Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another Hit - 600 Calories per Serving!

Yet another quest to cook my way into being skinny. I'll probably never make it - but I can at least try, right?

So, here's another meal. It has to be like 600 calories even. I mean, I don't know how to measure calories - but if I had to guess...I'd say 600. Don't ask me why - lol.

So, I did up my version of stewed chicken which crushed tomatoes and white wine (which I always seem to have handy). I also did a sun-dried tomato risotto made with brown rice. 

I know what you're saying. You're saying how could you possibly make risotto with brown rice. I know, I know - I didn't believe it either. It took me a while to come up with a trick to make this work - I think I've got it figured out.  

See, brown rice doesn't have a whole heck of a lotta starch like the rice you'd normally use for risotto. Soooo, know what I did? I diced up a starchy Idaho potato and added it to the cooking liquid. It cooked down and stirred in beautifuly. This risotto has NO CHEESE - just white wine (which I always have on hand), chicken stock, a bit of olive oil, and some low fat margarine that I'm using these days. I added a few herbs and sun-dried tomatoes and voila - you'd never know what was missing. I don't have the recipe finalized yet cuz well, I'm still playing around with it. I'll have it sooner than you think.

Lastly, I did some spicy garlicky green beans. A quick blanch in SHOCKINGLY SALTY WATER and a toss in garlic infused olive oil with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy, simple and delicious. 

Here's there recipe for the Stewed Chicken!

White Wine & Tomato Stew Chicken

 

1 whole chicken, cut up into individual pieces

1 16 ounce can of crushed tomatoes

½ cup of white wine

2 table spoons of olive oil

2 table spoons of reduced low fat margarine

¼ cup of chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon of dried basil and rosemary

Salt and pepper

 

In a skillet heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Sear on both sides until golden brown. Remove from skillet and add onions and garlic to the pan. Sauté in the pan drippings until translucent. Add white wine, tomatoes, bay leaf, basil, and rosemary and stir until well combined. Bring to a boil, add chicken, and simmer. Cover and cook for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout. 


Here are a few pics...enjoy!
-DTW








37 comments:

Rosabela said...

That looks so delicious!! Can't wait for the risotto recipe!!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks good. It's making me hungry all over again! I like your triangle plates

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That dish looks really good and appetizing! I love it!

Cheers,

Rosa

Sugee Andersyn said...

That's way too yummy!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

how much weight have you lost already!

Bec said...

Looks good!

Just letting you know, you can calculate the amount of calories in your recipes using something like what's on www.sparkrecipes.com. You put in all your ingredients, the number of servings, and it will spit out the caloric intake, as well as fat content, sodium etc. It's pretty neat!

Good luck with the weight loss!

doggybloggy said...

I like this diet - just arbritarily assign a numeric calorie count and then just believe in it....I think you are on to something here - and the starch in the rice trick is a keeper!

doggybloggy said...

I like this diet - just arbritarily assign a numeric calorie count and then just believe in it....I think you are on to something here - and the starch in the rice trick is a keeper!

ttfn300 said...

love the tip for brown rice risotto!!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

The chicken looks delicious.

Have you ever gone to Fitday.com? You can enter foods into it and it will give you approximate calorie counts.

A great substitute for arborio rice in risotto is barley. Many health-consious people recommend it for making risotto.

Jeanne said...

Interesting idea with the risotto - and I love those beans!

Super Dave Van Buren said...

man I soo need a cast iron pan. Nothing browns like them.

RealHustla said...

It looks delicious as usual. To loose weight, I can eat no more than 1200 calories per day.

That browned chicken looks good but the brown meat pieces and the wings boost up the calories.

What do you think about cooking spray?

Pigskin Loving Lady said...

Okay, I'm going to cook that this weekend. I need to subscribe to your blog because the day after Christmas I'm on a journey to drop 60 lbs. I can do it!! I must do it!!

Adam said...

Nice job D! I'm not an expert on calories, but in my opinion, I don't count protein calories or veggie calories. They tend to require energy for digestion, and kinda cancel each other out.

So what I'm trying to say is, um this dish looks awesome, and is guilt free.

Christina said...

Awesome! I definitely need to try this, especially since it uses brown rice. Nice trick with the potato, Darius!

Vicki said...

That plate looks delicious! Can't wait for the risotto recipe.

Lori Lynn said...

Good luck with your lower calorie diet Darius. With meals like this, it should be a snap!

OhioMom said...

Congrats on your venture to eating healthy!

feels good b n FREE said...

um, can u please come cook this food for me too???
from the looks of it, i need u in my life!
lol
I shall return!

Corinne said...

How was your cruise? Where did you go?

Re your entry - i love the brown rice risotto concept, delicious and innovative... why didn't I think if that?
Your pictures amaze me.

Foodycat said...

The whole plate looks delicious, but I think you are onto something great with those beans!

Snooty Primadona said...

This looks great whether one is on a diet or not. And, I agree that the green beans look really good, plus are much healthier.

Natashya said...

You are too funny, just assigning an amount of calories to your dinner!
It does look very tasty, especially the beans. I have been craving green beans lately.

Debbie said...

Your chicken and green beans look fantastic. Like what you did with the risotto. Very good!

Cheryl said...

That looks delish! I want to eat myself skinny, LOL! not happening at least in this house!

glamah16 said...

Looks tasty. Toamtoes , especially sun dried add a lot of flavor. Watch the salt( dont want excesss water/bloating).

TavoLini said...

hahaha--600 calories sounds good to me!

I'm intrigued by your risotto! I'm liking these healthy meals you're cooking--they look mouthwatering. And healthy. Fantastic!

Katherine Aucoin said...

This is WAY better than the Subway diet. I love the root soup.

Maria said...

Ok, that is one amazing meal! Looks SO good!

Zombie Mom said...

I am so trying the brown rice risotto - I am going to experiment with dried russets that I have to see if that will thicken up my brown rice - such a great idea to get the rice starchier... I love these latest recipes...

I wanted to cook your other stuff - but it was too high calorie for my every day - this is such a great gift!!!

Healthy gourmet foods - -thanks

joe@italyville.com said...

I like anything with Chicken and this looks delicious! Darius, you know we're waiting on your fish dish right? I know you have a great fish dish somewhere haha!

Jaime said...

mmmm so simple! i would love to try this

Cynthia said...

I am moving in! All your diet food is so darn good!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful, and I'd guess that it has a lot less than 600 cal. per serving.

If you want to try a tool that helps calculate calories, try Living Cookbook from Radium Technologies. It's not perfect, but it's certainly helped me.

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

Looks like you have been indulging in some darn good cooking lately!!

soulchocolate said...

I love tomato chicken combo. This looks like a super tasty meal!