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There was a recipe I used to make pre-op that I loved. Homemade beef and broccoli. I have been wanting it, so I made a crock pot of it yesterday to have for lunches this week.

Well, this is the first time I entered the ingredients and added up calories and WHOA! I was a bit shocked. There really isn't much to it other than BEEF (top round) and BROCCOLI! I mean, in all actuality the calories aren't bad, just more than I eat now for a meal. The random little things added up quick!

340 calories and 28 g Protein per serving.

I was just a bit shocked that they added up to that! Next time I will try to tweak the recipe to get it a little lighter and see how it tastes.

Sticker shock, if you will!

I am eating it anyway because like I said, not horrible but not my typical meal. But I am not just going to waste it all so I will enjoy it this week and go from there!

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less beef and more broccoli will definitely turn that around - although as we know, Protein is really important, too. Although I suppose you could make it with chicken if you wanted...

340 calories per serving and 28 grams of protein is actually decent - although I'm in maintenance, which makes a difference...

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I am eating about 1000 calories a day so I try to stay under 300 cals per meal. So like I said, not horrible but a little more than I usually eat. It was more of a shock that all the little ingredients added up so quick.

The actual beef and broccoli was only 205 cals of it.

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I wonder if you could enjoy one serving of it and freeze the rest?? I am not a leftover person so I am not the one to ask if it would freeze well. I always think leftovers taste different the next day in fridge, never mind freezing them but alot of people do it.

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16 minutes ago, ShoppGirl said:

I wonder if you could enjoy one serving of it and freeze the rest?? I am not a leftover person so I am not the one to ask if it would freeze well. I always think leftovers taste different the next day in fridge, never mind freezing them but alot of people do it.

I am hit or miss with frozen and leftovers in general. I will usually freeze a serving of something to test it out so I don't waste too much if it gets weird.

I will be fine with it this week, cut a few somewhere else if needed but even if I ended up 40-50 cals over it is not going to hurt me.

I might freeze a portion and test it out though, good thinking!

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Isn't it crazy the way we evaluate things like that? Pre surgery, 340 calories would have seemed really low to me, even when dieting. Now, I probably couldn't eat that much if I tried.

I suppose there's nothing that says you have to eat a full serving if it doesn't fit your goals. The Protein content to calorie ratio seems decent, so one regular serving might actually be two for me right now.

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it’s amazing the stuff that we used to eat is a lot more calorie dense then after changing dietary habits; especially portion size for me so far!

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