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To the soup pot add; chopped or instant minced onion cut up cooked meat or drained canned beans your favorite frozen vegetables a handful of rice barley or pasta and dried herbs like basil thyme rosemary bay and/or marjoram for flavor. Simmer until heated through and the rice or pasta is cooked 20-30 minutes. Just before serving add a splash of balsamic or red wine vinegar and season with freshly ground black pepper. To make a soup extra special top with dumplings serve over a slice of toasted French bread or serve in a purchased bread bowl. Cost: Deli soup $2.59 Homemade $1 per serving. Stir Fries: Stir-fries are a great way to use up odds and ends of leftovers. Heat olive or peanut oil in a skillet. Quickly cook small pieces of chicken beef or shrimp and add cut up vegetables like carrots zucchini broccoli bell pepper and green beans. Make a simple but flavorful sauce by mixing together broth or water and orange or pineapple juice. Add a dash of cayenne pepper your favorite herbs and a little cornstarch. Stir the mixture until the sauce thickens adding more water if necessary. Serve over rice or noodles. Cost: Lunch counter rice bowl: $5.49 Homemade $2.50.
Some have even told me that they want to make sure that consuming these meals doesn t affect their overall results. To address these concerns I ll look at some nutritional information for some of these chef s table entrées. Since the biggest concern seems to be about the calories and protein I ll then take the averages of both to give you a better idea of what you d be taking in if were to consume these meals on a regular basis. It may make you feel better to know that the chef s table meals are in line with the other meals on all plans including the core or the select lines. All of the meals are pretty low in calories and pretty high in protein. For example the steak tagliata has 260 calories 22 grams of protein 2 grams of fibers and 18 of carbohydrates.
The whole wheat ricotta crepes have only 210 calories and 12 grams of protein with 3 of fiber and 12 of protein. The bar b que glazed pork is very high in protein at 19 grams. And this meal only has 240 calories. The arroz con pollo is also high in protein at 22 grams and only 270 calories. Here s one final example. The Moroccan inspired chicken also has 22 grams of protein and it has 270 calories. If you average the calories and protein of all of these meals then you have an average of 250 calories and an average of 19.5 grams of protein. Nutrisystem is designed for you to take in approximately 1200 calories on the women s plan and about 1500 of the men s plan. So having an average of 250 calories at dinner gives you a lot of room for breakfast and lunch as well as the healthy sides that you are supposed to add in at each meal.