silken tofu is also a great sub for cream - its got no flavor on its own, so you can use it in sweet or savory dishes, and it just sucks up the flavor of whatever youre using it with. im currently putting it in smoothies all the time, to add creaminess without extra calories. plus, protein!
For baking results to be worthwhile the fat-liquid-starch proportions have to be exact. If you remove fat in one place you have to add it or the equivalent. Read the ingredients on "lowfat" prepared food. Manufacturers have access to substitutes that home bakers just don't have. Those chemical names may sound scary but they are there for a reason.
Instead of using eggs, oil and water with cake mixes from the box. I used a 16 oz can of pumpkin with the cake mix and it turned out great and it was healthier for me. It was less calories, and its a fruit as well. I did it with Red Velvet Cake mix and Chocolate Cake mix. For the frosting I used Whipped Cream. Just a thought.
I use coconut oil in my recipes because it's a healthy fat, much better than canola oil.
4/10/2012 12:49:09 PM
I also love using pureed white beans (Great Northern, etc.) to replace half the fat in baking. I have used them in Snickerdoodles, side-by-side with regular Snickerdoodles, and my kids couldn't tell the difference. It also boosts the protein and fiber of baked goods.
4/10/2012 12:37:24 PM
I'm not on a fat free/reduced fat diet either but I go low fat when I can to reduce the calories. (I get adequate amounts of fat with the coconut oil and olive oil I use.) I agree about the Greek Yogurt. I can't eat/cook with sour cream because of lactose intolerance. Greek yogurt is 99% lactose free and and works great as a sour cream substitute. Also as previously mentioned, ground flax seed is a great substitute for oil.
One obvious miss in this article is to substitute Fat Free Greek Yogurt for all or part of the Sour Cream called for in a recipe. When I use low fat sour cream, the end product has much less flavor, and often seems watery - with Fat free Greek yogurt you hae all of the flavor AND thickness. And no, I'm not advocating making everything completely fat free, but when I make something that calls for a LOT of Sour cream (like Beef Stroganoff) I like to replace 1/2 to all of the sour cream with Fat Free Greek Yogurt.
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