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February 1, 2013 4:13 PM
roasted vegetables - zucchini, eggplant, red onion, red peppers, mushrooms...coated with olive oil and seasons....put in the oven for 15-20 minutes on 400 degrees. Very filling and low calories.
February 27, 2013 10:53 AM

Also Hairy Bikers diet recipe Jambalaya

serves 6 341 cals per person so 2046cals for the lot so if your only cooking for 2 just do a third or half the recipe.

* 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
* 100g chorizo (we like picante)
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 1 large onion, roughly chopped
* 4 slender celery sticks, cut into
* 1cm slices
* 2 small green peppers, deseeded
* and cut into 2cm chunks
* 5 large ripe vine tomatoes
* (about 475g)
* 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
* 1 tbsp paprika
* ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
* 1 tsp dried thyme
* 1 tsp dried oregano
* 2 bay leaves
* 200g long-grain rice (we often use
* the easy-cook version)
* 450ml chicken stock, made with
* 1 chicken stock cube
* 100g cooked peeled king
* prawns, thawed if frozen
* 6 spring onions, sliced (including
* lots of green)
* flaked sea salt
* freshly ground black pepper


1. Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces, removing any excess fat, and season them with salt and pepper. Skin the sausage and cut it into 5mm slices. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan or non-stick sauté pan and fry the chicken for 3 minutes over a medium heat until lightly coloured. Add the chorizo and cook for 30 seconds more, then transfer the chicken and chorizo with tongs to a large plate or tray.
2. Tip most of the oil out of the frying pan and chuck it away. Return the empty pan to the heat and turn the heat down to low. Stir in the onion, celery and green peppers and cook for 8?10 minutes until well softened, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile, skin the tomatoes. Cut them in half and remove the green stem ends, then roughly chop the rest of the flesh - no need to deseed.
4. Stir the crushed garlic, paprika, cayenne, thyme, oregano and bay leaves into the frying pan and cook for 20?30 seconds, stirring. Increase the heat and add the chopped tomatoes and any juice that has collected on the board. Cook for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are well softened, stirring regularly.
5. Return the chicken and chorizo to the pan, add the rice and cook for about a minute, stirring. Pour over the stock, season with a pinch of salt and lots of black pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until the rice is just tender and most of the liquid has evaporated or been absorbed by the rice, stirring occasionally. The rice should still be pretty saucy at this point, so if your rice takes longer to cook, you may need to add a little more stock.
6. Stir in the prawns and spring onions and cook for about 2 minutes more or until the prawns are hot, stirring regularly, then serve.

I made this last weekend and it was really tasty and filling. Mine was very saucy because I used two cans diced tomatoes with the juice instead of 5 fresh tomatoes, but we liked it that way.
February 27, 2013 10:55 AM
As already mentioned but can't say enough: chicken breast and 25 different spice/marinade combinations
February 26, 2014 2:49 PM
Baked fish, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, and start with a salad
February 26, 2014 5:39 PM

YOu need to stop stuffing your face and belly till you're full.

You should eat until you're not hungry any more.

Buy a food scale for portion control, full up half of your plate with vegetables, and don't have seconds.


I guess MFP can close up shop now. This overeating issue has been solved!

Back to the OP. Try to explore the healthy options you like until you find what fills you up. It's different for all of us. I can eat steamed broccoli about everyday. The mind tricks work well too. Healthy filling snacks to curb hunger between meals, eat slower and take smaller bites, and stop before you are full so your brain can catch up with your stomach. All the best on your journey.
July 28, 2014 10:44 PM

I make lower calorie tuna salad, but instead of putting it on bread I mix it with coleslaw mix. This makes a big serving for not many calories. You can even use canned tuna, coleslaw mix and low calorie asian or balsamic salad dressing.

Love this idea! Am always looking for ways to use coleslaw mix, and this salad sounds like a winner!
July 28, 2014 11:20 PM
my favorite two recipes and they freeze great and double or triple great. (i portioned them for lunches and froze them when i had a regular job for my lunches)

Braised Chicken

8-10 bone in skin on chicken breasts (or skin off is fine)
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, diced
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 can chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup white wine
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp oil
salt and pepper to taste.

heat oven to 375 degrees. in a stock pot or deep pan heat the oil. place chicken and flour in a bag and shake. brown the chicken on both sides. remove and set aside. in the same pot add carrots, celery, and onions and saute until soft. add wine, deglaze (scrape the pan with a plastic or wooden spatula to get the flavor off) add tomatoes and stock. add salt and pepper. place the chicken in a proportionately sized casserole dish. 13x9 usually. pour the liquid and veggies over the chicken. cover and bake until tender. (up to one hour? i forget... sorry)

Chicken Caccitore

8-10 chicken thighs
1/2 cup green olives
1 jar pasta sauce (tomato based, whichever you like)
2 bell peppers, 1 inch diced
1 sliced onion
1 cup halved mushrooms

heat the oven to 375. brown the chicken in a skillet. move to a large casserole or dutch oven. mix all remaining ingredients together, pour over the chicken. bake uncovered until tender.
July 29, 2014 9:34 AM
I totally understand your frustration!! Lots of good advice! I have found that using a smaller plate helps. Also plenty of veggies and salads. And to those who say portion control will not come with time....are full of it! If you are looking to lose the weight fast (which is unhealthy) then no it wont work without portion control. But if you are looking to do this healthy then yes, after a matter of time your portion control will become easier. When you go from eating 2000-4000 calories to 1200, it is a shell shock on your body so yes trick it into thinking it is eating a lot! Good Luck!
July 29, 2014 9:58 AM

one of my favs...also had tons of leftovers to boot

That looks amazing! I'm making that this weekend!!!!
July 29, 2014 10:04 AM
There are some very filling carb-rich meals, like soup, but what I've found is nothing is as filling for me, nor keeps me full as long, as meals with a decent quantity of fat and protein in the mix. If looking just for carb-rich foods, foods/ meals rich in fibre should help fill you the most I suspect.
July 29, 2014 10:17 AM

The best thing I've found is to have a huge glass of water while I'm cooking dinner, then another one with dinner. All that water gives me the full/stuffed feeling I need to naturally stop eating without stuffing myself full of actual food.

Quite effective, especially as the ease the body can easily mistake hunger for dehydration sometimes. That said, drinking water they say is best at least 15 mins before you eat, and at least an hour after you eat, as excess liquid when you're eating can dilute the digestive enzymes in your stomach, and affect how well your body extracts the nutrients from food, at least from what I read in the past.
July 29, 2014 10:26 AM
Baked Chicken tenderloins with a big plate of steamed veggies with a bit of butter and parm cheese.
July 29, 2014 12:48 PM
Get that fake pasta! I think the brand I've got it Slendier. The pasta is like a clearish white, and the texture is a little off, but it allows you to have a full plate of pasta and sauce, but the pasta itself has essentially no calories. Once you get used to them, they're great!
August 20, 2014 1:17 PM
bump. love the recipe ideas flowerforyou

I substitute spaghetti squash for pasta whenever I can - traditional spaghetti type meals or alfredo. Also the soups mentioned above - really filling, easy to make and always lots of leftovers.
Edited by twiglips On August 20, 2014 1:18 PM
August 20, 2014 1:18 PM
Meringue! Cookies made from Meringue!
August 20, 2014 1:28 PM
Well I am currently REALLY full of dinner and ate over an hour ago. I had a Thai green vegetable curry with rice.

The curry was made from a bought curry paste, a tin of coconut milk (yes, it's high in calories but the rest of the ingredients were so low in calories that it worked out OK), an aubergine, a red pepper, about 200g asparagus, 12 baby sweetcorns, 100g frozen soya beans, some vegetable stock, a dash of lime juice and fish sauce.

Split between 2, this was a massive plate of food. I'd cooked 100g sticky rice (50g each) but ended up giving more than half to my boyfriend so probably only had about 40g rice!
August 20, 2014 6:19 PM
Red cabbage is one of the healthiest veggies around. 1/4 head of cabbage, depending on size, makes 3 to 4 cups of shredded cabbage. Add a couple tablespoons of a relish like chow-chow or sweet pickle relish, a couple tablespoons of mayonnaise and a couple tablespoons of plain fat free yogurt and you have big servings of delicious slaw for 2 to 4 people. Slaw made this way is only about 310 calories for the whole 2-4 serving bowl. And it's jam-packed with important nutrients!

I tend to shred the cabbage (with a mandoline) rather than chop it so I have to chew it. Chewing what you eat gives your brain a chance to enjoy what you are eating before you eat too much.
August 20, 2014 6:23 PM
In for the good ideas. Thanks, OP.
August 20, 2014 6:24 PM
Fish, chicken, and tons of greens!!!
August 20, 2014 6:50 PM has tons of recipes online and cookbooks that focus on larger, satisfying meals but still healthy!

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