Don’t hate… congratulate! I never watched the show MacGyver whilst it was on, but I hear that dude could make anything out of anything. I think he once made a car out of some dental floss and an empty toilet paper tube. Dead serious… and then Chuck Norris came along and powered it with his Flinstone legs. Coming up on a very special episode of The Facts of Life… MacGyver and Tootie make their escape in Flosstube-mobile!
I tried to become MacGyver in the kitchen tonight… with not-s0-impressive results. I think it’s because I was missing a cup of Chuck Norris and a dollop of Richard Simmons’s rhinestones. I first set out to make what’s called Sopa Seca con Frijoles, which is Spanish for dry soup with the magical fruit. Firstly, who knew you could cook pasta in such a small amount of liquid… and secondly… ALWAYS use a nonstick pan… ALWAYS!! I done scrubbed all the grease out of both elbows trying to scrape the dried up wheat spaghetti off the bottom of that pan. I was sure from the moment I put those things together in the pan that it would turn out horrid. Surprisingly, I was wrong. It was actually pretty tastee… and I’ve decided if there’s a next time I venture to make me a dry soup that I’ll put more liquid… because this sucker was DRY-EIEIO.
Sopa Seca with 1 ounce of mozzarella on top was only 347 calories with 8 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein.
My MacGyver moment came when I decided I was going to take a brownie recipe and de-calorize it… aka make it bland and tasteless, but only 122 calories per serving! Instead of the oil, I blended together 3/4 cup of black beans and 1/2 a cup of unsweetened applesauce. I also cut the sugar down by half and burnt 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips when I left it on too long to melt in the micro-oven. Stupid micro-oven and even stupider chocolate chips… MacGyver, Jr. was not to be blamed in this instance… guarantee you it! When all was said and done my black bean/applesauce brownies came out looking like this:
They look done don’t they!?!?!? WRONG!!! Alex Trebek… what have they won!? I discovered 2 hours later when I went to cut into it that the edges were done but the middle was like brown soup… not an attractive brown soup, mind you. These brownies weren’t that bad for 122 calories… they were definitely better than the 90-calorie FiberOne brownies that taste like a cardboard box on a shingle to me, but next time I’ll save all the work I went to and eat the chocolate chips out of the bag instead. All that work for a brownie craving!? MacGyver does not approve!!
Question of the Day: Would you prefer to have a bigger portion of a de-calorized recipe or a smaller portion of the REAL thing?