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    A lot of Pasta, any rice eaters?

    Lots of Pasta. What about rice, any rice advocates? Good rice recipes? I need cheap good, healthy foods.

    I have been hanging out on this section for a little while and thought I would finally chime in. I love cycling, mostly mountain biking and Beach Cruisen! I really want to get into road biking but don't have a road bike. Nor do I have the cash for one. I do ride my MNT bike as a roadie, but it is full suspention and heavy, but what are you goingn to do?
    I started lurking around b/c I would like to drop about 30lbs, it is all in my guy, mostly beer I imagine. I am assuming I would have to give up the sauce eh? Well I have not had a drop all Septemeber as a personal goal and I feel good. I do miss beer, not the hang overs.

    Any good beginner diet tips?

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    You can do a lot with small changes to your diet, especially if you excercise. I dropped from 245ish to about 205 over one year just be snacking smarter (fruit and lower-fat items), cutting down on fried food (deli sandwitch and baked lays for lunch, rather than burger and fries), upping the veggies, and excercising a bit. That first summer, I never went more than 10 miles on the bike - 1/2 hour to 45 minutes on a hybrid. I also quit drinking about the same time (previous fall actually) which had to help on the calory intake, but to be honest I didn't notice much weight loss until I made those diet changes.

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    Curried Rice

    Yield: 6 servings

    Ingredients

    3 c Rice, cooked
    1 ea Egg yolk
    1 ts Curry powder
    1 ea Green pepper, chopped
    1/4 ts Salt
    1/4 ts Pepper
    2 tb Butter
    1/4 ts Cayenne
    1 ea Onion, chopped

    Saute onion and green pepper in butter until onion is tender. Stir in curry powder, slightly beaten egg salt, pepper and cayenne. Mix into hot rice; Sprinkle with chopped olive if available.

    I'll toss some chicken into this to make a "meal." I'm a fan of couscous which I'll sub for the rice occasionally.

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    Cutting out beer will make a big difference. If you start eating lots of rice, it shouldn't be short-grain bleached white rice that has had all the good stuff stripped out of it. That's just like eating lots of Wonder bread.

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    I've been switching to more and more rice dishes after narrowing down wheat/gluten as the only remaining possible source of my allergies & asthma. Already cut out all dairy and milk a while ago. I suspect the high fat-content of cheeses were partially responsible for my 100lb weight-gain the past couple years.

    So... dirty-rice it is!

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    Risotto. Make Risotto. Use Japanese short grain if you can't afford Arborio rice.

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    I eat Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice and Black Beans and Rice several times a week. I have to restrain myself to not eat the whole package at a sitting.
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    Uh, yeah. Risotto. Greasy stuff, lots of butter and hard cheese. Not exactly a low-fat meal...

    I would rather recommend curry-fried rice. Does use a bit of oil, but less than risotto and you can use something fairly healthy like olive oil. Mix in frozen vegetables, a couple ounces of lean meat such as turkey, and an egg white, and it's a balanced meal! Goes like this:

    chop up a small onion. Heat wok or frypan until it's almost too hot, then add just enough olive oil to shine it up. Toss in the onion and quickly saute it, then add in a cup or two of old steamed rice that's been in the fridge a couple of days. Lightly saute it -- don't mash it up with a utensil or it will stick to the pan, just flip it around so the rice gets fluffy.
    Add about a tablespoon of red curry paste, maybe you want to dilute that with a little water beforehand so it mixes well. Drop in a cup of frozen vegetables - green beans or peas work well. Lightly stir / shake the pan just to keep everything cooking evenly, add in an egg white (or the whole egg if you like) and cook until the egg is done. Hit it with a little fish sauce before serving, and it's as good as any street cart. That's about a one-dollar meal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lws
    Uh, yeah. Risotto. Greasy stuff, lots of butter and hard cheese. Not exactly a low-fat meal...
    Oh please, forget the butter and hard cheese. You should have mentioned heavy cream as well. All of it's not really necessary. Just saute up your aromatics in a little olive oil, deglaze the pan with a little white wine, and use plain stock for the rest of the cooking liquid. If you really love parmesan just grate a little on the top after it's done. Fresh grated is so much better and you can do with so little. Just a coupla rasps will really liven it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer
    I eat Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice and Black Beans and Rice several times a week. I have to restrain myself to not eat the whole package at a sitting.
    Stock up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superwinner
    Any good beginner diet tips?
    Forget what everyone else says. Cut your overall caloric intake and/or ride harder/more to increase the number of calories you burn. Don't go overboard totally cutting out stuff you like. Just reduce the bad stuff you eat/ Find a diet you can stick and make it a lifestyle change. Otherwise, you're wasting your time. They only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume and be able to stick with it over the long-haul. Just my $0.02.
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    Mexican Rice recipe:

    1 cup long grain brown rice
    2 cups water
    1 220g can EL PATO brand tomato sauce(mexican hot style) or equivalent
    1 tbsp olive oil
    soy sauce to taste(I use 1-2 tblspns)

    Optional: Add 1/3 cup raw peanuts(this enhances the texture and protein content)

    Put all the ingredients in a pot and cover. Turn heat on high. Set timer for 50 minutes. Bring to boil. Turn heat down to low when pot starts to boil. Turn heat off after 50 minutes. Let sit for ~30 minutes. Serve with black beans and cheese on tortillas or with eggs or mix in with sauteed vegetables and beans. Yum

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    I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to making my meals. I eat rice frequently. Usually I will steam up a large batch and freeze it in pint sized ziplock type freezer bags. A cup or two per bag, get the air out and squash it flat so it defrosts quickly. Then whenever I want rice I just pull it from the freezer and ad a touch of good-fat type margarine* or olive oil plus salt and course pepper. I have found over time the taste of rice is excellent for itself without smothering it. Also if you drink milk, I often take out a bag and defrost it in a bowl, add a touch of good-fat margarine*, skim milk and something to sweeten it like honey. Makes an excellent snack this way.

    * I try to find margarine that has the lowest saturate content and the best monounsaturate or low saturate content plus I only use a little bit per serving.

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    Back in my vegetarian days, I used to live on rice. Whatever you eat, put it over rice. One of my favorites still is rice with veges over it, soy sauce and parmesan cheese. And of course there's curry.
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    Brown rice, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables like broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers, dark leafy greens like spinach, collards, turnip greens. Don't boil the vegetables to death; steam them instead.

    To cook greens, heat up a little olive oil in a skillet with some garlic, then add some chopped onion. When the onions are almost done, throw in the greens and stir them around. Keep the heat on pretty high but don't scorch anything. Greens are done in five minutes.

    It took me two weeks of diet soda before I got used to the taste. Then regular soda was like syrup to me. Now I don't drink any sodas and I don't miss them. I mixed decaf with the caf and just had two cups in the morning. Now I'm drinking just one cup of the half/half and mint tea at work.

    I gave up potato chips, chips and salsa. Occasionally I'll have some baked pita chips with hummus.

    I'll bake a whole chicken with some lemon wedges, garlic and spices. I then peel off the skin from what I eat with my veggies. The carcass I boil down, remove the bones, then make soup with the rest. You can cool the soup down in the fridge overnight and then skim all the fat off the top.

    Vegetable spaghetti: zucchinis, onions, carrots, celery, bell peppers, banana peppers, mushrooms are chopped up and sauteed in some olive oil. I then add crushed and whole peeled tomatoes, maybe some tomato paste to make a sauce and cook that with various spices for taste. Ladle over whole wheat pasta that's still a bit firm.

    The longer you cook pasta, the worse it is for you.

    Bake sweet potato or yams are very good for you. Be sure to eat the peel, it's the healthiest part.

    I buy those Gardenburgers made from soy and crumble them up as a meat substitute. I found some patties made from portobello mushrooms that were also very good. (I am and will always be a meat eater but when I find suitable substitutes, I'll eat them. Tofu has always been the blandest thing on earth no matter how I've had it served to me.)

    Chop up a bunch of vegetables very fine and mix them with some rice. Maybe add a little grated cheese to hold it together and for flavor. Grill some poblano or bell peppers in a skillet till the skin is blackened and peeling. Stuff the veg/rice mix into the peppers and bake until good and hot. Or you can freeze them till you want them.

    I eat lots of salads using spinach, romaine, red or green leaf lettuce. Iceberg lettuce is tasteless and not very nutritious. Instead of dressing, I've sprinkled lemon juice, tobasco sauce and salt and pepper on the salad.

    Take a can of corn and a can of black beans and drain them well. Heat up a bit of olive oil or butter in a skillet and saute some onions in there. After a minute or so, add the corn and beans. Throw in a can of Rotel (diced tomatoes with peppers) and stir it around till it's hot and you're tired of cooking it. Season to taste. I use cumin powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and garlic.

    If I cook with ground beef, I cook it and then put it in a strainer and rinse out the fat. Put it in with some rice and corn to make Hoppin' John. Chopped up Gardenburgers work well for this, too.

    I eat a lot of fish either baked or broiled in the oven.

    Snacks are fruit, carrots, nuts, peanut butter(the kind with no added sugar) spread on whole wheat bread(the kind that's 10-12 different whole grains).

    If you ever want to make yourself stop eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts, just squeeze one really hard and see how much grease comes oozing out. It's not pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lws
    Uh, yeah. Risotto. Greasy stuff, lots of butter and hard cheese. Not exactly a low-fat meal...
    Not quite sure which risotto recipe you are using but I never put butter or cream in risotto. A small amout of olive oil to saute onions, a little white wine and low-sodium chicken broth. Cheese is optional(but tasty) and as cheeses go Parmesean is one of the better choices.

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    And then there's saffron rice.

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    Barley, eat more barley. Dont' drink more barley,
    ???Huh???

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    Where do you get yours, and how do you make it?

    Here's one site I have ordered from before.

    www.waltonfeed.com

    I would just combine the barley and hot water in a thermos and eat it hours later.
    Last edited by FXjohn; 10-06-05 at 05:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    And then there's saffron rice.

    A pinch of saffron in basmati rice is incredibly delicious.

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    I eat more rice than any other kind of grain.

    Jasmin rice is my favorite, and dont go telling me its bad cause its got a high gi, i dont care

    Living in Vancouver, we have all you can eat sushi restraunts on almost every corner, (like seattle with starbucks). Sushi is almost all rice, and some fish or veggie, what more could you want
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