A friend of mine was telling me how she loves yogurt. I’ve tried yogurt before, and have not been excited enough to buy anymore. But I decided to go ahead and give it another shot. So I asked her some various types of yogurt that she liked. One that she really liked was Yoplait Whips chocolate mousse but she said it wasn’t very low fat. Some other ones that she liked that sounded interesting were Lucerne or Kroger brand in the flavors of black cherry, peach, cherry cheesecake. So when I was at the store last night I picked up some different flavors of yogurt. I just ate the first of the ones I bought which was Yoplait light fat-free banana cream pie. The flavor was okay. I really didn’t think it tasted too much like banana cream pie. It was only $.60. And it has 0 calories from fat which is pretty cool and 110 calories total. It has 6 g of protein which is really good. Maybe I will try some of the other flavors to see if there is one that really jumps out at me. These would make great snacks to have it work or home if I can find one that tastes good and is reasonably healthy for me and low-fat.
Top Secret Recipes Treasury II by Todd Wilbur
SUMMARY: I love Top Secret Recipes! And this book has some great low fat versions of restaurant meals!
This book actually contains recipes from several other of Todd Wilber’s Top Secret Recipe books: Top Secret Recipes Lite, Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes, and Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes.
This book has lite and low fat versions of recipes from restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, Applebees, Arbys, Red Lobster, Chi Chis and many others.
While some of the recipes are only lightly modified to make them lite, or low fat. For instance, the Whopper recipe has you using super lean ground beef (93% lean) and fat free mayonnaise. I usually add a slice of Fat Free american cheese to it, though the book doesn’t mention it.
I really like this cookbook and plan to make many more of the recipes from it.
If you like restaurant type food but want to eat lite & low fat, I highly recommend this book!
Our freezer has gotten pretty empty. I have been waiting for either Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine meals to go on sale. Friday, I walked over to Target which is near my work. I wanted to pick up something for lunch. They had a bunch of Lean Cuisine meals on sale for $2, including the Lean Cuisine panini bread meals. They even had a few of the Lean Cuisine flatbread melts on clearance for $1.44! I wanted to load up on them. Unfortunatly I had swimming immediately after work, and karate class after that. I considered leaving them in the freezers at work, and bringing them home the following week, but it was a clean out weekend, and they would have thrown them away (nevermind they were new and unopened). I decided that I would try the Target near my home. So Saturday I went to the Target near my home only to find they DID NOT have the Lean Cuisine’s on sale. Grumble.
But yesterday, the new ads came out. I found that the local grocery store had Lean Cuisine meals on sale for $2. And another grocery store had Healthy Choice meals on sale for $2.50. $2.50 is an okay price, but $2 is much better.
So yesterday afternoon, I went to the Wegmans, and bought 50 Lean Cuisine meals ($100) and brought them home. I still have plenty of room in our freezer, so I plan to go back and buy more. Unfortunatly, the Lean Cuisine panini meals were on sale for $2.50, not $2. But tomorrow, I am back at work. I am going to check out the Target by my work and see if they still have the Lean Cuisine panini and flatbread meals marked down. If so, I will pick some of them up.
I grew up in the Seattle area. There are a small local chain of restaurants named Dick’s Drive-in. A very small chain of about 5 restaurants. They are a local landmark. Whenever I would go there, I would order like 3 Dick’s Deluxe cheeseburgers, and a shake, They were very good. Now that I live in New York, I don’t get to eat there very often.
The other day, I had a craving for a Dick’s Deluxe, and set about to recreate it here as best as I could. And also to try to make a low fat version of it. The results were pretty good. Not as good as the real thing, but if I hadn’t made it low fat, I could have probably gotten closer. This is what I came up with:
1/4 pound lean ground beef
Kraft Free Mayo
1 slice fat free American cheese
2 hamburger pickle chips
Divide the ground beef into two roughly equal parts. Make them into hamburger patties. Grill patties in a skillets. While patties are cooking, spread approximately 2 teaspoons of fat free mayo on the bottom bun. Chop the two pickle chips into small pieces, and sprinkle on the mayo. Cover the mayo with lettuce.
When the patties are done cooking, stack the two patties, and place the fat free cheese slice on top. Place these on the lettuce, and cover with the top bun.
Whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant I order Egg Drop Soup. I have tried other soups, but I always return to the Egg Drop Soup. Yum!
I was at my aikido class the other night when one of the students brought in his Chinese dinner and started eat while the rest of us were working out on the mat. The smell of the food had the rest of us drooling. I had a craving for Egg Drop Soup. I don’t even know if he had any there. I started working out in my head the recipe for a low fat version.
4 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp ginger
2 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 cup Egg Beaters
In a medium sauce pan, heat the chicken broth to boiling. Remove a 4 tablespoons of the chicken broth to a small cup. Add the soy sauce, ginger and pepper to the sauce pan.
Add the cornstarch to the small cup and stir to blend the cornstarch/chicken broth mixture into a slurry. Add this to the sauce pan and stir until mixture is thickened.
Remove the sauce pan from the heat. Slowly pour in the Egg Beaters while gently stirring.