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High Protein Recipes Starches Vegetarian

Tomato Onion Rice

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I’ve doubled the ingredients in this recipe so that you can use the leftovers to make a thick and creamy Tomato Soup for another meal.

Saute 2 chopped onions over medium heat in 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil until just starting to color. Stir in

4 cloves sliced garlic
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 cup parboiled brown rice
1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
1 cup dry red wine
1/4 teaspoon each sea salt and black pepper

Place in dish 4 tomatoes cut in half and placed with cut side down. Lower heat to low and cook covered without stirring for 10 minutes. Remove lid and using a pair of tongs grab the skin of each tomato and discard. Stir the dish mashing the tomato as you do so. If the dish is too soupy continue cooking, stirring frequently over low heat until desired consistency. Remove from heat; taste and add sea salt and pepper if needed and 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley. Set aside half and refrigerate for another meal.

You may garnish with any of the following if desired:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • chopped or sliced olives
  • finely diced raw red bell pepper

 

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All Veggie Chili

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This is a great recipe when you’re on the Last 10 Pounds, Jumpstart or Rotation Diet, especially since we tend to think of chili as comfort food, this chili sans beans and meat fools our brains into thinking it’s eating something high calorie that is actually a Free Food. Scroll on down to the Family Chili adaptation for an easy way to adapt this recipe to work for your whole family without cooking twice.

Stir together in medium pot and simmer until vegetables are cooked through, about 30 minutes.

  • 2 ~ 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced or sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (if you won’t be adding the fresh tomatoes use 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup pureed red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon carob or cocoa powder
  • dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each cumin and coriander
Garnish with finely diced roasted red bell pepper using 1/4 to 1/2 cup for each bowl of chili.

Living Food Chili: if you’d like to get more raw foods into your diet, try this trick:

The night before you make this stew put 4 whole tomatoes in the freezer. The next morning move them to the fridge or kitchen counter so that they can thaw. Make sure to place them in a bowl to catch the juices that will be released as they thaw.

Working over a blender or food processor bowl to catch the juices use your hands to remove and discard the tomato skin and core. Puree and set aside.  Stir into soup after removing from heat.

Black Bean Veggie Chili: stir in canned or leftover black bean soup at a ratio of 1 can black bean to 4 cans chili.

Family Chili: Set your portion of chili aside and add enough canned kidney or black beans or cooked ground beef to the remaining chili to satisfy the family.

Quick Chili – use the fresh tomato trick to freshen up canned chili.

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Using Leftovers: Make Wrapped Lunches

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One of my favorite ways to use leftovers is to make them into a wrap the next day. Here are some of my combinations. I italicized the items that are leftovers. Please feel free to share your own ideas in the Comments section.

Mexican Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • cheese (I use soy cheese)
  • Spanish rice
  • beans
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • lettuce

Chinese Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • rice w/ leftover sauce stirred in
  • any leftover dish (one dish per wrap)

  • layer leftover items over rice
  • micro greens or sprouts

Fast Food Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • cheese or soy cheese
  • meat, chopped or cut into strips
  • salad
  • lettuce or sliced tomato if no leftover salad

Italian Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • cheese or soy cheese
  • meat, chopped or cut into strips
  • veggies
  • salad
  • lettuce or sliced tomato if no leftover salad

Pizza Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • cheese or soy cheese if no cheese in leftover items
  • pizza toppings (warm slightly to make it easier to scrape topping and cheese directly into wrap)
  • salad
  • lettuce or sliced tomato if no leftover salad


Look for Low-Carb Tortillas

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Cucumber Mint Soup

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The recipe for this soup comes from Epicurious.com. You’ll also find many other versions of cucumber soup from Chilled Mango & Cucumber to Smoked Salmon and Dill at Epicurious. This recipe makes about 4 1/2 cups. It can be prepared in 45 minutes or less but requires additional unattended time.

In a blender puree

  • 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2/3 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon English-style dry mustard, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Transfer to a container with a lid. Chill soup at least 6 hours or overnight.

Stir in 1 cup peeled, seeded, and finely diced cucumber.

Variations:

  • Substitute fresh dill for the mint.
  • Garnish with shredded salmon, lobster or crab.
  • Garnish with lemon zest.
  • Garnish with chopped capers.
  • Garnish with chopped hard-boiled egg.

 

Recipes Starches Vegetarian

Annie’s Homegrown Mac ‘n Cheese

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I always have a couple of boxes of Annie’s Homegrown Mac ‘n Cheese in my pantry. With a few veggies stirred in they’re great for when I don’t feel like actually cooking.

Suggestions for items to stir into Annie’s Mac ‘n Cheese – we’re assuming that these are already precooked:

  • spinach or other greens
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • onion
  • cauliflower
  • soy “dogs”

Or make up the mac n cheese according to the package directions and then stir it into one of the following types of soups:

  • tomato
  • red bell pepper
  • carrot
  • chicken or vegetable broth
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Too Busy To Cook? Imagine’s Soups Will Save the Day

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I love Imagine brands boxed soups. They taste so fresh, they have tons of varieties & you can add anything you might have in your fridge, pantry or freezer to change them up. Frankly I’ve been to restaurants that would have done better to chuck their soup recipe and used Imagine soup instead. I guarantee that their customers would not know they’re using boxed soup and the end product would be better than what they’re serving.

Here’s my dirty little secret – I haunt the aisles of health food stores looking for items on sale. Many of these items are disappointing but I can’t stand to throw them away, so I generally add them to one of Imagine’s boxed soups (which I have a pantry full of) and they have yet to disappoint me. It’s magic, how something that was ho-hum, when added to one of Imagine’s soups is suddenly escalated into the “can’t stop eating it” category.

I can’t say it any better than Imagine says it: “Imagine the finest, organic vegetables, lightly simmered with fresh herbs and delicious seasonings. Imagine no more … Imagine Organic Soups and Broths are available in more than twenty varieties and are packaged in re-sealable aseptic cartons to lock in their wholesome gourmet flavor.”

 

Beverages Recipes Vegetarian

Vegan “Egg” Nog

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I LOVE this smoothie. It’s as close to egg nog as a vegan can get :)

Grind in blender 2/3 cup raw almond, cashew, or macadamia nuts, soaked overnight and drained or add 2/3 cup nut butter. When finely ground, add 6 dates, pitted or 1/2 cup chopped dates and continue processing until dates are finely chopped.

Add to blender and puree until smooth

2 cups nondairy milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 – 3 frozen bananas
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Pizza Wrap Sandwich

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I love this wrap. It’s so versatile. You add your favorite pizza toppings so there are endless variations. It’s fun to lay out the toppings and let everybody build their own wrap.

This wrap can be either Protein, Starch or Vegetarian depending on what you top it with. While the tortilla is a Starch it is little enough that it is okay with Protein toppings, although not okay if you’re on a low carb diet.

Place several slices of mozzarella cheese (dairy or soy) on top of a whole wheat tortilla. Add any combination of your favorite pizza toppings.

Suggested toppings:

  • pepperoni (meat or soy)
  • sausage (meat or soy)
  • mushrooms (raw or cooked)
  • red onion
  • spinach
  • tomato
  • bell pepper (raw or roasted)
  • fresh basil, thyme, oregano and/or rosemary
  • olives
  • artichoke hearts
  • ham and pineapple
  • Parmesan cheese
  • zucchini

Roll tortilla tightly around toppings and place seam side down in hot pan lightly coated with olive oil. Turn when browned and brown the other side.

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Country Chicken Casserole

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Amazing what kinds of things you’ll think up when you have hungry kids, little time and even less patience.  Necessity is the mother of …  good recipes :)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt a little extra-virgin olive oil and butter in a flameproof casserole dish or Dutch oven.

Add 4 cups fresh or frozen chopped vegetables and saute until al dente.

Turn off heat and stir in

  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 can condensed cream soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, creme fresche or yogurt (I like to mix 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 yogurt)

Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes until hot and bubbling. Sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheese over top of casserole and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until cheese is melted.

This recipe is so easy to vary and have a completely different dish each time. Below are some of my favorites, but please add to the Comments if you come up with a winner.

Broccoli with Cream of Chicken or Cream of Celery Soup
Mushrooms with Cream of Mushroom Soup
California Veggie Mix with Cream of Celery Soup
Cauliflower with any cream soup
Asparagus with Cream of Asparagus, Cream of Chicken or Cream of Celery Soup

Recipes Starches Vegetarian

Quick Veggie Pasta

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Cut vegetables into matchsticks using a knife or mandoline. Place cut vegetables in a colander in the sink. Cook whole grain pasta with a big pinch of sea salt until al dente. Pour boiling water and pasta into colander over the vegetables. Transfer pasta and vegetables back into pot and toss with your choice of:

  • pesto
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • butter
  • dairy or soy mozzarella
  • Parmesan (dairy or nondairy)
  • tomato sauce