I finally bit the bullet and made a ‘diet’ jello recipe. I really wish I hadn’t.
The recipe comes from a book published in 1942 simply called Reducing. It’s published by Knox brand, so every recipe has jello. Apparently you can just add a packet of jelly to anything and you’re suddenly skinny! It’s all the protein. Early Atkins diet?
And who says diet food can’t be tasty? Certainly not Knox! That’s how I found my new go to weight loss meal, Prune Salad.
I know, I know, salads are soooooo boring on a diet! Well you’re in luck because this one has absolutely no right to call itself salad!
Just soak in those ingredients. Think about savoring them. Prunes, cottage cheese, chili sauce, pickles, and jello. I’m gagging already. Now, in their defense, the recipe called for ‘chopped pickle’ which I assume is that gross fake Indian crap old people and English people like. But I wasn’t about to go searching, and both are gross, so oh well. Chili sauce was a real curve ball as well. I didn’t know they had chilis in the 40s.
So anyway you make the jello and chill it a little. While you wait for that sweet, sweet, jiggly goodness you can prepare the rest.
Poop. On so many levels.
Everything all ready. Betchya haven’t seen pickles and prunes together before. Also that’s salt in the corner, sadly not msg. I guess people didn’t worry about sodium back then. Or powdered horse hoof.
Mmmmmmmmixed all up and ready to rock. Just look at those bubbles. Healthy salads have bubbles.
Put that hot mess into the fridge for as long as you want, and serve on greens.
Anticipation! Don’t worry, that lettuce was pretty wilted, we did not waste good food on this salad. Well, except the prunes
Finished in all it’s glory. Look at how big the bubbles got!
The tasting was interesting. I couldn’t even swallow it. The chili mixed with prune was about the grossest thing I’ve ever had. Not to mention the pickles, which were gross but totally over powered. I would rate this one not only the worst recipe so far, but the worst thing I’ve ever eaten.
The strange part was that Stu actually kind of liked it. He had more than one of his obligatory spoonfuls. He liked the salt and said it was better than any of the fish loaves. His opinion is wrong.
On the bright side, I think I’ve found a diet I can stick to. I don’t think I could ever be hungry enough to hork this down.