Hi everyone. First an update on the Weight Watcher progress. Great first week – lost 4.5 pounds! Lousy second week – gained a pound back! So, this past week was a little crazy as it was my last week on my old job. Much socializing in the form of lunches and happy hour got me off kilter. But . . . I am back on track tomorrow. I also start my new job tomorrow so hopefully that will go smoothly and I will be able to smoothly keep to the WW plan. I will let you know!
Now, on to the chili dog craving. I realize, first of all, that I blogged about chili last week. Well, truly, I do not only eat chili! You will see that later this week! However, lately I have been craving a good old fashioned chili dog like I used to eat in the old days. Even then, I had to really be in the mood for a hot dog and it had to be a “clean” hot dog, like Hebrew National. I couldn’t stand the thought of what they put into the other brands. Even that brand was slightly questionable, however, sometimes a chili dog hit the spot.
So, today I went to the store and bought my ingredients. At Trader Joe’s I found Smart Dogs, by Lightlife. They have a whole line of meatless “meats”. I liked other things I had tried in this line so I decided to try the hot dogs. Next, I had some Tasty Bites Madras Lentils in the pantry. I got these at Costco and they taste amazing like the chili I used to put on my chili dogs. I also picked up some Trader Joe’s whole wheat hot dog buns.
To go with my chili dogs I made my own potato salad. I have my own favorite recipe which is simply cooked red potatoes, chopped celery and green onions, a spoonful of sweet pickle relish, and then my guilty pleasure ingredient – Miracle Whip Light. OK, I know, I know, Miracle Whip is a processed nightmare of a food, but I just HAVE to have it in my potato salad. It just doesn’t taste right to me otherwise.
So, I put it all together and had my chili dog fix. I have to say, the Smart Dogs were REALLY good. The taste was exactly like a hot dog and the texture amazingly similar. The big plus is that I know I was not eating any random, spare pig or cow parts! The lentils on top were perfect and, with a scoop of my potato salad, this meal was a real treat.
Now, for the WW points. The Smart Dog is a measly 1 point. REALLY! It’s only 45 calories, so that in itself was a bonus. The chili was 3 points for the serving, and the bun was 3 points. So, the chili dog was 7 points. Not bad for the main course. My potato salad is 3 points for a quarter of the recipe above made with 2 good sized red potatoes. 10 point sof the meal – not bad. And it totally satisfied my craving! Oh, and the pics I promised. Well, I screwed up and my pics were blurry! So . . .nex time!
In the coming week , I have to start my new job, start exercising again, and get my points back on track. I will try to post some of my menus this week too. Wish me luck – it’s going to be a busy week!