Thursday, March 30, 2006
No Brother of Consequence Guest Blog - Dieting for the Hungry Man
Ostrich Burger, Fries & Steamed Vegetables
Like many of you out there I too have had problems controlling my weight over the years. I am an avid gym goer however I still am not at the weight I would like to be. The problem is I like to eat! I am a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary school and have dedicated myself to developing recipes that enable me to eat the most amount of food for the minimum amount of calories possible. The following is one of my favorite meals and is only about 600 calories. That may seem like a lot until you take into account that it only contains 3 grams of fat! Compare the same Big Mac and Medium Fries from McDonalds and you can see the benefits. (940 Calories 50grams of fat!) Even if you add a bun you will only add around 120 calories and less than 3 grams of fat. Remember that based on a 2000 calorie diet (most larger people tend to burn a lot more than this because of the amount of work the body has to do to lug all that weight around) this meal at most is 36% of the days allotment. This leaves you 1280 calories for both Breakfast, Lunch, and a Snack. Remember, eating healthier will make you feel better physically and feel better about yourself in the long run. I use a technique that has worked pretty well in helping me to keep my junk food under control. Before I eat anything I ask myself the following question in my head: "Do I want to eat this more than I hate being fat!" I guarantee if you ask yourself that question each time you eat something you will start to get your cravings under control. Drink a lot of Water, exercise (walking is a great start) and you should see results. I will be offering recipes from time to time so your feedback is appreciated.
1/2 pound Ostrich Burger - Bunless 220 Calories 3 grams fat W/Bun around 350 calories 5 grams of fat
(Give Ostrich a chance. I know it sounds strange but when you season it, it tasted like a very lean ground beef. It has the lowest calories, fat, and cholesterol per ounce of ANY meat so if your goal is to be able to each as much as possible for the lowest amount of calories it can be a great friend!)
8oz Ground Ostrich (You can find it at health food stores or buy on-line. You will get a MUCH better price on-line)
Franks Red Hot Garlic Powder
Season Patty with garlic powder and coat in Franks Red Hot. (optional but very tasty!) Broil until desired texture is reached. Remember Ostrich cooks just like red meat. You can eat it rare-well done. It is NOT Poultry so if you apply the same safety standards you apply to beef it will be fine.
Baked Fries - I realize this is a contradiction however this recipe only has 200 calories and 0 fat! This is my favorite thing to eat. It has no more calories than a Baked Potato with a French fry feel. Despite the recent anti carb marketing blitz potatoes are NOT bad. They are extremely high in potassium and naturally fat free. I wouldn't eat 100 a day but a couple won't hurt and are very tasty.
2 Medium Size Yukon Gold potatoes
Fat Free Cooking Spray
Heat oven to 450 degrees
Slice potatoes into French fries
Line the bottom of a baking sheet with foil and spray liberally with the cooking spray. Place potatoes on tray and spray liberally again with the spray. Bake for 40 minutes flipping with a spatula after 20. Remove from oven and season. They will be nice and crispy and golden brown! I know they take a while but they're worth it!
Steamed Vegetables - 2 cups around 80 calories. I suggest buying green giant bags of mixed vegetables for this one. You can even buy some decent microwavable ones. The point of the vegetable is to add food without a lot of calories. I guarantee you will be full after eating all of this. If you're not I'd be very surprised. Enjoy!
No Brother of Consequence