Archive for December 3rd, 2008

A Quick Fix Meal

Ok – so the alternate title of this blog could be “Dinner From A Can”.  I needed something quick. I didn’t want fat, but wanted protein to make up for the lack thereof from lunch.  Tuna casserole was the choice – no noodles.

I used: 


  • 12oz Water Packed Tuna, drain & rinse
  • 1 can mixed veg., drain & rinse
  • 1 small can mushroom, drain & rinse
  • 1 can Amy’s  Lowfat Black Bean Vegetable Soup (This is nice and thick)
  • Chopped 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 red pepper and about 3 small celery stalks.
  • Toppings were about 12 sliced cherry tomatoes and 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese (didn’t make the pic).

Mixed all together in a casserole dish, except for the tomatoes and cheese.  Top with tomatoes and cheese.


Bake at 350 for 30 min.  Pretty easy.  The soup is very flavorful and thick which allows you to rely on it for the consistency and flavor. The canned stuff, well… just didn’t have time for a lot of chopping, slicing and dicing. But hey! I did use fresh peppers, tomatoes, and celery! 


I estimated a few of the nutritional stats as follows:  Based on 4 servings.  Per Serving = 256 cals., 28 g Prot., 5 g fat, 25 g carbs.

If you were wondering how Shane did in his private lesson, he was good.  Basically Laura wanted to see what his reactions were and develop a plan.  So we’re back in on Saturday.  She said something about possibly needing 2 hours…oh no!


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panera-lunch-001I had the perfect day planned. I would take the jeep to get the oil changed and what-not. Get to the mall and do some serious Christmas shopping, go to Panera’s for lunch and do a little surfing and blogging. 1.  The jeep took a little longer than expected, but I held my breath and waited while gritting my teeth. 2.  Got to the mall and had to wait until some stores opened. During that time, I thought I lost my cell phone and hi-tailed it back to the Jeep. Found it…in my purse the whole time.  Back inside. Could’n’t use the discount cert.  I so wanted to use because VS didn’t have anything suitable for the intended recipient. The end result of my mall experience wasn’t all bad-just not perfect. 3.  My Panera’s plans on the other hand were really messed up. It was so obnoxiously crowded, it was unbearable!  They didn’t have any protein rich vegetarian dishes. I settled on the most greasy greek salad with a whole wheat roll and a glass of water. I think I’ll stick to my early morning coffee and free bagel bites when visiting Panera’s in the future.  The internet connection was causing problems. It was hot. I left.

To wrap up my day off from work and shopping experience, it was ok. Not perfect since Ted couldn’t go with me and lunch was not as expected. The sun WAS shining, it wasn’t snowing, and it warmed up a little. 

Tonight we take Shane for class 1 of a 4 part series in manners towards smaller dogs. Watch out Laura! Here we come!

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