Archive for June 22nd, 2006

Diet Recipe: Dieter’s Curry

Curry. A favorite from the Indian cuisine. Here’s a version that it’s diet-friendly, with only 200 calories in it, and extremely easy to prepare.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 80 grams of lean, small turkey breast pieces (85 cals)
* 200 grams of cauliflower in small pieces (50 cals)
* 85 grams of frozen peas and carrots (50 cals)
* 60 grams of button mushrooms (10 cals)
* 15-20 grams of chopped ginger root (2 cals)
* 1 chopped small onion (3 cals)
* 1/3 teaspoon of coriander, cumin & turmeric powder each
* 1/2 teaspoon of red chilli powder (use 1/3 teaspoon if too spicy)
* 1/2 cup of water
* salt to taste

Execution
1. Wash and then slice vertically the mushrooms.
2. Add all ingredients in a pot. Bring to low-medium heat.
3. Stir occasionally until cooked through and thickened. Serve immediately.

Tip: If your diet allows meals of 300 calories, you can boil 33 grams of Basmati rice (100 calories usually, depends on the brand) and use it as a side dish with the main curry dish.

Diet Recipe: Seafood with wine pasta sauce

The following recipe is a tasty meal for low-calorie dieters: it has only 200 calories.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 27 grams of fussili or other pasta (100 cals)
* 60 grams of small shrimp (60 cals)
* 75 grams of zucchini (10 cals)
* 60 grams of button mushrooms (10 cals)
* 100 grams of canned chopped tomatoes (20 cals)
* 1/4 of a cup of red wine (0 cals)
* Salt and pepper to taste (0 cals)

Execution
1. Boil pasta and when done, drain as usual. Do not add any butter.
2. Wash and cut zucchini in thin slices. Wash and cut mushrooms vertically in thin slices.
3. Pour the chopped tomatoes on a food processor and blend them for a few seconds.
4. Add all ingredients (except pasta) in a pot under medium heat.
5. When the sauce is thickened a few minutes later, serve immediately, next to the pasta.

Tip: For variety, instead of just shrimp, you can use a mix of shrimp, clams and small calamari. All three share similar calorie information.

Diet Recipe: Chili Con Carne

Here’s another diet recipe, this time with a few more calories than usual though: 300 calories. While the recipe itself is not as good as the real Chili Con Carne because of the requirements and restrictions of VLCDs, still, it is good enough and pretty tasty.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 130 grams of Safeway’s canned Chili beans (110 cals)
* 70 grams of lean turkey mince meat (75 cals – found at Safeway)
* 2 tablespoons of ball-pepper tomato pasta sauce (15 cals – found at Trader’s Joe)
* 33 grams of Basmati rice (100 cals – found at Trader’s Joe)
* 2 sprays of 0 calorie non-stick spray (0 calories)

Execution
1. Boil or steam and then drain the rice as usual. Don’t add any butter on it.
2. On a pot, spray twice of the 0 calorie oil. Add the turkey meat, stir a few times and cook until golden.
3. Add the pepper-tomato sauce. Stir. Add the beans. Stir.
4. After 1-2 minutes on a medium heat and stirring occasionally, it’s ready.
5. Serve hot, with the rice on the side.

Tip: You can replace the rice with steamed cauliflower and carrots. These veggies will fill you up more than 33 grams of rice ever will…