Thursday, January 1, 2009

January One-Weight Loss here we come

Well, it's the first of the year again and it's that time again. Time to start trying to watch what we eat, get to the gym, and take better care of ourselves. Last year, I started posting some good lo-fat recipes but somehow got side-tracked and quit. I am going to try again. Sometimes we eat recipes from Weight Watchers Cookbooks and sometimes we make stuff up but usually we eat pretty healthy around here. This year, Steve and his sister, Shannon, have decided to try and do a body building/fitness show so the pressure to eat right is really on now. Not only for him but me also. I can't have some super buff hotty for a hubs and be a chunky monkey right? Right. So, today I had a craving for chili and thought I'd just make it a bit healthier than normal. Ground beef always seems to pose a problem, even when you use the really lean stuff so I substituted steak for the hamburger and threw in some extra veggies (ALWAYS a good idea!)

Sam's New Years Chili

1 Lg. Can Chili beans

2 cans dark red kidney beans

1 lg. green pepper, chopped

1 lg. red bell pepper, chopped

1 lg. onion, chopped

8 oz. steak, cooked and chopped (this sounds like a lot but we have a protein hound in the house)

3 cloves crushed garlic

2 T. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 c. bloody Mary mix

1 T. Tabasco sauce

1 c. water

Throw it all in the Crock Pot and let simmer for a'll know when it's done (that would be when you can't take smelling the delicious aroma a single second longer and have to dig in....oh, and when everything is hot.)

I found this cool website that lets you enter ingredients from recipes and it figures the nutritional values's very cool! Here are the values for this chili-

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287.3
Total Fat 2.7 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 16.2 mg
Sodium 1,039.9 mg
Potassium 536.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 44.8 g
Dietary Fiber 15.1 g
Sugars 1.6 g
Protein 19.9 g
Vitamin A 14.8 %
Vitamin B-12 13.4 %
Vitamin B-6 15.6 %
Vitamin C 65.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.8 %
Calcium 6.3 %
Copper 12.4 %
Folate 19.3 %
Iron 22.2 %
Magnesium 12.3 %
Manganese 19.9 %
Niacin 10.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 4.4 %
Phosphorus 20.0 %
Riboflavin 11.6 %
Selenium 11.1 %
Thiamin 13.0 %
Zinc 11.0 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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