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Everything But the Kitchen Sink Chili: Low in Fat not in Flavor

6 Sep

A low fat and low carb chili for everyone enjoy even if you are on a restricted diet. This is great just on its own, or topped on a potato, slathered all over some french fries, or over some corn chips. Most chili recipes call for some type of ground meat, beans, and tomato as the base ingredients. Here I have cut out most of the meat, leaving only a quarter pound of lean ground chicken. If you are a vegetarian, the meat can be completely omitted. The out come was a thick hearty chili that is spoon after spoon of comfort. I was good eating this in the 90+ degree LA weather, I just can’t wait to make this in the winter again.

I like mine topped with a bit of greek yogurt and scallions

I called this Everything But the Kitchen Sink because of the many different types of ingredient that go into making this. Here is the list Continue reading

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Japanese Inspired Root Vegetable Stew

5 Sep

Finally a Japanese inspired dish. With my father’s recent health condition, my whole family have been forced to look for different low carb and low fat meals. After weeks of boiled broccoli, I have finally had it. While I was flipping though the cookbooks for some inspiration, I came across a recipe for a daikon and chicken stew. Instead of chicken, I made a substitution with fish cakes and then added a few extra variety of root vegetables. The meal was quick and easy. If you can chop things roughly then boil them, then you can make this dish. Continue reading

Sugar substittutes the 411

21 Aug

My best friend’s fiance *cough man-servant cough* commented on my last post concerning the use of sugar substitutes. There has been a lot of concerns when it comes to using sugar alternatives with speculation that it could be a carcinogen. Although studies have not been conclusive about artificial sugars causing cancer, some people have developed reservation when it comes to those pink and blue packets of artificial sugar.

To start things off there are two major classes of sugar substitutes, artificial and natural. Artificial sugars like saccharin, sucralose and aspartame are chemically synthesized in the labs. Natural sugar substitutes like stevia are derived from a plant called Stevia rebaudiana.  Each type of sugar have its own pro and cons. Continue reading

Cold Healthy Mango Treat

19 Aug

Summer is not summer with out some good cold ice cream. In fact ice cream is good all the time, but eating all the fat and sugar does not agree with my waistline. Sorbets are a good alternative to the classical ice cream with a lot less fat leaving us will close to little guilt after shoving two scoop fulls in our face. Even then, with the concerns with diabetes I have become hesitant with store bought varieties due to the added sugars in sorbet.

The combination of warm weather, sweet cravings and sugar paranoia I was inspired to make my own sorbet. It is mango season right now and mango sorbet is one of my all time favorite flavors. I wanted to make a mango sorbet with a slight twist by adding some basil and chardonnay. The results was this deliciousness. Continue reading

Fiber your new best friend: Demystified

14 Aug

Food is food and delicious food is even better. But how do we know the difference between the friends and the foes? We all hear about fiber and how it is so wonderful for our health. Although the term fiber seems to get thrown around left and right and splattered all across cereal boxes, how many of us truly understand what fiber does? Really, not many of us really pay much attention the term fiber.

I was on a recent bad food binge lately, and after that I felt the urge to start a period of detoxing to feel less guilt about the binge. My research on fiber begins with understanding the physical properties, functions and sources of fiber. After defining fiber, my research lead into the comparison of fiber to is evil cousin sugar. The information I found helped clarify a lot about why fiber is said to be so beneficial for our health, but also how to be weary of the hidden evil cousin.

Fiber the tale to two equally good twin siblings: Continue reading

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