SO: Healthy Substitutes.....

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I got the idea from the pizza thread about posting some healthy substitutes for the unhealthy/high carb/high calorie ones.

I posted about trying to find a tasty subsitute for pizza dough. I also posted about some nacho chips for healthy dips. I just made a mock ceasar dressing which turned out pretty good. It contains avocado, dijon mustard, garlic, s/p.

I'd love to hear more ideas....
Cauliflower "rice," food processed mushrooms in place of or mixed with ground beef, potato replacements: turnip fries, mashed or shredded cauliflower/celery root/turnip/jicama, zucchini/squash "tots," spaghetti squash or other vegetables as pasta.

I usually put non-starchy vegetables into everything to kind of bulk it up, but that wouldn't really be a "substitution."

Oh I saw a recipe for a lighter version of guacamole in a magazine at the nail salon. It still had avocado, but also some other fresh veggies to lighten the total caloric load. It looked and sounded delicious. I'll have to do a search to see if I can find it!

I know this one has been discussed before, but making banana "ice cream" is so easy and yum~! Simply freeze some bananas and then puree them in the food processor. Sometimes I'll add a little almond or coconut milk to think it out a bit. (I'm dying to try this with frozen mango and strawberries too)

I often make chili just using 1/2 a pound of ground turkey (the 93/7 one) and half a pound of ground turkey breast. I bulk it up with tons spices and veggies... onions, garlic, celery, green, red and yellow peppers, carrots, tomatoes, jalapenos, green chilis. So you can get a really filling and delicious bowl of chili for not too many calories.
I've heard of the cauliflower rice. I miss eating rice pilaf, so I need to attempt this.

I'd love to see the guacamole recipe. Jim and I make a lot of it on the weekends. That's what got me started looking for a flourless chip.
My favorite place to get low carb recipes/substitutes -- Your Lighter Side | Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Low-Carb, Atkins, Diabetic, Ketogenic Healthy Eating

I make a big pan of low carb shepherd's pie at least once a month and freeze it. In a baking pan add a layer of hamburger/turkey burger cooked with onions (I add some jalapenos). Then a layer of green beans. Then a layer of mashed cauliflower. I sprinkle some parm cheese and jalapeno peppers on top. Bake 350 for 30 min.
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Thanks for the website, Jeep. There are so many recipes & subs I want to try.

Check out this recipe...

http://yourlighterside.com/2013/05/pizza-sliders/

Last edited by Lotsawaves; 05-08-2013 at 01:23 PM.
Welcome! Some of my very favorite all time recipes have come from there. The mascarpone chocolate bites are such a fantastic sweet treat. I melt a very high cacao chocolate bar and drizzle it on top (easier than making the chocolate coating in the recipe). And I use fat free cream cheese if I'm watching my fat in addition to carbs.
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I know this one has been discussed before, but making banana "ice cream" is so easy and yum~! Simply freeze some bananas and then puree them in the food processor.
Originally Posted by LAwoman
I add peanut butter and BK adds Nutella She wrote it down for her Kindergarten cookbook of her favorite recipe!
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My favorite place to get low carb recipes/substitutes -- Your Lighter Side | Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Low-Carb, Atkins, Diabetic, Ketogenic Healthy Eating

I make a big pan of low carb shepherd's pie at least once a month and freeze it. In a baking pan add a layer of hamburger/turkey burger cooked with onions (I add some jalapenos). Then a layer of green beans. Then a layer of mashed cauliflower. I sprinkle some parm cheese and jalapeno peppers on top. Bake 350 for 30 min.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
that sounds sooo good. bookmarking this site!
Guano: When I saw this thread I thought it meant healthy substitutes for significant others (SO). I expected a thread on vibrators!
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The main healthy switch we've made is to eat whole grains. Brown rice, whole-wheat pasta and breads, etc.
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Not a sub but I always add spinach to smoothies and flaxmeal to cereals bc you don't notice either one and they provide nutritional benefits.
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SL, my green smoothie includes spinach and kale. Since I also add frozen berries I can't taste the green stuff. I pack a lot in my smoothie. Along with the berries and greens I add a pure gelatin (lots of good protein), powdered green food, coconut oil, and fiber. I want to make one for the grandkids and see if they like it.

I'm trying out a creamy coleslaw dressing this weekend at a cookout.

1/2 C raw cashews
1/4 C water
1/4 C diced red onion
3 TBS raw apple cider vinegar
2 TBS honey
1/2 tsp sea salt.

You just add all the ingredients into a blender then toss it into the slaw.
I'm not a big fan of substitutions or "mock" recipes because they just never taste as good as the real thing!

But I do really like cauliflower "rice" as a side dish. I make it with onions and celery and diced peppers so it has a little more crunch.

We also use quite a bit of avocado as a sandwich spread instead of mayo or cream cheese. And we use salsas instead of sauces or gravies.


I agree, Mad..The ceasar dressing I made wasn't that good, but I'm working on it and it's getting better. I've been eating on it for the last 2 days now. I can do the balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressings, but I wanted to try something creamier. My big problem has been with breads. I'm on a quest for a "good" substitute. I like the lettuce wraps, but sometimes I want something more like bread. I know people are eating whole grains and thinking it's better, but I don't believe that. That's just my humble opinion. I really need to try the pizza dough recipe, but not sure if I will have time to make it this weekend. Lots going on.
I'm not a big fan of substitutions or "mock" recipes because they just never taste as good as the real thing!

But I do really like cauliflower "rice" as a side dish. I make it with onions and celery and diced peppers so it has a little more crunch.

We also use quite a bit of avocado as a sandwich spread instead of mayo or cream cheese. And we use salsas instead of sauces or gravies.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
I generally agree, too, and rarely try them. I just give stuff up. Like bread. And I miss it so. If I could just have 4 days/week bread immunity, I would be so happy. The only times I'm slim is when i'm doing bread-free low carb.
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SL...I'm going to find us a bread substitute.
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I agree about subs. I will only eat alternatives I enjoy. Mashed cauliflower, yes. Light wheat bread, ok. Pork rinds as breading, yep. Shirataki noodles, oh good heavens no. So gross to me.
I avoid many of the low-fat no-fat foods that have so many more ingredients than the real 'whole' food. I never buy bottled dressings of any kind. If it doesn't taste food to me, I don't want to eat it no matter how 'healthy' it is.
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