Great ideas. I just made some homemade hummus, which is a favorite of mine. It made a huge amount. I hope I like it, I can already think of all kinds of possibilities with making my own. Cindi
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current weight: 171.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,228) Posts: 76 10/13/11 5:47 A
I just started DVR'ing Hungry Girl, she has such great idea's, I now use1/2 fat free mayonnaise & half real, you cut your calories in half & you can't tell the difference because the real is so powerful. Try Dijonnaise instead of real mayo & mustard, 5 calories, yum, exchange real cheese with laughing cow, she made a mac & cheese with the laughing cow cheese....Boy she has great ideas. Also, I now use lettuce sleeves instead of hamburger buns or hard rolls. you just take what you usually put on your bun and use lettuce sleeves instead, it works great and you don't miss the bun, crunchy & delish. I just had a turkey burger yesterday, I have to break the burger down a little to get it to fit but you don't miss the bun. She also suggested to grill pineapple, who knew.....Taste great....check her out, she has great ideas
Edited by: JIMMYS_GIRL at: 10/13/2011 (06:19)
The definition of insanity is.... "DOING THE SAME THING AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT"
I've cut out meat from my diet. I still eat fish, tuna, salmon, crab and other shellfish. Most of my protein comes from beans, nuts and soy products, edamame is amazing!
I also don't use cream sauces. To make baked pasta dishes, I steam up 4 servings (or more if a bigger dish) of cauliflower and carrots until very soft (or I boil them if running low on time) and puree them, adding garlic, pepper, paprika, a little dijon and some water to thin it out. I heat this in a sauce pan and when it's steaming, I remove from heat and add a tiny bit of cheese, I love tofu cheddar style, low fat and tastes great! I also add a little extra sharp reduced fat cheddar for more authentic taste. Mix that into the sauce and pour over pasta (if you've not tried Dreamfields pasta, do it!) and top with some parmesan and bake. Also, I use silken (soft) tofu for the sauce as well, very high protein. Just puree it and mix with cheese then add the pasta in.
Instead of making spaghetti bolognaise with ground meat, I use white beans, bean bolognaise with tomato sauce and lots of veggies, it's incredible!
I don't do burgers, nor do I do buns so I make patties from different kinds of beans, TVP (textured vegetable protein, found in dry goods aisles) or tuna/salmon and serve as patties with lettuce, tomato and even a little dijon and mayo, then I can have a few home made oil free fries (cut potatoes thin, spray with baking spray and toss with chili seasonings, salt free ones) and not feel guilty!
current weight: 194.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,514) Posts: 668 10/2/11 9:42 P
I make my own sweets. I find recipes for muffins or cookies on sparkrecipes and make that instead of buying those Special K bars and stuff. I can make a bunch and freeze them and have a treat to take for lunch.
current weight: 228.0
Fitness Minutes: (93,206) Posts: 6,559 9/19/11 9:22 A
I almost never go out and buy a specific kind of onion for a recipe - I use the type I have on hand.
"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
I actually started with dressing for a Creamy Cucumber Salad (excellent and low-fat). I liked it so much I decided to just go with some vinegar, dill and yogurt to taste and consistency, and mix it with a little vinagrette dressing. This is a very versatile recipe. Add or subtract what you like.
The actual recipe is: 1/4 C reduced fat sour cream 1/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt 1 1/2 Tbsp white wine vinegar (I prefer straight vinegar to taste). More flavor, less watery) 1 1/2 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp salt (optional) 1/8 tsp black pepper 2 lg cucumbers, thinly sliced 1 med vidalia onion.
I also sprinkle some dill in my mixture, to taste.
mix together sour cream, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Add dressing to cucumbers and onions and toss to coat. Chill for at least 15 min. Enjoy!
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