Tuesday, September 28

K is for Kidney Beans.

“The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook”

Julia Child






I nearly had to reach for the dictionary for inspiration today - but there was my answer literally under my nose!

As I mentioned a couple of ays ago, I am on a diet! A strange time of the year for such a drastic measure you may think but as the colder months approach I will have to start wearing my winter biking trousers and if I remember from last time they were starting to feel tight - so I am operating a proactive approach rather than a reactive one. I am following Slimming World as I find this suits me. Basically I can have vegetarian days (green) which I quite like as well as meat inclusion days (red).

We do not have a great variety of local shops so I have to choose ingredients which I can find on our doorstep - kidney beans for an example! What you see above is what I had for breakfast this morning. I first make up my kidney bean mixture - I blitz half a can of tinned tomatoes + 2 level teaspoons of curry powder + 1 level teaspoon of chilli powder. Next I add one tin of kidney beans and blitz quickly so it is still quite crunchy and not too mushy. This mixture can then be added to a baked potato, spread on crispbreads with fat free cottage cheese or in the case above - added to scrambled egg! Absolutely delicious!

Last week I lost 2.5 lbs and will know how successful I have been this week when I get weighed on Wednesday evening - so I will update then.

I promise I wont go on - nothing worse but from time to time i will share any good recipes and good news!


45 comments:

  1. Good luck with the diet. I once lost weight rather faster than I should after eating kidney beans. They weren't cooked properly and poisoned me! Apparently the stuff they contain is really very nasty if you don't boil it away in a nice open pan. My host didn't know that and I ended up in hospital overnight. I assume he did too but I didn't really care at the time - I was too ill!

    Thing is I can't bear to eat them now. So I use chick peas instead. They contain the same stuff but it doesn't bother me. :)

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  2. Never warmed up to kidney beans, but maybe it was the preparation.
    Good luck with the diet.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  3. AJ & Roger - Tinned kidney beans always! I am too aware of under-cooking so will be sticking to the easy option! Dx

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  4. Great 2.5 pounds is right on target. Keep up the wonderful diet. I love Kidney beans, especially in Chili, which we had two weeks ago. The scrambled eggs with that topping sounds delicious.

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  5. Good look with the diet! I must admit that it did not look tempting :-)

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  6. I would never have thought to add them to scrambled eggs, but what a good idea! I'm struggling with weight coming back on right now, but I know it's stress. You'll do fine. :D

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  7. Hello there, Thanks for dropping by and welcoming me to blogging! My second post has been stuck in the draft phase for almost a fortnight now!
    Kidney beans with scrambled egg for breakfast, an interesting one - I think I would like to try that. Love your pictures on the All Change! post by the way. Sue x

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  8. Hmm I would like that, I love veggie food. I used to like those Heinz Beanz when I did green days, heated up with a handful of quorn and placed on a bed of rice, instant chilli!

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  9. Leslie & Kath
    I make a bowl full each morning and basically once I have had my breakfast i adapt it for the rest of the day - for dinner tonight I am having it in a jacket potato with laughing cow cheese - all allowed in a green day! I love it!

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  10. I'm proud of you and your weight loss program. Keep doing it. I just don't seem to have the will power I should.
    Love kidney beans and this recipe sounds like a filling and satisfying meal.

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  11. I love kidney beans, too, and this does sound like a great recipe! I'm very fortunate that weight is not a problem for me, but I do try to eat healthily! Just grateful that I came from a skinny family!! Thanks as always, Denise, for the weekly fun! Enjoy the rest of your week and congrats on the the success with your diet!

    Sylvia

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  12. I need to confess that I have never tried it, but the way you are showing us it looks very interesting!
    Great hint and choice for this K meme!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

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  13. Your kidney beans dish sounds good but I'd have to eat that for supper instead of breakfast. Good luck with the weight loss. I need to lose weight myself.

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  14. Curried beans for breakfast? I suppose - kedgeree. Mm, yes. Ah, I have 'bless' as my word verifier.

    Bless you, Denise!

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  15. Well done on the weight loss! I'm a vegan so eat a lot of pulses. I love kidney beans, but my real favourite is chick peas - I could eat them straight from the tin, and frequently do :O)

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  16. I neglected to mention: I got one bizarre blog award, and so I gave it to you.

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  17. Mr. G is crazy about Chili con Carne. So I always prepare a big pot with at least 5 cans of Kidney beans. I put them in one portion pots in the deepfreeze and each time I go out with friends or I am on holidays or whatever, he gets his Chili con Carne, is happy and I am in peace !

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  18. How can you eat that in the morning? I have to be awake for at least two hours before anything goes down (and stays down)!

    Good luck with the diet!

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  19. Another idea that didn't occur to me. Excellent! And congratulations on your progress toward your winter biking trousers!

    Kay
    Alberta, Canada

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  20. Congratulations on your weight loss :-)

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  21. Mmmm. I like kidney beans a lot!

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  22. Sounds good to me - I sometimes make a salad with them...Good luck with the slimming!

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  23. Sounds delish! good luck with your diet, hope to hear some good news soon.

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  24. Excellent! And I love the Julia Child quote! :-D

    My ABC Wednesday Post

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  25. That sounds good, but what do you mean "blitz?"

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  26. I like kidney beans and your breakfast idea sounds wonderful! "Kitchen" came to mind when searching for a k word. Maybe next time around.

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  27. Congratulations on losing weight! I have just started myself - it is a challenge but it's time!
    Love kidney beans in chili!
    Have a great week!

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  28. REally, I should try this.. congrats Denise...

    Love this with meat... never mind the diet..hahaha..

    ABC Wednesday here

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  29. Excellent! 2.5 pounds sounds just right. My husband would love this recipe so I've saved it - hope you don't mind.

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  30. Hi, the CSN contained in my Blog post is a link that takes you straight to the CSN website, just click on it with your mouse.

    Love your Blog by the way!

    Sue xx

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  31. Good luck with working your way back into your winter bike pants, Mrs. N!
    Kidney beans with curry sounds great and I add refried black beans to scrambled eggs anytime I can. Try black beans cooked with onions and bay leaves, then add more onions and garlic and/or curry, cumin and oregano.
    Thank you for keeping us all pondering the alphabet every Wednesday!
    Helen Mac, from your ABC team

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  32. Oh Denise, how could you eat kidney beans for breakfast, or at any other time of the day...I am totally allergic to them and would be in the A and E ward if I ate them!
    All the more reason not to diet, From one who had crumpets and honey for breakfast and half a Margueritta pizza for lunch!
    Are going to Weight Watchers to do this?

    Di.xx

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  33. That Julia quote had me laughing. I like the sounds of this change of eating habits. It would work well for me, except I don't like kidney beans. I love 'em little.

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  34. I love pulses but kidney beans are not top of my list prefer them mixed with others beans. Sounds like a breakfast that would set you up for the rest of the day. Well done with the pounds, and may you loose more.
    I will have to send you my easy Channa Batata Curry (Chick Peas and Potatoes) recipe which would be good for your green days.

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  35. love that Julia child quote! good luck!

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  36. Good luck with the diet Mrs N - Im finally losing some weight after getting a new job and feeling much happier - I totally recommend it! Im looking forward to being inspired by you to continue though!

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  37. Update - lost .5 lb this week - great stuff! Considering! lol! (Gin & Tonic)

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  38. This sounds a nice and quick way to make a meal. A bit like refried beans only not fried ;-)
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

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  39. Wow, that looks good, actually. I never would've thought it was made with kidney beans -- I thought it was some type of fruit cobbler, waiting for dollops of ice cream. Whoops, sorry for saying ice cream.

    Good luck on the diet, I'm on one too. Switching to fat-free milk has made a big difference.

    xo

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  40. Goodness! If I ate all that first thing in the morning, I'd never make it to the end of the day. I may be English, but an English breakfast is not for me, beyond toast.
    Freida looks like she's having a great time in your previous post.

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  41. Struggling with the kidney beans! And most definitely with the slimming bit too; I seem to be awfully bloated these days!

    CJ xx

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  42. I wholeheartedly agree with Julia! I know kidney beans are chock full of good stuff, but they really don't agree with my system. :-(

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  43. I am a semi vegetarian (though my family get cross with me for saying that ....... as I eat chicken and fish!)
    They say *CHICKEN & FISH are NOT vegetables!*
    The beans do look nice served that way.
    Good luck with your diet.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.

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