olive oil. heat. Stir in one minced clove of garlic till it sizzles..dont let it burn or it tastes yucky!! add 2 Tblsp seasoned bread crumbs, let them toast. cube 4 oz of extra firm tofu...toss that in and heat. the crumbs will coat it and it gets srusty and the outside has a bit of a crunch. In the meantime, cook 2 ounces of pasta(i use elbows) in boiling water, adding one small zucchini cut in bite size pieces to the water (two birds with one stone) when pasta is tender drain, then toss pasta and zucchini with the tofu. toss it till its all hot together and some of the crumbs have gotten on everything.... serve it up with some grated parmesan. This is so good you wont believe it!! its easy and quick and FILLING...and you can just double or triple it if you have other with you. sometimes i add in other "free" veggies if i'm REALLY hungry...
Tofu pretty much tastes like nothing. You want to blend it in with something or do some kind of marinade with it. A good place to start would be to try it in a stir-fry in place of other meat. Another good place to start is TVP (a soy product that comes in crumbles). It is a great subsitute for ground meat in things like chili and spaighetti sauce. To start with you can try half meat and half TVP to get used to it. If you go to sparkrecipes you can search tofu or TVP for other ideas. Best of luck.
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Parkay's no fat spray butter tastes really good. I also have discovered that veggies taste good without it. Walmart sells a brand of bagels that have 9g of protein (Olde Hearth Select Health Crunch, Whole Grain). I enjoy having one at breakfast on the weekends along with a small scrambled egg. Lasts me for hours.
This sounds strange, but I find I'm actually eating more protein! I was a carboholic, and I realized a few days in to the program that I kept going over my carb limit, and I wasn't eating as much protein as I need. I've always eaten a salad for lunch, but I used to get hungry and go to the snack machine in the afternoon. Now I'll add a can of tuna or chopped chicken breast to my salad, and it curbs my afternoon hunger pangs. Other than that, it's been more about cutting down on sweets than trying new foods. I've always eaten a lot of veggies and tried to eat whole grains whenever possible.
"Eating greens is a special treat. It makes long ears and great big feet." ~Thumper
I have been making better choices too. More salads when eating out. I haven't tried too many new things - maybe new entrees, but not veggies or fruit. I ate them all before. But I have found out the low-cal microwave dinners aren't bad!
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