5 Fabulous Film-Inspired Recipes
Delicious ways to pay homage to Oscar nominees
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
This is a fun time of year if you're an avid moviegoer -- it's Oscar time! If you're like me, you don't get out to the movies much (unless it's a PG-rated movie you see with your pre-teens), but you at least try to pay attention to the movies nominated for best picture.
The subjects of this year's nominees range from taking flight to finding Neverland, from a pre-wedding trip between friends in the Santa Barbara wine country to a young woman in search of boxing glory to a musical legend whose life and work continue to inspire the world.
In honor of these five fine Academy Award contenders, here are five fun recipes to get you in that Oscar night mood!
Aviator 3-Cheese Fondue
Journal as: 1 ounce regular cheese + 1/2 cup low-fat milk or skim milk
The Aviator is about the life of famed flier (and movie mogul) Howard Hughes between the 1920s and 1940s. From the clips I've seen of the movie, Howard takes a lot of dips and dives in his various flying machines. And what better way to demonstrate dipping and diving than with a fondue fork?
1 tablespoon no-trans-fat margarine (with 8 grams of fat per tablespoon)
Yield: 4-6 servings
Per serving of fondue (if 4 per recipe): 185 calories, 15 g protein, 10.5 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 0.2 g fiber, 278 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 44%.
Restaurant-Style Marinated Sirloin Steaks
Million Dollar Baby is about a young woman trying to make it big in the world of boxing. When people think of training food for an athlete trying to bulk up, they often think steak. Here's a marinade that adds flavor and tenderness to lean top sirloin.
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Yield: 4-5 servings
Per serving (if 5 servings per recipe; assuming half of the marinade is absorbed into the steak): 245 calories, 32 g protein, 7.5 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat (2.8 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 0.2 g fiber, 273 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 34%.
Sing the Blues Flapjacks
Journal as: 2 pieces of "pancakes French toast, waffle" + 1/2 cup fresh fruit
Another Oscar nominee is Ray, about the life of singer Ray Charles. I wish I knew some of Ray Charles' favorite foods. I searched high and low on various biographical web sites, and while they were filled with wonderful life stories told by Ray himself, not a mention of food was to be found. So, in honor of his love for rhythm and blues, here's a recipe for Sing the Blues Flapjacks.
1 cup cake flour or unbleached white flour
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