TIPsy Tuesday

TIPsy Tuesday
Tips, Tricks, and Culinary Cheats!

Instead of salad dressings, which are laden with fat and calories, try mixing 2 Tbsp of Greek yogurt with 2-3 Tbsp of your favorite (or homemade) salsa. It coats the salad well, gives you a boost of protein, some heat to aid in digestion, is fat free, and is only about 35-45 calories. So much healthier! You’re welcome. ***A 2-Tbsp serving of ranch dressing has about 3x the calories and 10+ grams of fat.***

Let’s talk egg slicers – you know those old school, harp looking things? You can use them for more than just making egg salad! Slice up mushrooms. Make short work out of an entire handful of olives. Create beautiful servings of strawberries. Egg slicers. So much quicker! Who knew?!?

Cookie cutters can turn a meal into a message of love! Make a quick omelet, nuke a frozen pancake, or construct a great sandwich, then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to turn it into an edible Valentine! Can be done for all the holidays, or for no reason at all. Have fun with it — your kids/spouse/friends will, too!

Holidays = Fruit Baskets. And messy counters. Take your leftover orange peels and make a fresh, all-natural cleaner! Place them in a jar or container, cover them with white vinegar, and store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. Strain the peels and transfer the vinegar into a spray bottle. For basic cleaning purposes, dilute the vinegar with water by 50%.

The other night I was out of onions. Who does this?? But I was, and I was cooking a dish that called for them. I did, however, have turnips. I diced and sautéed a turnip in a pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, and onion powder until golden tinged. They were a near-exact match for the flavor and texture I was needing in the dish!

No melon baller?  No problem!  Try using your measuring spoons.  Half – one tablespoon should give you a great size for fruit salad!

Eat your salad with a SPOON! I like to get up as many fresh veggies into my salads as possible, but can be hard to get all of that on a fork. Chop up your lettuce, dice up your veggies, and use a spoon instead. So much easier! You won’t regret it!

Instead of flour, use ground oatmeal for your breading and baking! Old fashioned oats in a food processor and/or spice grinder make an awesome, healthier replacement for your bleached white flour. Make everything from breaded veggies to pancakes to muffins with it!

Instead of mayo or sour cream, try using plain Greek yogurt. I like the FAGE brand. Saves you from unnecessary fat and calories, and gives a bonus punch of protein!