I've been experimenting with modifying my favorite recipes to boost the nutriton, increase the fiber, decrease the calories... I've been craving ham salad, and wanted to satisfy the craving with a healthier alternative, and the experiment was definitely a whole-hearted sucess. It even passed the skeptically suspicious, meat-loving husband test.
I substituted tvp and wheat berries for most of the ham in my favorite recipe.
Oh, my so absolutely yummy. I haven't figured the exact calorie savings and fiber bonus, but I used a LOT less mayo than I would for my regular ham salad, because the mixture was quite moist from the simmering liquid. Hubby loved it too (which I can barely believe, because he's very picky about my "reduced-meat" concoctions. If there's a noticeable taste or texture discrepancy, he wants no part of it). Hubby said that my "sham salad" tasted very good and ham-salady. The wheat berries added a chewier texture than he would expect from a "real" ham salad, but he was pleasantly surprised that it actually "added something."
I agree. I think it was actually a lot better than regular ham salad. I ate it without toast, as the wheat berries were a starch serving, but it would have been very good on whole wheat toast. Regular ham salad would be too rich for me to want to eat with a fork though, and often ham salad leaves a fatty "film" in my mouth. This lighter version didnt.
I think this one is going into my dream cookbook.