Monday, May 12, 2008

From the "Double-Take" Files

Unless this is a misprint, Rachael Ray is now the reigning monarch of pound-packin' recipes, shaming Ina Garten and Paula Deen easily with her new Italian Tuna Salad, which I just glimpsed on Yahoo!

It sounded appetizing. But I got irritated when they kept on referring to "Extra-Virgin Olive Oil" as "EVOO". Then I saw it was written by Rachael Ray and after rolling my eyes, I thought "Hmmmm, she made something that is actually edible."

Then I did a double take at the nutritional info, print-screened here for your perusal:



That's 1,840 calories (when we count calories, we are actually counting the kilocalories). One thousand, eight hundred and forty of them. In one serving. I might as well go to Friday's! Or get one of those disgusting bran muffins at Starbucks.

9 comments:

roopa said...

That's not at all surprising. Not only is her food nasty, but it's always surprised me how freaking unhealthy most of it is (even though she likes to call it "healthful," which, btw, is her little way of getting around calling her food "healthy" - which it's not - but acknowledging that she occassionally uses fresh produce in it).

I shall conclude my rant now.

John said...

It's been so long since I watched 30 Minute Meals. I forgot that she ever called anything healthful. That made me laugh when I read that! OMG that IS the perfect way around the issue of healthiness - it's healthful in that she didn't stick it on a stick and fry it, or that it's not made out of nuclear waste. It's unhealthful in most other ways.

Rachel said...

Surely that is for the whole sandwich!

Cham said...

You know how much I hate Rachel Ray, and I definitely would love to through Paula in front of a truck. There is a special place in hell for Ina. BUT....I looked at the recipe and, well, I doubt that sandwich has 1840 kcal/serving. I don't see where they are getting the calories for that number. Maybe a mistake.

John said...

Almost a given that it's for the whole sandwich. But still, over 1800 calories for a sandwich? Ick! Maybe it is a mistake, I can only hope.

Sara said...

This bugged me enough to look up all of the ingredients and figure out the calorie count. The bread is the culprit. Even with all of that oil, you've got max 800 calories in this dish, but unfortunately there's a WHOLE LOAF of Italian bread, which adds over 1200 additional calories. So if you had this on, say, a couple of pieces of pita bread, you'd have something that actually might be construed as healthy. I may never eat Italian bread again. Yikes!

John said...

Ooooooh, and you are onto something with that detective work! I've never been a sandwich roll person. I was always the kid who took the hot dog out of the roll and ate it nekkid. (Er, the hot dog was nekkid I mean.) Now I have new motivation to stick to pita bread and tortillas, and shy far, far away from Italian bread and sandwich rolls of all kinds (that includes getting the wraps at Subway and not the subs).

Cham said...

If you ate the whole sandwich you'd be eating 12 oz. of canned tuna and that is a lot of tuna, not to mention all the other ingredients. You'd probably be packing away more than a pound of food. The calories wouldn't be the biggest problem but more so the mercury from all that tuna that would end up in the furthest regions of your big toe. I'd highly recommend cutting that giant sandwich in quarters and eating it in portions.

John said...

That makes sense to cut it up further, and again I'd put it on a flatbread or in a wrap or something. Rachael's not helping anyone with the gargantuan, typically American size of that portion.