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Food Review: Mission Street Tacos Flour Tortillas

20220326_124342By Mike Thayer

I love tortillas, if you ask me they're better than sliced bread. They are SO versatile and a great alternative to any food item requiring sliced bread or a bun in the prep.

Made from either corn or flour, typical sizes are 8 and 10 inch diameter tortillas.  I'm partial to flour tortillas and with my style of cooking - I'm known to eat appetizers for dinner rather than a classic balanced meal - my go-to tortillas are the street tacos size.

Here's the description from the Mission website:  Small size, big flavor. At 4.5", our Mission Street Tacos are chock full of freshly-baked taste and a bold attitude ready to amp up any meal. Try them out as taco sliders, mini taco cups, or for a new take on your favorite recipes.

Not only are these tortillas perfect for classic Mexican, Southwest and TexMex flair dishes, but they automatically lend themselves to a great portion size.  I also like the flexibility they have in presentation and how they can be easily used in crossover meals, snacks and creating fusion foods, whether it's going savory or sweet.

Spicy Pork Tacos
Winner, winner, spicy pork taco dinner!

You can roll them, fold them, wrap and stack them.  You can warm them, toast them, grill, bake and/or fry them.  Warm them for a simple taco, cut them in strips and fry them for a soup garnish, spread cream cheese on them, roll them in cinnamon and sugar and cook in butter until golden, brown and delicious.

Versatile, a perfect portion size and oh so reasonably priced, I'm giving Mission Street Tacos Flour Tortillas 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  I think they're better than sliced bread.  Costing less than $2 at most stores for a 12 count bag, I've always got these on hand in my kitchen.  They freeze well too, better than sliced bread!  LOL.

5 stars

"Street" Brat
No buns on hand? No problem!

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Food Review: Oscar Mayer Smokies

Oscar Mayer SmokiesBy Mike Thayer

Without question, burgers and hot dogs (that’s spelled, D.A.W.G.S) are the most popular meats to be placed on a grill in the summer time.  They're also an easy peasy, go-to meal for many families prepared on the stove top any time of year as well.   

Oscar Mayer Smokies are a great choice if you're looking for a quick and easy hot dog meal but can't take advantage of a grilled preparation.  Desiring a little smoky flavor in that dawg but cooking on the stovetop tonight?  No problem, Smokies are your friend.

Here's the description from the Oscar Mayer website:  Oscar Mayer Smokies are hardwood smoked and made with all the great taste and quality you crave. Made with no added nitrates or nitrites, no artificial preservatives, and no by-products so you can enjoy the great taste and quality you expect, with no guilt.

This is no ordinary hot dog.  Made with beef and pork, you get nice smoky notes in each bite along with a good snap, the mark of a quality dawg.  When cooking, these things plump up nicely, those smoky note juices flowing.  And hey, BONUS!  It's an eight count package of dawgs, matching the bun count!

Oscar Mayer Smokie on a street tortilla
Simple, but quite tasty!

I picked up a couple packages of Smokies the other day, on sale at my neighborhood grocery store, 2 packages for $5.  That's cheap eats and frankly (pun intended), I'll take these over the classic Oscar Mayer all beef hot dog 9 times out of 10, on sale or not.

The price is right, the smokiness is tasty and these dawgs are SO easy to prepare.  Heck, microwave for 60 seconds, put on a street taco sized tortilla (perfect size), top with any kind of mustard be it yellow, brown or Dijon to embrace that smokiness and voila, quick eats, good eats!  I'm giving Oscar Mayer Smokies 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, these are a routine buy for me!

5 stars

Related: Burgers, Sausages and Hot Dogs

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Food Review: Bare Toasted Coconut Chips

Bare Coconut Chips
Great flavor!

By Mike Thayer

These are tasty baked snacks!

Simply made with coconuts, cane sugar and sea salt these things are delicious and are a great alternative to chips.  Perfectly toasted, there are no added oils and no preservatives.  The only ingredients on the label is all real deal, just the coconuts, cane sugar and sea salt.  No long list of ingredients you can't pronounce!  What?  Tasty AND healthy?

Bought as part of a variety pack with the other flavors being apple and banana - also very good, but I have to say the coconut was my favorite.

Available at Walmart for $6.98 for seven packages of snacks, they are a bit pricey at $1 per bag but given how tasty they are, are worthy of a repeat buy.  I'm giving Bare brand Toasted Coconut Chips 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The 1/2 ounce bag is not a generous portion and the cost per bag considering the volume prevents this from being a 5 star snack.

4 stars

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Beef Carb Count: You don't really have to worry about carbs when eating beef

Beef
Perfectly grilled!

By Mike Thayer

I used to look up carb counts on the internet or read the packaging for each and every food item I prepared and ate.    When putting something on the grill or in a frying pan for example, I would read the packaging or look on the internet for the serving size and carb count.  Writing those numbers down, I would then do some math to get a carb count total for all foods consumed at meal time.  That carb count research got tedious at times, but now I've got some great data to share!

You don't have to look up carb counts one-at-a-time, yours truly- Mr. Bachelor on the Cheap - has done all that work for you!

Find carb counts for meat, fish, dairy, veggies, fruits, right here on www.bacheloronthecheap.com.

And if you don't see the carb count for a food you want to eat listed here, it's not listed for a reason - the carb count is too high, don't eat it! No real worries though when it comes to eating beef.

Carb Count:  Beef

Item Serving Size Carb Count (in grams)
Brisket 6 oz. 0
Corned Beef 6 oz. 1
Ground Beef Quarter Pound 0
Hot Dogs 1 link 0.8
Jerky 1 oz. 1
Little Smokies 5 links 2
Lunch Meat, Bologna 3 slices 1
Lunch Meat, Pastrami 6 slices 1
Lunch Meat, Roast Beef 6 slices 0.5
Ribs 6 oz. 0
Roast 6 oz. 0
Salami 3 slices 1
Steak, any cut 6 oz. 0
Stew Meat 6 oz. 0
Summer Sausage 1 oz. 0.5

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Poultry Carb Count: Chicken and Turkey meats are USUALLY carb-free

Bbq chicken thighsBy Mike Thayer

I used to look up carb counts on the internet or read the packaging for each and every food item I prepared and ate.    When putting something on the grill or in a frying pan for example, I would read the packaging or look on the internet for the serving size and carb count.  Writing those numbers down, I would then do some math to get a carb count total for all foods consumed at meal time.  That carb count research got tedious at times, but now I've got some great data to share!

You don't have to look up carb counts one-at-a-time, yours truly - Mr. Bachelor on the Cheap - has done all that work for you!

Find carb counts for meat, fish, dairy, veggies, fruits, right here on www.bacheloronthecheap.com.

And if you don't see the carb count for a food you want to eat listed here, it's not listed for a reason - the carb count is too high, don't eat it!

Chicken & Turkey is USUALLY carb-free, but there's a caveat.  Be careful when it comes to packaged chicken and turkey sausages and burgers.  Read those labels.  Most brands are fine, but keep in mind that chicken and turkey are lean meats and so in grinding these meats, well, they naturally lack enough fat which means they lack robust flavor.  Manufacturers of chicken/turkey sausages and the like use a lot of other ingredients/fillers (which means carbs) in making those products taste good.   

Carb Count:  Chicken & Turkey

Item Serving Size Carb Count (in grams)
Dark meat (chicken or turkey, skin or no skin) 6 oz. 0
White meat (chicken or turkey, skin or no skin) 6 oz. 0
Ground chicken Quarter pound 0
Ground turkey Quarter pound 0
Lunch Meat, chicken, oven roasted 6 slices 2
Lunch Meat, turkey, oven roasted 6 slices 1
Lunch Meat, turkey, smoked 6 slices 1
Hot Dogs, chicken 1 link 2.5
Hot Dogs, turkey 1 link 3
Sausage, breakfast 1/4 pound patty 1
Sausage, chicken w/apple 1 link 5
Sausage, chicken w/spinach & feta 1 link 1
Sausage, chicken w/tomato & basil 1 link 2
Turkey jerky 1 oz. 1

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Dairy Carb Count: Dairy products are fine in moderation

CheeseBy Mike Thayer

I used to look up carb counts on the internet or read the packaging for each and every food item I prepared and ate.    When putting something on the grill or in a frying pan for example, I would read the packaging or look on the internet for the serving size and carb count.  Writing those numbers down, I would then do some math to get a carb count total for all foods consumed at meal time.  That carb count research got tedious at times, but now I've got some great data to share!

You don't have to look up carb counts one-at-a-time, yours truly - Mr. Bachelor on the Cheap - has done all that work for you!

Find carb counts for meat, fish, dairy, veggies, fruits, right here on www.bacheloronthecheap.com.

And if you don't see the carb count for a food you want to eat listed here, it's not listed for a reason - the carb count is too high, don't eat it!

Milk, cheese, creams....  They're all excellent additions to meals you can prepare with what I call the Carb-Check Diet, dairy products make for great snacks too!  Caution though, although many dairy products pack some pretty good protein, they have some carbs too, so moderation is key.  As a general rule of thumb, most cheeses that you can slice or shred, are under 1 gram of carbohydrate per ounce.  And check out the milk, don't waste your time drinking 2%.

Carb Count:  Dairy & Eggs

Item Serving Size Carb Count (in grams)
Butter 1 Tablespoon 0
Cheese, American 1 slice 0.5
Cheese, Blue 1 oz. 0.7
Cheese, Cheddar 1 oz. 0.5
Cheese, Colby 1 oz. 0.7
Cheese, Feta 1 oz. 1.2
Cheese, Goat 1 oz. 0.6
Cheese, Monterey Jack 1 oz. 1.2
Cheese, Mozzarella 1 oz. 0.6
Cheese, Parmesan, Grated 1 Tablespoon 0
Cheese, Swiss 1 oz. 1.5
Cheese Whiz 2 Tablespoons 4
Coffee Creamer 1 Tablespoon 5
Cottage Cheese 1/2 cup 5
Cream Cheese 2 Tablespoons 1.5
Cream, Heavy 1 Tablespoon 0
Eggs, Large 1 0.7
Half & Half 1 Tablespoon 0.3
Margarine 1 Tablespoon 0.1
Milk, Whole 1 cup 12
Milk, 2% 1 cup 12
Sour Cream 2 Tablespoons 1

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Fish Carb Count: Eat any kind of fish you want, just not breaded or battered

ShrimpBy Mike Thayer

I used to look up carb counts on the internet or read the packaging for each and every food item I prepared and ate.    When putting something on the grill or in a frying pan for example, I would read the packaging or look on the internet for the serving size and carb count.  Writing those numbers down, I would then do some math to get a carb count total for all foods consumed at meal time.  That carb count research got tedious at times, but now I've got some great data to share!

You don't have to look up carb counts one-at-a-time, yours truly - Mr. Bachelor on the Cheap - has done all that work for you!

Find carb counts for meat, fish, dairy, veggies, fruits, right here on www.bacheloronthecheap.com.

And if you don't see the carb count for a food you want to eat listed here, it's not listed for a reason - the carb count is too high, don't eat it!

Fish and shellfish are excellent sources of protein.  You can eat just about any kind of fish and not have to worry about blowing up your carb count.   Most shellfish by the very nature of their diet, tend to carry more carbs than fish.  The only real rule of thumb here, don't eat fish that's been breaded or battered.  Grilled is the way to go!

Carb Count:  Fish & Shellfish

Item Serving Size Carb Count (in grams)
Anchovies, canned in oil 6 oz. 0
Bass, all varieties 6 oz. 0
Catfish, all varieties 6 oz. 0
Clams, canned or fresh 2 oz. 3
Cod 6 oz. 0
Crab 6 oz. 0
Crawfish 6 oz. 1
Eel 6 oz. 0
Flounder 6 oz. 0
Grouper 6 oz. 0
Halibut 6 oz. 0
Herring, cured 2 oz. 0
Herring, pickled 2 oz. 5.4
Lobster 6 oz. 1.8
Mackerel 6 oz. 0
Mahi-mahi 6 oz. 0
Mussels 2 oz. 4
Oysters 2 oz. 6
Perch 6 oz. 0
Salmon, canned, fresh, smoked 6 oz. 0
Sardines, canned, in oil 6 oz. 0
Sardines, canned in tomato sauce 6 oz. 0.8
Scallops 6 oz. 4
Shrimp 6 oz. 3
Squid 6 oz. 6.5
Tilapia 6 oz. 0
Trout, all varieties 6 oz. 0
Tuna, canned or fresh 6 oz. 0
Walleye 6 oz. 0

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Pork Carb Count: Pork is loaded with protein and low in carbs

BratsBy Mike Thayer

I used to look up carb counts on the internet or read the packaging for each and every food item I prepared and ate.    When putting something on the grill or in a frying pan for example, I would read the packaging or look on the internet for the serving size and carb count.  Writing those numbers down, I would then do some math to get a carb count total for all foods consumed at meal time.  That carb count research got tedious at times, but now I've got some great data to share!

You don't have to look up carb counts one-at-a-time, yours truly - Mr. Bachelor on the Cheap - has done all that work for you!

Find carb counts for meat, fish, dairy, veggies, fruits, right here on www.bacheloronthecheap.com.

And if you don't see the carb count for a food you want to eat listed here, it's not listed for a reason - the carb count is too high, don't eat it! No real worries though when it comes to eating pork.  An excellent source of protein I eat a lot of pork, especially given the price of beef these days! 

Carb Count:  Pork

Item Serving Size Carb Count (in grams)
Bacon 3 slices 0.5
Bratwurst 1 link 1
Canadian Bacon 3 slices 1.4
Chops 6 oz. 0
Ground Pork Quarter Pound 0
Ham 6 oz. 0
Hot Dogs 1 link 0.5
Kielbasa 2 oz. 2
Little Smokies 5 links 2
Loin 6 oz. 0
Lunch Meat, ham, smoked 6 slices 1
Lunch Meat, ham, honey 6 slices 3
Ribs 6 oz. 0
Roasts 6 oz. 0
Sausage, breakfast, patty Quarter Pound 0
Sausage, breakfast, link 3 links 0
Stew Meat 6 oz. 0
Pepperoni 14 slices 1.5
Spam 2 oz. 1.7

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Veggie Carb Count: Veggies provide you with all the carbs you need, no pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, chips required......

Bacon wrapped asparagusBy Mike Thayer

I used to look up carb counts on the internet or read the packaging for each and every food item I prepared and ate.    When putting something on the grill or in a frying pan for example, I would read the packaging or look on the internet for the serving size and carb count.  Writing those numbers down, I would then do some math to get a carb count total for all foods consumed at meal time.  That carb count research got tedious at times, but now I've got some great data to share!

You don't have to look up carb counts one-at-a-time, yours truly - Mr. Bachelor on the Cheap - has done all that work for you!

Find carb counts for meat, fish, dairy, veggies, fruits, right here on www.bacheloronthecheap.com.

And if you don't see the carb count for a food you want to eat listed here, it's not listed for a reason - the carb count is too high, don't eat it!

Veggies are the key element to what I call the Carb-Check Diet.  Eating vegetables means eating GOOD carbs.  Veggie carbs REPLACE the bad carbs that are breads, pastas, rice, potatoes and chips.  Know that eating something like avacado, in let's say a guacamole dip, is WAY better in diet terms than say, eating pasta (1 cup of cooked pasta has about 42 grams in carbs).....  and yes, guacamole is THAT good!  And think of how much money you'll save at the grocery store not buying pasta, rice, potatoes, bread or chips...

Carb Count:  Veggies

Item Serving Size Carb Count (in grams)
Asparagus 1 cup 8
Avocado 1 cup 13
Broccoli 1 cup 6
Brussels Sprouts 1 cup 12
Cabbage 1 cup 5
Carrots 1 cup 12
Cauliflower 1 cup 5
Celery 1 cup 3
Cucumber 1 cup 4
Eggplant 1 cup 8
Garlic 1 clove 1
Green Beans 1 cup 10
Kale 1 cup 7
Lettuce 1 cup 2
Mushrooms 1 cup 2
Onions 1 cup 12
Peppers 1 cup 9
Radish 1 cup 4
Spaghetti Squash 1 cup 7
Spinach 1 cup 7
Tomato 1 cup 6
Yellow Squash 1 cup 7
Zucchini 1 cup 4

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You don't need to spend money on diet programs like Nutrisystem, Slim Fast or Weight Watchers

By Mike Thayer

Turkey Lunch MeatWhy spend money on diet programs like Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, when you can do pretty much all that they offer yourself and far cheaper?

Those weight loss programs, while they do offer some measure of success in losing weight, remember that they're in the diet business to make money. 

Think about it, diet programs like Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, etc., are about adding something to your diet.  They want you to include them in your daily regimen and that means spending money with them. 

You don't need to do that to lose weight.

A good weight loss plan is about the elimination of some foods, not the addition of them.  You shouldn't have to spend extra money to lose weight.  

Don't buy a bunch of overpriced meals, eliminate a few things from your regular grocery list instead.   Scratch the KETO friendly frozen waffles and syrup from your shopping list and don't purchase a bunch of protein bars you wouldn't normally buy, pick up an extra carton of eggs instead.   Don't take money out of your wallet/purse to buy any of those diet shakes that really don't hold you between meals, pick up some lunch meat instead.

"But Mike," you say, "I don't cook, I need those packaged meals to stay on a diet."

No you don't.  If you can convince yourself that buying a bunch of over-priced cardboard boxes is a good weight loss plan, then you can convince yourself that making a few simple adjustments at the grocery store and in the kitchen is an even BETTER weight loss plan.  For the time you put some pre-packaged KETO friendly meal in the microwave, you can scramble up some eggs.  By the time you take the wrapper off an over-priced protein bar, you could already be munching on some deli sliced roast beef and a piece of cheese with a higher protein count.

Forget the Lean Cuisine, ditch the Slim Fast, focus on making a smarter grocery list.   You'll not only lose weight, you'll spend far less money doing it, the Bachelor on the Cheap thing to do.

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