Bob Harper Skinny Meals / Weekend Cooking
You know him from the show Biggest Loser when he is pushing contestants to their limits. Bob is also a personal trainer, as well as some one who takes care of their own body and what they put in it.
As Bob says in the forward of this book, what he is sharing here is the same foods and meals he eats and encourages those he works with to eat. Healthy eating habits and working out are the keys to a fitter, fuller life.
As soon as I seen this book on-line I knew I wanted to own it. Lots of delicious looking recipes that did not seem to be above my cooking skills. No recipe over 350 calories and balanced so your carbs are eaten by mid afternoon and your suppers are balanced with the fiber and calories you need for burning them through the night.
The forward to the book are basic steps for balancing your meals and not over eating. Bob says always drink a full glass of water before any meal. Even take a glass of water by your bedside so first thing in the morning you can drink it. Not only does it help you feel fuller before you eat, it also helps flush out the things your body does not need. He also suggests no eating after 8 pm and go to bed hungry. Your body starts to burn fat around 3 hours after eating. Why not deal with those “hungry hours” while you are sleeping? ;)
Since purchasing the book I have made several recipes out of it, planning to use it more in the future as well (there is a spaghetti squash recipe filled with vegies I have my eye on to try).
Here is the Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream Sauce I tried. Or I would like to call it, “you had me at avocado!”
Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream Sauce
- 1 large zucchini (approx. 2 cups worth)
Avocado Cream Sauce
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 cup arugula
- 1/4 cup chopped basil
- 1/4 cup low sodium broth (either veggie or chicken)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 oz roasted, boneless, skinless chicken breast
- Slice zucchini very thinly lengthwise. Then cut each piece into thirds, lengthwise so that they are like thick noodles. Steam “noodles” for 2-3 minutes or until they are just cooked through.
- In the meantime, blend avocado, basil, broth, lemon juice, garlic, and Parmesan in a processor or blender.
- Toss “noodles” with sauce and cubed chicken, and serve.
- 258 calories, 27g protein, 19g carbs, 11g fat
My thoughts – I love the use of strips of zucchini as the “noodle”. It just felt fresher. The avocado sauce was delicious! I enjoyed this very much, it was easy to make and I will make it again. :)
This recipe was posted for Weekend Cooking. Stop over and see what other people are cooking up!