Final Food Lab

July 9, 2008

Our last Food Comp lab was making some recipes that one member of each group modified. But some of them were still pretty high in calories and fat! Here are some of the dishes:

Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole


Taco Salad made with Doritos and Catalina Dressing

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Vegetable Rice Casserole


A really good Splenda No Bake Cheesecake


And my group’s Coconut-Pecan Chess Pie! (Which was still like 500 calories a slice!)

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Knowing that the recipes weren’t that healthy and that the savory dishes had onions in them, I brought along a turkey wrap with turkey, Laughing cow, pickles, romaine, and capers.

Here’s my plate –


I also had a tiny bite of the Rice Casserole but it was oniony  and bland so I didn’t finish


Despite a fair number of calories, I wasn’t that full after this. The wrap was on the small side (the husband made it last night). I’ll probably have an early snack this afternoon.

I’ve got LOTS of studying to do for my Sports Nutrition final tomorrow and need to get serious about that NOW. If only I could turn the power off for a few hours again :mrgreen:

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1 caitlinbo (in FL) July 9, 2008 at 1:14 pm

hey kath, can you recommend any books on inituitive eating? thanks!


2 Andrea July 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

I must admit that the taco salad seems a bit scary. I love Doritos but on a salad? I don’t think I could do it. LOL


3 ppp July 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm

funny i was just thinking “doritos on a salad?” yummy! then again, i really really love doritos and probably only have them twice a year, so…..


4 SweetsandSweats July 9, 2008 at 1:23 pm

That splenda no bake cheesecake looks incredible. And I ADORE coconut-pecan chess pie. When you said that you were making it ‘light’ I thought…uhhh, don’t take all the tasty goodness out. But at still 500 calories a slice, i bet it still taste wonderful. Kind of makes me wonder how horrible a normal piece if for me.

Good luck studying!


5 Em July 9, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Haha I’ve never had coconut-pecan chess pie…and the idea of a taco salad made with doritos kind of made me chuckle. Sounds like a fun last lab though!

What is done with the food that doesn’t get eaten in the lab?

Good luck on your final! Happy studying!!


6 Emily July 9, 2008 at 1:31 pm

That pecan pie looks so delicious! Why does pie have to be so highly caloric?! :)


7 Amanda July 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Kath.

Any specific favorite flavored black teas. I don’t know what brands to look at. Most flavored teas on bigelow and celestial seasoning seem to be herbal.

Do you personally like herbal?


8 natalie July 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I remember they used to to sell those taco salads with doritos in my elementary school! Wow, long time ago.

I’m sure you were feeling hungry due to the less volume, but those pies sure look good!


9 Cinemarie July 9, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Hi Kath!
I’m a long time reader first time commenter! :)
First, I’d like to say that your blog is spectacular!! You are so inspiring! It’s so motivating to see how you guys seem to have a blast at exercising and cooking healthy and fresh food. And you are soooo well organised!! :)
Also, your site is the only source of good recipes I know that will never include onions in the ingredients :) I HATE onions too – you’re the only other person I know who doesn’t like them, I’m feel less lonely now :)
I only have one quick question. I don’t know if I’m just not talented, but I always dread having to roll torillas – They always spill or break. Your wraps always look so neat. How do you roll them? :)

Finally, I tip my hat at you for working your way through these intense few weeks of school… You are doing great! Good luck on your final!!!

(if my english is rough, it’s because I’m a french canadian – Bonjour et Merci! :)


10 CourtneyS July 9, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Oh, taco salad with Catalina and Doritos is a family classic in our house! My mom still makes it once in awhile and believe me, it is SO GOOD. She makes it with romaine, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, onions, avocado, taco meat, Doritos, Catalina, and cheese. It’s the ultimate summer meal and impossible to eat in moderation. :)

Kath, good luck with studying.


11 Allison K. July 9, 2008 at 2:16 pm

The dorito and cataline dressing salad was a staple at any Summer BBQ/ Potluck in my childhood home as well.
Yumm…I totally associate that salad with happy childhood memories.


12 CourtneyS July 9, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Me, too! I’ve tried to recreate that salad myself but it’s only authentic if my mom makes it, at their house, in her big wooden salad bowl. I love food that brings you right back to being a kid…deviled eggs, old fashioned potato salad…


13 Justy2003 July 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I just came across this article about calorie restriction leading to longer lifespan:

I’ve read/heard about this before, but was wondering what everyone else thinks. Kath-have you guys talked about this at all in any classes?

I really hope it turns out not to be true 😉 I love food too much…


14 Brittney July 9, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I really want some of that taco salad now. I was skeptical at the idea when I first tried it, so to those who are skeptical, too, trust me, it tastes really good!


15 Alyssa July 9, 2008 at 3:30 pm

There is a book called “Intuitive Eating” that is pretty new, like within the last year


16 Ash July 9, 2008 at 3:37 pm


I saw that article and I believe two words sums up my thoughs on it…..”bull shit!”

Calorie restriction=underfueling=losing certain body functions, stress fractures, altered mental state, lowered body temp, lowered blood pressure, etc…


17 MARY July 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm

No offense – but can we keep it clean here??


18 caitlibo July 9, 2008 at 3:48 pm

oooo thanks alyssa.. have you read it?


19 Heather July 9, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Ew, are those nacho cheese doritos?? I’m all for tortilla chips on salad, by not sure about the flavored kind.

Good luck on sports nutrition!


20 curious July 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm

are there any foods besides onions that you really don’t like?


21 Anne P July 9, 2008 at 4:21 pm

My family does a taco salad with catalina dressing and Fritos instead of doritos :) So good! It’s just greens, tomatoes, kidney beans, fritos, grated cheddar cheese, and fat free catalina. It’s my favorite thing in the world.


22 tracy July 9, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I love catalina but Kraft came out with a new pure (organic?) line of their dressings and the new catalina tastes different and has more calories and more fat! bummer. Same with the ranch.


23 Chelsea July 9, 2008 at 5:40 pm

mmmmm….taco salad in my family always has Doritos in it but instead of catalina dressing (which I have no clue what that is) we use Wishbone Italian dressing. It’s seriously one of my comfort foods-I haven’t had it in like 6 years though!


24 Eliza July 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Kath or anyone that would know, how much fruit is TOO much?? What our symptoms of too much fruit??


25 polly July 9, 2008 at 7:37 pm

I’m not sure, but I feel a little shakey, too much sugary feeling when I eat too much fruit. I think I might be sensitive to fructose, and boy when I over to it I sometimes break out in hives or a rash on my face… and of course I bloat up like a balloon. Ha. Melons are my enemy… except I love them. Berries are usually okay unless I over do it. Pears and apples can be very bloaty inducing too. What are you experiencing?


26 Kath July 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Cinemarie ,
Glad you like KERF!! I always microwave my tortillas for 10 seconds to make them softer for rolling. And I gave up on making “wraps” so now I just ROLL them and use the tin foil shell to keep everything inside.

caitlinbo ,
These are my 3 favorite health books:

I’ve skimmed Intuitive Eating (the book) and think there are good points and points that I dont’ agree with (no, if I have unlimited “permission” to eat all the brownies I want I will. NOT. stop! – that’s how I gained 30 pounds to begin with!) But the 3 above are great. I need to read more!

Em ,
Most people take home the extra food, or if it’s an experiment like a cake with no sugar we do throw it out.

Amanda ,
Check out the FAQ page, Food Question #1.

Justy2003 ,
It’s very interesting, but I don’t really buy it. We have talked about the concept briefly and I think the underlying premise is that eating less produces less free radicals, but foods with antioxidants combat them so if you’re eating less food, you’re also eating less antioxidants. So eat more, and eat more fruit too!

curious ,
There are lots of foods that I find unappealing (lots of junk food, heavy meat dishes, fast food), but onions are they only that I find too gross to eat, mostly because of their 24-hour lingering aftertaste.

Eliza ,
I don’t know if too much has any specific symptoms, but keep in mind if you’re eating lots and lots of fruit you’re missing out on the other food groups and the nutrients you need from those (unless you’re just eating tons of everything).



27 Claire July 9, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Eliza-I usually eat 2-4 servings of fruit per day and a lot more veggies. Once I hate a huge bag full of cherries (in early college years)and I basically was sick all night. Here is an article I found:

Kath, I know the cake was for class but I was wondering if you ever use stevia instead of splenda. It is chemical-free and a naturally calorie free sweetener. I even have a friend who grows it. It is more sweet than sugar so I only use a half a packet for coffee and get it at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.


28 Christie July 9, 2008 at 7:46 pm


If you eat too much fruit you will def have bloating and gas and cramping. You should prob eat about 2-3 cups of fruit a day to fit into a healthy diet and to have balance and moderation.


29 jrf July 9, 2008 at 7:50 pm

So calorie restricting may allow you to live longer…but would you want to if you had to eat that way?


30 Kath July 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Claire ,
I’ve tried stevia and am not really a fan. It lacks the round taste of sugar and splenda. And it doesn’t dissolve well. I had the liquid kind once and kind of liked that, but it was so expensive!




31 RhodeyGirl July 9, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Amanda: try Revolution Lavender earl grey tea. it is SOOOO delicious, not too sweet though. Also try vanilla teas. Twinings and Celestial Seasonings both make decent ones.


32 Justy2003 July 10, 2008 at 8:38 am

Re the calorie restriction/living longer, I had thought about the point you made, Kath, and definitely agree. I’m eating healthy foods with lots of antioxidants, so that takes care of the free radicals :) And I think I’d rather eat and enjoy myself than (maybe) live a couple of extra years!


33 Katrina July 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Been peeking at your blog since finding it through, probably Cookie Madness. Can I just ask, do you not like onions? It sounds like it.
I hate them. I do not EVER cook with them and I don’t eat anything that has them in it. I noticed how you didn’t eat the rice because of the onions. I’m the same way. I could pick them out of whatever no matter what size they are. My husband of 11 years dearly loves them, but has learned that I’m a pretty darn good cook without using onions. The most I ever use is some onion powder now and then. Don’t like scallions, or chives or shallots or red or white or Walla Walla. None of them, they are all to oniony.
Anyway, just wondering as I’ve never known anyone else who doesn’t like them!


34 Kath July 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Katrina ,
You got it! I hate them raw and cooked, hate shallots, green onions, chives, etc. I just hate that they linger on your breath for 24 hours!!! We should make a club :)



35 Katrina July 10, 2008 at 10:45 pm

That’s so cool and I just saw someone else’s comment earlier that they didn’t like onions either. That is my #1 reason for hating them–the aftertaste. Well, I don’t like the taste any time, and I really don’t like smelling them on someone elses breathe–that would be my husbands. We have made a deal. He knows that when we go out to eat he can eat whatever oniony things he wants since he doesn’t get them at home, but that means he can’t even kiss me goodnight. 😉 Now and then he’ll “splurge”, but he mostly just doesn’t eat them because he’d rather get his kiss goodnight! Works for me. I would love to start a group of onion haters as sometimes he (and my mom, too) think I’m the only one out there who doesn’t like them. Hmmm.
Come on in the club, Cinemarie! :)


36 Cinemarie July 25, 2008 at 9:43 am

Hi Kath,

Thank you so much for your response! It took me a while to realise I would find it here :)

Katrina – Onion Haters Club, oh yeah! I’m in!! :)


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