Saturday, February 17, 2007

Just like grandma made.. lightlife review: Bologna

My paternal grandmother was not a cook. In fact, the only things I remember here making were Kraft macaroni and cheese, canned green beans, iceberg lettuce salads, instant mashed potatoes, white bread american cheese sandwiches and bologna sandwiches, again on white bread. She had a wicked sweet tooth, and ate a packaged Dolly Madison sweet roll at least 3 times a day long with coffee. Amazingly, she wasn't overweight, but I digress.
Back to the bologna sandwiches. As many of you know, I was raised a vegetarian, but my grandparents snuck as much meat into my diet as they could. I had no idea that bologna was meat, so I ate it until I was around 8 or so. I liked it too. I used some of my Lightlife Bologna today to re-create an old favorirte. All that was missing was the iceberg lettuce. (the bread is a light italian white bread, 40 calories per slice). I topped the bread with nayonaise, yellow mustard, romaine and a dill pickle. Delicious! I wanted to eat another one, but had soup as well, so I didn't. Lightlife Bologna was better than I remember real bologna beings. The serving size said 4 slices per serving, but I used two because I thought it would be too much with 4. 2 slices contained 35 calories, 7 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fat. My entire sandwich only had 175 calories and 2 weight watcher points! Perfect for someone watching their weight. I imagine this will be delicious is a chef's style salad as well. I will definitely buy this product again. My husband and younger son loved it as well. My older son didn't try it.
To compliment the sandwich, I made a big pot of Chipotle Split Pea soup. It is impossible to do this soup justice with a photograph. I used the entire can of chipoltes and 2 heads of roasted garlic to make up for the oil. 2 cups of this soup was 6 points.




I have been writing my own recipes for years now and have been organizing them into a cookbook. I would eventually love to get it published. This week I am planning on testing some new ones and I'm excited about that! Of course, I'll write and photograph them. If anyone wants to test some recipes, let me know. I have a bunch.... both vegan and non-vegan. My non-vegan recipes don't use eggs.



11 comments:

  1. I'd help test, but all gluten products are out, so no seitan recipes here baby! Gosh I think I'd have liked seitan and would love to know if tempeh can work as a substitute across the board!

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  2. Courtney4:40 PM

    I have been reading your blog for quite a while, but I am not sure if I have ever commented before or not...
    Anyway, I love your blog and I would LOVE to help you test recipes! I am a vegan who loves to cook and try new things! Is there a way I can e-mail you my e-mail address rather than posting it here?

    Thanks so much!
    Courtney

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  3. Mmm. Chipotle split-pea soup sounds delicious. I hope you get your recipes published!

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  4. I love the LL bologna--your soup looks like the perfect compliment.

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  5. Melody, I would love to help test your recipes. It would be amazing if you did a cookbook--you are very talented at coming up with creative recipes that look spectacular! I was never much a fan of bologna, but the chipotle pea soup sounds just wonderful.

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  6. Melody, you can count me in as a tester whenever you need the help! I'd love to see your cookbook published...I've always been inspired by your blog. Good luck!

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  7. Count me in! I'd love to test recipes for you. Your sandwich does sound like a childhood favorite of mine and that soup - wow! Sounds so delicious.

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  8. Me too! I'd love to help test your recipes.

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  9. Melody, if you want help from a non-vegan, I'm your gal!

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  10. That soup sounds great...I would never have thought to use garlic instead of oil! If you are still looking for testers let me know!!

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  11. Please, let me be a tester! :)

    Oh, and check out veganyumyum.com

    They're having a recipe contest and the grand prize is a trip to Hawaii!

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