How to Measure a Portion of Pasta

March 18, 2015 at 8:13 AM | Posted in pasta | Leave a comment
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A very good and informative article on Pasta Measurements on the Hungry Girl website. The link is at the end of the post.
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I get this question all the time. That 2-oz. portion does refer to the dry, uncooked noodles… which isn’t all that helpful when you’re trying to figure out how much cooked pasta you can have for the calorie count on the label! We did a full-scale investigation of this last year, and came up with some GREAT info. And since you (and lots of others!) are still baffled by pasta portions, I’m rerunning our findings here and now…

What we tested: Three varieties — penne, elbow macaroni, and spaghetti — all cooked al dente.

Servings per container: While the nutritional panels stated the boxes contained “about 7 servings,” we found that they contained closer to 6 servings. What does this mean? Simply dividing the box into portions according to the approximate “servings per container” won’t necessarily give you the correct serving size. ………

Hungry Girl Burger King and Wendy’s Survival Guide!

December 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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A good one from the Hungry Girl web site, the Burger King and Wendy’s Survival Guide. So if your on the run and eating out check this out first. I love this web site! The web link is below.


Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know for guilt-free eating at BK… It’s our Burger King and Wendy’s Survival Guide!

Hungry Girl: It’s our Burger King Survival Guide!

August 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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A very good guide from the Hungry Girl web site,    The article link is at the bottom of the post.


Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know for guilt-free eating at BK… It’s our Burger King Survival Guide!



Breakfast Bites

Quaker Oatmeal
1 order: 140 – 270 calories, 3.5 – 4g fat, 100 – 290mg sodium, 23 – 55g carbs, 3 – 5g fiber, 1 – 29g sugars, 5g protein — PointsPlus® value 4 – 7*

This hearty hot stuff comes in three varieties: Original, Maple and Brown Sugar Flavor, and Fruit Topped Maple Flavor. Options ROCK! The fruity offering includes 100 calories’ worth of dried cranberries, raisins, cherries, and blueberries.

Egg & Cheese Muffin Sandwich
1 sandwich: 220 calories, 9g fat, 650mg sodium, 22g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 12g protein — PointsPlus® value 6*…….



Read the entire article by clicking the link below.

Baked Shrimp w/ Tofu Mac & Cheese

March 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, shrimp, tofu | 6 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Baked Shrimp w/ Tofu Mac & Cheese and Whole Grain Bread

Shrimp with Mac & Cheese a great combo. Shrimp with Mac & Cheese under 400 calories a fantastic combo! I used Gorton’s Homestyle Shrimp. They come in breaded seasoning and baked at 425 degrees for 18 minutes. These are the best tasting boxed and frozen Shrimp I think I’ve ever had. Delicious and good size Shrimp.

Now for the Mac & Cheese, this is where it gets good! I used TOFU SHIRATAKI (Yam Noodle with Tofu) MACARONI SHAPE which is only 20 calories and 3 carbs! I added a half a serving of Velveeta 2% Cheese, 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Mix it all together and microwave on high for 1 minute and 40 seconds. After the first minute stop it to stir and continue with 40 seconds, this time can vary according to your microwave. This came was the first time I tried this and it came out delicious! I’m starting to really like using Tofu as a noodle substitute. Huge difference in calories and carbs between the two also.  A thank you to Hungry Girl for the ideal. I left the recipe and the link to the Housefoods Tofu at the end of the post. I also had Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later something new a Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie. i seen these on Biggest Loser and they looked so good I had to try it out and glad I did! Easy to make and a nice thick and tasty Smoothie. Only 130 calories and 18 carbs! I’ll leave the write up and nutrition on the post below.

Cheesy Tofu Shirataki Mac

1 bag House Foods Tofu Shirataki Macaroni Shaped Noodle Substitute
1/2 Serving Velveeta 2% Cheese
1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese
1 tsp.Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Dash each Parsley, Sea Salt and Black Pepper, or more to taste

Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles well. Pat dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave noodles for 1 minute.

*Drain excess liquid. Dry thoroughly with paper towels.

*Add cheese wedge and cheese slice, breaking both into pieces as you add them. Microwave for 1 minute. Stop and stir, mixing well, and continue microwaving for an additional 40 seconds.

*Add remaining ingredients and stir very well.


Turkey Pastrami & Colby Long Horn Cheese Wrap w/ Cream of Tomato Soup

March 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM | Posted in Amy's Organic, Boar's Head, cheese, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, soup | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Turkey Pastrami & Colby Long Horn Cheese Wrap w/ Cream of Tomato Soup

It was Sandwich and Soup night!  I had a Turkey Pastrami & Colby Longhorn Cheese Wrap and Cream of Tomato Soup. I used the Hungry Girl Whole Wheat w/ Flax Foldit Flatbread. Love these Wraps, they taste great and are only 90 calories and 15 carbs. I made the wrap with Boar’s Head Turkey Pastrami. I topped it with Colby Long Horn Cheese, Kraft Low Fat Mayo, and French’s Yellow Mustard.

For the soup I used Amy’s  Organic Light in Sodium – Cream of Tomato Soup, which is one of the tastiest Tomato Soup I have ever had from a can. Not only great tasting but it’s only 110 calories and 19 carbs! For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

Amy’s Organic Light in Sodium – Cream of Tomato Soup

Responding to customer requests, our chefs have created a line of Light in Sodium soups with all the flavor and goodness of our regular soups, but containing 50% less sodium. Contains 340 mg of sodium compared to 690 mg in Amy’s regular cream of tomato soup. No GMOs – No bioengineered ingredients. All dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized, rBST hormone free milk. USDA organic. Certified organic by QAI. Ready serve. Gluten free. This Cream of Tomato Soup is made from organic sun-ripened tomatoes slowly simmered to bring out their natural sweetness. Amy’s dad says it’s the best reduced sodium tomato soup he’s ever eaten. We’re sure that you’ll agree.

Contains 340mg of sodium compared to 690mg in Amy’s regular Cream of Tomato soup.

Ingredients : 0g Trans Fat/No Added MSG/No Preservatives Organic tomato puree, filtered water, organic cream, organic evaporated cane juice, organic onions, sea salt, organic black pepper. Contains milk.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Servings Per Container: ~ 2
Serving Weight: 1 cup
Product UPC: 0-42272-00581-9
Calories: 110     Calories from Fat: 25
Total Fat: 2.5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Sodium: 340mg
Carbohydrates: 19g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 13g
Protein: 3g
Organic: 10%
Vitamin A: 20% • Vitamin C: 15%
Calcium: 4% • Iron: 10%

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