You probably think we eat pork nearly daily in our household, and mostly remember a lot of the “porky” posts on this blog… but believe it not, we eat a LOT of vegetables/greens and fruit at home. I was googling a little earlier and came up with some interesting calorie counts for possible “fast-food type meals” one might order on a night home alone… Without scrolling down further, do you think you could rank the following choices from highest to lowest in estimated total calories? I was a bit surprised by the answers, so I opted to make myself a salad for dinner instead. :)
(i) An “Angry Wasp” serving of pinoy spaghetti, in those styrofoam containers… I could eat this in four forkfuls, and while carb laden, one order wouldn’t be anywhere near enough for my dinner.
(ii) A standard 150 portion of Zubuchon slow roasted lechon, just the meat, no rice yet.
(iii) A “Major’s” super-crispy fried Chicken breast, one serving, roughly 150-160 grams, just the meat, no rice, mashed potato or gravy yet.
(iv) A “BigBurger” with bread, greens, sauce, etc., in college, I could eat this in four bites too… :), no fries included.
(v) One slice of Non-vegetable lover’s Pizza… Yup, just one slice.
For my salad, I took a 100g piece of skinless chicken breast and quickly pan-fried with PAM vegetable spray. Added some blanched and chilled asparagus spears, some french beans, a very small Haas avocado, 5 small cherry tomatoes, 5 sticks of singkamas pickle and maybe 4 small leaves of romaine, chopped. A little sprinkle of balsamic vinegar, no oil, and some salt and pepper. I figure roughly 400 calories total, and it would have been 300+ calories if I hadn’t put the avocado… It was a fairly substantial and filling salad, very satisfying and easy to prepare, but clearly not for bonafide meat and rice lovers amongst you. :)
So the answers?
Angry Wasp Spaghetti 560 calories!! I would eat two of these at least, 1,120 calories!
Big Hamburger with bun and stuff – 540 calories!! Yipes! With large Pinoy fries (medium in states) and ketchup, total @950 calories!
Zubuchon, no rice – @420 calories, with 1 cup rice, vinegar and acharra, about 700 calories… No MSG and other unpronouncable ingredients. :)
Major’s Super Crispy Chicken Breast Fried, no rice 380 calories, with 1 cup rice and gravy, about @700 calories!
Non-vegetable lover’s pizza, one slice 330 calories. Not enough for me, maybe two slices at least, 660 calories!
Knowing all this now, what would you eat for dinner if you were home alone, and planning to eat in front of the television? Or would you make a salad, instead? :)