Save Calories with Delicious Dips and Dressings

Save Calories with Dips and Dressings

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To save calories and still have lots to eat we need to get more low calorie vegetables and salads into our daily diet. These are especially nutritious raw or lightly cooked.

countries where salads are a big part of daily meals women know how to
dress them in hundreds of different ways. Tempting the palate with zesty, sour, tangy, tart, crunchy and creamy dressings

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Below you’ll find low calorie versions of popular dips and dressings and a short video about preparing and serving delicious crudites. Get even more ideas in these low calorie recipe books

Experiment with these dips and dressings, turn simple dishes into mouthwatering treats and save calories at the same time.

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Tomato Vinaigrette

  • 140g finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 1/2tbsps red wine vinegar
  • 1 dash worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small tsp ketchup
  • 1 small tsp Dijon mustard
  • A little fresh or dried basil
  • A little fresh or dried thyme

all ingredients thoroughly and serve with any salad for a fresh, tangy
taste. This is great served with meat or fish too. Serves 2 about 20
calories per serving.

Honey and Mustard Dressing

  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

the zest of half the lime and all the juice with the honey mustard and
oil with a whisk or whizz for more volume. Use the tangy flavour to jazz
up salads or as a marinade for chicken. Serves 2 about 120 calories
per serving.

Creamy Dip

  • 125g cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 small tsp lemon juice

all the ingredients until smooth and serve with sticks of celery,
carrot, peppers or cucumber. Makes a very satisfying, creamy topping for
a small baked potato or spread thickly on crispbreads for a snack.
Serves 2 about 70 calories per serving.

Tzatziki skinny

  • 125g 0% Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp chopped mint
  • salt and pepper

all ingredients and leave in the fridge for at least an hour to blend
flavours. Serve with very thin slices of cucumber to accompany any spicy
meal or meat dish. Great in a baked potato or in a small pitta with
salad leaves. Serves 2 about 90 calories per serving.

Create your own

The best salad would taste bland and
dull without a good salad dressing. But to save calories you don’t have
to use cream or mayonnaise.

Classic vinaigrette is based
on 1 dessert spoon of vinegar to 3 of oil. However saving calories means
reducing fat so try replacing 1 or 2 dessert spoons of oil with a
little mustard or vegetable stock(cooked down to be concentrated.) For a
creamier dressing try low fat yoghurt, quark, buttermilk or even a
splash of mineral water.

Saving calories and adding interest

To stretch a dressing and save calories try adding a little orange juice, apple juice, tomato juice, mango chutney or honey.

Always buy the best oil you can afford, cold pressed virgen oil is
best but there are lots of other good oils like walnut oil or pumpkin
seed oil to ring the changes. Try vinegar with berries or herbs, these
add loads of taste and save calories at the same time.

whisk is good for mixing ingredients but a blender will froth up the
dressing giving it a silky, voluminous appearence.Try creating your own
dressings based on these tips.

Enjoy your salads and saving calories!

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