I’ve managed a successful diet twice in my life and both times I used Weight Watchers coupled with an exercise that I can enjoy. The first time (when I was 40) my friend and I spent our lunch hour doing a step class together five days a week in conjunction with Weight Watchers. That time I lost my 70 smoking cessation pounds and kept them off for over a year, but as soon as the exercise stopped, the weight came back on. Then 10 years later I discovered Curves and used that successfully with Weight Watchers to lose 50 pounds. However, before I reached my weight goal, my son died and I lost focus. So here I am ten years later with those fifty pounds back on and then some.
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But I know that I need to cut back on the food as well. So I weighed in (ouch!) and started a food diary. I hate the whole process, but I really need to lose some weight (big sigh).
OK... so I also decided to try to increase the dietary fiber portion of my diet. I did a web search for lentil recipes and found this one at the Huffington Post, but I didn’t have all the ingredients so I kind of took this as a starting point and used what I had on hand. I really enjoyed it... never really thought about sautéing lentils before. I’ve always used them in soups and stews.
Lentil Onion Mushroom Spinach Carrot Sauté with Beer
First I cooked one pound of lentils in 2 cups low sodium chicken stock and four cups water with garlic, dried onion, a bay leaf, some Old Bay Seasoning, and a tiny pinch of salt.
While the lentils cooked, I chopped the vegetables:
Then I sauteed them in a 12" skillet with the following:
1 tbs olive oli
1/2 of a large red onion chopped
2 cups chopped mushrooms
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup shredded carrots
I cooked the above for about six to seven minutes until the onions and mushrooms were brown and the carrots were soft. Then I added:
2 cups cooked lentils
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp marjoram
1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
tiny dash of salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash Chicken Grilling spices
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup beer
2 large handfuls of salad greens (I used Organic Girl Super Greens) and cooked until the greens wilted. I ate it with a piece of whole grain toast. Yumm. First time I’ve ever really enjoyed lentils as a main entree. Plus is it also good cold.
I hope you try this. It's actually quite yummy (this from a carnivore). K