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Old 01-07-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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Low Cal Salad Dressing

I am trying to create a low calorie salad dressing. Most of what I am reading has oil in it. What is a good substitute for the oil? I am just advancing from VLCD to LCD with Ketosis. Please assist.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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Plain fresh lemon juice is nice, with a bit of freshly ground pepper.

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Old 01-07-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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I just tried this tonight (I'm on induction) - the boys asked for seconds - no way!!


6 pork chops, about 1/2 inch thick
salt and pepper (I used a diff seasoning for meat)
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced (I used a small tsp from a jar)
3 tablespoons butter
1 bay leaf (I didnt have any so left it out)
3/4 cup chicken broth or bouillon (I used bouillon)
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons sweet paprika

Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper.
Sauté onion in butter until soft and golden; add minced garlic.
Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
Add pork chops to skillet; brown on all sides.
Pour off excess fat (I didnt have much so forgot), lower heat, then add cooked onions and garlic, bay leaf, and chicken broth to skillet with chops.
Cover and cook over low heat for about 35 - 40 minutes.
Transfer chops to a hot serving platter; keep hot (I had a platter in the over at 200 for the last 10 min. cooking time.
Cook pan juices over high heat until reduced to about half.
Lower heat and add sour cream and paprika. Stirring constantly, cook until heated through, but do not boil.
Pour over chops. Serves 4 to 6.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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Sorry - I have NO idea why I posted this here except that I had a couple threads open and got confusaled and wasnt able to figure out how to delete :">

I love bleu cheese dressing - just mix these together (I always double the blue cheese)

1 pint Mayo 1 tsp Worstshire Sauce
1 pint Sour Cream ½ tsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Horseradish 4 oz Bleu Cheese
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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I also am on the quest to find a low calorie salad dressing and to avoid bad oils (I've read that the usual oils used like soybean oil or canola oil are bad for us).

I recently made a dip with one large avocado mashed up and a 7 oz tub of 2% Greek yogurt, then I added a packet of Ranch dressing mix. (I'll work on making my own seasonings next time, I realize the packets have bad stuff too, but the main point of this was seeing if the mix was palatable) This makes a thick dip, but I want to try thinning it out with some buttermilk too. I really like the mouthfeel that the avocado provides and the avocado flavor actually is not very pronouced. I have tried using just yogurt before and its just not the same as the smooth mayo-type texture of dressings.

Sometimes I just buy store bought dressing and dump the oil off the top. I will add a little water if its too strong, but usually its fine.

Xanthum gum is what many commercial low calorie dressings use to make them thicker. I've also used it before to thicken up a vinaigrette.

Something like pureed raspberries for a raspberry vinaigarette would also help to add body to the dressing. You might play around with pureed veggies or fruits.
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