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Blast from the Past: SpaghettiO’s

Oh the foods of our youth. Growing up, one of those was Spaghetti-O’s, a staple of the daycare I went to as a young-un. Well, recently, Campbell’s latest marketing campaign has been about not telling kids that the pasta rings in tomato goop is actually good for them. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t check this out right?

Well, cue a trip to my grocery store with my trusty Weight Watcher’s slide rule, and me hunching down in the aisle as mom’s shovel the cans into carriages for a look-see.

Looking into it, each can has 2 servings, but I combined the nutrition as I polish off a can myself. For sheer points, I looked at a can of the “Plus Calcium” because why not? More calcium? Sure! Nutritionally we’re talking 340 calories, 2g of fat, and 6 g of fiber per can giving us a point value of 6. Not too bad at all for a 66 cent price point.

What’s more amazing is what else these can’s have to offer. With my workout, I’m always looking to add more protein to my diet. These cans are packing a whopping 12 g per pop, not to mention 60% of my daily calcium, and 50% of vitamin D as well as other basic vitamins and minerals. This stuff is good…for you.

Well, I’ll be the first to admit it folks, as an adult, Spaghetti-O’s have become my staple go-to quick meal when I don’t have much time to cook dinner. I serve them up with a chopped up 98% Fat Free turkey dog, and some green beans and I am good to go. Freakishly nutritious, and childishly delicious. Hey, whatever works right?


Unhealthy and Delicious: My Green Bean Casserole

My family loves to get together on holidays. It’s great to see everyone, visit, catch up, and oh yeah…EAT! My family are big into the massive dinner get-togethers.  This Easter, was no different, except for the sheer amount of people that showed up (over 25 last I checked).

Now my grandmother, bless her soul, declared that she was not going to cook for a crowd that big, and I can’t blame her. Instead, we all got our marching orders, and were told to bring something. My command: make a tasty Green Bean Casserole. Given the lack of leftovers of the stuff, I’d say I did. Here’s my recipe for something delicious, and most definitely NOT Weight Watchers friendly.


  • 1 reg. can of French’s French Fried Onions (6oz. I think)
  • 1 8 oz. package of Oscar Meyer Bacon (or whatever you see fit)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cans (10 3/4 oz. each) Campbells Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup Milk
  • a dash of Soy Sauce (2 tsp. for you specific types)
  • a liberal dash of course ground black pepper (oh just eyeball it already)
  • around 3 lbs of fresh green beans
  • oh yeah, and 8 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese 🙂

Ok, now to put it all together:

  1. Start off by cooking your bacon. Leave it whole for the cooking process, and then once done and cool, chop it up into reasonable chunks. Set to the side, but keep some of that good bacon grease in your pan.
  2. Now finely chop up your onion, and cook in the remaining bacon grease. This will help infuse your onions with tasty bacon-ish powers. Set off to the side with your bacon. Actually, put it all together and let them share flavors and juices…they’re all ending in the same spot.
  3. In a 9×13 casserole dish, combine your Cream of Mushroom, Milk, Soy, and pepper. Stir it all together.
  4. Now add in your bacon, onions, 1/2 of the can of fried onions, and about 3/4 of the grated cheddar, and continue to mix all of it together. It should look reasonably like something nasty at this point, but no worries.
  5. Now, cut the ends off of, cut into 1″ pieces, and wash your green beans. Once they are all chopped and in proper form, blanch the lot of them in a large sauce pan. In simpler terms, add a bit of water and salt, and cook them for a bit, but make sure they are still firm. Once done, strain and rinse the beans in cold water, and let them cool off.
  6. Take a moment to get your oven preheating to 350 degrees.
  7. Now,  add your green beans into the casserole dish with the other ingredients, and turn the whole mess together, making sure to get a reasonable even consistency over the entire thing.
  8. Now, top the mess with the remaining 1/4 of cheddar.
  9. Your oven should hopefully now be preheated. Put the casserole in , and let it cook for about 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. Once your time is up, YOU’RE NOT DONE YET! Pull out the casserole and top with the remaining fried onions, and throw the dish (not literally folks) back into the oven throwing it over to broil for 5 minutes, or until the top is golden and crispy. Let sit for a couple minutes before serving.
  11. And bob is your uncle, you have a delicious and unique green bean casserole. Now sit back, and witness relatives fight over every bit of it.

There you have it! It’s easy, delicious, and sure to be a hit.