TODAY | December 14, 2012
>>> 7:42 this morning on "eat this, not that" how to save calories and some cash by making your favorite restaurant meals at home. david zinzenko is the author of the new book "eat this, not that skinny comfort foods ."
>> if you basically want to get richer and thinner, cook for yourself, head to the comfort of your kitchen, whip up these recipes in minutes and you'll save hundreds of hundreds of calories and a family of four can save $200 a week.
>> we're not going to identify any specific recipes or chains.
>> but more generic meals you would get out at the restaurant. clsk two pieces of restaurant pizza. what's the problem?
>> basically it's two meals, 780 calories, 30 grams of fat and a whole day's worth of sodium. tell the pizza delivery guy to keep his hand tossed to himself. it ends up being the equivalent of the -- calorie equivalent of these three bags of beef jerky .
>> these two pieces of pizza?
>> that much saturated fat .
>> that's not good.
>> like eating a whole meatloaf.
>> so if you go home and make your own pizza, first of all, notice the pieces are smaller.
>> right. fresh mozzarella, spinach, sausage. when was the last time someone told you that you could lose weight eating sausage? half the saturated fat and saving calories.
>> restaurant meal, what's the problem calorie wise with this?
>> 1,500 calories. every restaurant wants to make every meal the equivalent of storage wars. if you pack more into it, you'll pay more for it. baked potato has 600 calories, ribeye, fattiest cut of steak.
>> sodium, 1,576 milligrams of sodium?
>> it's a ton and ends up being the equivalent of are we having funyuns yet?
>> you pick the most disgusting things you can pak pic to make the comparison.
>> that looks like skirt steak .
>> it's skirt steak but with twiced baked potato .
>> it's half the size of this potato.
>> you still get to say au jus but you're saving 1,000 calories, matt.
>> that's a good deal.
>> like a thirdative body of body fat .
>>> chicken pot pie , huge servings right there.
>> 1,300 calories, 100 grams of fat, t days worth of sodium. so, unless your name is hansel or grettel, nobody should be serving you that. it ends up being the equivalent of eight buttered biscuits, like being trapped at paula deen 's house. chicken pot pie , thinner crust, fresher veggies, leaner meat.
>> how many calories in this one?
>> huge savings. good way to go. lot of people go out to restaurants. this is a joke what you're doing here but people love mac n cheese .
>> that's a real restaurant meal.
>> that's a real portion? that's a day and a half right there.
>> that is a day and a half. that's 134 grams of fat, matt, over 3,000 milligrams of sodium.
>> clearly, that's not good, right? and the equivalent, by the way --
>> something gross. 44 tablespoons of cheese whiz .
>> even our crew groaned on that one and they'll eat almost anything. so you cook mac n cheese at home. first of all that's a much smaller portion.
>> fresher ingredients. you will want to say cheese a lot because you'll look good in photos.
>> that's not good.
>> richer and thinner.
>> that was one of your worst lines ever. david zinczenko saving us cash and calories over the holiday season . david, happy holidays to you.