THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY MEAL CHALLENGE

YOU FOUND IT. RIGHT HERE! The challenge I gave myself was to create a delicious, satisfying, exciting, new yet familiar, holiday meal. 7 Dietary Restrictions  ANIMAL-FREE. GLUTEN-FREE. BREAD-FREE. PLANT MEAT AND DAIRY FREE. SOY-FREE. LOW FAT. Well, I did it. And you can do it too! Here it is!

Thousand Island Fruit Salad

Thousand Island Fruit Salad – reduced fat People use dressings, sauces and condiments on just about everything they eat. So that’s an area we can work on in lowering the fat and caloric content of what we put on our food. Nobody would suspect that there is a fat-reduced creamy sauce enveloping the fresh fruitsContinue reading “Thousand Island Fruit Salad”

Peach And Roasted Pepper Dressing

PEACH AND ROASTED PEPPER DRESSING A light, creamy, cheezy tasting dressing with no added fat or sugars. Looks like creamy French! Serve cold over traditional salads, or heated over pan-fried veggie meats or side dish vegetables! Makes 6 cups

Pickle Poppy Gel

Pickle Poppy Gel There’s s a reason why people like sweet pickles – they taste good. It’s not the cucumber; it’s the sweet sour vinegar brine. So why not make use of the pickle juice remaining in the jar after the pickles are gone? Save it up till you have two cups, then strain itContinue reading “Pickle Poppy Gel”

LATER SALADS

As long as you don’t apply the salad dressing, salads can be made ahead and saved for later. Simply assemble the salad minus the dressing, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate till ready to dress and eat. We often do this. Sometimes we don’t want a salad now, but know we’ll want one later, whileContinue reading “LATER SALADS”

Marinated Rainer Cherries

Cherries, Balsamic vinegar and orange rind, that’s all it takes to make some delicious tasting cherries. Marinate till soft. The juice from the cherries infuses into the vinegar, lightening the acidity and making them good to eat straight up! Serve over or in salads, over animal-free ice-cream or as a side condiment! Delicious all theContinue reading “Marinated Rainer Cherries”

EXTENDING A FAT-FREE BOTTLED DRESSING

Bottled dressings are expensive. And how many salads does one bottle dress? Not many. Why not use them as an ingredient in alt-dressings and dips/spreads, rather than using what comes straight from the bottle? Doctor them up to your tastes, extend them while reducing the calorie and fat content!! Works for me! Makes 2-1/2 cups

Lowering Calories In Bottled Dressing

How to lower calories in bottled dressing? Simply add vinegar. I use Balsamic vinegar that has no calories and add about a third of a whole bottle, shake and use. I usually wait till the bottle is a third gone, but I could just as easily pour it into a bowl, add the vinegar, thenContinue reading “Lowering Calories In Bottled Dressing”

Green Apple Cucumber Salad – low fat

GREEN APPLE CUCUMBER SALAD – low fat Sliced green apple, sliced seed cucumber, onion, tarragon and fresh lemon tossed with a low fat brown sugar curry-cinnamon yogurt dressing. Yikes. Smooth and buttery tasting! Serves 6

Potato Cucumber Salad With Fat-Free Dressing

POTATO CUCUMBER SALAD WITH FAT-FREE DRESSING • fat-free salad except for a few olives and what’s naturally in tofu • FAT-FREE DRESSING Boiled potatoes, fresh seeded cucumber, onion, spiced tofu, peas and Kalamata olives. Tossed with lime juice, sugar and Poupon mustard. Tasty and smooth! Tasty enough to put leftovers on a sandwich – withContinue reading “Potato Cucumber Salad With Fat-Free Dressing”

Fat-Free Sugar-Free Watermelon Dressing

Fat-Free Sugar-Free Watermelon Dressing I just made this and love the light creaminess. I’m back into salads now for the raw factor. I want to eat something substantially raw every day – I picked salad. But I like creamy dressing and most are high in calories and fat, considering how much I like on theContinue reading “Fat-Free Sugar-Free Watermelon Dressing”

Combination Chop Salad

COMBINATION CHOP SALAD Coleslaw, ham salad, baked potato salad, tofu egg salad plus green beans all chopped into one Combination Chop Salad. For the person who can’t make up their mind on what salad to pick, they get them all in one! ALL PLANTS! Makes 11 cups salad without dressing (dry mix)

AFC Dressing-Free Mac Salad

AFC DRESSING-FREE MAC SALAD Not your traditional Mac Salad. More veggies, less macaroni. Garlic basil tarragon. Sauteed onion and sweet red pepper till soft and sweet. Raw celery scallion, red pepper again. Black olive, cilantro. Sweet peas and green beans. Served just like that with no dressing. If it tastes good and it goes smoothlyContinue reading “AFC Dressing-Free Mac Salad”

Delight Soy Chicken And Green Bean Salad

Delight Soy Chicken And Green Bean Salad Most of us wouldn’t think of putting fresh green beans in a chicken salad, but it works. PLANT CHICKEN OF COURSE! High fiber and a nice crunch with tiny cuts. Give it a try, see what you think! We reduce the fat by using Poupon Dijon mustard inContinue reading “Delight Soy Chicken And Green Bean Salad”

Chick’n Green Olive Elbow Salad

CHICK’N GREEN OLIVE ELBOW SALAD Pan-fried chick’n and elbow macaroni tossed with tofu cubes, peas, celery, red onion and garlic stuffed green olives. The fat-free coating/dressing is nothing more than Balsamic vinegar, Poupon Dijon mustard with spices and basil. The total salad is low calorie compared to traditional mac salad – a refreshing mix ofContinue reading “Chick’n Green Olive Elbow Salad”

Apricot Barbecue Bean Salad

APRICOT BARBECUE BEAN SALAD Off the planet delicious! And satisfying! I am in love with this salad! Few ingredients, easy to make salad! You can take it anywhere! Makes 5-1/2 cups

LEMON CARAWAY COLESLAW – fat-free

LEMON CARAWAY COLESLAW – fat-free What’s the next best thing to mayo? Lemon pie filling! Yes, it works. Add a little vinegar, salt and pepper, herbs and/or spice and you can still enjoy your favorite salads with a creamy fat-free coating! Makes 6 loosely packed cups

SWEET COFFEE MUSTARD DRESSING

SWEET COFFEE MUSTARD DRESSING Looks like a lot of ingredients, but mostly seasoning and flavorings go into making this fat-free dressing as special as it is! Deep, dark, bold, complex! Like a full-bodied fine wine, it possesses elements that give it an aged flavor! Use over salad or dessert! Makes about 2-1/2 cups

Escarole Mandarin Orange Salad

ESCAROLE MANDARIN ORANGE SALAD Transforming bottled dressings, by adding low fat or no fat ingredients to extend the yield, while lowering the fat content, into a beautiful new creation without losing its familiarity! Then we drizzle it over an equally beautiful salad ingredient combination! Make as much dressing and as many salads as you want

MARINATED BEETS AND CITRUS FRUITS

MARINATED BEETS AND CITRUS FRUITS Whole canned beets, fresh orange and ruby red grapefruit combined with green pepper and sweet onion with a salted Balsamic and cinnamon dressing. Fat-Free! Sugar-Free! Makes 10 cups

Butter Bean Hummus

BUTTER BEAN HUMMUS Butter Bean and tofu are the base which increase the protein content in this nutritious snack food dip/spread aka mayo substitute. Roasted red peppers, tarragon, garlic, vegan yeast and extra virgin olive oil (not much) enhances flavor and texture worthy of a celebratory event. Makes 6 cups

Tofu Pup Sandwich Filling Or Salad

TOFU PUP SANDWICH FILLING OR SALAD Tofu Pups and green cabbage processed to a small dice, then mixed with Butter Bean Hummus! Serve in hot dog bun as a sandwich, or scoop onto a lettuce leave absent the bread! High protein, reduced fat. Nice! Makes 4-1/2 cups

FAT-FREE HAWAIIAN FRUIT DRESSING using Bragg Bottled Dressing

FAT-FREE HAWAIIAN FRUIT DRESSING using Bragg Bottled Dressing Easy, fresh, velvety smooth. Perfect dress for fresh fruit! Top with smoky brown sugar walnut crumbles takes the party to the roof top. A fresh spinach bed teams up well with the crumbles extending texture contrasts without cluttering it! Makes 2-1/4 cups dressing

Orange Saffron Ginger Beer Dressing

ORANGE SAFFRON GINGER BEER DRESSING Orange, and  carrot juices, banana and ginger beer blended with saffron threads, coriander and garlic creating a sweet, savory, tart fat-free salad dressing! Makes 4 cups

FANTA Orange Soda Salad Dressing

FANTA ORANGE SODA SALAD DRESSING fat free with sun-dried tomato, garlic and fresh orange – fat-free. A refreshing change in the way you dress your salads! Makes 6 cups

Winter Tomatoes Got You Down?

Why worry about the high price of winter tomatoes and unripened, flavorless choices, when grapes are on sale. That’s right, substitute grapes for tomatoes in any salad. It’s a nice switch from the traditional tomatoes that we seem to add to every salad we make, just because it’s a salad. Even Lilly Belle says yes!Continue reading “Winter Tomatoes Got You Down?”

Smoky Russian Dressing low-fat

SMOKY RUSSIAN DRESSING low-fat Steve likes bottled dressing and sometimes so do I. Wishbone Russian is one of them. To reduce the calories this time, I add a low calorie unsweetened Almondmilk by Blue Diamond (Almond Breeze), a few drops of liquid smoke, a little garlic powder, salt, then whisk till smooth. Perfect! I loveContinue reading “Smoky Russian Dressing low-fat”

PICKLED BEETS

PICKLED BEETS fat-free You don’t have to go through the entire canning process to make pickled beets. Prep, cook, place in a jar and refrigerate to use as wanted. Here we add sweet onion strips and sweet red pepper. Then as we use the beets, we add other ingredients to the pickling jar, such asContinue reading “PICKLED BEETS”

Minute Maid Limeade Dressing fat-free

MINUTE MAID LIMEADE DRESSING fat-free Minute Maid Limeade combined with pineapple explodes onto your greens like no other dressing. Use as dressing for any salad you like or over cooked veggies or as a dipper for fried tofu! Makes approx. 5 cups

Saffron Pickle Juice Dressing/Sauce Over Brussel Sprouts

SAFFRON PICKLE JUICE DRESSING/Sauce Save your pickle juice! Then make this delectable runny yolky textured dressing for salads and vegetables of all types! Cold or hot. There’s only 3.5 grams of fat in the entire amount! For home or restaurant. Everybody has leftover pickle juice. This is how you use it. YES. Makes 3-3/4 cups

GREEN TOFU CHOP

GREEN TOFU CHOP You can use this simple, semi-raw, green tofu chop as an appetizer spread for crackers, a salad in a lettuce cup or as a spread on a sandwich or hot dog bun with a  mustard squirt and dusted with smoked paprika. I also mix it with salad greens and a semi-sweet vinaigretteContinue reading “GREEN TOFU CHOP”

Strawberry Walnut Dressing

STRAWBERRY WALNUT DRESSING  Fresh strawberries, dried apricots, walnuts, onion, fresh ginger and chia seeds. Crush, then smooth it all up in a blender to create a thick, yet light, fruity dressing for green or fruit salads! No added oil or sugar! Makes approx. 1-3/4 cups per 1/4 cup = Cal. 57, Fat 3.11g

Fat-Free Blueberry And Roasted Pepper Dressing

FAT-FREE BLUEBERRY AND ROASTED PEPPER DRESSING Use this over any combination of vegetable/fruit salads. The red roasted pepper and blueberry – vegetable and fruit combo – allow for a wider range of uses. Rich-tasting almost animal-like as bad as that sounds, but as long as humans continue to eat animals, I’ll have no choice butContinue reading “Fat-Free Blueberry And Roasted Pepper Dressing”

Five Ingredient Fat-Free NECTARINE Salad Dressing

FIVE INGREDIENT FAT-FREE NECTARINE SALAD DRESSING Except for the vinegar, salt and pepper, it’s raw. White nectarines, sweet and ripe make the base to this easy, simple ‘come to my table’ fat-free salad dressing! Makes almost 4 cups 1/4 cup = Cal. 24.8, Fat 0g

Fresh Fruit And Veggie Yogurt Salad

FRESH FRUIT AND VEGGIE YOGURT SALAD Fresh corn with pineapple? Fresh apple with English cucumber? Kalamata olive and fresh basil? All marinated in dairy free yogurt with smoked paprika, coriander and brown sugar? Toss in some Himalayan salt? Super natural juice rush? That’s what I ate for breakfast for a week. I couldn’t stop myself.Continue reading “Fresh Fruit And Veggie Yogurt Salad”