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How to Make the World’s Thinnest Soup From Scratch

I haven’t done anything by Mr. Lazy Cook in a while and I thought you might enjoy this very tasty soup.

Tony

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Mr. Lazy Cook is at it again. What to do with left over white meat from a delicious Costco rotisserie chicken? Also, it is the middle of a heat wave over much of the country, and certainly here in Chicago. That isn’t conducive to spending a lot of time preparing meals.

It happens that I have on hand a large amount of previously cooked barley. I have mentioned in previous lazy cookery posts that I like to work ahead by precooking several day’s to a week’s worth of one dish that I can then mix and match to create simple and fast meals.

When I precook the barley, I don’t use plain water any more. I use chicken broth that comes in cartons. This also happens to be a Costco ingredient. Six quart cartons cost less than $10. The bottom line is that the barley is quite tasty cooked this…

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Tips For Eating Healthy in Restaurants – WebMD

WebMD has a writeup on the Worst Restaurant Meals that is worth checking out.

Chicken is normally a healthy choice, but you need to pay attention to how it is prepared and what is served with it.

Chicken is normally a healthy choice, but you need to pay attention to how it is prepared and what is served with it.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Chicken is often a good alternative to red meats with their heavy fats, however, restaurants can mess it up big time. Here’s what WebMD say: “Chicken fajitas can be a healthy option. But they’re often served with heaps of sour cream, shredded cheese, refried beans, and fried rice. Pack it all in, and you’ve got plenty of calories to pad your waistline! Instead, load up on grilled peppers, onions, chicken, and fresh salsa. Stick with just one tortilla.
“The Count: 1,300 calories, 47 grams fat, 4,800 milligrams sodium”

Deep dish pizza with sausage is obviously going to be a caloric heavyweight. To lighten the load consider thin crust without the sausage.

Vegetarian Fried Rice is another caloric curve ball. WebMD notes that the veggie options aren’t always the healthiest. They put the count for Vegetarian Fried Rice at 1,090 calories, 19 grams fat, 2,210 milligrams sodium.

At this point it is probably a good idea to remember that the American Heart Association recommends we limit our sodium consumption to 1500 mg per day.

A really worthwhile tip is the one under the heading Eat Better: Find Hidden Calories: “You can skip the most fattening restaurant meals by reading the menu closely. Look for clues. Words like pan-fried, sautéed, battered, breaded, au gratin, cheesy, creamy, buttered, deep-fried, béarnaise, or crispy are usually signs of extra fat and calories. “Crisp” items are often deep-fried in oil.”

Here’s is one that I must fight the temptation over every time I eat out – the basket of bread. When I was gaining my weight some years ago, I would start a meal with a couple of slices of thick Italian bread dipped in olive oil and sprinkled with parmesan cheese – delicious, yes, but diabolical for calories. I probably consumed 500 calories this way BEFORE the entree arrived. Beware the bread.

Regarding dessert, stick with fruits and forget the baked goodies.

Buon appetito!

Tony

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McDonald’s Varies Menu Overseas – The McCamembert Burger

McDonald’s may be a burger chain for us stateside folks, but overseas it’s a different story, according to the Guardian.

The McArabia

The McArabia

Middle East fast food fans indulge in the McArabia, a grilled chicken sandwich on a flatbread.

In Japan a Mega Teriyaki is an entree and Thailand features jasmine rice patties.

Perhaps the most spectacular is the McCamembert Burger just introduced in France. Ironically, this attempt to satisfy local tastes has irritated the Camembert producers in Normandy.

The McCamembert Burger

The McCamembert Burger

The Guardian reported that the French Newspaper L’Express said that camembert fans “”will be disappointed”, because it lacked taste and, horror, “could even be confused for brie.”

They deserve a break today.

Tony

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What are the Dangers of E. Coli in Chicken?

It’s fair to say that these days, chicken is generally perceived as a healthier alternative than beef. But a new debate started last week about how safe our chicken supply really is from contamination.

Two chicken breasts covered in tomato sauce.

An April 11 New York Times headline read, “48% of Chicken in Small Sample Has E. Coli.”

The article went on to discuss how fecal matter was found in chicken samples by a group that backs vegetarianism. Chicken industry trade groups and others were quick to question the study and the group behind it. But coming so soon after the beef industry’s pink slime public relations disaster, the story is another reminder that most Americans don’t really understand a great deal about their food supply.
John

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