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5/5/11 12:29 A

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It helps to use cold water and shake it in a jar. Really, there are very few servings of carbs using corn starch or flour in gravy. The biggest point is to skim off the fat.

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5/4/11 10:58 P

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I have heard of people using corn starch instead of flour to thicken gravy. It is supposed to have less carbs. I found it hard to blend without lumps...any ideas on how to use it with less lumps? I am a veteran gravy maker so any ideas are greatly appreciated or I will get back to using flour.


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5/4/11 9:48 A

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I replace flour combined with fat to thicken liquids with just the flour shaken with some of the liquid to mix it in.

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5/3/11 11:12 P

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Good ideas. I have not used Greek Yogurt....will give it a try. I have used plain yogurt as a substitute for ages....and I like it too and it is fairly reasonable in price.


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5/3/11 9:33 P

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I've found I really enjoy using greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream, same texture and very similar taste, but huge calorie differential. Approx. 7 calories/tbs of greek yogurt versus 20 calories/tbs for light sour cream and 30 calories/tbs for full fat sour cream!!

I also have made the switch from white flour to wheat and white rice to brown rice.


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4/19/11 9:34 P

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I am from the south and when I cook my green beans, peas or cabbage, I use no fat chicken broth instead of the fat back or bacon grease. A packet of Splenda at the end of cooking time is an excellent flavor enhancer!!!!

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4/12/11 10:40 A

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I have been utilizing my crockpot, and I have been using Greek Yogurt as a thicken, instead of cream. It's delicious!!


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4/9/11 2:34 P

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My favorite rice is a blend of white, brown, red and wild rice with the name of Rice Select. I love the crunchy, nutty taste it give to a dish. My favorite use of it is to make a salad with the rice as the base. I then add corn, kidney beans, black beans, fresh diced onion, and make a dressing using lime juice, olive oil, taco seasoning, and salsa. I DON'T use the taco seasoning in the small foil packets, instead I use Bolner's Fiesta Brand Taco seasoning as it doesn't have anywhere near the sodium content.

Also, although not a substitution, I seldom add salt to my food. The exception is eggs and egg dishes and baked goods. The exception to the exception is hard cooked eggs, I eat them plain with absolutely no seasoning.

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3/30/11 6:47 P

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I substitute low sodium broth/stock for coconut milk in Jamaican rice and peas. I also reduce the amount of coconut milk in curries by upping the broth and ginger for flavor. I use almost only whole wheat flour, and olive oil now too. I've also done the apple juice instead of oil in baked recipes.

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3/29/11 9:21 A

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Applesauce is great in baking, cooking, making oatmeal..love it. Sugarfree version of course:)

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3/25/11 4:55 P

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Thanks for the tips! I only use canola oil or olive oil in cooking and baking (for over 30 years). Of course, the sprays are fantastic ways to cut calories.

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3/21/11 1:00 P

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I've tried a lot of the substitutions as well...Have my favorites. I think my all time fav is applesauce in my baked goods...Gotta get my "bake on."
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3/17/11 8:04 P

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I've tried some of these but there are several that I will be trying soon. Even if you don't enjoy a substitution it is helpful to try them. You will find some that you can't stand and some that become weight busting standards for you!!
emoticon I did not expect to like brown rice but it is one of the easiest changes I've made.


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3/14/11 10:09 A

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Thanks

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3/13/11 8:46 P

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Thanks for the great tips. Pam

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I'd have to say, taking older unhealthier recipes and turning them into something nutritious yet still edible is an art form. Below are some of my fave substitutions that make their way onto my blog when I put up healthier versions of my fave recipes.

Heavy cream - lowfat half-n-half
Butter - 1/2 amount butter with 1/4 cup applesauce
Mild Cheddar Cheese - 1/2 measurement lowfat sharp cheddar
Italian cheese blend - part skim mozzerella
Chocolate chips - chocolate powder + dried fruit chunks
Can of cream of soups - basic white sauce
Flour - Whole Wheat Flour, or Whole Wheat White Flour

Check out my blog for my healthier, lower fat versions of Stroganoff, Pot Roast, Pancakes, and others!


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Phad Thai: letsdietonabudget.blogspot.com/2011/
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