Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hard Times at the 1972 Retro WW Experiment...

This week, I was beginning to feel a bit lackluster about the whole Retro WW Experiment. I'll be the first to admit it. And just like any other "diet", there comes a day when you have to decide: how long can I keep this up?

I started thinking about how nice it would be to just order a pizza, or go to Dairy Queen, or throw away the Knox Gelatine. (I really need to take a break from those horrifying molds.)

I even tried to tap into my "Inner Jean Nidetch". What would Jean tell me to do? She certainly wouldn't let me give up; Or make excuses; Or feel sorry for myself.

She would tell me: "It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny."

So today, I made the difficult choice to keep going. Why? I have no idea. But what I can tell you is that I pulled out my 1972 WW Program Cookbook, found a great recipe, put on my 70's tunes - and it felt great.

So here is the recipe that pulled me out of my doldrums and back into my 1972 Retro splendor:

Split Pea Patties

6 oz. cooked split peas
1/4 cup skim milk
salt & pepper
1/8 tsp sage
1/8 tsp marjoram
1/8 tsp thyme

Process all ingredients in blender, chill, and form into 8 small patties. bake at 400F for 15 minutes and top with barbecue sauce.

OK--so I didn't have time to cook split peas, (give me a break) so I used a small can of chick peas instead. But--I did make my own barbecue sauce out of tomato juice, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire, brown sugar, and dry mustard! Very retro, baby!

These spicy little patties were delicious with a little cilantro, and were just what I needed to get me back on the Retro WW Wagon. The 70's music helped a little, too.


TJ said...

I think this is the first thing you have made that I didn't feel kinda sick after I looked at it. lol Kinda tasty looking in fact! :) Good old 70's tunes help! :)

Vonlipi said...

You go girl! I'm very proud of you :)

Helen said...

That actually doesn't look awful. Too bad I read the ingredients though. Just the words, "split peas" makes me gag.

Tami said...

This is my first time posting on your blog and I did WW in the 70's for the first time! I never made this recipe but I made some awful stuff back them.

I sure am glad my concept of healthy food has evolved!

Wishing you well.

Pam@GoRetro said...

These look really good, Mimi. I like peas.

Sparkina said...

These look and sound absolutely divine, but what holds the mixture together? I'm a vegetarian, so if I were to make this dish, I'd have to substitute soy sauce for worcestershire or find a worcestershire sauce without anchovies