Eat by Stars: A Bad Chef

Here’s my weekly grocery picks for Eat by Stars.  You’ll find fungus, a “bagel”, and a very bad Chef…


Per 4 oz (half a container): calories 54, fat 3g, carbs 6g, protein 2.5g

Sautéed and put on a burger or steak is my favorite method of mushroom enjoyment.  But tossed with whole grain pasta or used to add heartiness to a soup or stew are also great options.  Feel free to enjoy this fungus among us.

Organic Canned Green Beans

Per can: calories 70, fat 0g, carbs 14g, protein 1g, (salt 50% DV)

The ingredient list: green beans, water, sea salt.  A nice short list.  Except for the last ingredient.  Salt content is the biggest drawback of canned veggies. Still, although fresh is better, canned veggies (salt and all) are a fine choice in almost any instance.  Organic isn’t a must, but at only $0.45 more, it’s a cheap upgrade.

Campbell’s Chunky Soup Chicken Brocolli, Cheese w/Potato®          

Per can: calories 380, fat 22g, carbs 30g, protein 14g (salt 64% DV)

Like all canned foods (see: beans, green) salt is the biggest drawback for soup.  This particular version sports a cream based broth.  Broth based is better. But if you just down the soup without crackers or a big sandwich, it’s a solid lunch choice.

Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs®

Per can: calories 500, fat 18g, carbs 64g, protein 18g, (salt 62% DV)

If you’re an adult eating Chef Boyardee, please stop.  If you’re feeding it to your child, likewise, please stop.  The Chef comes loaded with saturated fat, bad carbs, and tons of salt.  A can every other month, purely for convenience, is acceptable.  Beyond that, stay away.

***Right next to this Chef Boyardee option was the Whole Grain version.  It’s just as bad.  An attempt by food companies to use the whole grain health halo.  Junk food is junk food.  Whole grain or not***


Per “bagel”: calories 190, fat 3g, carbs 34g, protein 6g

First ingredient: Enriched flour.  Not a good start.  Another ingredient: Azodicarbonamide.  Think I’ll pass.  This is a classic example of that famous Michael Pollan maxim: If you’re grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it.

Disclaimer: I take all these pics myself at local markets.  Unless specifically noted(®), I am not attempting to single out a specific brand or company.  One company’s product is not different or better than another’s similar product. I get all my nutritional info from the package.  For items without packages I consult and the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory website.


2 responses to “Eat by Stars: A Bad Chef

  1. Never buy spaghetti and meat balls in a can, Dan!!! Yikes…. You married an Italian.
    Eating by the Stars; always my MUST READ of all your blogs.
    I did read KatieDid cross fit also today and have NO DESIRE, whatsoever to do that to my body. Love you and miss you . Enjoy the Christmas party tonight.

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