Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Go North of the Border for Bacon
Taken from the lean, tender eye of the loin in the pig’s back, Canadian bacon is actually closer to ham than to regular bacon, which comes from the side of the pig.
Canadian bacon is sold precooked, so it shrinks less in preparation and therefore provides more servings per pound.
Canadian bacon also has 35% less sodium, 65% fewer calories, and 75% less fat than regular bacon.
Recipe of the Day: Caribbean Beans and Rice
Loaded with protein and fiber, this exotic-tasting bean dish is scrumptious and filling.
It can be served as a main course or in 1/2-cup side dish portions with grilled chicken or shrimp.
Don’t let leftover coconut milk go to waste – it can be frozen for later use in smoothies or desserts.
Makes 10 (1/2-cup) servings
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 (1-ounce) slices Canadian bacon, finely diced
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 cup long-grain brown rice
2 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth (see note)
1 cup light coconut milk
2 cups cooked red beans or 1 (15-ounce) can, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped scallions
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
Add the onion and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until soft and just starting to brown.
Add the bacon, garlic, allspice, cinnamon, and curry and cook for 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
Add the rice and stir well.
Pour in the broth and coconut milk.
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Cover the pot, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.
Stir in the beans.
Allow to sit, covered, for 15 minutes before serving.
Serve sprinkled with cilantro and scallions.
Note: For a soupier consistency, use an additional 1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth.
Per serving: 210 calories, 5 g total fat (2 g saturated), 10 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 30 g total carbohydrates (1 g sugars), 6 g fiber, 10 g protein.
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from Flavor First by Cheryl Forberg, RD