Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fit Family Savory Low Calorie Beanless Chili

My mom used to cook chili for over 100 people once a year. She started a week of preparation for the project so we had dried beans stewing on the stove for days. The house was always full of delicious smells. People would often say they dreamed of her chili the entire year before. When I got married and had kids I was disappointed that I couldn't make chili for my family since we had bean issues and since it took a couple of days of preparation. But last night I adapted my mom's super chili recipe to make it low calorie, bean-less and quick. It was a winner! We loved it as a family and one of my 8 year old twins earnestly asked me if I had written the recipe down so that I could reproduce it. He knows me all to well.

I did get the recipe and even took  a picture this time

Savory Low Calorie Beanless Chili
Healthy and delicious!
Serves 12

1 lb Extra lean hamburger,
2 medium zucchini chopped small,
1 TBs canola or olive oil,
1 medium yellow onion,
1 yellow, 1 red and 1 orange mini bell peppers ,
1 large can tomato juice (46 oz), 1/2 cup vinegar,
1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can cilantro and lime stewed tomatoes (plain is fine),
Mild Chili Seasoning Packet (just because I am lazy),

Instructions: Chop onion finely and cook with 1 tbs of olive or canola oil in large sauce pan. Cook until onion is soft add chopped zucchini and saute together. Add hamburger meat and chopped peppers with stems and cores removed. Let hamburger cook fully then add chili seasoning packet and stir in with meat and vegetable mixture. Add tomatoes. Watch closely for burning and add tomato sauce slowly. Add Vinegar and 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Stir and bring to a slow boil. Add more salt and vinegar to preferred taste. Let simmer for an hour for more flavor. It is delicious fresh but always best the day after. I'm not sure on the servings we all ate it so quickly but I think it was about 12.

Bulk prep.

Happy Healthy Eating!

- Susan

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

More "Smeals" please! A Weight Loss Secret!

Do you start the day with solid determination to eat healthy but by lunch you begin to lose control and by dinner you decide that you can start again tomorrow? You just may need more "smeals".

What are smeals? Well since I am terming them and I haven't found anyone else who uses that word yet besides me, I can write my own definition:


Smeal - [s-meel]
noun a mix between a snack and a meal or in other words a small meal. It has all the nutrients of a substantial meal such as proteins, carbs and healthy fats but has the quickness and ease of a snack.

There ya go.

In my opinion, we need to readjust our thinking as a society. When I use the term "snack" people often think of granola bars or an apple. When I use the term "meal" people, especially moms, associate that word with slaving over a hot stove for an hour and taking a half hour to eat. I used to cringe at the thought of 6 meals because I had that mental association.

Smeals isn't just about what we eat but it is rethinking the whole process. A person can loose weight on 3 meals a day. Lets be clear about that. The reason why we hear 6 meals a day is because the meals tend to be closer together and people have more success with this especially if they are on a calorie deficiet diet. Blood glucose stays more level for those who have swing issues especially when carbohydrates are controlled and protein is consumed with each meal.

The beauty of smeals is that they can be made ahead of time in bulk or they can be made on the spot quickly. The key is in the planning.

Happy Healthy Eating!

- Susan

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