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Because sometimes you just want some rice!!!

3/20/2012 *Sara-Marie* 2 Comments

When you are watching your weight, carb loaded sides like rice and pasta are usually a no-no, or at least you need to seriously eat them in moderation. Personally, it's easier for me to practice portion control when eating pasta than when eating rice. Maybe because its so delicious or I was just used to eating it almost everyday growing up in a Puerto Rican household. And it was NEVER just a cup of rice. More often than not, 75% of my plate was rice with a little meat and beans. Just how it was. So, I try to make rice only once in a while - more like a treat - than a staple. And today, I was craving me some spanish rice! And I know I can substitute with brown rice, quinoa, etc,  which I definitely do more often than not. But when you crave some fluffy, comforting rice, you have to go with white rice!

As most of you know, I try to be creative in the kitchen based on the ingredients I have on hand. Let me present to you the newest creation:  
Spanish Style Rice with Turkey Italian Sausage and Bell Peppers!
If my marriage with Mark was a dish, this would be it! (Spanish Rice + Italian Sausage = Love)
Basically, I made yellow rice (white rice, sazon, sofrito, salt, tomato sauce, etc) and added 4 links of turkey Italian sausage (removed from casings and cooked in pan before making rice) as well as some red and green bell peppers! Not gonna lie, this came out really good!  Based on the WW Recipe Builder, my pot made 10 servings of about 6 oz each. Each serving is only about 6 points! Luckily, I have enough points left to eat a second serving! (which according to the recipe builder, only equals 11 points! sweet!)

So for all of you skeptics out there -- healthy eating can be DELICIOUS! (Are you noticing a theme?) And you don't have to give up the traditional foods of your culture! Just do what I do: make them a little LESS FREQUENTLY, find a few ways to make them LIGHTER in calories without losing FLAVOR, WEIGH your servings, serve yourself on SMALL PLATES, and SAVOR every bite! If you house down your meal in front of your television you are bound to never even taste your food - plus it will be gone before you know it. If you take the time to eat slowly and experience your food (a la Enrique Iglesias on How I Met Your Mother), you are bound to enjoy it more and EAT LESS! 

Hasta luego!

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  1. You should! It came out really good and I've been eating leftovers all week!