In the name of bad diets.
What’s the saddest modification of a recipe you’ve seen to make it low fat/carb/salt, etc?
I once stumbled upon a recipe for guacamole that warned of all of the fat lurking in avocados, so they were omitted and replaced with frozen green peas, ground up in a food processor. Can you imagine being at a friend’s party, dipping a tortilla chip and taking a big bite of what’s basically baby food? The recipe did allow some modifications - Tabasco (optional), chopped cilantro (optional), or a splash of lime juice (again, optional). Gee, I can’t imagine getting fat by eating too much of this stuff, so I guess it would be effective “diet” food. Ick.
I also saw some fad diet cookbook that basically equated sauteeing onions and garlic in a wee dab of oil (as many recipes start) as a one way ticket to the cardiac unit. Omit the oil, it said, and use water instead - apparently one would be hard pressed to tell the difference. I dunno, but a recipe based on boiled onions would probably be pretty gosh darn different than one that used a few teaspoons of olive oil to get them caramelized and tasty.
I’m sure that the extreme dietary pendulum swings of the last 20 years (All fat is evil! No! Carbs must be eradicated!) must have produced some whacked out food suggestions - what have you had the “pleasure” of finding?