Good weight loss programs spice it up! I was a vegetarian for 14 years long before it was fashionable to eat a lot of vegetables. When I ventured into restaurants in those days, the best I could do was a plate of soggy, tasteless vegetables.


That led me to teach myself to cook, more in self-defense than because of interest. But, I learned that spices were my friends and experimented with many of them. I was first drawn to Indian cooking because it typically uses a lot of vegetables and interesting spices.



Good Weight Loss Programs Rely on Vegetables



Good weight loss programs include large quantities of vegetables. Many of my clients initially tell me that they “hate” vegetables. What I find is that they don’t realize that they can be cooked in new ways and made flavorful with a variety of spices.


I love to spice up my food with exotic offerings. My latest favorite is smoked paprika. Whereas normal paprika is made from crushed dried chilies, smoked paprika uses chilies that are smoke-dried and then crushed. They are typically smoked with oak which leads to a strong outdoorsy flavor. It adds a nice spiciness.


When using smoked paprika, a little goes a long way with this spice. The smokiness can sometimes be a little overpowering if you use too much. When experimenting with it in a new dish, start off with a half teaspoon and work your way up from there.


The real draw with this spice is the smoky quality. Even just a little bit adds an incredibly seductive smoky flavor and aroma to any dish. Traditionally, smoked paprika is used in making chorizo sausage and many paella recipes. But, it works well in stews, with potatoes, in eggs dishes and as a dry rub for any type of meat dish.



Smoked Paprika Chicken Breast


Good weight loss programs should include a tasty chicken recipe like this one:

Ingredients: (serves 4)

• 4 skinless chicken breasts (about 200g each)
• 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaf
• 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
• 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper



1. Mix together the paprika, oil, garlic, basil, salt and cayenne.

2. Massage this mix into the chicken breasts and allow to stand for about 20 minutes.

3. Heat a pan over medium heat, and sauté on both sides until chicken is golden brown and cooked through-about 8 minutes each side depending on the thickness of your fillets.

4. Add a little more oil if you need to, though there should be enough from the marinade.

5. Slice on the diagonal and serve.


• Bake the chicken breasts in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

• Change up the spices: smoked paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground garlic, salt and pepper rubbed with a little olive oil. Proportions are twice as much paprika compared to the other spices. Add more cumin for additional spiciness.


Nutrition: (per serving)

Calories: 336
Carbs: 1.5g
Fat: 13.1g
Fiber: .7g
Protein: 50.5g

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