Skip to main content

Fast Day #6: Foiled by Math Again - Palak Paneer 300 calories

My lunch today was not good. A protein bar does nothing in the long run for me. But I slogged through the afternoon (with a nap) and made it to 8 pm and dinner.

I was so excited because I had a great Trader Joe's frozen entree waiting for me. Actually I had two. A Paneer Tikka Masala and a Spinach and Paneer dish. I looked at the nutrition panel and the tikka masala had many more calories (300) versus the spinach one (250). The tikka masala had rice but not enough so I figured that I should go with the spinach dish and add in a piece of bread (50 calories). Sounds good right?

WRONG. I cannot do math. The spinach dish has TWO, 2 servings per tray. Seriously?!? I really like this entree but man half of this tray is a serving? Let me tell you this did not lift my mood. But I had already heated up the dish so I was stuck with a tiny portion. At least I was able to have a piece of bread.

Trader Joe's Palak Paneer and toast: 300 calories

and a side of disappointment

I'm so upset at this revelation that I may never buy this entree again. Maybe I should look into a home made version where I can reduce the calories somehow.

P.S. my hubby made the point that ALL manufactures do this - play with the servings per container. I know this. Hell I used to make these nutrition labels for my clients. But most people aren't on a 500 calorie per day limit. I can still be disappointed especially because the tikka masala was 1 tray, 1 serving. I could have had a much better dinner.

Lesson learned: be better at reading the nutrition label.


Popular posts from this blog

Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp Bowl (Tom Rim): 230 calories

One of my favorite dishes is caramelized pork belly and shrimp. Well since I'm back on the restricted calorie wagon (1350 per day). I decided to make just caramelized shrimp! Instead of paring with rice as usual I used the left over sauce to coat shirataki noodles for a low calorie, low carb meal!

I entered the nutritionals into myfitnesspal under "Vietnamese Caramelized shrimp (Tom Rim)", brand is "KT Homemade". The whole recipe makes 773g. Macros: 1045 calories, 175g protein; 43g fat, 83g carbs, .

For portion above, I used 150g of Caramelized Shrimp (Tom Rim), 10 oz shirataki noodles, 2 oz romaine lettuce - 230 calories. Macros: 230 calories; 8g fat; 21g carbs; 35g protein.

The recipe couldn't be more simple, especially if you have a jar of premade caramelized sugar in your pantry. If not, just make it as you cook.


This instructions assume you don't have caramelized sugar in your pantry like I do!Thai chili peppers are optional. It's more t…

Cracking the Calories: Hu Tieu (Vietnamese Clear Noodle Soup) - 250 Calories

Cracking the Calories: Hu Tieu
Vietnamese Clear Noodle Soup
Noodle soups are a mainstay in Vietnamese cuisine. Pho (pronounced: fuh), both chicken and beef, takes the spotlight in popularity. But there are many, many other noodle soups that range from spicy (Bun Bo Hue) to sweet (Bun Rieu) to seafood based broths (Hu Tieu) that are also quite delicious.

I wanted to cook something light and refreshing for Mr. J's return from a long, hard week at a client site and Hu Tieu jumped out at me as the perfect fit. Also it didn't help that Wandering Chopsticks was taunting me with wonderful Retro Posts all week on her Facebook page and this was one of the dishes.

Traditionally, this dish is made with a light seafood broth, topped with pork (BBQ for Saigon Style or boiled for Nam Vang style), shrimp, sometimes, crab claws, and always with lots of vegetables (lettuce, Chinese celery, chives, etc). The noodles are usually wide and flat made of rice…

Fast Day #19: Salmon Sashimi and Seaweed Salad - 293 calories

Salmon Sashimi and Seaweed Salad
Today was an inadvertent Fast Day. I woke up early and headed over to a friend's house for a cheesecake cooking tutorial (more on that later). We were so busy that all I had to eat all morning was a cup of coffee and 2 Vietnamese Steamed Tapioca Dumplings (Banh Bot Loc - more on that later too) for a grand total of 163 calories.

So when I got home, I figured that I should convert the day into a Fast Day and go for a light dinner. Luckily I had some salmon sashimi and seaweed salad in the fridge already.

I'm amazed how filling the salmon is. The richness really helps to keep me full all day. I barely miss the rice now - and that's a big thing for an Asian person to admit!

The seaweed salad (from the prepared section of my Japanese market) was a great addition. On its on own, the salad is very salty so you need very little soy sauce for the fish.

There's no recipe since nothing is cooked. Just slice …