Metabolic Research Center - MRC cookbook recipes, what's good?




dkdaisybutters
01-27-2013, 11:03 PM
I recently tried the honey mustard chicken and I loved it! I have tried some other things in the cookbook that I haven't been as fond about. What are your favorite recipes from the old or new cookbook? Or which ones do you think are not good that you have tried.


Going4Fit
01-28-2013, 02:36 AM
Funny, I only just started making recipes out of the cookbook now that I'm almost done with program. Don't know why. But the last two recipes I tried were fantastic! I made a single serving of the taco chili. Good thing I was home when I had it in the crockpot, because even on low it began to burn around the edges after just a couple hours. The next time I made it I just put everything in a pot on the stove top, brought it to a boil and then simmered for a few minutes. Tasted the same to me. Yummy! Because I'm in stabilization now, I was able to add 1/2 C corn the second time I made it.

Then today I made the pizza! Oh I should have done that long ago! I love pizza! A few things I did differently then the cookbook: I used a tortilla instead of putting the ingredients on the bread or toast like the recipe said. Tortillas are round like pizzas after all, and actually since I'm in stabilization now and can have an extra portion of a starch, I was able to use a whole 80 calorie La Tortilla Factory whole wheat tortilla which is much larger and fits nearly perfectly on my personal sized pizza pan I use in the toaster oven. Oh, and I used 3 oz meat instead of 4, so I could add 1/2 oz cheese on top. Pizza's have cheese after all. And I used the whole package of tomato soup supplement and so was able to spread the sauce on nice and thick over my larger tortilla (and not worry about how to complete my other half a supplement requirement). And I sauteed the green onions, mushrooms and green peppers in a teaspoon of olive oil instead of microwaving them. I found about six ounces of them raw would have given me the four ounces cooked. I used plain, crumbled ground turkey that I'd pre-prepared and portioned out and sprinkled italian seasoning on top. Next time it would be awesome to put more effort into seasoning the turkey as it cooked to get more of a sausage flavor out of it. But overall I was thoroughly impressed with how much the overall affect was really like pizza. I'm totally making it again.

Sorry for the long post. It was yummy.

Going4Fit
01-28-2013, 02:38 AM
The chocolate mint smoothie recipe that uses the lemon-lime soda and 1 tsp mint extract was so bad I couldn't even drink it.


Going4Fit
01-28-2013, 02:07 PM
The recipe for french toast in the cookbook needs re-working IMO. One slice of 45 calorie sara lee can't soak up two eggs, or even one I found out when I tried it that way instead. So here's what I do:

*Scramble two medium eggs in a bowl with a couple teaspoons water.
*Quickly dunk a slice of sara lee in the egg mixture and place on hot skillet. *Sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar substitute, and nutmeg. (I keep a salt shaker filled with 2 Tbsp Splenda and 1 tsp cinnamon that I use for cinnamon toast so I just have that and the nutmeg ready).

After I've cooked the french toast, I remove it from the skillet and add the remainder of the eggs and scramble them up, seasoning to taste.

Then I have a whole plateful of food - one slice of french toast with a nice amount of scrambled eggs on the side. Serve with Walden Farms Pancake Syrup - it's really good.

dkdaisybutters
01-28-2013, 07:08 PM
Thanks I will have to try the pizza I don't like the tomato supplement so maybe I could just use tomato sauce with no sodium since we can have cooked tomatoes now. I think the sausage taste would be worth it, the sausage in the cookbook is pretty good I did like that. I just started using the cookbook too and I almost almost done haha! I just tried some nacho thing in the beginning and it was so bad that I never cooked anything else until now. The buffalo chicken bites are really good! As far as the french toast I tried that too and it was too eggy and gross so that is a good idea for that too. The banana bread I didn't like at all it was nasty to me. Thanks so much for the ideas!Keep em coming!

Going4Fit
01-28-2013, 08:03 PM
Thanks I will have to try the pizza I don't like the tomato supplement so maybe I could just use tomato sauce with no sodium since we can have cooked tomatoes now. I think the sausage taste would be worth it, the sausage in the cookbook is pretty good I did like that. I just started using the cookbook too and I almost almost done haha! I just tried some nacho thing in the beginning and it was so bad that I never cooked anything else until now. The buffalo chicken bites are really good! As far as the french toast I tried that too and it was too eggy and gross so that is a good idea for that too. The banana bread I didn't like at all it was nasty to me. Thanks so much for the ideas! Keep em coming!

If you're almost done, you'll get to add dairy soon and mixing some of your allowed milk with the eggs really helps the french toast.

Hmmm, I wouldn't know how to exchange the tomato sauce for the amount of veggies though. Just ounce for ounce? If your sauce was part of the veggie weight limit that would actually really help those of you reading who still have to have the smaller 50 calorie tortilla because it was hard enough to pile all the veggies and meat on the larger 80 calorie one.

Although I think how thick the supplement was (since I didn't water it down too much) really contributed to the mouth feel of the whole arrangement since a tortilla isn't thick like a pizza crust. So actually I think I'd use tomato paste! Now I've got to go look for the sausage recipe in the cookbook!

Laura M
01-28-2013, 09:22 PM
I like the Texas chili. I think it is a good way to use the tomato soup and I always feel so full after eating it.

Keylani
01-28-2013, 10:47 PM
The recipe for french toast in the cookbook needs re-working IMO. One slice of 45 calorie sara lee can't soak up two eggs, or even one I found out when I tried it that way instead. So here's what I do:

*Scramble two medium eggs in a bowl with a couple teaspoons water.
*Quickly dunk a slice of sara lee in the egg mixture and place on hot skillet. *Sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar substitute, and nutmeg. (I keep a salt shaker filled with 2 Tbsp Splenda and 1 tsp cinnamon that I use for cinnamon toast so I just have that and the nutmeg ready).

After I've cooked the french toast, I remove it from the skillet and add the remainder of the eggs and scramble them up, seasoning to taste.

Then I have a whole plateful of food - one slice of french toast with a nice amount of scrambled eggs on the side. Serve with Walden Farms Pancake Syrup - it's really good.

Thanks Going4Fit I'm going to make that for breakfast!! :-)

Keylani
01-29-2013, 12:51 PM
Going4Fit
Thanks!! I made the french toast this morning..minus sweetner...it was awesome!!!! I didn't even think of that..duh!

DELICIOUS!!

Going4Fit
01-29-2013, 09:02 PM
Going4Fit
Thanks!! I made the french toast this morning..minus sweetner...it was awesome!!!! I didn't even think of that..duh!

DELICIOUS!!

So glad the french toast worked out for you. You're right - no need to add the sweetener if you're going to pour the Walden Farms pancake syrup over it! I didn't even think of that..duh! :lol:

I made the turkey sausage from the cookbook so I could have the pizza again today. Yummy! Love having a new dish I can rotate into my regulars, and it gets me eating a different selection of cooked veggies than my usual green beans, broccoli or cauliflower.

BTW, I've measured it out twice now and have learned if I buy the 99% extra lean ground turkey by Jennie-O that comes in the 20 oz packs, the cooked weight equals 1 lb so you get exactly 4 four ounce portions from it. That's so convenient - love it!

Keylani
01-29-2013, 11:15 PM
Oh that's awesome Going4Fit...I need to buy that cookbook!! Can't wait to eat my french toast for breakfast again in the morning lol...that's sad that I'm already thinking about breakfast and I haven't even gone to bed yet LOL

Going4Fit
01-31-2013, 03:51 PM
The center e-mailed out a recipe that I didn't see in the cookbook, so I think it's okay to share publicly. It's for breakfast:

Smashed Potato and Egg

1 medium egg, cooked over easy
1 ounce cheese, shredded
2 oz diced and boiled red potatoes with skin
onion powder, garlic powder, reduced-sodium taco seasoning
1 tsp olive oil


Weigh out 2 oz of boiled potatoes and smash with a fork and sprinkle generously with a dash or two of the seasonings.
Brown potatoes in a skillet with the oil.
Smother with the cheese and cook until melted.
Top with the egg.

Replaces 4 oz protein, 1 starch. Serve with an HNS drink for a complete breakfast on Meta-Slim.

First time I made this according to directions, cooking my egg in a heart shaped mold to put on top and making it for each family member. Too fun. See the picture (sorry my lens was so dirty!) Today I skipped smashing the potatoes and pre-cooking the egg. I put the diced potatoes in the skillet after weighing them out and sprinkled the seasonings on and browned them, then just scrambled the egg and threw it in the skillet and cooked it altogether, throwing the cheese in after the egg had cooked. Quicker and easier when presentation isn't key. Never would have occurred to me to exercise the potato starch option for breakfast. Yummy!

Work In Progress
01-31-2013, 10:11 PM
That sounds yummy Going4Fit! I'm gonna try it, miss my fried taters and this sounds like the perfect fit. Thanks for posting it!

Work In Progress
01-31-2013, 10:19 PM
Tonight I had the Cool as a Cucumber Salad from the cookbook for my veggie side and it was great! Here's the recipe...

COOL AS A CUCUMBER SALAD

4 oz cucumber, chopped
3 oz tomatoes, chopped
1 oz green onion, chopped
1 tsp canola or olive oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 pkgs zero calorie sweetener (I used 2 pkgs but it was a touch sweet so I'm going to reduce it next time to 1 pkgs)
salt and pepper to taste
tabasco to taste (optional)
fresh dill to taste

Chop cucumber, tomatoes and green onion; mix together.
Mix the rest of the ingredients together and shake well. Drizzle on vegetables. Chill for about 30 mins to blend flavors.
Servings: 1
Replaces 8 oz vegetables

peg51
02-03-2013, 11:16 AM
I know it sounds crazy, but the Kraut Burger is amazing. I dip it in Dijonnaise and it is just wondefully moist. Sometimes that ground turkey breast is pretty dry, but this recipe really adds moisture!

dkdaisybutters
02-05-2013, 10:25 PM
These all sound great I am going to have to try them!!As far as the pizza goes I remembered that I always get this product at my local Hyvee and it's called Eden Organic Pizza and Pasta Sauce, so I could use that. I love this sauce! It has 4 g of carbs and 1 g of fat. I figure it's ok with just one carb off because I don't use that much I just put a bit on spaghetti squash. I found it online also. Half the time I use venison instead of the turkey because it is so dry like you said and I think it tastes way better!

dkdaisybutters
02-07-2013, 08:25 PM
Tried the apple celery salad in the cookbook and I LOVED it.

Going4Fit
02-08-2013, 03:46 AM
I know it sounds crazy, but the Kraut Burger is amazing. I dip it in Dijonnaise and it is just wondefully moist. Sometimes that ground turkey breast is pretty dry, but this recipe really adds moisture!

I finally got to make this today and WOW! I am in love with this recipe! I like sauerkraut and hadn't realized there was a recipe in the cookbook using it. Love that it doesn't use any HNS's. I will be making this again and again. And I will make it for my family and friends too! Eating like this is not dieting - it is living!

Going4Fit
02-10-2013, 09:30 PM
Okay, for those of you who love the strawberry-banana gelatin, but lament over how few bites is in a portion, I have been experimenting and have figured out how to get good Jello from the concentrated HNS's. The center will tell you to just make it as usual and add the Knox gelatin. Not true - flavor is not strong enough for good Jello, it tastes watery. And also this method gives you Knox Blox gelatin, not soft gelatin. Here's how I make it:

A bigger bowl of Jello

1 envelope Knox gelatin, unflavored
1 concentrate HNS (orange, grape, wildberry, etc.)
1 1/4 C complimentary flavored zero calorie beverage (diet soda, crystal light), divided (1 Cup to boil, 1/4 Cup cold)


In a small saucepan pour the concentrate and 1 cup of your zero calorie beverage and bring to a boil.

In a bowl (the one you will be refrigerating -you need about a 12 oz capacity - I used a cereal bowl) pour the remaining 1/4 cup of your cold zero calorie beverage.

Just as you see the concentrate mixture start coming to a boil, sprinkle the Knox gelatin over the 1/4 Cup cold beverage in the bowl and let sit for one minute.

Add the hot mixture to your bowl and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Refrigerate a few hours or until firm. Enjoy!


I did not find diet 7-up to be a good choice to mix with - doesn't add enough of it's own flavor. Ditto on sparkling waters - the kind that come in the big 2 liter bottles that don't taste like juice on their own but are meant to add to juices. The ones labeled sparkling water that are sold to drink as-is are great. Walmart sells a brand for 68 cents in several flavors. I tried the White Grape with the grape concentrate and it was perfect.

Keylani
02-11-2013, 12:16 PM
I tried the blueberry pancakes and loved them. They will be my new weekend breakfast.

1 HNS vanilla pudding packet
3 egg whites
1 splenda packet
1-2 oz water (optional)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used fresh)
Waldens Farms Pancake syrup
I can't believe its not butter spray (optional)
Pam cooking spray

Whisk all the ingredients together. Add blueberries. Cook like regular pancakes on griddle with Pam. Top with Waldens Farms Pancake Syrup. Enjoy!

I loved this recipe!!!

dkdaisybutters
02-11-2013, 10:17 PM
YUM! Going to have to try that one!!!I had the pizza and it is very good. If you guys like tilapia I posted a recipe in the recipe threads a little while back, it is my favorite recipe and I make it and freeze it all the time-found it on pinterest.

briannashy
02-12-2013, 07:44 PM
Does anyone know if we can have butternut squash?

dkdaisybutters
02-12-2013, 11:20 PM
I don't think we can have that kind