Author: Jane

Pork Steak in cream of mushroom soup – A Little Bit Healthier

Dave really liked the pork steak I cooked last week.  I think he was shocked to get pork. One he didn’t think it would be “healthy”, and two, he knows I’ve never been a fan of pork.  The pork was on sale, the recipe in the Campbell’s Classic Cookbook was easy, and it actually turned out great.  It’s not going to be my favorite food or anything, but it is a good change of pace for dinner.  Dave suggested a potato, instead of rice, because he said the soup was like gravy.  In my attempt to make this dish...

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Chicken and Rice a Little Healthier – The Numbers

Here are the numbers for the chicken and rice recipe that I altered slightly from the classic Campbell’s version: The original nutritional numbers per serving weren’t too bad, they actually fell into what I would for the most part consider “healthy”, but I hoped I could lower the saturated fat and sodium a little bit. Trimming the fat off the chicken, and reducing the amount of oil used in the recipe reduced the numbers very slightly.  What really reduced the saturated fat and sodium was cutting down to a half can of soup.  Since there are only two of us it made sense anyway.  The saturated fat was reduced by 1 gram per serving, and the sodium was reduced by 326 mg.  It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s pretty good.  (Eat at McDonald’s Dave needs all the help he can get.)  We’re trying to cut back on salt and fat but still eat well, so I’m happy with it.  Later this week, I’ll see what I can do with the pork...

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Chicken and Rice – A Little Bit Healthier

Last week I made the 15 – minute chicken and rice dinner recipe from the Campbell’s Classic Recipes Cookbook, and it was pretty good.  The numbers didn’t turn out too bad, but I wanted to improve a couple of things.  The sodium and the saturated fat levels were in an acceptable range, but I thought I might be able to lower them both at least a tiny bit. Plus the original recipe was for four servings and it’s just Dave and me.  If I make extra, you can probably guess what happens to it, yep Dave eats it. I didn’t...

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Soup Recipes – The Numbers

This week I made a couple of meals using the Campbell’s Soup cookbook that I bought at a second-hand store.  Both meals turned out pretty yummy, but I suspect they may not be the healthiest thing.  With that in mind, I thought I would first calculate the nutrition numbers for the meals I made, that way I can start thinking about how I can make them a little bit healthier in the future. The meals were actually much healthier than I thought they would be.  That said, as I suspected, both meals came in high in sodium.  The chicken dish had...

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Pork Steak in cream of mushroom soup

I don’t make pork very often, well actually almost never.  Dave likes it, but I have never been a big fan.  I’ve had some pork dinners that were good, but more often than not, I dislike the taste immensely.  When I was skimming through the Campbell’s cookbook, I noticed a pork chop recipe made with cream of mushroom soup and it looked like something Dave might like.  Then when I was grocery shopping, they had pork steak on sale.  Pork, when on sale, can be super cheap. I don’t usually buy it, but I thought I would see what...

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Sugar Sugar Pop

At Dave’s last doctor visit he was told that he needed to start watching his sugar intake.  Apparently his blood sugar level was a bit high, not enough to make him “pre-diabetic” but high enough that the doctor warned him about it.  When I looked up information before, I found a government health site that recommended that you stay under 37 grams of “added sugar”.  I assumed that meant sugar in things like apples didn’t count, but since I wasn’t sure I decided to look it up.  As it turns out, “added sugars” are just what they sound like, they are sugars that don’t naturally occur in foods, so apples don’t count.  It’s the sugars and syrups that are added to foods. One of the biggest sources of added sugars in people’s diet tends to be beverages like soft drinks (pop or soda, depending on where you’re from).  This is very true for Dave.  If you’ve ever looked at our food journals, you know that Dave is a big fan of Mt. Dew he drinks at least two per day.  One single 16.9 ounce bottle of Mt Dew has 65 grams of sugar in it, so that pretty much blows the “stay under 37 grams” bit. The two bottles a day is a total of 130 grams of sugar which is about three times more than he should have.  ...

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