Yummy! You are in for a real treat with these Lump Crab Meat Recipes. This is only a sneak peek into what you can find in Noom’s food database.
As a little bonus, I’ve even added a video of me attempting to make these, out of imitation crab meat. I hope it makes you laugh! I had fun with it! Especially trying to patty these crab cakes! Lump crab meat is healthier, but all I had was imitation.
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Lump Crab Meat Recipes – Crab Cakes on NOOM!
Lump Crab meat is to be considered a real treat in my opinion. So, why not make some Crab Cakes from the Noom food database.
It can be found in most meat markets, but it can also in cans or tubs at stores such as Walmart.
Lump crab meat refers to the large pieces of crab meat from the body of the crab. It is very expensive, but so flavorful!
Don’t make my mistake!
First of all, don’t make my mistake! Have you ever wondered what imitation crab meat is? Let me fill you in on a little information on the differences before we move on to the recipe.
Imitation Crab meat is not the same as Lump Crab meat!
After the little episode in my kitchen, while on video, not being able to patty my crab cakes; I had to do some research. I’ll just be honest with you, I thought what I was using was “Lump Crab Meat.”
I’ll still let you watch my video, just over look the fact that I used imitation crab meat. 🙂
My mom actually was the one to tell me what I used wasn’t lump crab. Oh, well…. It was still delicious! 🙂
Since we’re on the subject, let’s just take a look at what imitation crab meat really is.
What is Imitation Crab Meat?
Imitation crab meat is made from grinding different types of fish into a thick paste, then adding starch, artificial flavoring, fillers, and food coloring to help give it the texture, taste, and appearance of real crab.
From a nutritional level, imitation crab is lower in calories and sodium than fresh crab. This is what I always seen; low in calories. I didn’t really think about everything that was in it.
Imitation crab meat is missing many of the beneficial nutrients found in lump crab meat such as protein, vitamin B12 and selenium.
Is it harmful?
It can be, especially for those who are sensitive to gluten. It is also loaded with harmful food additives. Harmful food additives can cause health problems such as leaky gut syndrome. Some products even contain MSG, which for those sensitive to that, can experience headaches, muscle tightness, and weakness.
Need I say more?
I’m certainly glad I did some research on this. Trust me, there’s a lot more about imitation crab meat that I’ve left out. I’m trying to keep it brief.
Knowing what I know now, I will reconsider ever buying imitation crab again.
What exactly is Lump Crab Meat?
Lump crab meat comes from larger crabs and is the meat from the two large muscles connected to the swimming legs. It can be found in whole food markets, fresh seafood/meat markets, and in cans or tubs from places like Walmart, Amazon, Harris Teeter, and Publix.
Buying fresh lump crab meat can get pretty expensive. From what I’ve found, it starts around $10 per pound and can be as much as $50 (for fresh jumbo lump crab). Canned lump crab starts around $5 for an 8 oz. can, depending on the brand you buy.
Lets just say, we don’t want to mess up our recipes when cooking lump crab meat. There are tons of canned crab meat recipes, as well as lump crab meat recipes. So choose wisely. I believe Noom is a great place to start. 🙂
Lump Crab Meat Nutrition facts for a 2 oz. serving;
- Calories = 34.7
- Fat = 0
- Sodium = 230.2 mg
- Protein = 8 grams
- Carbs = 0
- Contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, selenium
- Calcium, Iron, Fatty acids, Amino acids
Real crab meat contains a much more diverse nutritional value and packs in a wider range of important vitamins and minerals in each serving.
I hope I didn’t bore you with all of that, but I wanted you to know about my mistake in hopes that it’ll keep you from doing the same thing. I’ve eaten a lot of imitation crab meat in my lifetime and never suffered any illnesses from it, but as you can tell, it’s not the healthiest thing to eat.
Beware, when Eating Out…
Because imitation crab meat is budget-friendly, it is widely used in restaurants and on buffet bars. It’s in a lot of the sushi rolls, crab meat salads, casseroles, soups, crab Rangoon’s, et cetera.
I can assure you, unless you’re at a high-end restaurant, the crab meat being used in their foods is most likely imitation.
Fish you should never eat…
According to Dr. Axe, here is a list of fish you should never eat. I also, did some research and found some interesting facts that I’ll share.
- Tilapia – According to Medical Daily, recent studies have shown that Tilapia is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Also, tilapia feed on poop and their bodies can’t expel the toxins that have been linked to cancer.
- Atlantic Cod – According to Healthline, Cod is excellent for you! It’s packed with protein, B vitamins and low in calories, fat and carbs. It contains less Omega-3 fatty acids than other fish do, which makes it less nutritious than other varieties of fish. The biggest reason I found not eating this fish, is that it is likely to become endangered species due from over fishing.
- Atlantic Flatfish (Atlantic halibut, flounder and sole) – Apparently, according to Dr. Axe, because of the pollution and industrial waste, bottom feeder fish such as these are likely to contain dangerous contaminants. If eaten, there is potential risk for serious health problems.
- Caviar – According to Dr. Axe, caviar comes from a fish called, Beluga Sturgeon. Due from the fact it is highly sought for their eggs (which is caviar), it has nearly became extinct. It fact, the Beluga Sturgeon is completely gone from several seas and rivers where it used to live. If it isn’t protected, scientists fear that it is critically endangered.
- Chilean Seabass – Once again, according to Dr. Axe, the Chilean Seabass is endangered for being over fished. Although, it’s endangered, it still should not be eaten because it contains a lot of mercury. It is especially advised to stay away from these fish if harvested in Chile.
- Eel – Not only are eel endangered from being over fished, they tend to readily absorb and store contaminants that could cause major health issues.
- Farmed Salmon – Salmon happens to be one of my favorite fish to eat, but unfortunately farmed salmon is also an endangered species. Also, studies have found them to have less omega-3, making them less nutritious. Researchers have also found that farm-raised salmon have higher levels of dioxin, which are chemicals found in fat cells. Pollutants such as those have been linked to cancer, organ damage and immune system dysfunction; according to World Health Organization and the Global assessment.
I was only planning to list the fish you shouldn’t eat, but thought you might want a little more information even though it’s a little off from the subject.
Foods you can eat…
Noom’s food database is really great! They offer a 14-Day trial for one dollar, if you would like to see what the Noom program is all about, including thousands of awesome recipes!
One more thing before we move on…
Another mistake that I made was overlooking the fact that the recipe calls for “Roasted Red Peppers.” I picked up 2 fresh red peppers, so before I could make my roasted red pepper sauce I had to roast my peppers (takes about 30-40 minutes), then they had to be peeled.
It would’ve been much simpler if I had bought them already roasted, but I suppose that’s whatever your preference is. 🙂
Moving on to the good stuff….
Find the ingredients, recipe, and how to prepare the crab cakes along with my video and other Lump Crab Meat Recipes from Noom’s food library, down below.
Ingredients for Lump Crab Meat Recipes
For the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:
- 2 Roasted Red Peppers
- 1/2 cup Fat-Free Mayonnaise
- Fresh Black Pepper
For the Crab Cakes:
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 celery rib, finely chopped
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons chopped Italian Parsley
- 2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoon crab boil seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 pound lump crab meat (I used imitation crab meat; probably not a good idea!)
- 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
This recipe is 92% Green; 2% Yellow; and 6% Red
If you haven’t read my previous post about Noom, let me explain what that means.
√ Green Foods have the lowest caloric density and/or the highest concentration of healthy nutrients. (Veggies and whole grains)
√ Yellow Foods have a mid-level caloric density and/or a medium amount of healthy nutrients. (Lean meats and starches)
√ Red Foods have the highest caloric density, are the most calorie-dense and/or have the least healthy nutrients. (Red meats and desserts)
Noom recommends that you eat the following breakdown:
Green: 30% (The more the better)
Yellow: 45% (Eat moderate portions)
Red: 25% (Limit your portions)
4 servings / 35 minutes prep time
To make the sauce:
- Puree the roasted red peppers in a food processor or blender.
- Add the mayonnaise and black pepper and process briefly to combine.
To make the crab cakes:
- Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Place in a large bowl.
- Stir in the following ingredients:
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp egg whites
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp parsley
- 1 1/2 tsp crab boil seasoning
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- 1/4 tsp paprika
4. Stir in the crab meat and mix thoroughly.
5. Form into 8 patties. Roll in the bread crumbs to coat completely.
6. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium- high heat.
7. Add the crab cakes and cook for 2 minutes; cover and cook for 1 minute longer, or until browned on the bottom.
8. Coat the tops with cooking spray and turn over.
9. Cook for 2 minutes, uncovered, or until golden brown.
Serve with the sauce (Serves well with a salad or other side dishes)
More Recipes on Noom with Lump Crab Meat
Maryland Crab Cakes
These Chesapeake-style crab patties make a delicious appetizer or light lunch, served with a mélange of greens.
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups lump crab meat, flaked
- 1/2 cup seasoned dried bread crumbs
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1/4 cup minced celery
Crab Salad with Avocado and Pomelo
284 calories / serving
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp finely chopped fresh tarragon or chervil
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated orange zest
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp dry mustard
- 1/4 freshly ground black pepper
- 2 heads butter head lettuce
- 2 medium sweet onions
- 2 pomelos
- 1 medium avocado
- 1 cup lump crab meat
- 1 tbsp chopped toasted skinless hazelnuts
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150 calories / serving
- 1 can 9 oz sour cream and onion dip
- 2 tbsp plain dry bread crumbs
- 1 can 16 oz, refrigerated pasteurized lump crab meat, drained
- 8 large Portobello mushrooms caps, stems removed
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
- 1/2 jar (4 oz) pimientos, chopped
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
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Anyway, I had to share my discovery when I found Noom. I just want everyone to know about this great program and that it’s not like anything other program out there. This program allows you to still eat real food and even desert.
Other Recipes I’ve Tried & Loved
Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe
This salad, is similar to McDonald’s Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad, but probably a lot fewer calories. It involves making a homemade dressing and seasoning, but no worries, it’s pretty simple to make.
As you will see in my video, I really enjoyed this recipe. 🙂
295 Calories per serving / Makes 4 servings
Here’s a brief run down of everything that’s in it:
- Light Ranch Dressing
- Fresh Cilantro
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Ground Cumin
- Chicken breast, skinless
- Lime or lime juice
- Shredded romaine lettuce
- Black beans
- Red Onion
All of those ingredients will make the dressing and the seasoning rub for the chicken. Other than that, you just need a grill of some sort. I’m not going into details of how it’s prepared. You have two options; Sign up for the 14-Day trial or click HERE.
Another recipe I recently tried:
Easy Chicken and Vegetable Foil Pack
247 calories per serving / Makes 4 servings
Boneless Chicken Breast
[Hint: I strongly recommend using heavy-duty foil!]
You can view more details on the Noom app and on their food database.
My personal recipes…
Here, I will share some of my personal recipes that I found healthy and enjoyable. My family really enjoyed them as well!
Low-Fat Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Serves 6 / 321 calories per serving / 28 grams protein
- 12 oz – cooked chicken breast
- 2 tablespoons – All-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons – Butter
- 10 oz – Skim milk
- 2 teaspoons – Italian Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons – Garlic Powder
- 1 tablespoon – Parmesan cheese, grated
- 7 oz – Rotini Pasta, whole wheat
- 2 – Yellow, orange, or red bell peppers, chopped
- 1 – Zucchini or Squash, chopped
- 12 oz – Broccoli, chopped (fresh or frozen)
- 1/3 cup – Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
- Olive Oil cooking spray
How to prepare:
- Cut chicken breast up into bite size pieces and put on foil, sprayed with olive oil. Wrap it up and bake until chicken is done.
- While waiting for your chicken to be done, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the rotini pasta. Cook until almost done.
- Add vegetables to the boiling water for the remaining time. When the pasta and vegetables are done, pour into a colander to drain.
To make the white sauce:
- Melt butter in a small sauce pan, then add 2 tablespoons flour. Blend into the butter using a whisk. Gradually add 10 oz. milk using the whisk until there are no lumps. Whisk continuously so that the mixture won’t scorch.
- Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese to the mixture and mix well.
- Put the vegetables back into the pot and pour in the white sauce. Mix well.
- Put in a greased 9 x 13″ pan or casserole dish and top with Monterey Jack cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until hot and top is golden brown.
The Best Homemade Chicken Salad
Serves 3 / 282 calories per serving / 30 grams protein
- 9 oz. – Cooked Chicken Breast, shredded
- 1 – Boiled egg, chopped
- 2 tablespoons – Sweet Pickle Relish
- 1/2 cup – Kraft fat-free mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup – Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/3 cup – Red seedless grapes, sliced
- 1 teaspoon – Spicy brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon – Lemon juice
- 1/3 cup – Onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup – Walnuts, chopped
- Italian Seasoning
- Dash of Cayenne red pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Fresh Black Pepper & Salt
- Xtreme Wellness wrap (my preference)
Garnish with lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, and sesame seeds
In a bowl, combine relish, mustard, lemon juice, seasonings, Greek yogurt, fat-free mayonnaise, sliced grapes, and chopped onion. Mix well; add chopped egg and blend into mixture. Add Shredded chicken. Mix and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve as a salad on a bed of lettuce, on a wrap, on whole wheat bread.
I Love Being In My Kitchen!
As you may have already figured out, I love being in my kitchen! I grew up in the kitchen, so I love to cook and I love to eat! Because of that, I’ve had to find healthier food options / recipes.
I was gaining weight and not liking the way I looked anymore. That’s when I discovered Noom. If you explore my site and view my personal recipes under the recipe tab, I’m sure you’ll find other great recipes that you will also enjoy. 🙂
Summing Things Up
In this article, we learned a lot about lump crab meat, lump crab meat nutrition, imitation crab meat, and not making the same mistakes that I have. 🙂
- Imitation Crab meat is not the same as Lump Crab meat!
- Lump Crab meat is more expensive than imitation crab meat, but it’s healthier and contains more nutritional value. (PS: your crab meat patties may stick together better than mine too!)
- Imitation crab meat is a lot of different fish ground together and forming a thick paste. Then starches, artificial flavoring, fillers, and food coloring are added to it to make it look, smell, and taste like real crab meat.
- Imitation crab meat can cause health issues from the harmful food additives in it, such as “Leaky Gut Syndrome.”
- Lump Crab meat is from the two large muscles connected to the swimming legs. It can be found in fresh meat markets, whole food markets, and places like Walmart, Amazon, Harris Teeter, and Publix. (It can be bought in cans, tubs, or freshly packaged).
- Most restaurants that sell sushi, crab meat salads, casseroles, soups, crab Rangoon’s, and so on, are most likely using imitation crab meat.
- There are many fish we should never eat for various reasons including, extinction or contamination. Always, know what kind of fish you are eating, how it was raised, and what part of the world it came from.
- Bottom feeder fish are more at risk for containing toxins from polluted waters causing them to be contaminated.
- Fish to not eat include; Tilapia, Atlantic Cod, Atlantic Flatfish, Beluga Sturgeon (caviar), Chilean Seabass, Eel, and Farmed Salmon.
- Noom’s food database is worth trying out, especially with their 14-day trial for one dollar!
- Recipes that call for “roasted red peppers” are easier to make if you buy red peppers that have already been roasted. 🙂
- Roasted Red Pepper Sauce recipe included for the Lump Crab Meat Recipes is also very good on salads and wraps. (It made enough that I had leftovers and tried it on other things.)
- Noom classifies their foods in categories as red, yellow, or green.
- Green foods are low calorie dense foods and fill you up for longer.
- Yellow foods are mid-level calorie dense foods such as lean meats and starches.
- Red foods are high-level calorie dense foods and should be eaten in moderation. These can include foods such as red meats and desserts.
- The recipe for lump crab meat crab cakes calls for fat-free mayonnaise. I couldn’t find fat-free, so I used Kraft lite mayonnaise.
- Other recipes for lump crab meat found on Noom’s food database include, Maryland Crab Cakes, Crab Salad with Avocado and Pomelo, and Crabby ‘Shrooms. I only provide the ingredients for these, but the entire recipe and instructions are listed in the food database on the Noom app.
- Noom offers nutritionist specialist guidance for members. This kind of support can help prevent future health problems, due from leading healthier lifestyles and eating habits.
- My personal Noom Goal Specialist, Amy, is great! When I fall off track a little, she is there to pick me back up and encourage me to try something else.
- I shared with you images and ingredients for several Noom Database food recipes that I’ve tried and loved; Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad, Easy Chicken and Vegetable Foil Packs.
- I shared my personal recipes for Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole and my The Best Homemade Chicken Salad Recipe.
- Please don’t judge me for my videos! LOL I just have fun with them!
I hope you enjoyed my article about these lump crab meat recipes and everything else I included. As you must know by now, I’m a true believer in the Noom weight loss program.
It provides hands-on support, motivation, and helps me stay committed. It could do the same for you! 🙂
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