Thursday, January 08, 2009

Celebrate "King" Size with a Low Calorie Recipe

Happy birthday Elvis! That's right, folks..."The King" would have been 74 today.
Although he's now been gone for more than 30 years, his music is still celebrated by fans across the world. I grew up on his tunes thanks to an Elvis-loving father, who would constantly play Presley records and croon along to the music. I eventually became a fan myself - even taking a trip to Graceland a few years ago during a road trip down South with friends. Sooo, I plan to honor the legend today by chowing down on some of his favorite foods. It's common knowledge that Elvis had quite the appetite and loved to dig into Southern-style meals and comfort food like home-fried chicken, meatloaf, apple pie and cornbread. And then there were the infamous peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches!

Here are a few sugar-free, healthy variations of some of Elvis' favorite recipes. Check it out!

Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
* 2 tablespoons low-fat peanut butter (preferably smooth)
* 2 slices whole wheat bread
* 1 small ripe banana, mashed with a fork (about 1/4 cup)
* 1 tablespoon low-calorie butter

Spread peanut butter evenly on 1 slice of bread, then spread mashed banana on other slice, leaving a 1/4-inch border around edge. Close sandwich, gently pressing bread slices together. Heat butter in a skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides, then fry sandwich, turning over once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes total.

Velvet Pound Cake

Apple Pie

Also, here are some interesting Elvis factoids I found in a Chicago Tribune article today:

•Elvis Presley was a rabid Monty Python fan, often reciting the troupe's comedy routines from memory. His favorite sketch: "Nudge nudge."

•When Presley bought Graceland, it was already named Graceland - for Grace Toof, the daughter of a previous owner of the property.

•He dyed his hair. Elvis was a natural dirty blond but dyed his locks jet-black because he thought it would look better in movies.

•Barbra Streisand lobbied fruitlessly for Elvis to play the mentor role in her remake of "A Star Is Born."

•Elvis was an insomniac most of his life.

•His own movies to the contrary, Elvis had great taste in cinema. Favorite films included "Rebel Without a Cause," "Dr. Strangelove," "The French Connection" and "Patton."

•Elvis won three Grammy Awards - all late in his career, all for gospel songs and two for the same song ("How Great Thou Art").

Finally, in memoriam...here is a video of Elvis performing one of the greats. Enjoy!

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