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Old 06-02-2012, 02:53 PM   #691
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I had a big taco salad for lunch today that was about as healthy as you can get it while using ground beef. Only about 215 calories and I feel nice and full. No cheese or tortilla chips, but I used a low sodium seasoning packet so I could use extra for some oomph without it being super salty. Left the taco meat a little watery so the sauce could filter down all over the lettuce. I soaked the romaine in ice cold water before chopping it and sending it through the salad spinner so that it would be extra crispy. That sort of makes up for no tortilla chips. And luckily or me I've never been a huge cheese eater so I don't miss it too much. Over all a healthy, satisfying lunch :)
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:44 PM   #692
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I don't now how it works with some people, but I find aversion therapy works for me. My diet was easy to control when I looked at my diabetes risks.

Now that I have diabetes, it was inevitable, I now use the idea of one shot a day of non-insulin or having to go on insulin with 4 shots a day and a much stricter diet with the added benefits of possible amputation, blindness, etc.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:13 PM   #693
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I've swapped ground beef with the leanest ground turkey. Just as good for half the calories!
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:20 PM   #694
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I've swapped ground beef with the leanest ground turkey. Just as good for half the calories!
I don't enjoy the flavor of ground turkey as much, it's a little expensive, and it's not that much lower in calories than ground beef that is drained and rinsed. After you get rid of the grease all that's left is lean.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:31 PM   #695
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I don't enjoy the flavor of ground turkey as much, it's a little expensive, and it's not that much lower in calories than ground beef that is drained and rinsed. After you get rid of the grease all that's left is lean.
When I'm cooking crumbled ground beef for tacos or in a spaghetti sauce, I will cook it well, so that most of the fat is rendered and then pour in some water, stir around and then drain in a colander, gets rid of a ton of grease that isn't really needed.
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Let me get this straight. You guys cook ground beef, then drain it, then rinse it with water??? Do you actually get more fat off with the water? Fat isn't water soluble.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:24 AM   #697
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Let me get this straight. You guys cook ground beef, then drain it, then rinse it with water??? Do you actually get more fat off with the water? Fat isn't water soluble.
Rinse with hot water, it will rinse the bulk of the fat off and lower the sat fat content of the ground beef.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:57 AM   #698
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Let me get this straight. You guys cook ground beef, then drain it, then rinse it with water??? Do you actually get more fat off with the water? Fat isn't water soluble.
No, it's not water soluble, but the water still rinses it away. Or if you pour the water in the pan, the fat floats to the top and you can pour it off. It definitely makes it less greasy.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:18 AM   #699
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Let me get this straight. You guys cook ground beef, then drain it, then rinse it with water??? Do you actually get more fat off with the water? Fat isn't water soluble.
And aren't you washing away most of the flavor of the meat? Why not just buy extra lean sirloin ground meat? No fat, no flavor.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:22 AM   #700
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And aren't you washing away most of the flavor of the meat? Why not just buy extra lean sirloin ground meat? No fat, no flavor.
It still has flavor after you rinse it. I don't always rinse, sometimes I just drain, and there is definitely a difference in greasiness, and I don't notice a difference in flavor.
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