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So I’ve been back on Weight Watchers to lose my last little bit of weight there, and unfortunately this limits the number of lovely baked goods I can feature. But rather than cook/bake items of which I can only enjoy half a portion, I’ve decided to pass my cheap little diet secrets onto anyone who’s interested.

I’ll tell you something, in case you didn’t know already: eating out SUCKS when you’re essentially counting every calorie. Diner food is easy because it’s so simple, but every time I go out for diner food, I sit there thinking about how easy it would be to slim down the same dishes. We decided to institute Diet Diner Dinners once weekly to make eating things like egg substitute and light Italian bread a special meal. This also gives me a focus for the blog, which it so desperately needs.

We’ll start with the basics. Here, have a menu. Take a look.

Omnomicon's diet diner dinner series

Bacon is a diner food STAPLE. Sometimes I feel guilty ordering a diner plate without it because shit, the smell of bacon grease is what Sunday morning hangover food is all about. I’ve tried turkey bacon, and while I’m not afraid of food colouring nor fake diet food, that stuff is remarkably unappetizing. Those stripes and that awful off-taste don’t convince me at all. What is a surprisingly good substitute is frying up some ham and kinda just pretending it’s bacon. Goes well with a fried egg.

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No pan greasing required! And a single 30-calorie slice of ham makes four slices of fakin bacon. Just the right amount for a single egg.

diet diner dinner

Now because I’m completely unoriginal (and also because I’ve never made hash browns before), I followed Simply Recipe’s Crispy Hash Browns Recipe. I cut the oil down to 2 tbsp to achieve that delicious crispy hash brown taste without all the calories.

I should write commercials.

I started with a pound of potatoes. This is what they looked like.

diet diner dinner

There was a lonely potato as I was shredding ’em. Dano took a picture. It’s my new desktop background. Grab the large size on Flickr if’n ya want yer own.

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Alrighty. Elise was so right about draining the potatoes. In the absence of a potato ricer, I annihilated about half a roll of paper towels drying these out. It was worth it.

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I guess it’s a little subtle in the photos . . .

I threw on some salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne, and probably other spices from my standard fare.

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Then I ruined the photo by mixing it all up. This stuff is not terribly photogenic, not gonna lie.

diet diner dinner

But in the end? Best diet food ever.

diet diner dinner

Next week there will be more diner food. Stay tuned, cats ‘n kittens!!
  1. Pam Said,

    An excellent dinner if you ask me. I love that you cut your ham to look like bacon. Low points but full of flavor – my kind of meal.

  2. Gururaj Said,

    This diet seems to use a lot of potato which is not a good thing
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  3. heather Said,

    dude that looks tasty!!

    also: haha the spammer thinks diet pills are better for you than potatoes.

  4. Suzi Said,

    Cannot wait to try this at home! YUM~!

  5. Dave Said,

    Wait! You’re supposed to drain the potatoes before you fry them up? I like your tips. I use turkey bacon. Nice photos as always!

  6. Morena Said,

    Hello! First time leaving a comment. I don’t know how I came across your site but I think you are just too cute! The menu for this entry is adorable and you have had my mouth watering for this meal all day. I think its a breakfast for dinner kind of night tonight. Keep up the great ideas!

    Oh, also. I’m confused on the rinsing/draining potatoes. Could you explain that step a bit more?

    I also agree with Dave. A+ photos!

  7. Meghan Said,

    I’m impressed! Eating delicious while maintaining a diet is tough, but you provide a fun way around it. Thanks!!

    On a side note, your pictures are fantastic…may I ask what type of camera you are using?

  8. Kelsey Said,

    OMG. As a lover of diner food (I have eaten a lot of it, as I have spent a good portion of the last couple years on the road continuously), this makes me very happy!

    Also – I’m curious: Do you have a dish that you order at each new diner that you use as a benchmark? For me it’s eggs benedict.

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  11. instigator Said,

    is soaking up the water from the potatoes really important? can you just kinda strain them and hope for the best?

  12. Lo Said,

    Nice. Breakfast for dinner is a great treat every now and again! And this looks pretty good for “diet” food :)

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  16. Ishtastic Said,

    I’m going to try this with some MorningStar fake bacon and a sweet potato that’s been sitting on my counter for almost a month (one can only make so many sweet potato pies until said one is burnt out on pie).

    BTW, I like the unfocused-ness of your blog!

    ’till next time…

  17. meg.kat.art Said,

    that looks absolutely delicious. i think i drooled a little.

  18. lesley Said,

    Thank you for posting this! I will try for the weekend breakfast.
    Just what the doctors ordered! you know the overweight ones that keep telling us to eat healthy LOL

  19. Jessica Said,

    Omg! I love this recipe! I think your grrrreat! I might make this recipe at home and eat it for dinner hahaha, that’s how messed up I am XD!

  20. tigerfish Said,

    Rosti! Put the egg and bacon on top of the potatos hash and you get a newly created rosti!

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