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
    OOOooohhhh nice ideas. Sounds yummy.
    2298 days ago
    Love the idea of just throwing things in the crock pot for a great meal. Will try it this weekend.
    2299 days ago
    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.
    No meat (except the stock) no potatoes or rice or thickeners.
    2299 days ago
    I'm making vegetarian chile tomorrow to have for Super Bowl Sunday dinner.
    2299 days ago
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