Friday, October 26, 2007

No naked pumpkin allowed in this house!

I recently got my Nov/Dec issue of my diet magazine, the one that has a weightloss program as its foundation. The one you've probably been on at least once in your life. But that's not the, uh, point.

There's an article in this issue about planning for the "big day." Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, and how to keep on program during a time when it's so tempting to overeat.

So there's tips for the day before the big day, the big day itself, and the day after. The part on the day after suggests you have some leftovers, in moderation, of course:

2 oz. roast turkey breast. Yum.
2 Tbsp. canned cranberry sauce. I'm not cran-crazy but okay.
1 c. steamed green beans with 1 Tbsp. toasted almonds. Getting better.

And then the bottom falls out of this little menu:

1 c. warm canned pumpkin.

Excuse me? You want me to eat pumpkin without cinnamon and cloves and nutmeg and evaporated milk, all snuggled up in a flaky pastry?

I didn't realize such a thing was possible. Are there people out there who rountinely eat un-doctored canned pumpkin? By the cupful?

Now maybe I'm missing out on something here, but this just doesn't seem right. There's a reason every Libby's can in the world has a recipe for pumpkin pie on the back of it. It is not meant to be consumed any other way!

I suppose not every tip in these mags is the best one they could come up with. But please...something tells me some college intern took a dare and snuck this one in.


Anonymous said...

I think that menu writer accidentally left off "2 tablespoons Cool Whip Extra Creamy."


Anonymous said...

I just saw these in my local grocery ad: Pumpkin Donut Holes. 50 ct. 2 for $5. Now that's a proper use of pumpkin in the diet.


Anonymous said...

Ha! I was thinking the same thing as BV, using the warmed canned pumpkin as a way to artfully present a dollop or two of Cool Whip. Nope, still doesn't sound appealing.

Cranberries on the other hand...I just saw the almond bark out on the shelves in the store and asked the kids if they thought it too early to start dipping cranberries. They want to wait, I guess to avoid cranberry burnout.


Anonymous said...

Even I haven't heard of that!!!
It's okay, Honey, you don't have to eat a cupful of plain warm pumpkin!!!

Kelly said...

LOL! There must be a page missing with the rest of the recipe!