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Old 07-26-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Favorite substitutions?

I thought we might all learn from each other our tips and tricks to reduce calories so in the spirit of "eat this, not that" I was hoping we could all offer up some of the relatively painless substitutions we have found to save calories and our sanity.

For instance, instead of pizza with toppings I chose tomatoe pie (which has no cheese) when I have a pizza craving and add some hot peppers and a sprinkle of Parmesan and happily munch away for less than half the calories! This would even fit into a DD.

What's your fav substitution?
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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I wrap turkey meat in huge lettuce leaves, add some 5 calorie bbq sauce, loads of pickles, tomatoes, onions and skip the cheese and have a really good sandwich for 65 calories or less.

Also if I'm craving pizza, you put a joseph's LC pita with a little low cal tomato sauce and and 50 calorie cheese stick shredded up in the oven for pizza at only around 120 calories. Close your eyes and you would almost believe it was real.

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Instead of pasta, I have been using zucchini shreds with spaghetti sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. about 100-120 calories depending on how much sauces and cheese I use.
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Instead of using low fat dressings, which I loathe, I thin regular dressings with vinegar and or lemon juice.
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Instead of using low fat dressings, which I loathe, I thin regular dressings with vinegar and or lemon juice.

I have been doing this with my fav caesar dressing for some time.

I love, love, love chips and dip. Especially when I am starved for salt. So, I take turkey pepperoni's and nuke them for 1 min or less. They can be made in the oven as well. Taste exactly like chips. I dip them in my fav salsa for DD and UD -- full fat sour cream & salsa mixed!

17 chips for 70 cals.

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Instead of pasta, I have been using zucchini shreds with spaghetti sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
This! I totally love zucchini noodles!
They taste great with so many different sauces and give me an extra portion of vegetables.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:28 AM   #7
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Zucchini chips. I have a dehydrator and make chips for salsa. I still can't seem to keep them crisp after drying but I like them and they are LOW in calories. I also like the yellow summer squash chips.
made sugar free zucchini candy in the dehydrator yesterday and it is going to be good when I want something to chew on and they are really low in calories also. I used used SF jello for flavor although I guess I should have used more since they are not all that flavorful but still good..

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Adi, can you post the sf zuc candy recipe?

I have made a sort of sf jam using Torani blackberry syrup and grated zucchini.
I'm imagining that I could make some sort of candy out of something like that...hmmm...
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Adi, can you post the sf zuc candy recipe?

I have made a sort of sf jam using Torani blackberry syrup and grated zucchini.
I'm imagining that I could make some sort of candy out of something like that...hmmm...
The original recipe calls for unsweetened koolaid and sugar. BUT I didn't have any koolaid so I used a package of SF jello. The ones made with the sugar are gummier if that is a word because it is kind of like gummy worms.
I didn't measure my water but I am guessing about 3 cups to one pkg of SF jello. Use those great big zucchini, peel and cut in 3 or 4 inches sticks from the zucchini meat around the outside. Throw the seeds and center pith away or feed to the chickens like I do. Boil the zucchini sticks until they are kind of translucent. I didn't time it either. Drain and put on the drying racks. I also didn't time the drying since I was also drying zucchini chips. The original recipe said to put the finished sticks into a plastic bag, add powdered sugar and shake so I put them into a plastic bag and added one of those individual SF wal mart brand crystal light lookalikes in cherry limeade for a little extra flavor. They are chewy and decent for very low calories. The sugar ones are delicious of course but way too much sugar unless you just had one every once in awhile. And you would never know they are zucchini.
The kool aide would probably work if you added artificial sweetener but I didn't have anything but some small packets so knew I could not try that one.
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Instead of a high calorie ranch dressing; I have tried ranch dressing mix with greek yogurt and with cottage cheese put in the food processor. Both are higher protein, lower calorie, lower fat, etc. I like the taste of the cottage cheese dressing better...but I prefer the smooth texture of the greek yogurt. Maybe I should try combining half of each for the best of both worlds.
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What great ideas everyone!
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I eat my tuna or chicken salad on cucumber slices instead of bread or crackers.

Also, teeny burger patties can be served on dill pickle chips as "bread" with a dot of mustard inside.
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I eat my tuna or chicken salad on cucumber slices instead of bread or crackers.

Also, teeny burger patties can be served on dill pickle chips as "bread" with a dot of mustard inside.
I love dill pickle chips, so I will def try this. thank you jhoerer!
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Has anyone noticed how far that little triangle of Laughing Cow cheese ( actually found a brand called Crystal Farms) can be spread or melted????

I am so enjoying my Everything Bagel Thin... toasted (110 cal) with a cheese triangle spread on it...YUM. And quite the treat for 150 calories
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Has anyone noticed how far that little triangle of Laughing Cow cheese ( actually found a brand called Crystal Farms) can be spread or melted????

I am so enjoying my Everything Bagel Thin... toasted (110 cal) with a cheese triangle spread on it...YUM. And quite the treat for 150 calories
Big YESSSS!!! I just began using it instead of mayo this week (on sandwiches etc). I'm very excited.

I also like the Light Cream cheese spread which is about 30 calories per tblsp. I completely forgot about this. I put it on a ham sandwich which I warmed in the microwave. The cheese sort of melts on the warm ham. Tooooo good!!

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A friend of mine once mentioned that she uses half a bell pepper as a "shell" for chicken salad, tuna salad, etc (instead of bread).

Haven't tried it myself, as raw peppers don't agree with me much, but it sounds very crunchy & refreshing!!!
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A friend of mine once mentioned that she uses half a bell pepper as a "shell" for chicken salad, tuna salad, etc (instead of bread).

Haven't tried it myself, as raw peppers don't agree with me much, but it sounds very crunchy & refreshing!!!
I've eaten this and it is really good, and as you wrote refreshing. I've got some green peppers in the fridge and may be making this today.

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