Recipe Round-up: Issue 9 of 2017

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Full Plate recipes help you lose weight because they’re both slimming and filling.

The more fiber a recipe contains the better it is for losing weight and filling you up.

We categorize our recipes 3 ways, good, better, best.

  • GOOD recipes contain an above average amount of fiber
  • BETTER recipes contain a higher amount of fiber
  • BEST recipes contain the highest amount of fiber

Cheesy Zucchini Rice [Good Choice]

Image and Recipe Credit: Chungah with http://damndelicious.net/

Risotto is an Italian favorite – who doesn’t love a creamy, cheesy rice dish after all? The problem is that it’s not terribly slimming. This recipe, however is slightly healthier. It’s still creamy, and cheesy, but it has a bit more fiber added in with the zucchini. Make it with brown rice or quinoa and it’s even healthier.

Slimming tip: Cut the butter and cheese in half. It will still taste amazing, and be much more weight loss friendly to boot!

Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup [Best Choice]

This soup is all vegetables and seasonings, but because it’s blended, no one really has to know. It’s sip-able, which makes it easy to put in a thermos and pack for lunch or busy on-the-go supper.

Recipe tip:Make this soup more filling by blending in a few white beans – navy or great northern are great creamy choices.

Strawberry Soup with Angel Food Croutons [Better Choice]

strawberries soup is a great dessert option during winter months

Image and Recipe Credit: Ruthie with http://cookingwithruthie.com/

Strawberry ice cream might be the perfect treat in summertime when the weather is hot, but when it’s chilly or rainy out, try this strawberry soup instead.

Unlike ice cream, Angel Food Cake and strawberries, where the fruit is generally just a small topping, this recipe is much more slimming. That’s because the strawberries make up the base of this recipe with the cake used as a condiment.

Slimming tip: For a creamier soup or if you desire to use natural sugar, blend in a banana instead of using agave. But serve it up immediately, as the banana will brown over time.

Lentil Bolognese [Better Choice]

lentils add more fiber and protein to this delicious dish

Image and Recipe Credit: Rachel with http://www.rachelcooks.com/

I am so in love with this recipe because it’s pretty hands off when I make it in the rice cooker. You can make it easier on yourself by using store bought tomato sauce. But It’s the hidden veggies that make the recipe fantastic, and a new family favorite.

Healthy Grits [Best Choice]

I grew up eating grits for breakfast. And I still love to eat them. But white corn grits are very processed and not terribly weight loss friendly. You can, however, find yellow corn grits that are whole grain. They just take slightly longer to cook.

So serve this recipe over the weekend. It would definitely be a fun Sunday brunch idea.

Recipe tip: Save time by using unsweetened almond, soy, or cashew milk from the store instead of making your own overnight.

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