It was fine; yes the roast beef smelled wonderful and no I did not eat it. I had a Morningstar Farm vegetarian Chick Pattie and all the vegetable side dishes that everyone else was eating.
The hard part came when they broke out the brownies for desert. I survived it, I didn’t have one. But I was feeling pretty morose and sorry for myself afterward as I wandered through the grocery store with Ted picking up a few odds and ends for the upcoming work week.
Then I noticed something on the shelf; “No Pudge Fat Free Brownies”.
Sure, I’m thinking to myself, fat free and probably taste like cardboard. But I was desperate enough to buy the pink box and bring it home.
I mixed in one 6 oz. container of organic, vanilla, low fat yogurt and the dry mix turned into something thick, gooey and very chocolaty smelling.
I became tentatively optimistic.
The package directions said to bake for 30 minutes. I like brownies to me mushy (not cake-like) so I shortened that cook time to 28 minutes instead.
I don’t know who sold what portion of their soul to whom at the No Pudge company, but these things taste like the real deal – I am not kidding you. We are talking chewy, sticky, brownie-goodness here.
The company name is slightly offensive (seriously… No Pudge?), the serving size is not huge (1/12 of an 8 x 8” pan), and they do contain both sugar and the extremely evil “unbleached white flour”. But they come in at a mere 130 to 140 calories (with yogurt) per serving and have no fat. None.
That means I can eat them without worrying about blundering over my 10% dietary fat mark. I can have a warm, gooey, chocolate rich desert without worries.
When someone is as chocoholic as I am… that made for one very happy Lacto-Ovo-Pescatarian-Brothavarian-Vegetarian-Ornish-Disciple.
Now if I can just figure out how not to eat the whole pan…
Ingredients: Pure cane sugar, unbleached wheat flour, Dutch cocoa, dark coffee,
egg whites, cornstarch, wheat gluten, salt & baking soda.