What did I let myself get roped into?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Okay, so at the beginning of the school year, a group of the ladies on staff came up with the great idea of starting a recipe club. Each week, someone would bring in one of their favorite dishes and everybody could have a taste and take home a copy of the recipe. My first reaction was "um...no thanks", knowing full well that most of the items offered would not be something I would be interested in eating. Well, let me clarify, I'd be *interested*, but I would make a choice to *not* partake. Frankly, at this point in my maintenance, reading recipes that don't come from sites like Sparkpeople is just so much culinary porn to me. I don't think it's in my best interest to be wallowing around in detailed plans to derail myself.
So, I brought the topic up at home and talked about it with DH, looking for some clarity and maybe just a little support and understanding. Bad. Idea. I should have known not to throw that out to somebody who is not invested in weight-loss or weight-maintenance, or, frankly anything dietary that does not still include french fries and Symphony bars. I got a mini-lecture about how sometimes, it's just important socially to go along with the group, what have you got to lose? If it's something you don't usually eat, just have one bite (oh, yeah, the voice of experience there!), and when it's your turn to bring in a recipe you can bring in something healthy to share with everybody - you'll be doing them a favor!
I couldn't tell you what it was that let me buy into that drivel and go ahead and sign up. But it was nothing healthy...
So we're several weeks into it, and I have had a taste of a chicken dish and a spinach quiche. Mostly I've avoided the samples, including giving away the freakin' cinnamon roll that one of the ladies brought in.
Here's one you'll love:
Chicken Pillows (just check out this ingredient list!)
1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2-3 cups shredded chicken
1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup milk (at least it didn't specify WHOLE milk)
2 spoons full sour cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
The directions are not important, suffice it to say that by the time you're done with it all, there's over 4000 calories in that little temptation. Egad! So each of eight servings will be around 500 calories with 34 grams of fat. And that's just for the chicken. Heaven forbid you want a side along with. Hey! I bet fries would go great with this!
Almost half way through the year, thankfully, and next year? I won't be signing up again, no matter what DH says!