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Old 05-21-2009, 04:12 PM   #11
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These are my three quick favorites. I use little fat, little or no salt. I cook to taste. Feel free to add or subtract or modify. It is a sketch of what I do for dietary needs. Minced ginger is hot, but candied ginger is hotter and sweeter. .
I live in a basic meat and potato area where leeks and bok choy are not available at the local grocer.

I start with 2 tablespoons peanut oil and chicken breasts whole or julienne. If I am going t\o make something oriental I add green pepper, onion, garlicthat is minced and start to cook the mashed. Then I add a can of 95% fat free chicken broth - but no salt,a can of salt-free diced tomato, water chestnuts, baby corn, etc. The last thing I add is sliced fresh muchrooms. Thicken with cornstarch and water. Serve over hot rice.

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I start with the peanut oil and green pepper minced, mashed ginger,, and chicken julienne, add pineapple tidbits, brown sugar, mandarin oranges and whatever else you like. Add some chicken broth. Serve thickened or not over hot rice.

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The night before put salad greens, no-salt diced tomatoes drained, black olives drained, green pepper, a can of salmon and a salad bowl to chill. The next day when you are ready to prepare a meal. Remove the bowl and dry it. Aad the greens, sliced onion rings, drained diced tomatoes, drained black olives- whole or sliced and green pepper rings or srtips. Remove the salmon from the can and de-bone it. break it in to chunks and put in salad. Add ground pepper. Toss with a light oil vinegar dressing and top with croutons. .
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:27 PM   #12
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Try the recipes on lynseysnatural.com - I like to focus on naturally nutritious foods instead of things like artificial sweeteners, and I like to make things that are really filling so you can be satisfied with less. Try substitutions like using barley instead of rice; smaller amounts of full-fat, flavorful cheese instead of a lot of low fat cheese; extra lean beef instead of regular; etc. But if you really want a treat, go for it! Just have a small portion - that way, you won't have a 2 a.m. ice cream feast later :)
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:12 AM   #13
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whats your favorite low cal recipe or food choices. I have been doing a low cal diet for a few weeks and need some new ideas, if you are willing to share?
misslynda - One thing many fail to consider when making a change in dieting is that it's not really "low-carb, low-cal" low anything that you need to understand, unless it is for a specific goal such as reducing your cholesterol counts. It's the life style change to be considered as that will gain you the most for long term health benefits and losing weight is a by-product of that.

For example. Don't think of low cal as a means to loose weight. That in it self is not the solution, and will likely only gain short term benefits.

The long term route to healthier eating will eventually net you long term gains that targeting specifics like "low-cal" can't.

For example. No one will say you need to give up anything. Just use moderation. If still hungry? Find something to fill that gap that works for you. For me, popcorn nuked in a lunch bag adds little in the way of bad things, but is a good filler. A few spritzes of "I can't believe it's not butter" spray, a couple shakes of Mrs Dash (or curry, or chili powder, etc), can curb that hunger until the next legitimate meal.

Have a serious need for something sweet like ice cream? Sub it with something you find can fill that gap. For me, it was Meijer brand "light" yogurt with fruit pieces. Comes in small 8oz containers, and right now, if I buy eight at a time, I get $1.50 off :-) That in itself these days adds to the incentive.

Sorry if I was verbose here. The point I'm trying to make is, don't look for short term fixes, look at long term benefits. Latest lo-cal dessert for me? I slice up some fresh (or frozen) strawberries into a dessert cup (made in the local deli), whip a little low-fat cream with sugar substitute. As long as the strawberries are very fresh, the dessert is decadent.

Stay slim on the fat, eat darker greens, eat less dense meats (poultry, fish and pork), eat more fruit, add filling filler that do not add many calories, and if you want something specific once in a while? By all mean, have some. Just limit the portion.

Another thing many neglect to consider is liquid intake. Drink the appropriate amount of water rather then sodas, coffee, etc. If you don't like plain water? Do what I do. Have 75% water, 25% juice. Enough of the fruit to add value, but 3/4 less calories. But now the water has flavor.

The Tortoise will beat the hare every time :-)
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Old 05-23-2009, 09:08 AM   #14
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Those sound like good recipes thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:25 PM   #15
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My favorite is quick to make spicy lentil dish.
I add 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, can or fresh tomatoes, grated ginger, red split lentils,cumin powder and some salt. Add some stock or water and cook in pressure cooker.Add some herbs before serving.
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:59 AM   #16
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prepare your eggs, tomatoes, onions, and lets fix a quick and tasty dinner. a

all you have to do is to fry up a little bit of bacon {optional} , and set it aside , add chopped onions and garlic {or one of them} and if you are not cooking for kids and you like spicy food , then its time you added your chipotle chiles to the pan. chop some fresh tomatoes and add them in the pan and also a tomato souse to thicken up { you can do without souse, if you are looking for less calories} ,Add salt and pepper , and when its all thick enough add your eggs . !!!! then gently cook everything after lowering your gas and covering the pan for only few minutes . a



that's it !!! pretty easy and affordable . a



we eat it with bread on the side . a



have a great dinner . a
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:46 PM   #17
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I like to make lentil and vegetable curry.
Spray the pan with low cal oil or use 1 tsp olive oil, saute 1 chopped onion. Add tin or fresh tomatoes, lentils, chillies,2 cloves of garlic,some ginger, coriander and cumin powder.Add some water and cook for 10-15 minutes. Then add your vegetables of your chose and cook for further 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper before serving. Sprinkle with fresh coriander.
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