1st September 2007

Happy Meals for Adults

posted in Recipes, The Daily Diet by Joann

No, I’m not talking about super sized kids meals without the toy when I speak of Happy Meals for Adults. What I’m referring to are meals that make us happy! Meals that don’t drag us down, giving us that full feeling and leave us without energy. I’m talking about meals that contain smart foods. Pasta, Beans, dark greens, nuts and fish.

Beans of which there are numerous sorts, help to regulate our blood sugar. Beans also have about the same amount of protein as meats and some, such as soy when reduce to flour have more. Beans have great fiber and can be served so many ways. You can use beans in soups, salads, with rice or pastas, you can mash them for sandwich fillers. If you have time to cook your beans from scratch you can choose from two methods. You can soak them overnight and the next day add sufficient water to cook usually for 1 to 2 hrs. Or, you can simmer them for 2 minutes and set aside for an hour to soak, returning them to cook for 1 to 2 hours. Either way, always rinse well first and never boil or add salt because this causes the bean to become tough. You can season after cooking or with vegetables while cooking. My favorite way for cooking almost any bean is to add onion, celery and bay leaf. Black beans are good if when finished cooking you add jalapeno peppers and a bit of cumin. Beans take well to olive oil when added before serving.

We have wonderful pasta’s to choose from to obtain our carbohydrates. Remember that pasta like beans; 1/2 cup constitutes a portion. With greens you can go crazy, having a cup or more. Go for the dark greens; spinach, chard, mustard greens, collard greens because these are the ones that are rich in folic acid, a B Vitamin that is often linked to mood disorders. If you’re not into fish, remember to add the omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.

Eat and be happy!

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