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Well, I hope everyone had a joyous holiday and didn't overindulge in the extravagant feasts that go along with the season. But for those of you who did or those who made a New Year's resolution to shed a few pounds this year, I decided to give you a recipe and a few tips to help jumpstart your weight loss endeavor.
Remember that the word `diet' means food and drink regularly consumed or habitual nourishment, according to Merriam Webster's dictionary. A `diet' is not a short-term project, it is a life long one. If you just change your eating habits for a couple of months and then return to eating half a chocolate cake a day, the weight will come back plus some.
So make the commitment to change your eating habits forever. Pick a `diet' that you can live with for the rest of your life. Read labels and become proactive in your battle against the bulge.
Ok, I will get off my soapbox now…..but I am not just rambling here, I have made the commitment to change my eating habits and I am 55 pounds lighter. But I also have come to terms with not being able to sit down and polish off a pint of Ben and Jerry's.
Here is a recipe and some tips to get you started.
Pork Pinwheels With Apricot Stuffing
1 lb Pork tenderloin
1 1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 cup Apricot nectar
1 dash Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Chicken Bouillon Granules
1 Tablespoon Margarine
2/3 cups Water,hot
1/8 teaspooon Cinnamon,ground
1/3 cup Apricots,dried, snipped
1 dash Black pepper
2 Tablespoons Celery,chopped
2 Tablespoons onion, chopped
4 slices Multigrain Bread,Cubed
Split tenderloin lenghwise, cutting to, but not through, opposite side;
open out flat. Pound tenderloin lightly with meat mallet to a 10x6
rectangle. For stuffing - Dissolve bouillon in hot water, pour over apricots. Let stand 5 minutes. Cook celery and onion in margarine until tender but not brown. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and pepper. In a large bowl mix bread cubes, onion mixture, and apricot mixture; toss lightly to moisten.
Spread stuffing evenly over tenderloin. Roll up jelly-roll style,
Starting from short side. Secure meat roll with wooden toothpicks or tie with
string at 1-inch intervals. Cut meat roll into six 1-inch slices.
Place meat slices on rack of unheated broiler pan, cut side down.
Broil 4 inches from heat 12 minutes. Turn; broil 11 to 13 minutes more
or till done. Remove toothpicks or string; transfer meat to a serving
platter. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine cornstarch and nutmeg. Stir in
apricot nectar. Cook and stir till mixture is bubbly. Cook and stir
2 minutes more. SERVE sauce with meat slices. 6 Servings
Per Serving: 221 Cal (30% from Fat, 43% from Protein, 27% from Carb);
23 g Protein; 7 g Tot Fat; 15 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 30 mg Calcium; 2 mg
Iron; 176 mg Sodium; 60 mg Cholesterol
ADAPT YOUR OWN RECIPE
Reduce Cholesterol - Use vegetable oil or margarine instead of butter;
Substitute 2 egg whites for 1 egg, or use egg substitute; Use more vegetables and grains and less meat in recipe; Use soy-based product to replace part of meat eg. Tofu; Use nonfat milk products instead of whole milk
Reduce Fat Content - Use reduced calorie mayonnaise and salad dressing; Blend cottage cheese or yogurt with milk for sour cream topping; Replace regular whipping cream with low-cal topping or yogurt; Remove visible fat from meat and skin from poultry before cooking; Decrease oil in marinades and salad dressing; increase vinegar, water and seasonings; Use foods canned in their own juice or water; De-fat meat drippings by refrigerating and skimming fat off the top; Decrease the amount of fat used in baked goods by 1/3 to 1/2 and increase fluids accordingly; Cheese that is finely grated or thinly sliced goes further; Pour some of the fat off the top of "natural" peanut butters
Reduce Sodium Content - Use low-salt or no-salt-added products; Increase your use of herbs and spices in place of salt in recipes; Use fresh foods whenever possible in place of canned or processed soup mixes; Do not add salt to water when cooking pasta or other foods
Reduce Sugar Content - Decrease the amount of sugar called for in traditional recipes by at least 1/3; Use fruit canned in water or fruit juice; Use non-caloric sweeteners if needed to increase the sweetness of a recipe.
Cool Culinary Trivia
'Life Savers' was the first candy in America to be wrapped in tinfoil to keep them fresh
Julia Child has outlived Nathan Pritikin
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's wedding cake was 9 feet around, weighed 300 pounds and was 14 inches high. It was served at the wedding breakfast.
In 1907, one of the ad campaigns for Kellogg's Corn Flakes (then the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company) offered a free box of cereal to every woman who would wink at her grocer.