Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Recipe, a Skanky Cat, and a Confession

Last weekend, I celebrated my nephew's baptism by ordering the best side of brussel sprouts EVER. 

We were at Blackbird's Gastropub in Norman.  The sprouts were served with apples and bacon in a creamy Gorgonzola sauce.  It was the best $4 ever spent. 

They were off the rails in every sense since they were excruciatingly fattening and all the more delicious for it.

I ate half of the side (with a full-size salad) and boxed up the rest to take home.  I was going to finish them for dinner, but I ran off and left them in my brother-in-law's refrigerator.  Remembering things is not my strong suit.

I'm betting that they didn't eat them, which is a real shame.


Tonight, I set out to make a faux version of those sprouts.  My sprouts didn't turn out exactly the same.  But, I didn't expect them to because mine are low fat and low calorie.   They were a hit though even though I forgot the apples. 

And, by "a hit", I mean that I liked them.  I was the only one who tried them.  I have been repeatedly told that I like weird foods and have low standards so who knows if you will like them.  Even so, I'm sharing the recipe.  Boy, there's a ringing endorsement.

Laughing Cow Brussel Sprouts

  1 bag of frozen sprouts
  3 wedges of Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese
  1/2 cup unsweetened Silk almond milk
  2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  1/2 tsp butter extract
  1/2 tsp garlic powder
  6 slices of Oscar Mayer Smoked Turkey Breast
On the stove, par-boil the frozen brussel sprouts until they are just getting soft.  In a second pan, heat the almond milk, laughing cow, nutritional yeast, butter extract, and garlic powder over low heat.  Whisk frequently to prevent scorching.  In a frying pan, brown the turkey using Pam or Crisco cooking spray (or olive oil).

Once the turkey is browned, the sprouts are soft, and the sauce is creamy and without lumps, you are ready for step two.  Dump the sprouts into a baking dish.  I used a large loaf pan and it worked perfectly.  Pour the sauce over the sprouts and then sprinkle the turkey over the top.  Bake in the oven just for a few minutes.  My oven as already cooking fish sticks so I baked it at 425 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.

Then eat. 

I think the whole dish was probably three servings.  I ate two and made it my whole meal.  Here are the stats for one serving:

The sprouts are the only pictures that I have of my food yesterday . . . because I was extremely busy lazy and I ate the same things I always eat. 

But, for your reading pleasure, here is my food log.


Confession Time:  I broke my code of ethics and had a Diet Dr. Pepper.  A BIG one.  I've been doing that a lot lately actually.  Maybe, I have no code of ethics. 

I had just picked up my skanky, infested cat from the vet's office (he has a huge hole in his side that is big enough for me to stick my pinky in up to the first knuckle . . . um, yeah, I may have tried), and I looked over and saw the new Rockford Roadhouse across the street. 

Now, I love when a new business opens up in our small town.  In fact, I can't believe that it has taken me this long to get over there.  Add that to the fact that it is a DRIVE through beer barn and convenience store, and I'm almost giddy.  Plus, since 2-4 p.m. is happy hour, this bad boy only cost me $.89 or something.

I'm totally taking my kids there tomorrow after school.  They are going to love driving through a building to get an Icee. 

And, yes that is my skanky cat in the seat next to me.  He was trying to use his opposable thumbs to open up the latch and crawl out and skank up my whole car.  Of course, maybe I should have let him . . .  he might have caught the mouse.

Has any one tried the new Cupcake shop that opened downtown? 
   -Elizabeth did and said that it is money.  I'm staying out of there until after Halloween.  Goals.
Do you frequently leave your boxed leftovers on the table at the restaurant?
   -Nine times out of ten.
Does anyone else have a problem spelling "restaurant"?
   - Ten times out of ten.


1 comment:

  1. 8-10 I leave my leftovers, and usually I am pissed once I realize.... umm i really struggle spelling that word, so 10 out of 10 and I am not even going to try to spell it on here!