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Mayor’s Recipe

04. November 2011

Have you seen Jerry Sanders lately? San Diego’s mayor is a mere shadow of his former self!

After years on the “rubber chicken” circuit … campaigning and representing America’s finest city at countless luncheons and charity dinners … Mayor Sanders decided it was time to tackle his expanding waistline.

In the last 18 months, the affable mayor and former San Diego police chief has dropped more than 80 pounds! While the two-term mayor may no longer be running for office, he is walking – more than 50 miles a week!

While Sanders gives most of the credit for his impressive weight loss to his consistent walking program, he told me he’s also made a few changes in the way he eats. He says he doesn’t count calories, but has sworn off sugary desserts, bread and his favorite, french fries.

These days, the mayor satisfies his carb craving with whole grains. Too busy to cook most evenings, he and his wife, Rana, are big on “batch” cooking. Together they prepare enough of their favorite meals to last several days. No matter how hectic their week, there’s always something healthful to warm up when they get home.

The mayor agreed to share one of his favorite recipes, so I tried it out on my husband, Tom. He loved it! Tasty, healthy, quick and easy – the mayor’s chicken and rice (with a kick!) was a big hit! Hmmm. From police chief, to mayor, to celebrity chef? Stay tuned!


• 2 ¼ cups brown rice
• 4 cups chicken broth
• 1 can (8 oz) Adobe chiles (chopped)
Cook together for 40 minutes
• 1 cup leeks
• 1 red onions
Sauté together with 1 tablespoon of cumin and a dash of pepper. Add to broth/rice. Blend in 2 cups of chopped, cooked chicken, or chicken pulled from a prepared rotisserie chicken. Enjoy! (And it’s even better the second day!)

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