The Meatless Dog….

by DanicasDaily on March 26, 2013

Happy Tuesday all! I am not talking about a Dog without Meat and I definitely did not get creative enough to actually make my own Meatless Hot Dogs.  I have been wanting to grill out for the past three weeks but haven’t really found too many Meatless Options to Grill (other than kabobs & veggie burgers)….until tonight.  But, more on that in a few…..

For the past two weeks I have been craving an Oatmeal Protein Pancake, but, have not had time to make it.  Today, I decided to make it and take it with me on the go.

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This totally hit the spot in every way ~ I love that berries are finally starting to be sweet, crunchy and delicious.  10 points+ (SF + 2 WPA for 1/2 Tbsp whipped butter & 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup).

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Before heading out to Body Sculpt, I snacked on a banana and a slice of Asparagus Tortilla.

(SF) – 1 points+

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Sculpt today was incredibly intense ~ I love the concept of working more than one body part at a time and it takes your mind off the millions of bicep curls you are doing when your legs are burning from lunging at the same time.  I have a feeling I am going to be sore all over again – in a good way of course.

Lunch was pretty much a repeat of yesterday ~ Mixed greens with 1 Tbsp Nature Box Berry Blend,  Tbsp Pistachios and 1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Balsamic. (SF+ 2 WPA) – 2 points+

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Served up with a heaping scoop of Tortellini Pasta Salad (SF+ 6 WPA) – 6 points+ .  I can’t decide which “treat” in the salad I like the most ~ the marinated mushrooms, the mozzarella balls, sun dried tomatoes, olives or tortellini….

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We finally have a bunch of 0% FAGE in our house again! This is honestly my favorite Greek Yogurt ~ it’s thick, creamy, not bitter and you can really taste the fruit in the Jam.

(SF + 1 WPA for the Jam) – 3 points+

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Today I did the unthinkable or at least unimaginable for me ~ we ventured out and tried something we both were actually “scared” to try….but, at the same time, wanted to try.  As you may have noticed  during Meatless March, we have not really eaten tofu or too many “mock” meat products.

Part of the reason is I am not big on the ingredient lists for most “mock” meats and I am not really a fan of tofu at all.

Tonight though….we busted out the Tofurky Italian Sausages ~ The selling point for me…..They are “outdoor grill approved”.

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The other selling point ~ a fairly recognizable ingredient list that is short.

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7 points+ per sausage ~ a little crazy, but, they are pretty big and packed with protein.  I probably would stick to half next go round and top them with peppers, onions, spaghetti sauce & cheese.

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Oh how I’ve missed grilling out.  I topped my dog with all the fixin’s ~  tomatoes, onions, relish, ketchup and mustard.

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Served up with half a side of Alexia Salt & Pepper Sweet Potato Crinkles (SF+ 2 WPA) – 2 points+

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And…..Kale Chips (SF) – 1 points+

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The verdict ~ you definitely need all the toppings to get the full impact of having a Grilled Sausage, however, the texture is surprisingly just like a sausage.

The tomato/basil is probably the most prominent flavor in these Tofurky Dogs ~ It’s as fun to say as it is to eat.

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The true test though ~ The Husband actually ate two “dogs” and even stole some of my kale chips…It’s so cool to see him making better choices and liking them too!

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STATS:

  • Active Link ~ 6 Activity Points, 149% of my goal
  • 34 daily points+

Night all!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats March 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Danica! You two need to try Field Roast Sausages. Really reallly tasty and no scary ingredients.

2 Catherine Beaudet March 27, 2013 at 5:38 am

I’ll be the first to admit that I have hated a lot of the meatless products out there, but that was a bias on my part for having tried them back in the late 70s early 80s when the cardboard taste was considered acceptable by organizations out there. I did decide a few months back to give them another go just to see if they changed their tasteless ways. I’m glad I did.

My meatless products of choice are Yves Veggie Cuisine. The simple steamer-style hot dog links are passable, as are the deli-style cuts, the breakfast links and patties are lovely with a little Maple syrup, the pepperoni managed to fool my extremely picky Neice to eat it all up, but its the brats and soy crumblesthat are amazing! I use the soy crumbles in everything than requires ground beef as they come in 3 flavors – Mexican, “Beef”, and Asian. The brats are great on the BBQ with a good slathering of low point BBQ sauce. They also offer burger patties in faux-chicken and faux-beef. I have yet to try those. Maybe when the weather warms up some more here.

I envy you for your warm weather. We’re still dealing with snowbanks and slush here.

3 SusieQ March 27, 2013 at 5:46 am

Coincidently, last night I noticed the sausage product at Kroger for the first time. They caught my eye because they looked like “real” sausages. Because you and The Husband liked them, I think I’ll give them a try next week. I love being introduced to new products.

4 Kelly March 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

Danica, I TOTALLY agree with Robyn!! Try Field roast sausages…the smoked apple sage is the bomb.com!!! They are made with really good ingrediants and they also have one that is supposed to taste like a frankfurter. And, I feel it tastes the best when grilled. I’m excited to hear what you think. They are awesome. I was vegan last year for about 8 months and I brought one to every cookout I had and was totally satisfied that I was having “meat” along with the others food. My fave way to serve is grilled with mustard and onions.

5 Gail H. March 29, 2013 at 3:18 am

I would definately have to hide the package from The Hub since he is a meat-eating Aussie, and will not even try anything “meatless”….but I’m game! He’s just getting used to chicken sausage, especially Applegate Farms, which we can now find at our remodeled Publix and don’t have to run all the way to WF. They do look yummy with all the fixings!

6 Kiley March 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

How long do you keep your asparagus tortilla for before it goes bad?

7 DanicasDaily March 31, 2013 at 8:29 am

Hi Kiley,

We keep ours for two no more than three days.

Danica

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