A no-nonsense Baby Cakes draws a bead on our plate of Chicken Cornoodle this evening.
Chicken Cornoodle,** the latest recipe developed in our experimental kitchens for the Cold Turkey Cookbook, made its debut tonight to a triumphant one paw and one thumb up from the usual suspects. Slices of our grilled Spring Chicken Delight are served on a bed of noodles tossed with Cornoodle Sauce, a puree of leftover cooked veggies featuring corn kernels sliced off the cob and a medley of sliced cabbage, leeks and shredded carrot. See below for quantities. Put all ingredients into food processor, add a little fat-free chicken broth, a shake or two of soy sauce and a tbsp of olive oil and mix till smooth.
We fanned the chicken slices over the bed of noodles and arranged a complementary fan of lightly steamed snow peas and sliced English cucumbers for color and crunch.
The idea was to create a low-calorie moral equivalent -- similar mouth feel, yummy taste and high stick-to-the-ribs factor -- of the classic Alfredo Sauce, "a rich sauce of butter, grated parmesan cheese, heavy cream and plentiful grindings of black pepper." Here are the quantities and calorie counts:
3 cobs corn -- without butter -- 44 x 3 = 132 calories
1/2 cup cabbage = 17
1/4 cup leeks = 8
1/4 cup carrot = 14
1/2 cup fat-free broth = 3
2 tbsp soy sauce = 20
1tbsp olive oil = 120
TOTAL for 1 1/2 cups sauce = 314 calories
We used about a third of the total or 1/2 cup = 105 calories to toss with the noodles, more than enough for 2 servings. That amounts to a sylphic 53 calories per serving vs 140 calories per 1/4 cup of Buitoni's traditional Alfredo Sauce. We're planning to add chicken broth to the leftover sauce tomorrow to make a lovely Cornoodle Soup.
Babe surprised us when he moved in for the kill, plucking out not a piece of chicken but a noodle. Not that he didn't gobble up chicken handouts once we had regained control of our plate following the photo shoot. After we were done, he eagerly licked both Tuck's and our own plates clean. Feline approval: The sincerest form of flattery.
*Blog title is a play on the expression "The whole kit and caboodle."
**Cornoodle itself is a play on canoodle, "to win over or convince by cajoling or flattering."