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Anorexic Chef

18 Apr

Stir-Fry Cauliflower & Mushrooms

Welp, Lent is over please don’t go get fat now. I know some of you including myself can’t wait till Easter to pig out on whatever food fat people eat that you sacrificed in the hopes to resurrect your abs. Here’s a savory low calorie dish that will keep you continuing on whatever fat free pilgrimage you are on.

You’re Welcome!

Here’s how you make it!

Preparation:

  1. First, prepare sauce by mixing together all sauce ingredients except cornstarch. Prepare the cornstarch and water mixture in a separate cup or bowl. Set both aside.
  2. Break the head of cauliflower up and chop up mushrooms.
  3. Place 2-3 Tbsp. oil to a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, half of the garlic, pepper flakes, and cauliflower. Reserve the rest of the garlic for later.
  4. Stir-fry for 5 minutes. When the wok or frying pan becomes dry, add a little of the water (a few Tbsp. at a time) – enough to keep the ingredients frying nicely.
  5. Add 2 Tbsp. soy sauce and continue stir-frying for 5 more minutes, or till cauliflower becomes tender then add mushrooms. Add a little more water when the pan becomes too dry (up to 1/4 cup).
  6. When the cauliflower and mushrooms are soft, add the rest of the garlic plus the sauce. Stir fry to incorporate.
  7. Lastly, in a separate sauce pan or empty wok add the sauce mixture and cornstarch/water mixture. Stir well so that the sauce thickens uniformly (this will only take a minute or less). Remove from heat.
  8. Taste test the cauliflower & mushroom for (sea) salt. If not salty enough, it’s prefect to drizzle the sauce over it. If too salty, add 1 Tbsp. lime juice (or substitute 1 Tbsp. lemon juice).
  9. Now add 3/4 of the fresh basil, stirring briefly to incorporate.
  10. Slide onto a serving platter and sprinkle the rest of the basil over top. Serve with long grain brown rice (stir-fry rice in olive oil, soy sauce and parsley and basil.) Enjoy!

Staying FIT.

15 Apr

Staying Fit

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn

If you can remember to brush your teeth every day, make your barber or nail appointment there’s no reason for you to skip the gym or give up eating the right things to speed up your metabolism and shrink your waist.

As we settle more into spring it only means summer is getting closers and for those who have just started a new diet/workout regime or reaching a plateau on a current one you’re not alone. I enjoy being able to shop from the front of the rack like the next man. I mean, there’s a certain kind of joy I savor when my ‘fat’ clothes become sleepwear.

However, I too “Skinny-Savant” hate getting there. I hate doing abs until I’m actually doing them; I pretend my 7 a.m. alarm is a part of my dream’s soundtrack to prolong me having to get up to exercise as well as, it’s getting harder and harder to not clean out the fridge with my tongue during my late night craving rampages.

What I do like is being naked during the summer; if you’re having trouble staying committed to your current workout plan and/or finding that needed discipline to eat properly then, here you go.

This is how I keep to my goal of forever skinny.

  1. Explore your devices by getting the most out of your phone other than snapping and posting pics for Instagram. Though pre/post gym selfies can be good motivators to return to the gym tomorrow your phone is more capable than you think. Along with setting daily alarms to workout according to my regular schedule of work, events and errands I have a few apps that keep me on the skinny track. Apps like, Nike +, RunKeeper, Map My Ride, DietPoint and My Diet Dairy Calorie Counter all are great for creating meal plans, food journals and fitness goals. Some apps even let you add friends to compare progress with. Also, you can use your phone’s calculator to count calories, download Google Keep or any Post-It app to make note of your progress or list your must do daily exercises.
  2. A motivation morgue is a must have for constant thinspiration. Whenever someone retweet, share or post a nude, shred or crunch induce thirst trap photo into any of my timelines I screenshot and store it under a folder that I turn to that gives me an excuse not to make up an excuse to skip the gym. I use Pinterest and Tumblr to store low fat recipes, body part specific exercise routines, scantily clad fit models, and fitness sayings/memes that are catalyst I use to stay the course of my summer body. Even a screen saver on my tablet or phone of someone I aim to be like is a great visual motivational tactic. Almost every day I find myself scrolling through endless cataloged images that thinspire me to get dressed and head to the gym.
  3. It’s ok to be selfish with your time and choices. I’ve stated before that sometimes I pick working out over hanging with friends. It may seem like I’m isolating myself to be in shape but when summer comes the island I’ve create will be well worth it when I’m laying sun kissed and barely clothed on an island. Just as you have to make time to do other things make time in your day for a 30- 60 min workout. Not only will it give you more energy to finish the day it’s a great way to decompress from the hectic day. By scheduling in your workouts it’s more likely to become a routine and not a chore. Even make a “to-do list,” if you’re like me you’ll see your list as a challenge and more aroused to get it done. Additionally, create your own space in your home where you can workout. You don’t need a whole room or state-of-the-art equipment. All you need is a mat, fitness ball, a couple of dumbbells, a mirror and resistance band and music to have a designated area for you to do your calisthenics. By having this space eliminates your excuse of gym membership prices or actually have to go to the gym as reasons to not burn fat. Besides, who doesn’t love having their own territory?
  4. If space is limited or cabin fever settles in sign up for classes, events and fitness clubs that will get you out the house. Having a specific unique place to go daily is a brilliant way to regulate your eating/fitness patterns. Albeit, a spin class, yoga, cross-fit camp or marathon or cooking class. These different places will not only give your fitness path variety but spark competition and what better way to kill calories than killing someone else’s self-esteem in the process. Competition is an ace booster to keep you propelling towards a stealthy summer. Join or create biggest loser competition at your gym or workplace. Having something to do will surely keep your mind off food. Plus, the constant weigh-ins is a perfect way to create accountability.
  5. Rewarding yourself with food is for dogs and dolphins on show at SeaWorld. The goal here is to look less like a whale as possible. Instead of that cheat day that you definitely don’t deserve and will excite you to indulge more often enviably running your diet, how about going to the mall instead. Celebrate a new weight goal by buying new workout gear. Over ruining your belly progress with that “reward” burger, treat yourself to some new jeans or bathing suit. Use the money you’ve saved by skipping the fast food line up for something else that will thinispire you to curbing your appetite. New purchases or the expectation of something new always help me pinpoint my motivation.

When all else isn’t enough to keep me focus I keep in mind how good I’m going to look by not giving into temptation. Discipline is a hard thing to develop but that instantly gratification I’d get by eating that fatty food or laying around all day will take at least two weeks to work off.

Anorexic Chef

28 Mar

vegetarian frito chili pie

Back when I was going through a fat spell, you know before Lent when I gave up chips I made more than enough of my amazing Roasted Vegetarian Chili . The genius foodie my mom is suggested I use some of it to make a Frito pie. This is like the perfect guilt free cheat day meal. As well as, one of those awesome things that remind me of home when my mom would make the meat version for my brother and I or when my friends and I would get a pipping hot bag off the ice cream truck (those obese Texas summers.)

Yeah, it’s more than your suggested intake of cheese and greasy corn chips but I’m sure you’ll be in the gym bright and early.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Make the Chili: Follow directions from “Roasted Vegetarian Chili” .

2. Make the topping: Saute the celery, white onion, and green bell pepper in olive oil with a pinch of salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Set aside till pie is done baking.

3. Assemble the Frito Pie: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Plate Fritos in a baking dish, transfer some or all of the chili, layering the chili onto the corn chips. Add shredded pepper jack cheese over the top and bake until the cheese is melted and the chili is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and sauteed topping- serve immediately.

Anorexic Chef

19 Mar

White Corn Queso

I love dips! Dips are easy and the best comfort food when you’re self-loathing after a poor or skipped workout. I mean if you’re going to be fat at least make it worth the fat filled bites. One of my favorite restaurants in town is Sabor, I absolutely love their “Queso With Corn.” I decided to make it myself and it turned out beyond delicious; spicy, savory and cheesy and of course filling.

All you have to do is…

  • Sauté the mince garlic, diced jalapeno and chopped onion in olive oil until caramelized.
  • Add cubed Velveeta Loaf Queso Blanco and 1/4 cup of water, stir till completely melted.
  • Add can of whole kernel corn.
  • Add cilantro and cook on low to med heat for 2 mins.
  • Serve with blue corn chips.

What’s Your “After-Sex” Food?

14 Mar

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Let’s be honest the best, most fun and worth doing workout is sex. If you’re doing it right men can burn up 100 calories in the average sex session, while women expend 69 (no pun intended but yup.) The average sexcapade last about 25-57 minutes so, the longer you last the more calories you burn. Note to fellas: BASEBALL BASEBALL BASEBALL! Or grandma in her undies, you’re welcome.

I like getting the most out of my “workouts” and any fitness expert will tell you it’s all in your posture (read: positions.) For example: Use the headboard to help you pull-up on your partner for at least 30 reps, scrap your slow jams and put on your hip hop, Latin or favorite twerking jams to insure a more active rump with your partner, also upbeat tempos compared to sensual tunes will preserve the climax. Another calorie burning move is the plank; work your abdominal as you thrust or isolate for 60 seconds as they thrust back in missionary to make your time on top (or your stomach) more exciting. When adding kink don’t forget that handcuffs are ideal to target those Trapezius. Balance on your partner for 3 sets of 15. Last but not least the thighs; squeeze your partner for 45-50 reps.

Now that you’ve worked up a sweat I’m sure you’ve worked up an appetite as well. This brings me to the purpose of this post. What’s your after-sex food? Are you considering the right food when the blood finally rushes back to your head? Yeah, the other head.

I always get a hankering for a tomato, lettuce and whole wheat tortilla wrap with a dollop of mayo but I will settle for a crunchy natural peanut butter whole wheat tortilla and a bottle of SmartWater. Because being forever thin is the ultimate goal I can’t cock up **giggle** my hard work on and off the mat with a cookie, bag of chips or a smoked ham like many of you butterballs.

Do you consider your after-sex meal choices? If not you should. A protein bar, fruit smoothie or cinnamon raisin bagel are prefect recovery foods that are low in calories, filling and will best help your muscles and liver replenish to keep your performance from suffering during your next sex workout.

After a “workout”, your body’s stores of glycogen — the carbohydrate that is stored in the muscles and liver — are depleted. That’s where the concept of “recovery foods” comes in. Since your blood flow is increased and your muscle cells are more sensitive to insulin right after sex the best way to replenish your glycogen stores is to consume carbohydrate, protein-rich foods within the 30 minutes that follows the sex. Avoid high in sugar foods because, it’s a sure way to pack on the Lbs. Other quick easy snacks are popcorn, Gatorade, grapes and instance oatmeal. The latter two being good sleep aids.

Make every meal count, I mean we workout to look great naked which is insane to destroy it with delivery after the deed is done. You do want them to see you naked again, right?

Anorexic Chef

7 Mar

Last month marked my eighth year of being a vegetarian and I rather like how in vogue the dietary lifestyle has become. As I was searching for new warm and tasty recipes to make during this forever winter I came across this vegan red thai chili recipe on YouTube by supermodels Jordan Dunn, Chanel Iman and Joan Smalls. How befitting it is to find a healthy, meat free,  low in calorie meal cooked by gorgeously thin people. I don’t know about you but I’m sold.

Bon Appétit!

Have a Very Skinny Christmas.

23 Dec

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It snowed here yesterday and I instantly was ready to pack up and move back to Texas. I’ve been living in Kansas for about nine years and being from Texas were we only have two seasons; extremely hot and not so hot, you’d think that I would be a major fan of white Christmases.

However, I’m not! After the first winter here I don’t care if I ever see snow again in my life. This dreadful snow is inconveniencing my weight; I can’t do my morning jogs, it’s ruining my good shoes and it’s becomes ugly as soon as people get out in it.

Snow is slowly but surely turning me into a Grinch- a skinny one but nevertheless, a Grinch. I will admit that the best part about the snow is that it keeps me locked inside and no aimless trips to the grocery for silly things like eating. I’m stuck in the house with only berries and water.

Though, I can give you many reasons as to my disdain for the snow, yesterday after I left church I went on an excursion. I got myself a late birthday early Christmas gift, a Samsung NX3000 camera. Since it wasn’t many people out I knew I could get some pretty decent shots of the snow.

While I was freezing my (now nonexistent) butt off, I began reminiscing about my childhood Christmases. I must say no matter what my family was going through my parents always made a way for us to have the most awesome Christmas every year.

There were Christmases where we go every gift imaginable, some where my parents would torment my brother and I by keeping the tree bare until Christmas morning (which was child abuse if you ask me, you know what that does to a child’s self-esteem believing fat Santa don’t care about them?) I’ve had the Christmas where I got the full size train set that naturally my dad played with because we was too busy riding our new bikes with our childhood best friends Victor & Luis while playing with our walkie-talkies.

My favorite Christmas memory is on the off chance that it snowed my uncle would load all the kids on my block in the back of his truck and do doughnuts in the empty snow covered parking lot of the neighborhood church. How can I forget all the same kids squeezing onto the tail gate of Mr. Johnny’s pickup as he took us to see the Christmas lights in different neighborhoods? I remember one year my neurotic mom actually let us help her decorate the Christmas tree, my brother, dad and I felt like she freed the slaves we had so much fun.

Speaking of death my basket case/unhealthy grandmother (Skinny-Jesus rest her soul) was sure she was going to die Christmas of 2000 that she spent thousands of dollars on Christmas gifts for all her grandchildren, she even bought us name brand stuff! It was like we had two Christmas because she was in the hospital on Christmas day so we didn’t actually open our gifts from her until New Year’s Eve.

Now as an adult I have to start making new Christmas memories such as, last Christmas. I drove to Dallas for two days; it actually snowed in Dallas giving my favorite nephew his first white Christmas as we drove around all day in it. Then, after dinner I had to get back on the road to drive back to Kansas to head to Mexico for my service trip to Acuña. This was the best experience of my life thus far.

Although, I will not be going home this year, I will not miss the loads of carbohydrate laden entrees and desserts but it would be nice to hang out with my entire family in one setting (to get money from them of course).

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

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Anorexic Chef

4 Dec

Spinach Artichoke Dip

I’ve set a new goal weight to reach before the new and to motivate me I took my NYE suit to the tailor to have it taken in within an inch of my life. Now I have no choice but to drop the weight. However, in true fatty form I decided to indulge since I met my goal weight for November. As you may know my goal is to go from vegetarian to full vegan by my 30th birthday where I would be giving up dairy as well. What I plan on doing is slowly but surely cutting off a different dairy products within the next two years.

The drawback is, it’s already hard enough for friends and family to make accommodations to my diet by omitting meat, now there’s other crap to not include. For my waistline that’s amazing news but for others it’s annoying even when I cook for them. But before I give up cheese I made a bowl of my favorite dip.

Of course I had people over for them to eat it up from me. How else do you think I stay thin??? After this…goodbye cheese; hello size 30 pants!

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Mix together Parmesan cheese, spinach, and artichoke hearts.
3. Combine remaining ingredients and mix with spinach mixture.
4. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
5. Serve with reduce fat crackers.

Anorexic Chef

8 Nov

Veggie Chili

You can be skinny and still eat fat. I am officially the best host of all time! My favorite thing about when people come to stay with me is when they leave. My second favorite thing is showing them that you don’t have to eat meat or stock pile your cheeks/gut on a bunch of crap to get full. I don’t force my “Thin Lifestyle” on others however, the rule is when I cook you eat what I make.

My buddy couldn’t believe how I was able to make a fall/winter favorite that was filling, savory and didn’t give him the “itis”, not mention it was only 200 calories per serving.

After a week being here eating my cooking and tagging along for my daily workout he not only was able to run a full mile under 7 mins but lost 5 pounds. See, I do give back. Want to try my roasted vegetarian chili?

All you have to do is…

Heat: Oven to 450ºF
Combine: Vegetables, garlic and oil in 13×9-inch pan cover with foil.
Bake: 15 min. or until vegetables are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Transfer to large saucepan. Stir in corn, black beans and remaining ingredients; cover.
Cook: On medium-high heat 10 min. or until crumbles are cooked through (160ºF), stirring occasionally.
Add: A little parsley, chili powder and cumin for taste.

Bon Appétit!

Still Convincing Yourself To Be Fat?

6 Nov

Still Fat Eating healthy cost too much! I’m too busy to cook! Healthy food taste bland! Oh, and my favorite, to eat healthy you must be on a diet.

These are a few of the many excuses most of you spew when asking for weight lost tips but refuse to be proactive in losing that gut. You complain about your ever expanding waistlines and the tiger stripes forming on your backside and arm otherwise known as stretch marks however, you form any and every cop-out to sustain your belly fat.

Often I find myself defending my vegetarian “thin” lifestyle to the extent of sometimes coming off as if I’m trying to imposing my lifestyle choices onto others. Quite the contrary, I couldn’t care less how or what you put into your body although, I will not let you sit in my face and come up with lies as to why you’re more than 50% body fat (that’s half of your body made up of lard.)

I completely understand how hectic life can get and a balanced meal is the last thing on your mind after dealing with an unsavory boss, highlighting endless assigned chapters and still managing to be socially active. Also, considering some of you don’t know how nor truly have the time to add another thing to your calendar like portion control and calorie counting.

Do you feel like the grocery store is trying to sabotage your pants size? Is it easier to just order a number seven and call it a day? Would you rather just catch a clothing sale and but an extra large rather than spending all your money on pots, pans and leafy greens?

If you answered yes to these questions then I agree. NO I don’t agree with you succumbing to being a size porky but I do understand your plight. That’s why I’m here, to help you become that thin person that smothered underneath all that waste.

There are many misconceptions to eating healthy such as, TIME, PRICE & TASTE.

Price: I do get that sometimes the sales on fatty foods are lower than a bushel of broccoli. Just today I decided to drink my calories so went to buy myself a gas station cappuccino. The 20oz was $2.50 and the 32oz was .99 and I’m standing there like wow, it is cheaper to be obese! That’s why I make a grocery budget every month allowing myself a certain amount of money to spend on food no matter what until the next month. I even factor in eating out. Doing this keeps me from buying things that I don’t need, eating the wrong things and having extra money to get my clothes taken in from the weight lost.

Key factors to healthy grocery shopping are; veggies (frozen, canned or fresh) are cheaper than pizza, family size bag of chips or stuffed sausages. Don’t let the grocery store marketing/layout fool you. Notice how all the horrible food surrounds the perimeter of the store; stop shopping in the checkout line. Also, you can make multiple burgers (preferably black bean or garden) with less fat for less by buying all the ingredients and just making it at home. Don’t shop hungry, plan ahead to know what’s on sale and purchase generic brands they are cheaper and contain the same ingredients if not made in the same factory.

Time: I get it, you’re busy. Consider this; try weekly meal planning on your day off or the day with the most down time, prep meals for a few days out. Doing this will not only saving you time cooking, but your eating habits will be better maintained and save money on dinning out. By cooking in your own kitchen you use fewer additives cutting calories. It takes more time waiting for your order in line than going home to cook. Buy in bulk so that you won’t have to worry about constant time consuming trips to the grocer. Stay away from precut veggies. Yes it may save you prep time but that convenience is a 1 to 2 dollar up charge.

Taste: My taste buds never been better! I eat healthy and cook a lot of flavorful dishes (when I do eat.) You can have your favorites such as, pizza, chili, and pasta and even fried food (why, I don’t know.) It’s all in how you cook it. Google different recipes to cooking your favorite dishes with a lower sugar, fat and calorie count. I personally enjoy all the herbs and spices I can now taste and use by eating healthy. Your pallet becomes more intricate when it’s not confused by the processed foods and globs of sauce used to cover up the crap it takes to make those dishes at your favorite eatery.

A “Thin Lifestyle” is cheaper, not only will you spend less on food but eating healthy creates discipline and regulates eating habits. You’ll see a positive difference in your pockets and waist.

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