Hans’ Lighter Healthier Comfort Food

Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

 

Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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This was such a pleasant salad to enjoy early in the day.
The colors, flavors and lightness of its ingredients brightened the rest of my day and gave me a wonderful, guilt-free lunch. (I am still working on losing some of the many pounds I added while in Argentina.
So far it’s going well, 13 lbs in about one month, while always eating good and plenty. 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Salad Of Endive & Chili Chicken

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Preparation :
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This dish is part of my upcoming meal plan –
“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH TWO 
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“HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD”  –  MONTH ONE

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OOPS-My Doc Gave Me An A**-Whooping……….(Caramelized Apple-Cobbler With Twice baked Chocolate Cookie Crumble)

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So  this morning I went to my doctor for my quarterly check-up. I knew I was in for some bad news, but boy oh boy did she let me have it. (Can you say verbal a**whooping !)
During the past couple of months, life had taken a bit of a downturn for me. Since I gave up drinking and smoking, the only way to make me feel better and help forget the daily crap has been eating – usually far too much quantities of sugar and starches.
As a result, my average sugar level has been way above my usual, decent levels. Therefore, the following dish will be the last of sugar-laden food I’ll eat. Any sweets I will prepare from here on will be strictly (mostly?) for visitors. As for starches, I will prepare and post the same as usual, although I will have to eat MUCH smaller portions again 😦 (also more salads and veggies) 🙂
And there you have it – let’s try to live a bit longer by eating healthier !
(See also   ” HANS’ LIGHTER, HEALTHIER COMFORT FOOD” ).
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Bon Appétit !   Life is  Good  Tough !
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Caramelized Appe Cobbler With Twice Baked Chocolate Cookie Crumble

Caramelized Apple Cobbler With Twice Baked Chocolate Cookie Crumble

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Caramelized Appe Cobbler With Twice Baked Chocolate Cookie Crumble

Caramelized Apple Cobbler With Twice Baked Chocolate Cookie Crumble

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Caramelized Appe Cobbler With Twice Baked Chocolate Cookie Crumble

Caramelized Apple Cobbler With Twice Baked Chocolate Cookie Crumble

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Steamed Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

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Baby  bok choy – must be one of the best vegetables anywhere. I just love the looks, the taste and especially the texture. Of course, as far as the taste is concerned, there is not much of it’s own, so I usually add oyster sauce or fermented black bean sauce among other strong ingredients to bring out the best of these beauties 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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In case you wonder why I did not toast the sesame seeds –
I sometimes prefer the taste of un-toasted sesame, it is milder as if you toast them, – just a personal preference 🙂
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drizzle vegetables with oyster sauce mixture

drizzle vegetables with oyster sauce mixture

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top with chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro

top with chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro

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Steamed Bok Choy  In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

Steamed Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

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Freeze Your Bananas !!!

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 of my favorite fruits are bananas. So, me being me, every time I buy a bunch, without fail I buy too many. In the past, I discarded them once they had too many brown spots – until I started to become a fan of smoothies.
At first, I made my smoothies like I’ve seen them being made in bars around the world: Some fruit, lots of ice, milk, lots of sugar. Wonderful concoction if you are young, healthy, slim and have a smoothie once in a while. However, if you drink a lot of the stuff you will soon realize that after standing at room temperature for a short time, all that ice will melt and you have a very watered-down mess in your glass. Also, all that sugar and full-fat milk is fattening and can be harmful if you are a bit overweight (HELLO) and a diabetic (HELLO AGAIN).
In order to remedy all that , here is my recipe for a guilt free, delicious sweet treat / great drink, which can be had any time of day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner or as a sweet treat / dessert in between or after meals:

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Freeze any fruit that is on the verge of becoming overripe in airtight ziplock bags. This will save you money and it eliminates the need to add ice to your smoothie, keeping it from watering down.
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Instead of full-fat milk, use fat-free milk.
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Instead of sugar or artificial sweetener, use natural honey or fruit nectar (frozen into cubes) as sweetener.
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For extra body, add fat free Greek yogurt.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Guilt Free Sweet Pleasure: Banana / Strawberry  Smoothie

Guilt Free Sweet Pleasure:      Banana / Strawberry Smoothie

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Meal Plan-Week Three

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Meal Plan – Week Three

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Update after my own completion of Week Four of  “ Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food ” meal plan  :
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During the four weeks I have adhered (more or less 😦 ) strictly to my “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan, I have lost a total of 24.5 lbs of weight. (From 286.5 lbs on January 19th, to 262 lbs on February 16th).
But most importantly for me, for the past 4 weeks (starting on February 11th), I do not have the need to inject myself twice a day with Insulin (I still take Metformin for my Diabetis). This is a decision I have made after monitoring my blood sugar levels 8 – 10 times a day and having an average blood sugar level of 100, compared with fluctuating levels of anywhere between 75 and 500 before starting  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan.
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However, please note that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you change your medication without consulting your physician first, even getting a second or third opinion before considering any changes !!!
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I am sure that other changes in my life style, such as more exercise, as well as alcohol abstinence and refraining from smoking have greatly contributed to my overall improvement of physical and mental well-being (gone are the sluggishness and low energy, depressions and dark moods)
After just one month, I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want, when I want and what I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions than I was used to).

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Daily Breakfast – Fruit/Tea  (fibrous fruit + unsweetened tea of your choice)
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Daily Lunch – Energy bar/Fruits  (fruits of your choice + energy bar of your choice)
(many different brands / types of Energy Bars are available – consult your doctor/nutritionist)
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Daily Dinner

Monday – “ Braised Turkey Leg With Peppers And Great Northern Beans ”
Tuesday – “ Greek  Limburger Salad ”
Wednesday – “ Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork”
Thursday – “ Mama Tilly’s Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf ”
Friday – “ Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice ”
Saturday – “ Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romaine In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing ”
Sunday – “ Chicken In A Nest ”
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Braised Turkey With Peppers And Great Northern Beans

Braised Turkey With Peppers And Great Northern Beans

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Greek  (Limburger)  Salad

(Limburger) Greek Salad

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Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork Cutlets

Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork

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Mama Tilly's Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf

Mama Tilly’s Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf

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Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

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Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

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Chicken In A Nest

Chicken In A Nest

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Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

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Week Two – Monday Dinner:

Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

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Week One, Monday.
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Bon Appetit !   Enjoy a Healthy, Happy Life !
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 Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish Hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

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 Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

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 Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

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