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Barbecued Brisket 0

Posted on April 03, 2014 by alex

barbecued-beef-brisket

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. ground pepper
  • 3 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs paprika
  • 3 Tbs. onion powder
  • 2 Tbs. coarse salt
  • 2 Tbs. granulated garlic
  • 2 Tbs. dry mustard
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs chile powder
  • 5-7 lb. whole beef brisket, trimmed
  • 5 lbs. mesquite wood chips, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • basic barbecue sauce

Directions:

1. For rub, combine first 10 ingredients in food processor. Process into a coarse mix.

2. Season brisket all over with half of rub, massaging into meat.  Wrap brisket in plastic; refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.  Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling.

3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling over medium-low heat.  brush and oil grill grate.  Unwrap brisket, season with remaining rub; place fat side up in large, disposable foil roasting pan.

4. Gas Grill: Raise a burner to high heat.  Heat smoker box half full of wood chips until smoking; reduce heat to medium-low.  Place roasting pan with brisket on grill grate over area of lower heat; cover.  Charcoal grill: Sprinkle half of soaked wood chips over coals. Place roasting pan with brisket on grill grate toward side of grill where heat is less intense; cover.

5. Grill brisket, basting with  any accumulated juices, until mahogany brown, 3 1/2-4 hours.  Replenish wood chips and coals (if charcoal grilling) every 30 minutes.

6. Transfer brisket to cutting board; tent with foil. Let rest 10 minutes.  Slice meat. Serve with barbecue sauce.

Basic Barbecue Sauce Recipe:

In pot over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. unsalted butter with 2 tbs. oil.  Add 1/2 cup diced sweet onion, 2 Tbs. water, salt and pepper: Cover: cook, stirring often, until onions are soft, 5-7 minutes.  Stir in 2 Tbs. light brown sugar and 1 tsp. each chilli powder and ground cumin; stir 1 1/2 cups ketchup, 1/2 cup prepared barbecue sauce, 2 Tbs. molasses and 1 Tbs.  Worcestershire sauce; cook 15 minutes.  Puree. Taste; adjust seasoning.  Use at once or cover and refrigerate up to 1 week. Makes 2 cups.

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Low Calorie Almond Chicken Fingers 0

Posted on February 14, 2014 by alex

Low Calorie Almond Crusted Chicken Finger

Instead of  high calorie fried nuggets, you can coat chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour crust and then oven-fry them for a perfection diet choice. With half the fat of standard breaded chicken tenders, you can easily incorporate this tasty meal into your weight loss plan.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
large egg whites
1 pound chicken tenders

Directions:

Step 1 
Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush on a little olive oil.

Step 2 
Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.

Step 3 
Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the foiled pan.

Step 4 
Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

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Smoothie Express On the Go Blender 0

Posted on February 04, 2014 by alex

Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26-Ounce Smoothie Maker

Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26-Ounce Smoothie Maker

If you need a compact but efficient blender for daily use on the go, or at home to make diet shakes then this is the perfect mini blender. This blender is powerful and sleek and it's the perfect little gadget to bring to work and easily make quick delicious smoothies. It works great, looks great, takes up little counter space, and is very handy. Just blend, unscrew, invert, and you have your drink in the cup! Fast easy cleanup too!  

Back to Basics Mini Blender Smooth Express:

Back to Basics SE3000 Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26-Ounce Smoothie Maker

 

Why Diet Smoothies can help you lose weight?

On a smoothie diet, you will enjoy the fruity drinks again and again you can even pick just one favorite and stick with it. Turns out, the reputation is a weapon against cheating. Studies show that people who eat the same meal for at least one meal a day lose more weight then those who have more variety. Having a lot of food choices stimulates the urge to eat more. When you stick with the same thing more often for example, the same breakfast and lunch every day you take away guesswork and temptations. This is one reason why folks on shake style diets typically lose so much weight! A smoothie Diet is a great way to control calories in an easy convenient way. Two smoothies and a meal is an effective way to lose weight. Not only is it an easy way to plan your diet but it is also a nutritious diet that includes high fiber foods. It is designed to control hunger better and provide a better range of nutrients than a typical shake plan. Alternate smoothie shakes along with a healthy meal and you have a diet plan that can help you reach your weight loss goals. Another reason diet smoothies works is because most fruits and vegatables are high in fiber and fiber fills you up, and keeps you satisfied reducing those junk food cravings that happen throughout the day.

Diet Smoothie Recipes:

1.  Dr. Oz Blueberry Banana Smoothie.

2. Fatigue-Fighting Pineapple Protein Blaster.

3.  Blueberry Pineapple Smoothies.

4. Dr. Oz Green Smoothie Recipes.

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Roasted Pork with Herbs 0

Posted on December 09, 2013 by alex

Roasted Pork with Herbs

Here is a delicious meal made with herbs so you won't rack up calories this holiday. This recipe is great anytime you want to treat the family to a healthy meal. Herbs are the perfect way to help reduce calories for meals without giving up taste.

Herb Kissed Roast Pork

  • 2 Tbs. each chopped garlic, fresh thyme, fresh sage and olive oil 
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 pork crown roast (about 8 1/2 lbs.)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 Tbs. cornstarch

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In bowl, blend first 6 ingredients; rub evenly over pork.  Place pork on rack set in roasting pan.  Roast 2 hours or until inserted thermometer, not touching bone, read 155 degrees covering bones with foil after 30 min. transfer pork to platter.

2.Skin and discard fat from pan drippings.  Place pan on 2 burners over medium high heat.

3. In bowl, mix last 3 ingredients; add to pan.  Bring to a boil; cook 1 min. more or until thickened, whisking.  serve gravy with pork.

Per serving: Calories 433, Chol. 90mg Total fat: 35g

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Calorie Cutting on the Holidays 0

Posted on November 17, 2013 by alex

Holiday Dieting Solutions

 

Holiday Dieting Solutions

Everyone is temped by delicious foods and special holiday treats on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year Eve. But eating can-make-us-feel-miserable after dinner.

Here are some of my tricks to feeling satisfied, not stuffed.

  • Eat normally before hand. You're more likely to overeat if you come famished.
  • Enjoy a few tablespoons of nuts (the ones you need to crack and shell are better) an hour or so before dinner. The nuts will leave you satisfied and less likely to overeat.
  • Use big flavors with low calorie counts — fresh and dried herbs, spices, citrus zests — to replace high-cal sugar and fat in recipes.
  • In recipes, try evaporated milk — 2% or regular whole — as a creamy, lower-calorie option instead of half-and-half or cream.
  • If enjoying wine or other caloric drinks, have a glass of water for every drink.
  • After the big meal, postpone TV; go for a walk instead.
  • Put out a bowl of fruit for post-dinner snacking instead of nibbling on leftovers.

Everyone loves the holidays, but unfortunately this is the time of year when most of us put on extra pounds.  The holiday parties and family gathering can make it very challenging, but the key is finding those tricks that help you avoid overeating.  Please share your tips on avoiding over indulging on the holidays the more tips we have the better chances we have to succeed. Have a happy and healthy holiday!

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Healthy Orange Smoothie 0

Posted on November 09, 2013 by alex

Healthy Orange Smoothie

Enjoy a big boost of vitamin C and calcium with this citrus-y sweet Orange Vanilla Creme Smoothie.  It's a yummy way to get your vitamins and minerals with a satifying filling meal that keeps you full longer reducing your daily calorie intake. This can help you lose weight while boosting your energy level. Smoothies are a great at breakfast or lunch meal option it will really fill you up.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 6 oz vanilla flavored fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vailla almond milk or soy milk
  • Orange slices, optional

 

Combine ice, orange juice, yogurt and milk in blender; on medium speed, blend until smooth and creamy.  Pour into glasses. If desired, garnish with orange slice. Serves 1.

 

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries 0

Posted on October 12, 2013 by alex

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Switch out sweet potatoes to
high calorie – high fat fries

Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to fries and cuts down calories by 65%. And these sweet potato fries are pretty easy to make.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F. (For more crispiness, preheat your oven to 500°F.)

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and then, if they are very long, in half crosswise. Cut each piece into wedges. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil and a little Parmesan cheese along with assorted herbs; oregano, parsley, rosemary and sea salt. Coconut oil adds subtle fragrance and helps create a caramelized flavor. Place on baking pan and trick to baking fries is to not have them touch each other.

Low Calorie Fries

Bake for a total of 25 to 30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn over all of the sweet potato pieces. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until they are well browned. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

And not only are these sweet potatoes low in calories and fat but they are also rich in potassium, vitamin A and fiber.

Add a delicious low calorie burger to your meal.

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Low Calorie Fast Food Burger Alternatives 0

Posted on October 12, 2013 by alex

Low Calorie Turkey Burger Mediterrain and Dill

 

The trick to reducing high fat – high calorie burger is by: 

Switching out high calorie beef for lean ground turkey. This can reduce meat calories by 58% and to add taste enhance turkey with Mediterranean Flavors by adding Feta Cheese, Mint, Garlic and Oregano. They are packed with nutrition and full of juicy flavor!

Serves 6
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

Burger:
1 1/4 pounds JENNIE-O extra lean ground turkey
1/3 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1/3 cup crumbled low fat feta cheese
1 egg white
½ tablespoon chopped mint
1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Olive oil cooking spray
6 halves of whole-wheat pita buns or pockets
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 tomatoes cut in slices

Topping:
¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill

Add Jennie-O lean ground turkey, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, feta cheese, 1 egg white, fresh mint, oregano, garlic and pepper to a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix the ground turkey or it will be too tough when cooked.

Divide the mixture equally in to 6 thin patties. Set off to the side until ready to cook.

For the topping, whisk non-fat Greek yogurt with chopped fresh dill into a small bowl. Mix until well combined.

To cook the burgers, spray a nonstick skillet with olive oil, and cook the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side until the burgers are cooked through. Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

To assemble the burgers, add the burger, a teaspoon of the yogurt topping, 2 slices of tomato, and shredded romaine into the pita pocket.

Nutritional information (per serving): Calories: 260, Fat calories: 70, Total fat: 8 g, Sat. fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 55 mg, Sodium: 210 mg, Total carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 23 g 

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Sauteed Chicken with Wine White, Garlic & Herbs 0

Posted on September 06, 2013 by alex

Sauteed Chicken with white wine garlic & herbs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 4-pound whole chicken, cut into eight parts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 whole heads of garlic, cloves separated (40 cloves) but not peeled
  • Olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup dry white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 large sprigs of fresh tarragon
  • 3 large sprigs of fresh thyme

 

DIRECTIONS:

1 Lightly smash the garlic cloves with the side of a heavy chef's knife, just enough to break the cloves. Leave peel on.

2 Trim the chicken pieces of excess fat. Pat them dry and sprinkle pieces generously with salt and pepper. Heat 3 Tbsp olive oil in a Dutch oven (or a large thick-bottom pan with a tight fitting cover) on medium high. Working in batches, brown the chicken pieces on all sides. Lay the chicken pieces on the hot oil, do not move until browned, then turn over to other side using tongs. Remove from pan when browned.

3 Add a little more olive oil to the pan if necessary. Add the garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the wine and the herbs. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken pieces. Reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pan and simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Move the chicken pieces from top to bottom every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes. Chicken is done when a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 180°F for thighs and 170°F for breasts.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken pieces to a platter; spoon garlic sauce over the chicken.

Serve alone (low carb option) or with rice, noodles, baked or mashed potatoes.

Yield: Serves 4-6.

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Pasta Primavera, White Wine, Peppers & snow peas 0

Posted on August 31, 2013 by alex

Low Calorie Pasta Primavera wiht White Wine

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 teaspoons plus
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, trimmed, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound whole-wheat penne
  • 1 1/2 cups baby peas, (if frozen, rinse under warm water and drain)
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, (4 ounces)

 

Put a large pot of water on to boil. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and zucchini to the onion. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are just beginning to soften, 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, 1 minute more. Stir in wine and pepper; simmer until most of the wine has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Meanwhile, cook penne in the boiling water according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the pot. Stir the reserved cooking liquid and the vegetables into the pasta along with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, peas, mint and feta.

Per serving: 305 calories; 6 g fat ( 3 g sat , 3 g mono ); 13 mg cholesterol; 51 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 8 g fiber; 326 mg sodium; 236 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (75% daily value).

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