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08.17.07
 

 
Check out these super-simple (& crazy-low-cal) salad dressing recipes from HG!   


We'll cut right to the chase here, people. Finding delicious salad dressings with decent nutritionals is next to impossible. So, we've whipped up some insanely easy recipes that taste great and have stats that are equally as impressive. Plus, they can double as sauces or dips for seafood, veggies, meats and more. Check 'em out...
Crazy-Good Carrot Orange Ginger Dressing

(2 tbsp: 20 calories, 0g fat, 75mg sodium, 5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 0g protein = 0 Points)

Carrots, orange juice and ginger -- together at last!

Ingredients:
1 cup freshly grated carrot
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tbsp. pickled ginger; roughly chopped (also called sushi ginger; found in the Asian section of the supermarket)
salt and pepper; to taste

Directions:
Place carrot and ginger in a blender, and cover with orange juice. Blend at slow speed until mixture is pureed. Increase blender speed until dressing is smooth. Season it up, and serve it up! Makes six 2-tablespoon servings.

HG Tip! Can't find pickled ginger at your local grocery store? No problem! Just head to your nearest sushi restaurant and ask for a side of ginger to go.
Creamy Red Pepper Salad Sprucer-Upper!

(2 tbsp: 14 calories, 0g fat, 34mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 1g protein = 0 Points)

This stuff is literally salad-ready in seconds...

Ingredients:
3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/3 cup (3 oz.) roasted red bell peppers (packed in water)
Optional: pepper, garlic powder and onion powder

Directions:
Place yogurt and peppers in a blender, and puree at low speed. Increase speed to achieve a smooth, thoroughly blended mixture. Season to taste with optional ingredients, and serve. Makes nine 2-tablespoon servings.

HG Tip! You can also serve it up as a light dip for crisp veggies. Hacked celery never had it so good.
Sassy Sweet Onion Salad Dressing

(2 tbsp: 17 calories, 0g fat, 15mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 0.5g protein = 0 Points)

This dressing is so good, it'll rock your face off!

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped yellow onion
4 garlic cloves; roughly chopped
1 tbsp. reduced-fat parmesan-style grated topping
2 tsp. fat-free non-dairy powdered creamer
salt, pepper and garlic powder; to taste
Optional: red pepper flakes

Directions:
In a microwave-safe dish, combine onion and garlic with 1/4 cup of water. Cover and microwave for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve creamer in 1/2 cup of warm water, and then stir in the parmesan. Once onion/garlic mixture has cooled, transfer the contents of the dish (including excess water) to a blender. Add parmesan/creamer mixture. Starting at low speed, blend until ingredients are mixed well. Bring blender to high speed, and continue blending until mixture is liquefied. Allow dressing to chill completely in the fridge before serving. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (add pepper flakes, if you like). Makes eight 2-tablespoon servings.

HG Tip! This one's extra good with lots of salt, pepper and garlic powder. And spice seekers will love the red pepper flakes 'n sweet onion combo.
Super Salsafied Balsamic Vinaigrette

(2 tbsp: 12 calories, 0.5g fat, 97mg sodium, 1.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 0.5g sugars, 0g protein = 0 Points)

Try it with all different salsas to switch it up every now and then!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup salsa
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. olive oil
salt and pepper; to taste

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender with 1/3 - 1/2 cup of water (depending on how thick and strongly flavored you like your vinaigrette). Blend at medium speed until mixture is liquefied. Chill, add as much salt and pepper as you like, and enjoy! Makes eight 2-tablespoon servings.

HG Tip! This dressing is also an awesome topper for steamed veggies. Mmmm...
CHEW ON THIS:
August 17th is National Vanilla Custard Day. Go crazy celebrating with a 60-calorie vanilla-flavored Jell-O Sugar Free Pudding Snack. Yay!
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