I recently read some interesting research that backs up a suspicion I've long had. Researchers have proven that eating "whole" foods (whole grains vs. processed, cheddar vs. american cheese) burns significantly more calories, even though the calorie content of the foods were the same. Turns out that processed foods are digested more easily causing the body not to have to work as hard.
So I thought I'd share one of my favorite weight-loss recipes that's healthy, inexpensive and a good comfort food.
Bulghar wheat and garbanzo pilaf
4 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 finely chopped med onion
1 can chopped plain tomatoes (Muir Glen tomatoes come in a can that's lined
with something to keep them from tasting tinny)
1 can chickpeas/garbanzos drained and washed
2 Tbl minced fresh parseley
2/3 cup of bulghar
fresh ground black pepper
Heat oil w/ garlic over med/low flame in a large pot w/ good heat
distribution (I used enameled cast iron). Add onion before garlic
browns and cook until clear. Add tomato + cook until paste-like
(about 20 minutes). Add chickpeas + parseley and cook another 10
minutes. Add bulghar, 1 cup water + salt + pepper. Stir and
simmer, covered, on very low heat for 35 minutes.