I overate in a big way yesterday. Mashed potatoes, ham, brisket, seven-layer salad with guacamole, cheese-and-broccoli casserole, key lime pie, cupcakes with jelly bean "eggs" on top. (I didn't eat any cupckaes, but made up for it with three slices of key lime pie.) My contribution was deviled eggs and fresh asparagus. I wasn’t sure James’ family would be keen on asparagus, so I thought about making some Hollandaise sauce to go with it. Anything tastes good with a dollop or two of Hollandaise sauce. So I got online to look up recipes. They all looked pretty simple and called for only a few ingredients, all of which I actually had on hand. Then I looked at the nutritional information. I was aghast. Each serving was loaded with 465 calories! I didn’t think it was possible to cram that many calories into a couple of tablespoons.
Besides the fat content, another problem arose with the Hollandaise sauce idea. The recipe cautioned that it is actually quite tricky to make. All kinds of culinary calamities can occur. If you cook it too fast, the eggs scramble and the milk curdles; if you cook it too slowly, it separates (whatever that means). So I decided not to do Hollandaise sauce. It turned out his family loves asparagus, so there was no need to disguise it.
I bought three bunches of fresh asparagus, and only used two for the Easter feast. I also brought home some leftover asparagus. So now I’ll be on the internet for more asparagus recipes. How about asparagus quiche, asparagus omelets, or asparagus soup? It all sounds good.
While I’m on the topic of cooking, I discovered a delicious recipe for a snack that is chock-full of protein. And it includes chocolate.
It meets just about all my criteria for a perfect recipe:
· few ingredients--two, to be exact;
· no actual cooking involved
· fast and easy to make
· stores well (except so far there’s never been anything left to store)
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Balls, a healthy snack (really!)
1 tablespoon (more or less) peanut butter or almond butter
1 scoop (more or less) chocolate flavored protein powder (comes with scoop)
Mix together and form a ball. Done.
|Ingredients for chocolate-peanut butter balls.|
This is great for those mid-afternoon or mid-morning hunger attacks. It sounds fattening, but it’s really not as long as you don’t make one the size of a golf ball.
Do you have any good quick-and-easy snack recipes? What about suggestions for my leftover asparagus?