There is no doubt. I am a foodie. And though I LOVE great food, I don’t love the figure it’s given me. So I’ve been setting out to change the way I eat and cook. It hasn’t been easy so far. We’ve gone through a couple holidays. A couple splurges over the last 3 weeks that I’m not proud of, 1 regular cheeseburger, 4 pieces of bbq chicken pizza, and some awesome BBQ that we had a couple weeks ago at a local competition… The rest of the time I’ve been pretty good, watching what I eat, and cooking healthier meals, but It’s so easy for me to want my old favorites like burgers and pizza.
So I’m working on a few recipes that I’ll post as I go. One will be a grilled veggie pizza, another is the perfect turkey burger. And today I’m sharing a couple favorites, my butter-free Fried Rice, which isn’t really fried. And a lovely light tomato and basil grilled cheese.
No-Butter Fried Rice (Vegan Fried Rice)
1 1/2 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
1 tsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
3 Tbs. Water
1 Tbs. Soy Sauce (add more to taste)
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
1/3 Cup Diced Orange Bell Pepper
1/3 Cup Diced Green Onion
In a small skillet over high heat, heat the water, sesame oil, and soy sauce together. Add the frozen peas and wait until it starts to boil. Then add your rice and bell peppers. Heat thoroughly. Add the green onions, and remove from heat. I love it because the brown rice gives the appearance of fried rice, and the flavor is so good. This is light with under 200 calories per serving (1 cup) and it helps me meet my fiber intake with nearly 4 grams of fiber. I like to make this for lunch sometimes, or as a quick side dish.
Another lighter meal is my margherita grilled cheese. Much like a margherita pizza. It’s full of mozzarella, fresh tomato, and basil. And I’ll serve it with a side of dressed up Campbell’s tomato soup for dinner.
Margherita Grilled Cheese
2 Slices of Fresh Sourdough Bread
1/4 Cup Shredded Non-fat Mozzarella Cheese
1 Small Vine Ripened Tomato (sliced 1/4″ thick)
2 Tbs. Sliced Fresh Basil
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
Cooking Spray (I like olive oil blend cooking spray)
In a large skillet over medium heat, spray the bottom of the pan with cooking spray. Place both slices of sourdough bread down in the pan. Add half of the cheese to each slice. Place half the basil on each slice, and a couple slices of tomato. Sprinkle each side with a bit of garlic powder. It’s important to make your grilled cheese over medium heat, that way your cheese can melt evenly and you won’t burn your bread. When the cheese begins to melt place the 2 slices together, and continue to melt all the way, and until bread is golden brown.
I serve mine with Campbell’s Tomato Soup That I dress up with a dash of garlic powder, 2 or more Tbs. of sliced fresh basil, and throw in any left over fresh tomato that I may have. And I finish it off with a couple grinds of fresh ground black pepper. For a creamier soup, try using milk rather than water. At less than 300 calories for the entire sandwich and 90 calories for 1/2 a cup of soup, you’ll be asking why you’ve never done this before. I know I was!
So my revelation is, good food can be super healthy, and taste great too!
What lighter recipes or tricks have you been trying out?
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