Feb 212016

Hotdog & Cabbage Stirfry

1500 Calories. Gluten Free. Dairy Free. Low Cost Low Calorie Menu.

I was too lazy to post this last night, so I’m doing it this morning. Thank you for your patience 🙂

Today’s menu was extremely filling. Either that or I wasn’t as hungry as I sometimes am. Breakfast had to be fast and easy because my Saturday mornings are busy. I walked 4-miles with a friend at 8am, then had coffee with another friend, then made it to an OA meeting, then a quick shopping trip to Walmart (where I FORGOT my meds. Doh!). Home for lunch and then toting youngest son to his BFF’s in a nearby town. Home again and shopping with oldest son (where I STILL forgot to pick up my meds. Double Doh!) Our regular Kroger is in the process of remodeling so they didn’t have the vegan cheese we use, meaning we had to make a second trip to another Kroger. Finally home in the late afternoon. I made hot dog and cabbage stir-fry, which is delicious, fast and cheap. Plus the family never complains. And then glorious bed where I read for a full hour and a half before dropping off to dream land. I’ll finally pick up my meds tomorrow.

Most books and websites about healthy diets forbid the eating of hot dogs. I am a rebel and I eat them anyway. I think they can be part of a healthy diet, especially if you eat the ones made from turkey. Alas, tonight they were the cheap all-beef ones I get from Sam’s Club in giant 10-pound boxes. Although they have more fat than turkey dogs, my family likes them a lot more.

One of the problems with this day’s menu is that it is much higher in salt than I usually try to manage. The dill pickle at lunch and the hot dogs both raised my sodium numbers up far higher than I prefer.


  • 1/4 cup soymilk
  • 3/4 cup coffee
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, from frozen concentrate
  • 1 packet instant grits
  • 1 teaspoon margarine
  • 2/3 cup egg whites


  • 3 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 serving Tuna Salad
  • 1 large dill pickle
  • 1 plain rice cake eaten with salad
  • 2 caramel rice cakes, spread with PB&J (below)
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sugar strawberry preserves
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 2 each tangerines




  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, bottled from concentrate–for flavoring water and tea throughout the day
  • Herbal Tea, Iced Tea & Lemon Water


Per Serving: 1414 Calories; 45g Fat (27.9% calories from fat); 82g Protein; 181g Carbohydrate; 22g Dietary Fiber; 88mg Cholesterol; 2865mg Sodium.

Calories By Percentage: 28% Fat; 50% Carbohydrate; 22% Protein.

Exchanges: 4 1/2 Grain(Starch); 9 Lean Meat; 4 Vegetable; 4 Fruit; 6-1/2 Fat; 1-1/2 Other Carbohydrates

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