Over the years, I've had my hopes raised and dashed for products that taste "just like peanut butter" (PB2, which is, basically, a disgusting powdered "peanut like" product that you mix with water to reconstitute, and "Better 'n Peanut Butter", which is a reduced fat "peanut-ish" paste, and probably one of the WORST things I've ever tasted...), "just like potato chips" (what IS reconstituted pulp?), "just like sugar" (Stevia is WRETCHED, and the new "all natural" Splenda leaves a filmy, sorghum-y aftertaste), etc. etc. etc.
I've also tried recipes that dieters have recommended which taste "just like the original", and time and time again, have been disappointed. I think the problem is that, after so many bushel baskets of lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower, dieters are excited for ANYTHING that even SLIGHTLY reminds them of something they used to enjoy.
I tried a new "tastes just like" recipe today, and, I have to admit, I liked it. I've only been on the new diet for a week, and AM missing my favorites, and COULD be going through the aforementioned "dieters delusion" (as I now call it), but the following DID actually, sort of, if you REALLY REALLY use your imagination, taste like a McDonald's Big Mac...
Big Mac Casserole
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup dill pickles, chopped
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
10 slices Kraft 2% milk, reduced-fat cheddar singles
1 pkg. refrigerated, reduced-fat crescent rolls
8 tablespoons Light Thousand Island Dressing
Saute onion and pickles with ground turkey until browned, and onions are translucent (about 6 minutes at the top end of medium-high). Drain excess liquid.
Pour turkey mixture into baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
Layer cheese slices over top of meat mixture.
Unroll crescent roll dough and place in a single layer on top of cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees until crescent rolls are done, about 12 minutes.
Serve over a bed of lettuce and top with 1 tablespoon Thousand Island Dressing.
Makes 8 servings. 8 points per serving.
As I said, I'm at the end of week one of the new diet, and, during the middle of it, had the flu, so ended up losing 5.4 pounds! I'm in a contest at work, based on "The Biggest Loser" (see previous entry), and thought I was this week's winner.
Turns out I came in THIRD! The "winner" lost TEN pounds (there are shoes involved in the weekly weigh-in that were worn for the initial "starting weight", but weren't for the first "weight loss" weigh in, but I won't be snarky...), and the person who came in second lost SIX pounds. TOUGH competition!!!!
Anyway...I'm hoping to AT LEAST maintain this week, but another loss would be good too. Maybe this casserole will help!
Here's hoping YOU are attaining YOUR goals too!!!!!