Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Consider the "Choice Group"

There is something I haven't told you. And it's big...I mean really BIG!

Yes friends, I have been holding out on you. There is one little hidden detail of the Retro WW Program that is going to blow your mind.

Here goes...

If you omit 1 slice of bread from your daily menu, you may select from the following group 2-3 times weekly:
  • 1/2 cup pasta
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 potato
  • 3/4 cup grits
BAZINGA!!! This new rule opened up a whole new world in 1972. Can you imagine the excitement of women across the WW universe who followed the plan from 1966-71, and suddenly learned that in 1972 you could now eat one half cup of pasta - 2 times per week??!! I'll bet they all passed out simultaneously from sheer ecstasy.

Anyway, since I have really been craving me some serious carb action lately, I decided to activate the "choice group" option for dinner last night. And I found the perfect recipe:

Fettucine (and Sprouts) Alfredo
1/2 cup cooked linguine
1/2 cup canned bean sprouts
2 oz. parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons instant non-fat dry milk
dash imitation butter
salt & pepper

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan over very low heat and stir until cheese melts. Makes 1 serving. Very delish.

At this point, you may be asking, "What up with the sprouts, Mimi?" And that's a very good question. Allow me to explain... The sprouts are added to many pasta dishes as a way to add some bulk and stretch the portion. They add a funky flavor and change the texture a bit, but once you get used to's really not bad. Also--it's better than sitting there eating 1/2 cup of pasta. That's just pitiful.

Oh--and if you get hungry later, you can just munch on the rest of the sprouts right out of the can.


The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

I can see how that would have been a giant yee-ha! at the time...and I am all for bulking up with veggies! I do that all the time by adding veggies to things like mac and cheese.

rock on with your bean sprouty self :)


~Tessa~Scoffs said...

When I think of bean sprouts, I think of chinese food. I make a modified thai pasta you might like. I'll post about it soon.

Lidian said...

Oh boy, that is exciting! But can we use fresh bean sprouts? I am scared of the ones that come in a can...

Helen said...

So, I've heard of adding spaghetti squash to pasta... which I guess is probably the modern day version of this! My goodness I remember those canned sprouts - my mom went through her making homemade Chinese thing in the 70s and I think these were put in almost every dish!

TJ said...

I would have ben jumping up and down for sure! lol You crack me up! I love the EXPERIMENT! :)