One of the most important tips I’ve ever learned about healthy eating is incorporating a lot of vegetables. There is a huge correlation between vegetable consumption and healthy weight, but vegetables are also filled with vitamins, fiber, and water and are super low in calories by the weight. They are the number one light food you could eat. And one of the few foods that nearly every diet says you can eat as much of as you want (the thought there is that no one will engorge themselves with broccoli).
But the problem with modern, American food is that vegetables are usually the first to go. Think about most quick dinner choices, especially those in restaurants and you will quickly see that they are not serving you “Plate Method” foods. It is clear that half the plate is not filled with veggies, usually not even a quarter is! So how do you make half your plate filled with veggies as the Plate Method recommends? Well, you need to cook foods that are very heavy on the veggies. Like my homemade Teriaki Chicken Stir Fry. The most difficult part is just the veggie prep, but overall, it is a simple recipe. Check it out:
Choose 3-15 different types of veggies that you like. Cut them into roughly the same size. I like peppers, cauliflower, jalapenos, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms. It is particularly pretty with most of the rainbow in it.
Cook up some chicken breast and steam some rice.
Mix the veggies and sautee in a medium pan with soy sauce (low sodium if possible) and a little honey.
(If you want more flavors and spices, experiment. Some to try might be lime juice, cumin, black pepper, turmeric, basil, oregano, etc.)
Serve on a small bed of rice and enjoy your perfect plate method and delicious meal!