Thursday, January 14, 2016

Recipes for Fitness for Very Busy People: Chiffon "Pumpkin" Pie

I'm disappointed in you, Recipes for Fitness for Very Busy People.

The name of the recipe should have been my first clue something was about to go wildly awry:

"Pumpkin"??  But then I looked at the recipe, and there was actually pumpkin in it, so I'm not sure why the scare quotes.  I decided I could forgive some punctuation issues, even though I was an English major.

Then I looked at the ingredients, all 55 calories of them.

Something wasn't quite right here.  There was no...binding agent.  How was this "chiffon" "pumpkin" "pie" going to hold together?

(SPOILER ALERT:  It wasn't.)

I still followed the recipe, and was pleased to know that if you "play your guitar or violin for 10 minutes after dinner, you'll cancel the calories in your dessert.  (Unburned calories are apt to be stored as fat.)"

NOTE TO SELF:  Learn to play guitar and/or violin.

It just didn't look...right when I put it in the oven.

But I did it anyway.

Rather than telling you how to make this monstrosity, I'll just give you a picture essay.

Mmm...burned edges!

To call this a fail doesn't even really sum it up correctly.  I'm going to call this an extreme non-win.

Maybe better luck next time, all you Very Busy People.


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Monday, January 11, 2016

Recipes for Fitness for Very Busy People: Turkey Divan

So it's a new year,

(OK, fine.  It's week 2 of the new year.  Clearly, one of my New Year's Resolutions was not "not procrastinating.")

It's the time of year when my RSS blog feed is full of recipes for Green Smoothies (seriously...I saw 6 of those recipes today alone), and healthy quinoa-oatmeal-kale-superfood bowls.  So I figured we here at Sarah Cooks the Books should jump on the healthy eats bandwagon.

Enter this gem (found at Bart's Books in Ojai, CA):

Recipes for Fitness for Very Busy People.  (Yes, I am floored as you are that this has an entry on Amazon.)

I can't 100% determine if the recipes are supposed to make you fit, or if this is a cookbook strictly for already fit people who also happen to be very busy.  Who knows?

My favorite thing about this book is that every recipe gives you the calorie count per serving, and also a helpful activity you can do to burn off said calories immediately.  Had a way-too-filling meal of turkey divan?  HAVE NO FEAR!

This book was written by a Food Consultant for The Oaks at Ojai and also the Palms at Palm Springs.  (These establishments are known for their relaxing atmospheres, and not necessarily for their creative naming conventions.)  So actually, the answer to my question is that these recipes were, in fact, written for very rich people.

I digress. 

Not only did this cookbook fulfill my love of weird cookbooks, the Turkey Divan was actually pretty tasty!  I didn't feel especially fit afterward, but at least the book tells me exactly how to burn off those pesky calories.  It's also a pretty easy recipe, so it also has that going for it.

Turkey Divan
Serves 6 (supposedly)


2 heads of broccoli, cut and lightly steamed
12 oz. cooked turkey breast, cut into cubes
2 cups celery, sliced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 cup grated mozzarella
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat over to 350°F.

Put olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat.  Add onion, celery, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until onions are translucent.  Remove from heat.

Combine onion mixture with cubed turkey, mayo, and soy sauce.  Mix well.

Place broccoli in the bottom of a baking dish.  Pile turkey mixture on top of broccoli.

Combine your cheeses and sprinkle on top of turkey mixture.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

(As a side note from the recipe, it's "a good use of leftovers.  If you leave out the broccoli, you'll have a HOT TURKEY SALAD"!)


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