I’m still here! Honest! Have a curried potato hash. :)

A small plate of curried potato hash with potatoes, onion, bell pepper, celery and turkey bacon.

Sorry I’ve been gone so long! The last few months have been a little crazy but I’m still here, I promise. 🙂

So we’re days away from Christmas. Comfort foods are all around us. I’ve been to several restaurants lately and have been left feeling like a balloon from all the salt. I wanted a tasty breakfast for hubby and I this morning but one without all the salt. So I made a lightly curried potato hash. It’s a bit higher in the carb area because it’s based on potatoes, but you could cut back on that by halving the portion and serving with some fruit, a nice crisp salad or some eggs. The nice thing about breakfast hash is that you can adjust how much you have in a portion simply by serving it as a side rather than the main dish.

It is a bit high in fat — to cut back on that, try cutting back on the butter and oil, maybe trying to use a non-stick spray instead. (I might try that the next time I make this.) The sugars are primarily from the potatoes. The  onions and red peppers have a bit of sugar as well but compared to the potatoes, it’s not too bad.

Here’s what I did…

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Breakfast sammies without egg: turkey bacon & tomato!

Turkey bacon tomato sandwiches

Lately, the tomatoes we’ve been picking up have been absolutely beautiful. There is nothing quite like a toasted tomato sandwich when the tomatoes are fresh and sweet!

Admittedly, I often don’t like scrambled eggs much and get bored with eggs for breakfast if I have too many in a short period of time. I’m also not a fan of cereal. And who has time to make pancakes and such before work?

But a toasted tomato sandwich doesn’t take much time to throw together… or to spruce up. One of my favourite combinations is in the picture above: one slice light provolone cheese, two slices of low sodium turkey bacon, two thick slices of fresh tomato and a leaf of Boston or other leafy lettuce on two slices of whole wheat bread (Weight Watchers), with a touch of unsalted butter (to soften the toast).

DELICIOUS. Filling. Satisfying. It’s great for breakfast or for lunch and it’s nutritious. Omit the butter and cut out most of the fat and about 100 calories. For the sandwich as I make it, the nutritional values are: 346 calories, 24g carbs, 22g fat, 15g protein, 409mg sodium, 3g sugars.

Why stick to a traditional breakfast? I say, eat what is good to you! 🙂

Lower sodium tuna croquettes

Two golden brown tuna croquettes (tuna cakes) on a plate with corn and baked potatoI think I’ve already said this but I’ll say it again: I do not like fish or seafood as a general rule. It’s true. I wasn’t even much of a frozen fish stick fan when I was a kid. Some of it upsets my stomach. A lot of it throws my texture issues for a loop. And mostly, I can’t stand the smell.

However, one thing I do eat because we had it a lot as a kid and I got a taste for it is canned tuna. Specifically, I enjoy Clover Leaf’s white tuna packed in water. I’m not a fan of all the fancy ones they have out now, like the dill-flavoured ones, jalapeno, lemon and herb and all that jazz. I guess with canned tuna, I’m a bit of a purist.

As I mentioned recently, I found out that Clover Leaf produces a low sodium version of this tuna, so I was pretty pleased with the prospect of looking for it in the grocery store. The difference is 100mg less sodium per half can. Considering half a can is a good-sized sandwich, this is awesome. Instead of 340mg in a whole can, it’s only 140mg for the whole can. And honestly, I can’t taste much of a difference.

Just beware: the flaked can has more sodium than the solid can. Do what I do and read every label.

With that said, I found myself with the prospect of baked potatoes and steamed corn on the cob last night but had no planned protein. Checking the cupboards, I grabbed three of the cans of tuna and thought to myself, “Tuna croquettes!” If you are asking what a croquette is (as I was, when I first heard it), just think (in this case): fried tuna cake. Kind of like a crab cake.

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Omelets are low-carbers’ best friends

An omelet made out of 1 egg and some various ingredientsI will admit that I love a good plate of eggs, bacon and toast. But when you’re trying to cut back on carbs, you might not want to be having the toast component all the time. So why not cut out the middle-man and make an omelet? I know I’ve spoken about omelets before, but I’m going to talk about them again. Sometimes the 2-egg breakfast can be a bit too much, too.

You can have a 1-egg omelet with two strips of low sodium turkey bacon and some veggies and cheese thrown into it and it’s a pretty decent meal. Here’s what I did recently with a 1-egg omelet:

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A COMPARISON: Tuna sandwiches

A side-view of half of a toasted tuna sandwich, loaded with tuna, green onion, lettuce, tomato and light provolone cheese on whole wheat bread.I used to think that a tuna sandwich was a healthy meal choice. In theory, it is. But no two tuna sandwiches are the same, it seems, and some are better for you than others. Admittedly, I am not a big fish-eater, so eating the tuna out of the can without any mayo is a cringe-worthy thought for me. Tuna salad sandwiches are my “thing” and pretty much the only way I get any fish into my diet.

But let’s compare: my old tuna salad sandwich to my new tuna salad sandwich. Both are between two pieces of bread. Both have cheese. Both have butter, lettuce and tomato. One is toasted. One is not. But one of these things is not like the other, so to speak. Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

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RECIPE & REVIEW: Almond pancakes & blueberry sauce

Two almond flour pancakes with homemade blueberry sauceWith it being the holiday weekend, I thought it would be nice to make brunch for my hubby and I. The only problem is: hubby doesn’t like eggs. So bacon and eggs are out. Omelets are out. French toast is out, even with whole wheat bread for me. Pancakes! We can do pancakes!

Only problem is: white flour. Wheat is something I’ve been trying to cut back on. Sure, I could splurge and have some, but I wondered if I could do something different to change it up.

That’s when I remembered that I had some almond flour (meal) in the cupboard. I browsed the web and found a recipe for almond flour pancakes on the roasted root website. I thought, “Why not?” and started gathering up the ingredients for them. But what to do in the way of a topping? Corn syrup, maple syrup and pancake syrups would defeat the purpose of trying to make healthier choices in this. They’re so laden with over-processed sugars.

I then remembered that Mom gave me a tub of fresh blueberries this week. So, I popped online again and browsed around until I found a recipe for easy homemade blueberry sauce by a Pinch of Yum. I didn’t quite have enough blueberries for it, so I scaled it down, and replaced the sugar with Stevia. Here’s what I did:

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COMPARISON: Smart Ones breakfast sandwich vs homemade

A box of Smart Ones English muffin breakfast sandwiches.Recently, I’ve reviewed a couple of frozen meals, but I thought I’d switch it up a bit today and compare two products today instead of just giving you my random, meandering thoughts on what I thought of the frozen meal in question.

Today, I’m going to compare a frozen meal with the nearly identical product made from scratch, specifically made with ‘lighter’ ingredients. The frozen meal in question is Weight Watchers “Smart Ones” English Muffin Sandwich. I like these because they’re easy enough to throw in the freezer at work and to toss into the microwave on morning break (I’m one of those freaks who can’t eat immediately after getting up in the morning).

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