Ever since finding Kelly’s site (which I love!), I’ve been using SparkPeople (which is free!) to track my calories, fat, protein, carbs and fiber.   You can add other nutrients, but I didn’t really think about anything else.  That is until I started putting together recipes and packaged products my friend at work can buy, so that she has no more than 1500 mg of sodium each day.  At first glance, I thought it would be no problem.  Guess again!

I never thought about my sodium intake because I don’t have high blood pressure, and my doctor has never recommended that I eat a low sodium diet.  Well, I added that nutrient yesterday and am SHOCKED at the amount of sodium I consume.  One day last week – while I was at 1440 calories, I had this much sodium!  6,217 mg of sodium!!

So I am curious if I should start monitoring my sodium??  Does the amount of water I am drinking even put a dent into washing away all that sodium??  Gina, Nicole and Melindaplease feel free to chime in on the subject!!

My breakfast yesterday, while it looks like ass, tasted amazing – I’ll call it green eggs on tostadas!  Two toasted tostadas, 1/4 cup egg white, one whole shredded zucchini, 1/4 cup diced green pepper, 1.5 ounce cilantro lime rice and .5 ounces taco meat – then drizzled with Taco Bell Sauce – I had two and these were surprisingly filling for the amount of calories!

294 calories, 10 fat, 37 carbs, 15 protein, 5 fiber, 291 mg sodium

Over the summer Tony and I discovered amazing butcher hot dogs – they were huge, so flavorful, and well, let’s just say we once decided to deep fat fry them and they were spectacular!  We don’t normally think of hot dogs in the winter, but Tony brought these home:

Maybe my friend Mel would know, but these may be from Wisconsin??   In any event, while not nearly as big as the butcher ones, these have a crisp casing that kind of “snaps” when you bite into it.  And while it comes in at 170 calories and 17 grams of fat – it is one delicious hot dog!  I had mine in a 1 point WW pita with American cheese, sauteed green peppers and sauerkraut, with Pam fried canned potatoes with green chiles on the side.  Lunch has a whopping 2,317 grams of sodium!

530 calories, 28 fat, 55 carbs, 26 grams of protein, 12 fiber, 2,317 sodium

Does your grocery store have a 50% off meat section? If not, you should ask.  I’ve mentioned it before, but around dinner time they put all the meat that is about to reach its sell by date 50% off.   I scored with this 1.3 pound ribeye for only $4.83!

Tony and I said last night that we really miss grilling!  While we are thawing a bit, it will be a while before all the icicles and snow melt off the Weber and the gas grill.  I used our indoor cast iron grill pan – only caveat is that it smokes up the whole house – at least everyone knows that Biz is cooking then!  I always think My Year on the Grill would be proud of these grill marks!

Since we like pretty rare meat – on high heat I did each side for 4 minutes per side, then 3 minutes the second time around.  I wrapped it in foil when it came off the grill for about 5 minutes while I pulled everything else together.

436 calories, 13 fat, 46 carbs, 33 protein, 8 fiber, 105 sodium

When Tony was at the store, he scored at the $1 rack!  He brought me home these lovely tomatoes – about 7 pounds for $3!

love the olives in the background! Those are for Tony's pizza tonight!

A few years ago, Tony brought me home a cast iron Dutch Oven – while I would some day love to own a whole set of Le Cruset, this pot is wonderful – you can simmer for hours, nothing burns – it weighs 15 pounds!   Well the other day I was washing it, and it started to chip on the bottom – it has a lifetime warranty which I still need to call on, but he ended up getting me a new one.  It is only $38 at Sam’s Club! So I christened it last night.

I'll have it seasoned up in no time!
they just fit! out of all the tomatoes, only one was bad

My Mom gave me an antique pasta maker and I have plans to try it out this weekend.  I was reading someone’s blog (sorry, I can’t remember!) but she was talking about chef Marcella Hazan and that her book Essentials in Classic Italian Cooking was a must have.  I first checked my library, but they didn’t have it, so I jumped on eBay and I won the bid for $16!   While my library didn’t have the one I won, they did have two others so I swung by the library on my way home from work.

I just started reading the introduction, but she was actually a biologist in Italy and when her husband got transferred to America, she spoke no English, had no friends and nothing to do until her husband got home from work.  So he gave her a cook book.   Every night she fixed a complete dinner in the Italian family sytoe, first course, second course, and a vegetable side course.  And virtually their entire conversation was about what they were eating!

My favorite line so far: “On those occassions when it seemed that my fforts had been especially triumphant, he would rush out of  his chair and throw his arms around me.

I can’t wait to read the rest!  And I love the pictures too – and as I looked at this picture, I realized I do not have ONE wooden spoon – all metal and plastic – how could I be a home cook without a wooden spoon?

Stats for Thursday:

  • 1,260 calories
  • 50 fat
  • 139 carbs
  • 74 protein
  • 24 fiber
  • 2,713 mg sodium
  • no exercise since I worked on my friend’s meal plan during lunch (so I have to work out Sunday)

Question of the DayHow do you feel about sodium??

Time to make the coffee and make my breakfast and lunch.   Come back tomorrow to find out how my Reuben pizza on rye pizza dough turns out! 😀