Friday, June 8, 2012

My Favorite Guinea Pigs!!!

Last night's culinary guinea pigs!! Charlie, Jen, Brenda and Bill!! (thank you Sweet Guinea Pig Coffees for the photo)
Someone asked me recently what makes me truly happy. After pondering this for a while I came up with an answer. I am the happiest when I am cooking and sharing it with the people I love.

I try to get together with my big brother and his girlfriend at least one a week. We have such a wonderful time whether we are playing cards or badminton. Brenda dear we are 0-3 for the season I think we need more practice or a better ref (sorry honey),

I made a real comfort food dinner last night but lightened it up a little;
Meatloaf (I ground boneless skinless chicken breasts for 1 pound of meat) and used Angus beef for the other pound.
Mashed potatoes: In my mashed potatoes I added a butter and skim milk. These tricky little devils may sound healthier because of the skim milk but still pull in a whopping 260 calories for 1 cup!!!! My meatloaf was only 228!!!
Oven roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts: They were the stars of the meal!!! at only 92 calories for a cup these flavorful jewels have quickly become one of my favorites.
Green beans were only 20 calories. Flavoring with bouillon keeps calories down.
Bottom line is the meal was only 600 calories......Oh but dessert!!!! The queen of soul Aretha Franklin's Peach Cobbler (thank you www.foodnetwork.com) per my calorie counter at spark people. Drum roll please........467 calories a serving!!! If you had it with a 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream (which I did NOT!!) add an additional 132.7 calories. 

Okay so what have I learned from this? Butter is the death of any healthy recipe and maybe I need to research healthy, hot yummy desserts. Any suggestions??? I will leave you with this "A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety." Aesop