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IanG
07-23-2013, 04:36 PM
I love, and I mean love, low calorie sources of protein to go with my daily salad and I need your help to identify more, specifically of the canned variety which are easy to store.

So far, I eat on a regular basis:

canned snails (sauteed of course)
canned sardines in water
canned octopus in olive oil; and,
canned tuna
canned clams
canned cockles

I have just ordered some canned sockeye salmon and some canned Dungeness crab.

Can you think of any canned seafood or meat that I may have missed that fits my main criteria of being low calorie, high protein?


Sum38
07-23-2013, 04:40 PM
Shrimp and oysters.

IanG
07-23-2013, 05:10 PM
Thanks Sum!


thnknthin1
07-23-2013, 05:18 PM
I love smoked oysters in the can and fish steaks in mustard sauce!

Tuscany
07-23-2013, 05:28 PM
What about canned flaked chicken (the kind normally used to make chicken salad sandwiches)?

amandie
07-23-2013, 05:32 PM
I know this isn't what you asked for but check out the asian and hispanic aisles/sections if you haven't already- sometimes they have a ton of flavored canned seafood in sauces (some of them, not all) that may be awesome.

I've never tried them but I heard they may be good- lobster, mackerel and eel.

amandie
07-23-2013, 05:33 PM
I love smoked oysters in the can and fish steaks in mustard sauce!

fish steaks in mustard sauce? I wanna try! What brand/where or?

sontaikle
07-23-2013, 05:56 PM
I've seen salmon packets. Great to throw on a salad and they're 70 calories each with a lot of protein. Starkist makes them.

thnknthin1
07-23-2013, 06:10 PM
fish steaks in mustard sauce? I wanna try! What brand/where or?


I can't remember the brand...but I always find them in the sardine aisle. I just love them and the ones in tomato sauce are good too!

IanG
07-24-2013, 03:34 PM
Thanks for all the excellent suggestions.

kaplods
07-24-2013, 04:55 PM
If you can find an asian or other multi-ethnic groceries or markets, the variety of canned seafood options are mind-boggling. Not all are low-calorie, but most are.

Smiling Fish is a brand I like. They come in cans the shape of tomato paste cans and tuna cans). I especially like the sardines and Mackerel in assorted curry flavored sauces. The sardines tend to be lower calorie/fat, and some sauces are low-carb and others are high carb.

My favorite is fried mackerels in chili sauce, but I don't buy it often because the calorie, fat, and carb levels are higher than for other products in the Smiling Fish line (300 calories, 22g protein 15g fat, 16g net carbs).

Another "treat" variety is Smiling Fish brand fried clams with chilis (220 calories for the can, 13g protein, 12g fat, 14g net carbs.

I don't have info on the lower cal/carb varieties, because I've already eaten those.

I also have a tin of "boiled scallops" from the Dollar Tree. I haven't tried them yet, but I buy other tinned fish there all the time and the quality has been good (tuna, salmon, crab, shrimp, sardines and smoked oysters, clams and muscles.

The boiled scallops are in a flat sardine type can and are 45 calories for the whole can, 0 fat, 0 carb, and 9g protein.

The scallops are the lowest calorie canned fish I've found, but is so low that two cans would fit better into my own guidelines for canned fishies. I try to choose products that run 100-200 calories, less than 10g of fat, and 15 - 30g protein.

I also LOVE canned eel, but it's sometimes hard to find a brand that doesn't contain a lot of sugar (sometimes the meat is weirdly candy-like).

If you can find an asian market, also check out the snack aisle and look for "prepared cuttlefish" or "prepared squid." It looks like shreds of pink, stringy jerky, which is pretty much what it is. Check ingredients, because sugar content varies. Some brands and varieties are sweet, some, salty, some spicy (and the best have a bit of all three). I'm addicted, but it does smell strongly fishy, although the flavor isn't as strong as the smell). Usually even the high sugar brands are low in calorie.

Psychic
07-24-2013, 09:45 PM
What about canned chicken breast? I buy it at Aldi for super cheap. You can make just about anything out of it or just put it on top of salad.

IanG
07-25-2013, 10:19 PM
Just to let you know that I have taken all your ideas (except canned lobster...$25/can) and done some serious Amazon shopping. Many cans will be appearing in my office at work on a shelf I have dedicated to "lunch".

12 cans of shrimp arrived yesterday. Crab, sockeye salmon, smoked oysters and smoked sprat are on order.

Next up will be eel, chicken and rainbow trout.

I fricking love tinned low-calorie protein. On a salad.

kaplods
07-25-2013, 10:46 PM
I have a serious smoked oyster problem. When I was a kid, my parents would buy a can once in a great while. It was a really rare "treat" and my dad would dole them out as if they were gold.

When I was a teen, I was surprised to learn the cost was only a dollar or two per can. I'd actually spend my own paper route money on cans of smoked oysters (I was an odd kid).

Another odd treat I like are pickled sausages (though I don't like pickled pigs feet or pickled eggs).

amandie
07-25-2013, 11:08 PM
I can't remember the brand...but I always find them in the sardine aisle. I just love them and the ones in tomato sauce are good too!

Awesome, thanks!

Ian, 25$ per can? Holy shznit! My bad, I didn't realize how much they are.

IanG
07-29-2013, 08:54 PM
Well, I have just bought enough canned goodies to last a year. My current faves are Riga Gold smoked sprats. But I haven't tried the other stuff yet!
I might take a photo of my work lunch stash once it is all set up. You will be surprised/freaked out!

Pickled eggs? I need to look into that...

kaplods
07-29-2013, 09:38 PM
Well, I have just bought enough canned goodies to last a year. My current faves are Riga Gold smoked sprats. But I haven't tried the other stuff yet!
I might take a photo of my work lunch stash once it is all set up. You will be surprised/freaked out!

Pickled eggs? I need to look into that...


Where I grew up, pickled proteins were fairly common as bar snacks. Eggs, herring, sausages, pig parts (ears, knuckle joints, even supposedly ears and tails, although my Polish grandfather may have been pulling my leg on that one).

The only time I tried pickled eggs was in a bar. I was drinking a sweet girly drink, so that may have accounted for some of the unpleasantness of the experience. I'm sure the brined eggs go better with beer than hard lemonade.

The color threw me too (for some reason, at least in the bars, they're often dyed fuchsia pink with beet juice). The dye penetrates the whole egg, even the yolk.

I've been told that home-made pickled eggs are much better than commercial, but recipes are hard to come by (except online). I have thought of trying pickled egg recipes I've found online (you bring a pickling solution to a boil and pour it over hard-boiled in a jar or tupperware and keep refrigerated. In 10 -14 days your eggs are pickled).

I haven't tried it yet, though. The purple bar egg was pretty bad, so I've been hesitant.

IanG
07-29-2013, 09:53 PM
Thanks kaplods. I have just ordered some pickled quail eggs (to help me keep portions low) in three varieties....plain, hot an cajun.

Yum. Protein. From a jar!

sontaikle
07-29-2013, 10:08 PM
Thanks kaplods. I have just ordered some pickled quail eggs (to help me keep portions low) in three varieties....plain, hot an cajun.

Yum. Protein. From a jar!

Ok, I know I could google it, but WHERE did you order quail eggs?! *wants very badly* :?:

IanG
07-29-2013, 10:26 PM
I ordered my pickled quails eggs from E-Bay. But should have gone straight to the supplier's website...queggs

I will let you know how it goes...

shcirerf
07-30-2013, 12:00 AM
Canned snails? That's a new one on me! Who knew?

However, I can buy canned hearts of palm trees at my local WM.:dizzy:

But then I live in land locked Nebraska.

However, for the record, I've eaten fresh rattlesnake. Not that big a deal, lean and tough and not much flavor. However, you do need to chop it up in little one inch chunks to cook. If you try to cook the thing whole, it crawls out of the pan!:dizzy::?: The only time I've ever heard my MIL utter the "F" bomb, along with a lot of other swear words, and a large knife and lots of chopping and slicing and dicing!

Snapping and leather back turtle is very similar to chicken. Light and dark meat.

Ground raccoon, not to bad, very lean, best done in chili with lots of onion and other spices.

While carp is not a preferred fish to eat, if you pressure can it, it is very similar to canned salmon. Who knew?

Antelope, best done pressure canned. Otherwise, it gets a bit "gamey" and overwhelming.

Deer! I'm an expert at that! Add just a bit of pork roast, deer is very lean, and grind it into great burger!

Rocky Mountain oysters! Yum!

I do find it interesting to see what others eat. I realize it's a given for the local culture and availability, but it does sometime amaze me!:D

kaplods
07-30-2013, 12:27 AM
We ate carp growing up in Illinois (this disgusts Wisconsonite hubby). They're actually quite good tasting fish, but they're a pain to eat. They have a lot of fine bones, so you cook them whole (usually fried in our family), and have to pick carefully through the meat with your fingers.

You can't eat carp quickly or daintily. Filleting is a bad idea, because people assume fillets are boneless, and assuming a mouthful of fish is going to be boneless is a very bad idea with carp.

I can see why canning would solve this problem as the bones in canned fish become crumbly and edible. We always ate them fresh though.

IanG
07-30-2013, 09:49 PM
I just ordered pickled garlic. Pickled is the new canned!

kaplods
07-30-2013, 11:58 PM
I just ordered pickled garlic. Pickled is the new canned!

OMG, pickled garlic is absolutely ADDICTIVE.