Author: jane

Shish Kabob – The Numbers

The top round, green pepper, onion, and mushrooms that I get will make about nine kabobs.  We usually eat about three apiece and then have three for left-overs.   Now the problem with calculating the nutritional facts for the kabobs is that though I use a whole bottle of dressing on the kabobs, not all of it sticks.  I think about half of the dressing ends up dripping off.  Keeping that in mind I’m going to take the nutritional values for a whole bottle of dressing, divide it in half then divide by nine to get the value for each...

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Shish Kabob – Jane’s Way

2 Lbs. Beef –   (I usually use round steak) 1 – Green pepper 1 – Red Onion 1 – 16 oz. fresh mushrooms 1 – Bottle of Italian dressing (and you thought it sounded kind of healthy until then) I first cut the meat into cubes that are roughly 1-1/2” to 2” square.  Then I put all of the cubes in a plastic bag and I dump about half of the bottle of Italian dressing in.  I throw the bag in the refrigerator to let it marinate.  If I’m thinking ahead, which doesn’t happen often, I cut the meat...

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It’s Grillin’ Time!

While pot roast is my favorite meal we don’t tend to make it much in the summer.  We like to grill a lot in the summer.  So with that in mind I thought that next I should look into the foods that I like to make on the grill and see if there is a way to healthy them up a bit too.  They say that grilling food is healthier because the fat drips off the meat.  Now I understand that any meat that has fat in it to begin with and is considered less than healthy, but since...

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Pot Roast – a Little Bit Healthier

So this is what I’m going to try to make my pot roast a little bit healthier.  First they recommend that you trim all of the fat off of the meat to reduce the fat and calories.  Then to lower the sodium, I’m going to use 50% less sodium beef broth.  Also I’m going to cut out the extra potatoes and just go with the ones in the frozen veggie bag.  I recalculated the nutrition facts for these and came up with this: Pot Roast a Little bit healthier Pot Roast Jane’s Way serving 1/4th serving 1/4th Calories 309.5 Calories 469 fat 6.25 g fat 16 g sat fat 2.25 g sat fat 7 g cholesterol 88.5 mg cholesterol 102 mg sodium 545.25 mg sodium 966 mg potassium 235.5 mg potassium 650 mg carbs 23.5 g carbs 43 g sugars 0 g sugars 6 g protein 9 g protein 32 g  It looks better, 159 fewer calories per serving and the sodium is a lot lower.  We’ll have to see how it tastes and make sure to hide the salt shaker from Dave....

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Back to the pot roast – the healthy version quest

Back to the pot roast.  Previously I showed you my pot roast recipe.  Well I’ll first admit it’s not so much a recipe as it is a dump stuff in a crock pot meal.  So now that we have the numbers we want to shoot from, I’m going to start working on how to make the stuff that we love, but healthier.  It’s a worth a try anyway.  I really need to make this work so Dave will stop mourning the loss of his McDonalds lunch.  Wish me...

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The Five Meals

To figure out how to alter our eating habits I am trying to get a handle on what our current eating habits are.  After giving it some thought I came up with five basic types of meals to describe in simple terms our different types of lunch/dinner habits: Everyday cooking – Meals that include everything from the spaghetti you cook to the TV dinner you microwave.  It’s just the basic stuff you actually eat the most at home. Fast and out – this would be the fast food that you get because you are in a hurry. McDonalds, Subway,...

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