Eat this Iceberg Ring and Stay Slim (1968)
An overweight society isn’t new, and in the 1960s Better Homes and Gardens published articles and books about eating right. In fact, they published several Eat and Stay Slim books over the years, which focus on all the foods we put in our mouths.
Of course, like any food book, there needs to be unique recipes, and studio-quality pictures to accompany them. Still, sometimes I have to ask, “What were they thinking?” I mean, seriously, who would eat this?
That’s called an Iceberg Ring and it’s made with lime-flavored gelatin and lettuce. This green glob is topped with “your favorite meat salad”. I’m ranking this up there with the Hellmann’s Cranberry & Mayonnaise Candles from the early ’60s.
Of course, everyone has a different palate, so here’s the recipe:
- Two 4-serving envelopes of “low-calorie” lime-flavored gelatin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3-1/2 cups water (divided)
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 3 cups coarsely chopped Iceberg lettuce
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
Directions: Dissolve gelatin and salt in 2 cups boiling water. Stir in 1-1/2 cups cold water and vinegar. Chill until slightly thickened. Fold in lettuce and onion. Pour into 5-cup ring mold. Chill until firm. If desired, fill center with tuna salad.
If you plan to make this, I want to see pictures. Not only of the ring, but of the entire family enjoying it as part of their meal.