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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
2/18/14 12:18 P

I would eat some and freeze some in individual portions for future meals. I would not toss it in the trash unless it tasted bad or made me feel sick after eating it.
I would not feel bad eating something higher fat/calorie for one meal every once in awhile but I would feel bad eating it every day for a week or so.
My baked bean recipe (no hot dogs) is also higher in fat and I make sure it is a smaller part of the meal.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,221
2/18/14 9:04 A

idk.... I agree with Anarie on the hot dogs... it's the additives, same as lunchmeat. I daresay too that anything in a casing (hot dogs, baloney, sausage) is higher in calories because when they grind up the meat for it, they're using the fattier cuts and odds & ends. But I don't like to waste food. A little of something left on my plate, that I don't want to eat because I'm already full-- sure, I'll throw it away (if DH who is skinny as a rail, doesn't want it either). But a whole pot full of something.... I'd just make the serving size smaller. Eat 1/2 serving with a bunch of low-starch vegetables, or pick out the hot dogs for example. And look for ways to make the recipe healthier the next time around. The Spark Recipe Calculator makes it easy to "makeover" a recipe.

ANARIE Posts: 13,175
2/17/14 9:45 P

The problem with hot dogs isn't the fat so much as the nitrates and other additives. Processed meat like hot dogs and many cold cuts are the main reason we used to think red meat caused cancer. Normal red meat doesn't (assuming that you eat plenty of vegetables as well), but processed meats are a major factor.

Rather than hot dogs, think about serving your beans with chicken breast, a lean pork chop or pork tenderloin, or maybe an egg.

And any time you find yourself asking, "eat it or throw it out?", the best answer is probably throw it out. Beans and hot dogs are not so expensive that you'll go broke if you don't eat them. Eating food that your body doesn't need or food that is unhealthy is actually a bigger waste than throwing it away. How much did those hot dogs cost? $5 at the most? And eating the 250 extra calories 5 times is going to delay you from reaching your goal by at least an extra two or three days. How much is a day at your goal worth to you? Probably a lot more than $2.50, right? When you throw in the fact that eating something unhealthy raises your risk of illness and expensive medical bills in the future, throwing it away is usually a pretty thrifty option.

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2/17/14 7:53 P

I agree with everyone that suggested that if it's a once in a while thing, it's not so big of a deal.

That being said, I tend to do this same thing...a LOT. What I do to correct it (most of the time) is increase the amount of "servings" in the recipe tracker and just eat a smaller portion, then maybe round out the meal with an extra veggie. Then I make sure to dish out the leftovers into individual Tupperware according to the new, smaller portion size. Don't forget to make extra of the side veggie, too! :)

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2/17/14 4:51 P

Fat is not going to make you fat. As long as you keep your portions in check, and track carefully, there's nothing wrong with a high-fat food now and again. I know the low-fat craze has led us to believe that things that are high in fat are bad, but that's really just not the case. Now, if it's got the less healthy fats in them, it's probably best to limit them and not go overboard, but I can't imagine throwing out food just because it has fat in it. Learn better next time, don't eat tons of it this time, and learn, but why freak out?

GYMRAT54 Posts: 1,792
2/17/14 3:48 P

I ordinarily don' t eat hot dogs anymore but I like baked beans but don't want to eat them by itself. So, I put hot dogs in them. Just never realized how much fat are in those things.

However, I did do some research and found that Oscar Mayer has Lean Beef Hot Dogs that are 60 calories each with 7 g of protein and 3.5 g of fat per hot dog! I think that might be the healthy alternative to Ball Park's Bunsize Franks, which are 190 calories each and 16 g of fat!

So, for this batch, I'm cutting servings I made in half. In the future, I'm buying the Oscar Mayer Lean Beef Hot Dogs.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/17/14 2:39 P

Ok those would be easy to remove. Yeah, hot dogs can hide quite a few calories in one little tube, can't they! Just serve say, one or a half-of-one, with each serving of beans, and the calorie count will probably be acceptable.

Basically, anything in a sausage-shape or casing, is going to be more calories than you'd expect by looking at it. That's the great thing about tracking what you eat - these hidden calorie bombs, you would never otherwise know about! Now, it doesn't mean "never eat a sausage" it just means understanding that a serving of sausage or hot dogs or similar = ONE, not two or three...

GYMRAT54 Posts: 1,792
2/17/14 2:34 P

the high fat ingredient: Ball Park Bunsize Franks. They are easy to pick out, if I need to.
Yes, it's good.

After I learned each serving was 500 calories, I ate half of it. Now I have 10 servings at 250 calories!

Edited by: GYMRAT54 at: 2/17/2014 (14:36)
ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
2/17/14 2:33 P

I hate to see food wasted - but if you're not going to eat it, throw it out. Or give it to your skinny husband. Or your kids who want a snack (on toast!)

If you don't want to waste it, rinse it. Put it in a strainer and rinse off the sauce (high in fat) and just have the beans and other ingredients left. Then use those for something else (cold salad, yum, hot soup, yum!)

NIRERIN Posts: 14,201
2/17/14 2:26 P

I hate wasting food so I would tweak it and eat it. So if the baked beans were already high fat, I would use a half cup of those with a half cup of plain pinto beans I cooked from dry. Then I would serve the mixture with a steamed veggie like broccoli. I would also try and make sure that the rest of what I was eating tended toward the lower fat side while I was using the new dsh up. That is the best advice I have without knowing what you're actually working with. Beanie weenies are the only thing I can think of that uses baked beans as an ingredient where the higher fat item could somewhat easily be tossed out.

JAMINURSE Posts: 3,899
2/17/14 2:24 P

Can you give us more information?

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/17/14 2:22 P

What is the "high fat ingredient" and how easy would it be to remove it from the dish?

Would it be possible to just portion it out into smaller portions? Like, if you made it to "serve four" and it turned out to be way too hi-cal, could you divide it into six, or eight?

Is it GOOD? If it tastes good and you enjoy it and it's nutritious, I would maybe keep it and just eat smaller servings. If I didn't really care for it - I'd be tempted to chuck it.

GYMRAT54 Posts: 1,792
2/17/14 2:18 P

I made a meal that I thought would be nutritious because it had baked beans.
I should've used the SP recipe calculator BEFORE I made it!
Now that I know just how many calories is in this and how much fat is in it, I'm tempted to throw it all out or the main ingredient that is high in fat!

What do you think? Throw it all out? Throw out the high fat ingredient? Or eat it as is?

I know not to make this again or at least replace the main ingredient with something that is much lower in fat.

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