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This Week: Playmates in the Kitchen
Do you ever wonder what our beautiful Playboy Playmates put in their mouths? Oh, get your mind out of the gutter—I’m talking about food! For this week’s column I spoke to some of my fellow Playmates about their favorite meals, snacks and secret recipes. Here is your sneak peek into a Playmate’s diet!
Amanda Cerny: Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps
First up is our brand new Miss October 2011 Amanda Cerny. For her wraps Amanda uses albacore tuna, which is a great source of protein. She then adds some avocado, which is full of healthy fats and belly-filling fiber. Then she tops them off with some zesty relish and chopped red onions—both low in calories but high in taste—and wraps them in romaine lettuce instead of iceberg for the extra health benefits. And when Amanda’s craving a healthy snack she turns to one of the classics: apples and chunky peanut butter.
Kassie Lyn Logsdon: Rosemary Chicken Filets
Not only is Miss May 2010 Kassie Lyn Logsdon drop dead gorgeous, but she is also a great cook! Kassie graciously shared her simple and delicious rosemary chicken filets recipe with me:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim all the fat off chicken breasts. Lightly rub with pepper and chopped fresh rosemary, then drizzle both sides with olive oil. Wrap chicken in foil packets and put on cookie sheet. Cook for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the breasts. When chicken is fully cooked, remove foil and broil on medium heat for (5-7 minutes for each side). And there you have it—delicious and healthy chicken filets straight from a Playmate’s oven!
Heather Rae Young: Homemade Pizza
Blonde bombshell and Miss February 2010 Heather Rae Young loves her pizza, but she also loves her body. So she makes her own healthy version at home using rice crust, Daiya cheese, and light pizza sauce. Her favorite thing to snack on? Super high in protein Greek yogurt with dried cranberries and granola, rice chips if she is craving something salty and 72 percent dark chocolate when she has a sweet tooth.
Shannon James: Oatmeal Chocolate Squares
One of my closest friends is Miss May 2007 Shannon James. She shared with me her easy, no-baking-required oatmeal chocolate squares:
1 Cup Splenda
½ Stick Light Butter or Margarine
¼ Cup Water
2 Tbsp. Cocoa
¼ Cup Peanut Butter
1½ Cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
In a large saucepan add Splenda, butter, water and cocoa. Bring to boil while you continuously stir the mix. Remove the mixture from heat once it begins to boil. Add peanut butter, oatmeal and vanilla to the mixture. Stir the ingredients until they are well blended. Pour into baking pan and let it cool for about 5-10 minutes. Refrigerate overnight or until completely cool. It's a great little snack and makes 20 squares (about 2 inches each) at only 53.5 calories each. My mouth is watering already!
Hiromi Oshima: Barbeque Chicken Salad
Hiromi Oshima has one of the best bodies out there—in fact, when it came to choosing girls to be part of my Jayde Nicole Fitness DVD she was the top one on my list! Miss June 2004 loves her barbeque chicken salad, which consists of healthy romaine lettuce, crunchy veggies, and low calorie barbeque sauce-covered lean white chicken breasts. She also likes to munch on fruit, her favorites being watermelon, mango and papaya with fresh squeezed lime on top. No wonder she stays in such great shape!
Amy Leigh Andrews: Turkey Meatballs
Our stunning Southern Miss April 2010 Amy Leigh Andrews loves to cook at home. Her favorite recipe? Delicious turkey meatballs. Here is a peek into her kitchen:
1 lb. Lean Ground Turkey Meat
4 Cups Cooked Instant Brown Rice
1 Large Egg
1 Small Can Tomato Sauce
5-7 Garlic Cloves
½ Large Brown Onion (or whatever kind you like)
Fresh Rosemary (about ¾ of a handful)
Fresh Oregano (about a handful)
Salt and Pepper (1 pinch salt/as much pepper as you like)
In a large bowl mix turkey meat, eggs, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Boil brown rice according to packaging. Heat up a large skillet with 2-3 tbsp. of olive oil. When skillet is nice and hot throw your onions and garlic in. Once the house starts smelling like Italy, throw your rosemary and oregano in! Cook until onions and garlic are fairly brown then throw into a large bowl with everything else. Drain rice and add to the mix. After you have mixed everything together the fun begins! Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, make your meatballs larger than a golf ball but smaller than a baseball and grab a cooking pan that is about 2 inches or so deep. You want to put about a half inch or so of water in it before you add the meatballs—this makes for a tender meatball! Cook them for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. When the timer goes off take 'em out, pile 'em on a plate and dig in!
Okay, all this food talk is making me hungry! I hope you enjoyed the sneak peak into our Playmates favorite foods and snacks. Try them out and let me know what you think. I’m off to do some cooking of my own. Until next time!
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