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super awesome low-fat (nearly raw) cheesy garlicky kale salad!
I was playing around with ingredients in my kitchen and created this freaking delicious dressing for my kale salad that I had to share!
(the dressing makes about 3 servings)
- 1 head of kale
- 1 cup cauliflower
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp liquid aminos
- juice of 1 lemon
- about 1/4-1/2 cup water depending on how thick you like your dressing, I prefer mine thinner so I make a bigger batch.
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (sunflower or sesame will work fine as well)
Put all of the ingredients minus the kale in a high speed blender and blend till creamy and smooth. Now you should have something that looks a little like this! This recipe makes about 3 servings, so just store the rest in a container and it should keep about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Next step is to massage about 1/3 of the dressing you’ve made into the (chopped) kale with your hands-don’t be afraid to get messy! You could just eat the salad like this (which I do all the time) or you can add in some other things! I added some grape tomatoes and chopped scallions.
Lowfat Pumpkin Oatmeal Spice Cookies
1 cup pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling…)
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup white wheat flour (you could use all purpose if preferred)
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Optional Mix Ins – 1 cup of pecans, walnuts, raisins or chocolate chips
Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl combine pumpkin, eggs and vanilla until well combined. In a separate bowl combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and spices and mix ins.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients until just moistened. The mixture is fairly dry, and I found that it worked best to finish combining the mixture by hand in order to get everything fully combined.
Drop onto baking sheets by spoonfuls, about 2″ apart. I flattened mine a bit with the bottom of a glass that I had lightly sprayed with cooking spray. These cookies don’t really spread, so they will come out of the oven pretty much the same shape and size they go in.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Optional: Add a glaze, icing or frosting of your choice.
Berries 'n' cream... and cake
This isn’t exactly a recipe…it’s more like how to put something fancy looking together with minimal effort required.
- Individual sponge cakes (found in the bakery section, $2 for 6)
- Cool whip (make it low fat!)
- Frozen berries
- Lemon juice
- For every 1 cup of berries add one tsp each of sugar and lemon juice to make the berries syrupy. It will take about 30 minutes to syrupify, so cover it up and put it in the fridge.
- Sponge cake, dollop of cool whip, spoonful of berries.
This healthy thing I made for dinner
Fish with Tomato Lime Sauce, Spinach, and Brown Rice
Six to eight ounces of fish (tilapia, haddock, etc)
Eight to ten medium tomatoes OR any amount of tomatoes measuring at least one cup chopped. (this is a fantastic way to use tomatoes that are mushy and on the border of getting thrown away)
4 cups of spinach (I wilted mine in the microwave to get some of the water out)
About 3/4 to 1 cup of cooked brown rice per person
salt, black pepper, garlic powder, any sort of hot pepper (dry or fresh) and/or onion also works in this as seasoning
Chop fish into equal-sized pieces. Pepper and set aside.
Dice tomatoes and add to a nonstick skillet. Season with desired spices, and cook on medium heat until soft. Add fish, cover, and simmer.
In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave spinach until limp. Discard excess water.
When fish looks cooked, add spinach and simmer another two minutes or so to allow flavors to come together.
Serve about one cup of mixture over serving of rice. Garnish with lime juice.
In a fit of stupidity I bought a packet of “lean” caramel icecream.
It came in a blue tub (Why anyone thinks caramel icecream of all flavours would look appealing in a blue tub is beyond me…) adorned with the silhouette of a very slim woman (also blue).
I usually opt for the real thing. Fullfat icecream? YEAH! But I split it with my bofriend/only buy the small container.
Why did I buy this “linessa ” thingy? Maybe I wanted to eat a whole container of icecream and only consume 900calories for a total of 900ml? Yeah, that would be it…
But let me tell you: it tastes digusting! Way to sweet (somebody must have poured an entire bottle of sweetener in it), way to creamy (I don’t know how they did that. Air-whipped maybe?) and WAY to jelly-like. I did not even eat a third of it. 300 wasted calories. I could have eaten 2 scoops of perfectly good vanilla icecream instead…