Asian Hamburger Helper

When you think of “diet food” do you think of Hamburger Helper? Because I didn’t at first. Early on in my diet last year, I shunned Hamburger Helper because I thought there was no way it would be low-cal. That’ll teach me not to read the label! It is low-cal! As long as you stick to the recommended portion serving size of one cup, it’s usually around 300 calories.

Tonight we had Beef Fried Rice from Hamburger Helper. People, it was yummy.

This week I didn’t buy any ground beef, so we used ground turkey – which is even better because it cuts calories! My trick for keeping costs low when using ground turkey is… are you ready for it… I use less. Yes, I’m so cheap I just use less meat. I need to prepare two boxes to feed my family dinner and instead of using two pounds of ground turkey, I simply use one. Calories cut for me (my kiddos get plenty of helpings) and money saved.

I also opted not to put scrambled eggs in our dish tonight and I threw in some left over veggies from the previous evening. We served it all up with some nice steamed broccoli. Is it fancy? Will it impress the Queen of England? No. But it’s cheap and it won’t destroy your calorie intake.

Here’s our dinner:

Mmmm… dinner…

Forgive me for the not-so-pretty picture. I had eaten a good third of my dinner before I remembered to take a picture. So I snapped one with my husband’s cell phone in between bites.

After adding up the calories for my dish, I’ve got it clocked at about 450 for my entire dinner! This is fabulous news because thanks to my tuna wrap for lunch and my simple mexican eggs for breakfast… and the fact that I was too busy today to snack, I’m just under 1,000 calories for the entire day which allows me to have a snack later! Hooray for snacks!

And our entire dinner to feed five people with enough left over for dad to take to work for his lunch cost us about $10 total. How can you not love that?

UPDATE:

When I started this blog in 2010, I had three children and a few pounds to lose.

Then I had THREE MORE CHILDREN. And I still have a few pounds to lose. It’s funny how life throws curve-balls at our curves.

I’d love for you to visit us at www.coersfamily.com to see how we’re managing our six children and our goals for a healthier lifestyle.

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February 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Dinner, Products, Recipes. 1 comment.

Drink Mix

I have a confession to make. I’m a Kool-Aide junkie. I love that stuff! It’s sweet and fabulous and makes me feel like I’m nine years old again, playing out in the yard with my Barbies.

Unfortunately I’m thirty years old and I just can’t throw all that sugar on my waistline.

Thank the good Lord there’s sugar-free drink mixes!

Great Value Cherry Limeade Drink Mix

This tasty little drink mix has saved me from almost certain diet disaster.

I have three children. I love to bake yummy cookies and cupcakes for my adorable little brood. It makes me feel like a good mommy. But there are days when it’s really difficult to resist those sweet treats! I like to make sure I pick up a box of the cherry limeade (It’s my favorite flavor) drink mix for just such emergencies.  I mix it up in the biggest glass I can find and slurp my way to artificially-sweetened bliss.

UPDATE:

When I started this blog in 2010, I had three children and a few pounds to lose.

Then I had THREE MORE CHILDREN. And I still have a few pounds to lose. It’s funny how life throws curve-balls at our curves.

I’d love for you to visit us at www.coersfamily.com to see how we’re managing our six children and our goals for a healthier lifestyle.

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February 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Products. 1 comment.

Tuna Wraps on yummy Lavash Bread!

I think I’m in love with Joseph’s Lavash Bread. This way yummy flatbread just rocks my face off. It’s low-cal at only 50 calories per serving, packs a whopping 5 grams of protein and offers a good dose of Omega 3. And it’s reasonably priced at only $1.88.

You want to know the real reason I love this stuff? It’s because I get to feel all fancy for saying, “I’m having a tuna wrap on Lavash bread for lunch” … Ooooh! See? Totally fancy.

To assemble your fancy-schmancy tuna wrap you’ll need:

  • Great Value (or some other inexpensive store brand) Tuna Fish, in a can, packed with water
  • Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil – sure, it’s pricier than your regular mayo. But the taste is great and the calories are low. Personally, this broke chick feels it’s worth the few extra pennies. Feel free to substitute with the low-cal mayo of your choice.
  • Dill pickle relish
  • Lettuce
  • Joseph’s Lavash Bread

Now, let’s get wrapping:

First, get out your Joseph’s Lavash Bread. I keep mine in the fridge. You don’t have to, it’s just where I keep mine – I think it’s because it has protein. In my warped little mind it needs to be kept in the fridge. Anway, the lavash bread comes in big sheets that you’ll need to cut in half to get one serving. If you’re super hungry just have two servings. It’s only 50 calories, people!

Cut the lavash bread in half – store the other half in the handy resealable bag. Place the half you’re using on your plate and smear with one tablespoon of Kraft Olive Oil Mayonnaise. Tear approximately one half cup of lettuce and place this on the lavash smeared with mayonaise. Open up your can of tuna fish, drain it and then dump this on the lettuce. I like to dump my tuna fish in a kind of line down the middle. We want our fancy-schmancy wrap to be pretty, right? So, easy with the dumping.

Add a teaspoon or more, according to your tastes, of the pickle relish on the tuna fish. Now roll your lavash bread up and Voilà! You have a nice little wrap for approximately 200 calories!

Please note: I’m not a nutrionist. I’m not a doctor – heck, I’m barely a good cook. My calorie estimates are exactly that. Estimates. I read the labels and add things up in my little blonde head.

UPDATE:

When I started this blog in 2010, I had three children and a few pounds to lose.

Then I had THREE MORE CHILDREN. And I still have a few pounds to lose. It’s funny how life throws curve-balls at our curves.

I’d love for you to visit us at www.coersfamily.com to see how we’re managing our six children and our goals for a healthier lifestyle.

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February 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Lunch, Recipes. Leave a comment.

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