Friday, July 1, 2011
300 calories of fake foods
I wrote the last blogpost about boring food as a prelude for this one....
I rarely buy cookbooks anymore because I just don't need them....or should I say I just don't need new ones. I've edited my cookbook collection down to, probably, a couple of dozen and only 5 of which have permanent residence in my kitchen within reach. The my top three are "Joy of Cooking" (Irma S Rombauer and family), The Complete Meat Cookbook" (Bruce Aidells and Dennis Kelly), and "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" (Mark Bittman). I currently added another soon to be favorite " The Food Matters Cookbook" (also by Mark Bittman).
At the time I bought my last one (Food Matters) I also bought one other. I was intrigued by the theme of the recipes....it was called "300 recipes under 300 calories". I had read a little blurb about it in some magazine and because I base alot of my own meals between 300-400 calories I thought I might get some ideas....I mean, three hundred recipes under three hundred calories? That's alot of recipes completely within a calorie range for weightloss.
I was quicky and completely disappointed. Here is a list of some ingredients that over 90% of the recipes used one or more of.....
fat free american cheese
fat free chedder cheese
fat free cream cheese fat free sour cream
The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese (1/2 of the recipes had this in them)
sugar free syrup
light whiped butter or butter spread
pillsbury crescent dough
cool whip free
zero calorie butter spray f
frozen lowfat waffles (do you need a recipe to throw these in the toaster?)
fat free mayonaise
reduced fat "parmesan style" grated topping (?)
fat fee vegetable broth (isn't this already fat free?)
mashed potato flakes
frozen "ground beef style" soy crumbles
fat free tortilla chips
sweetener packets (lots of them)
unsweetened Almond Breeze (to which you add sweetener packets!)
low fat marinara sauce
frozen petite mixed vegetables
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fetticine Shaped Noodle Substitute (what the heck is this?)
dry ranch seasoning mix,
taco seasoning mix
fajita seasoning mix, etc...(it's not that hard to mix your own spices, minus the MSG!)
Fiber One Original Bran Cereal
low fat baked tortilla chips
Where's the "real" food? This cookbook is not for anyone that is interested in changing their life for real. I just can't see living like this, eating these foods for the rest of my life. Yuck. I don't think I've ever in my life bought most of these ingredients and I'm sure the hell not going to start now!
There are no shortcuts to good health and nutrition. Real foods are not calorie dense anyway. I don't believe in fake sugars or trying the cut fat down to practically nothing. I don't need to eat 300 different meals anyway!
I took the book back and bought Rick Steves' book on "Budapest"...now that's a good investment for my $20!