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Mr. Lazy Cook Makes Pasta Hawaiian Style

What is Hawaiian style Pasta? In  the case of Mr. Lazy Cook it is something he concocted for a friend when she told him she was allergic to olive oil. After all, what goes better with pasta than olive oil?

This is a simple variation on my recipe for shrimp pasta.
I use the Pasta Boat to cook my pasta. I wrote up my purchase of it
a while back. Whatever way you make your pasta, this recipe starts with it in the cooked form.

I wrote up coconut oil less than a month ago and have integrated this very healthful ingredient into my cooking and my life. I know the cliche about saturated fat, but please read my blog post on it before jumping to judgment.

Okay, let’s make some Hawaiian Style Pasta.

Take a serving of the cooked pasta, instead of olive oil, add coconut oil to taste. Mix well.

Cut up some pineapple wheels. I have a store that sells fresh cored pineapple and keep on in my fridge at all times. I probably eat about one to two pineapples a week, just cutting wheels off it and snacking. (A wheel of pineapple amounts to 42 calories. Just out of the fridge I prefer it to ice cream.).

Depending on how many you are cooking for, I suggest about one wheel per serving. Remember a serving size of pasta is around a cup full. Pasta is a high calorie dish so you need to be vigilant about this. (In the bad old days when I was overweight, I naively thought a serving of pasta was a plateful. No wonder I was heavy!)

I cut each wheel into around eight to 10 pieces. Mix these into the serving of pasta and microwave for around a minute, depending on your microwave.

When this comes out of the microwave, I top it with parmesan cheese and serve it up.

I thought it tasted great. Not like any pasta I could remember. The coconut oil also adds a nice flavor element.

One serving of pasta amounts to 200 calories, one wheel of pineapple 42 calories and two teaspoons of coconut oil 87 calories, so one serving of this Hawaiian Style pasta amounts to 329 calories.


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Chicken Avocado Sandwich – Mr. Lazy Cook

Having recently written about how good it is to eat avocados, it seems only right to give you an example. As a male senior citizen I was impressed at the food value of avocados, especially in terms of prostate health.  I plan to integrate them into my regular diet.

Herewith the first attempt. I have mentioned previously that I buy the rotisserie chicken at Costco often and that I don’t particularly like the white meat. Nonetheless, the chicken is comprised of a lot of white meat and I have to use it somehow. Up until now, I have been making a chicken rice soup with it that moistens up the dry white meat very nicely.

Now I am making a Chicken Avocado on Rye sammy that I like very much.

Here is the rye bread liberally covered with the avocado slices

Here is the rye bread liberally covered with the avocado slices

I take a couple of slices of rye bread and toast them up. For some reason rye bread adds a nice flavor dimension to sandwiches for me. Cut up about a quarter to a third of an avocado into thin slices and spread them on the bread. Slice up some chicken, mostly breast meat.

Here is one of the toast slices with the chunks of chicken on top

Here is one of the toast slices with the chunks of chicken on top

I have included two photos. The first shows how thick I spread on the avocado. The second is the chicken piled on top. I eat these open face because it seems easier to handle.

Here is the nutritional breakdown:

Calories      386
Fat               13.1 grams
Saturated fat 2.2 grams
Cholesterol  76.1 grams
Sodium      670 mg
Carbohydrates  34.9 grams
Fiber         3.4 grams
Protein    29.9 grams

While simple to create, I consider this to be a very satisfying sandwich. Not a bad total calories and you get some worthwhile nutrition out of it. Try it out and let me know what you think. Clearly, the fat content of the avocado is not onerous. Don’t forget this is 13.1 grams of good fat that raises your HDL (good cholesterol) and lowers your LDL (bad cholesterol). If this has piqued your appetite for more info on good fats, check out Why should I try coconut oil? It might open your mind as well as your arteries.


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Arby’s Turkey vs Beef Sandwiches – Surprise Result

Normally, when offered the choice of turkey vs beef in a sandwich, I would gobble the gobbler expecting lower calories. Not so fast, says, WebMD.

Arby's Roast Turkey and Ranch Sandwich

Arby’s Roast Turkey and Ranch Sandwich

Arby’s Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon Market Fresh Sandwich tots up …”to a colossal 810 calories, 36 grams 36 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, and a shocking 2,270 mg sodium. ‘Market Fresh’ has a healthful ring, but the fat and calories put this sandwich closer to a greasy burger and fries.”

Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich

Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich

On the other hand, Arby’s Regular Roast Beef Sandwich is “a decent choice for controlling calories. But skip the melted cheese, mayo, and the “horsey” sauce (50 calories and 5 g of fat in a tiny packet.) Arby’s sauce adds flavor with zero fat and only 15 calories. The nutrient tally before additions is 360 calories, 14 g fat, 6 g saturated fat. The high sodium content may be a deal-breaker for some at 950 mg,” Web MD says.

This is a good example of the old saw – you can’t judge a book by its cover. While turkey ‘sounds’ low calorie, the ranch and bacon explode the low-cal myth. Likewise, you need to keep it simple with the roast beast sammy, or you will kick it up several notches into the caloric stratosphere.

As in most things in life, you have to pay attention to the details or you can make a bad mistake.


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How Many Calories in McDonald’s Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Wrap?

I have had problems with a number of offerings from McDonald’s over the past couple of years of blogging, so I am very happy to be able to recommend one of their latest offerings.

Their Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Wrap qualifies as a ‘Best Bet’ on WebMD’s
slideshow of fast food sandwiches.

McDonald's Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap

McDonald’s Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap

WebMD says the Wrap “pleases the palate without plumping the waistline. Each flour tortilla contains grilled chicken, shredded cheese, and lettuce for 250 calories, 8 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 650 mg sodium. Ranch or chipotle versions have just a few more calories. Add a fruit and walnut salad, chock full of apples, for 210 calories and a meal under 500 calories.”

Bravo, McDonald’s! Encore!


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