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    I was wondering if anyone on here has any simple ways to make Tilapia and Spinach with out adding many calories. I am good with the fish, but really don't have any idea on how to do the spinach to make it palatable. This is for my depletion phase before my show next week so I'll choke down anything but if I can make it taste better I'll be happier. I'm thinking of just buying raw spinach, then cooking it in a pan with a small amount of spray and some garlic salt. Beyond that I can't think of any ways to make it without adding a ton of calories. Any ideas? Dunhill?
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    I use spray butter and various walden farm sauces myself. Ranch or Blue cheese+hot sauce I put on most everything I eat outside of my chili.

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    • #3
      Dried and crushed tomato, basil and garlic! I think Mrs. Dash has this seasoning and you can cook using lemon and add extra flavor with lemon zest. You can also use lemon pepper seasoning and No-Salt (potassium chloride).

      FYI - Even through those spray butters say 0 calories, they actually have 4 kcals per 5 spray serving. Legally, they are allowed to call anything calorie free if it is below 5 calories per serving. For example, Parkay Spray has .8 calories in 1 spray and 4 calories in 5 sprays. Fat content is .085 grams in 1 spray, .4 grams in 5 sprays. That means that in the entire bottle there are 832 total calories from 93 grams of fat.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by mentalflex View Post
        Dried and crushed tomato, basil and garlic! I think Mrs. Dash has this seasoning and you can cook using lemon and add extra flavor with lemon zest. You can also use lemon pepper seasoning and No-Salt (potassium chloride).

        FYI - Even through those spray butters say 0 calories, they actually have 4 kcals per 5 spray serving. Legally, they are allowed to call anything calorie free if it is below 5 calories per serving. For example, Parkay Spray has .8 calories in 1 spray and 4 calories in 5 sprays. Fat content is .085 grams in 1 spray, .4 grams in 5 sprays. That means that in the entire bottle there are 832 total calories from 93 grams of fat.
        Oh yeah I know this, but since he requested without adding many calories, I felt it was minimal. 5 sprays is about all I use on spinach, but I can see how some people would get out of hand...there has been times I just opened it and poured it on rice lol.

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        • #5
          Evoo has 120 cals per table spoon so I personally would just calculate a cpl table spoons into my caloric intake and saute the spinach in garlic and a cpl tbl spoons evoo. If you can't or don't wanna do that you could easily bake or grill the talapia and have it as a spinach salad with the grilled talapia.

          There are plenty of ways to do the talapia... You could bake with some lemon slices and maybe red pepper on it (I know there is probably no sense telling you to make sure you salt it...lol)... You can just take some diced tomatoes, diced red onions (soak the red onions in ice water to mellow them out first or they will over power EVERYTHING), a lill lemon juice, red pepper flakes, garlic, parsley or cilantro and some acidic fruit you like and just top the grilled talapia with that.... You can also add some of the salsa into some foil with the fish and grill like that (you can seal the fish and salsa in the foil so it will actually steam in the oven or on the grill)... You can get the flavors into the fish but discard the salsa if you don't want to eat it...

          If you decide to go the salad route just grill or bake the fish with lemon and pepper or red pepper..
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          • #6
            BTW, you can also make some simple and filling fish tacos with the talapia and spinach as the main ingrediants but I know you are trying to limit any additional cals
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            • #7
              Thanks fellas. I can't add any oil to the meal since I have to do 4 days @ 800-1000 calories a day of fish and spinach for depletion before my show next weekend, but I may do a couple sprays of it in a pan and cook the spinach in garlic like you said. Thankfully, I love fish, but I'm not the biggest fan of cooked spinach so maybe I'll do the salad thing. I do a re feed tomorrow then the depletion Saturday-Tuesday before my carb load. I think I might do the salsa thing with some lemon pepper. Heck 2 tbsp of the salsa I have (Pace) is only 10 calories per 2 tbsp and it actually tastes pretty good. Thanks again guys. Any other suggestions? I was also thinking of trying to make a soup out of the fish and cooked spinach, but that may be too much of a challenge. I suppose it really doesn't matter, but just am worried about gnawing off my own arm by the 3rd day.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Doberman View Post
                Thanks fellas. I can't add any oil to the meal since I have to do 4 days @ 800-1000 calories a day of fish and spinach for depletion before my show next weekend, but I may do a couple sprays of it in a pan and cook the spinach in garlic like you said. Thankfully, I love fish, but I'm not the biggest fan of cooked spinach so maybe I'll do the salad thing. I do a re feed tomorrow then the depletion Saturday-Tuesday before my carb load. I think I might do the salsa thing with some lemon pepper. Heck 2 tbsp of the salsa I have (Pace) is only 10 calories per 2 tbsp and it actually tastes pretty good. Thanks again guys. Any other suggestions? I was also thinking of trying to make a soup out of the fish and cooked spinach, but that may be too much of a challenge. I suppose it really doesn't matter, but just am worried about gnawing off my own arm by the 3rd day.
                How about cooking it up with some garlic, a little bit of low sodium soy sauce, and maybe a small amount of sesame seeds? However, even low sodium soy sauce can still be loaded with sodium...


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                • #9
                  Sodium is actually fine during this part of the week. We keep it high until the end of the week. We never go down to zero on sodium, but will lower it the last couple days. I think I'm leaning toward the fish in a fruit salsa, and the spinach in garlic and soy sauce. Both sound simple and like they will enhance the flavor enough to keep it interesting. Thanks.
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                  • #10
                    I like to bake my tilapia with creole seasoning on it. I like the idea of the spinach with garlic and soy sauce.



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