Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Beans; a Dieters Best Buddy

Beans and Cabbage, Creole Style
Brimming with fiber; "Colon Pow"

1 head organic cabbage
1 pkg. soy based 'ground beef'
1 chopped bell pepper
½ chopped onion
1 large can organic stewed tomatoes
12 ounces soy cheddar cheese crumbles
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 can organic kidney beans, drained
A pinch of Cayenne powder
2 tbs. ground Flax Seed (use a coffee grinder and freeze the remainder)
Brown onion and bell pepper.
Cut up cabbage.
Add all ingredients except the Flax and saute for five minutes. Stir frequently.

Only grind just the amount of Flax seed needed. In this case, 1-2 tablespoons
Please do not overcook the cabbage. Your Holy Temple loves those tasty nutrients.
Heat kills.
Add the ground flax seed at the end of the cooking process.

Don't Be a Has-'Bean'
Beans are a dieter's best buddy. Don't let their "explosive" nature scare you away from some of the best lean protein around. Beans are a filler-upper loaded with B vitamins and minerals.

Were you aware that one serving of beans (legumes) has the same amount of protein as a serving of meat? Their calorie contents are identical; however the fat content of beans is insignificant. Fat from animals causes heart disease and weight problems. Fat is fat, but there are good fats and bad fats, as you already know.

The fiber content of beans is exceptionally high. Greasy meat is the exact opposite. Most importantly beans will fill you up even more than a greasy hamburger. A ¼ pound of beans is much bigger in your stomach than ¼ pound of dead-cow burgers. Try it, you'll like it. I added the Flax for its Omega 3 Essential fatty Acid content and additional fiber. Good heart food.
Chef Wendell