Vegan Boca Stir-FryA Chapter by Sara Mercury
People who are privileged enough to actually see me eat at home as opposed to out on the town at the local Waffle House know that I am the Queen of Bulk when it comes to a meal. I don't believe in portions unless those portions are dense in fat, carbohydrate and sugar calories, as well as empty calories. I like to pile my plate full, but not full of things that most other people like to fill their plates with. If I pile my plate high, it is with fresh VEGETABLES, Folks!
Vegetables contain lots of healthy stuff like fibre, vitamins and water, all of which nourish our bodies and help us feel full. Fibre helps us feel full, the vitamins nourish us, and the water helps keep us hydrated. That's good news for the feeling-like-you-can't-get-enough-water freaks out there -- Forget drinking all your water -- you can supplement that healthy water intake by eating your veggies too!
If you're going to go over your calorie intake at all, Folks, vegetables are the way to go! Nutritionists will tell you that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie all day long, ad nauseum, but I have learned that calories from certain sources tend to be processed differently by the body.
Have you ever heard of the thermic effect of food on the metabolism? It's where you choose foods that are more difficult for the body to digest, and therefore your digestive process has to work harder, thus you burn more calories. A more simple way to say this is, if you eat more calories, you body burns more calories. But that statement is not accurate in all cases. What you eat to get those calories, and most importantly when you eat them are what makes causes the thermic effect of food to work efficiently for your weight management and fitness health.
With that in mind, would you like to be able to eat your dinner meal with a lot of bulk to keep you full all evening without that late night urge to hit the fridge for that guilt-laden midnight snack?
Here's a good stir-fry that is designed to keep you from undoing your day!
Vegan Boca Stir-Fry
2 cups diced white or shitake mushrooms
½ bag (Great Value brand found at Wal-Mart) asparagus stir-fry
2 sprigs of kale, finely chopped (or 1 small handful)
1 vegan Boca burger, cooked and finely cut
½ tbsp Ms. Dash (salt-free) seasoning blend (of your preferred variety)
Brown veggie burger in a non-stick skillet over a medium flame (be mindful not to burn). Remove from skillet and set aside. Brown all remaining vegetables in the non-stick skillet without oil (oil adds calories to the recipe … cooking without oil can actually be accomplished with a high-quality non-stick skillet.) When the vegetables are nearly cooked thoroughly, cut the veggie burger finely and sprinkle atop the cooking vegetables. Put the stir-fry onto a plate and top with the Ms. Dash seasoning blend. Bon appetit!
Serves one person.
Contains 185 calories
SUGGESTION: If you eat this meal with a small baked sweet potato (about 4" in length, and about 2" in diameter), and a serving of Brussels sprouts (about 6 sprouts), you will have the perfect evening meal for about 350 calories that has very little fat, about 25 grams of protein, and only vegetable-sourced carbohydrates (not fruit, grain or bread carbs that are never good to eat for the evening meal).
If this isn't a meal that doesn't stave off that hunger monster for you, write in to let me know! It works for me!
© 2012 Sara Mercury
Added on March 8, 2012
Last Updated on March 8, 2012
From the Kitchen of Sara Mercury
Lake City, FL
AboutHello, Darlings! I am a published author, and a legal assistant, as well as the mother of a 15-year-old son. In addition to writing novels, I enjoy singing and playing piano, writing poetry and son.. more..