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Friday, April 15, 2011

Lowfat & Healthy Dressing Recipes! Not Just For Salad Anymore!!!

As promised, I have a few Dressing/Sauce recipes for you!!  I experimented with my new find; Coconut Secrets Coconut Aminos, which is a Soy Sauce Substitute and is dairy, soy & gluten free.  If you don't have an allergy or intolerance to Soy Sauce, you can use that in place of the Coconut Aminos! This girl doesn't eat Soy anything!!  But that's your call.

You can use the following Dressing recipes over a salad or as a sauce; I like to put a Tablespoon of it over my protein, or over a side of sliced tomatoes, cucumbers or Bell Peppers! It adds tremendous flavor and for me, it prevents boredom, and we all know that boredom usually leads to failure when it comes to weight loss! Right????  

The following recipes are not my own; They are the recipes of Susana Belen, Founder of The We Care Holistic Spa, and author of the book, "Detox & Revitalize, The Holistic Guide for Renewing Your Body, Mind and Spirit." She is truly an amazing person and unbelievably creative in the kitchen.  You can order her book at http://www.wecarespa.com/ I highly recommend it!

A good quality blender is needed for these recipes!  I have a Vita-Mix Blender and to me, this is the best blender ever made. It is of commercial quality and it does amazing things!  It's an investment, but well worth it. The Magic Bullet Blender is also a good blender for making Dressings, if you're looking for something that costs a little less! (Actually a lot less)

You will lose your mind over these yummy recipes!  I'm not kidding! Soooo good!

Cilantro Dressing/Sauce
Juice from 2 Lemons
1 cup of Water
1 chopped Red Onion
2 fresh green Chile's, seeds removed
1 small bunch of Cilantro
1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper
2 cloves of garlic (or Garlic powder)
1 small bunch of Parsley
Mix in a blender until chopped coarse, and serve.



Avocado Green Dressing/Sauce
2 teaspoons of Coconut Aminos or Lite Soy Sauce
1 medium ripe Avocado
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1 clove of Garlic (or Garlic Powder)
1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Mix in a blender until smooth and serve.

Lemon Garlic Dressing
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 clove Garlic (or Garlic Powder)
1 Clove
1 chopped Yellow Onion
1 tsp. Oregano
1/2 tsp. kelp
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
Mix in blender until smooth.  Refrigerate for 1 hour, and serve.

Tahini Dressing/Sauce
12 oz. Raw Tahini Sesame Butter
Juice from 3 Lemons
1/2 cup of Coconut Aminos or Lite Soy Sauce
dash of Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper, & Kelp
Mix well in blender until smooth.  Keep refrigerated.  This is yummy over Quinoa, in soups, as a salad dressing, and as a sauce served over your protein.  This dressing/sauce would count as added fat to your meal, so keep that in mind. Due to the fat content, I prefer to use this one as a sauce only, pouring 1 Tablespoon over my protein or over a side of sliced cucumbers, Tomatoes, or Bell Peppers. It's great over steamed or roasted veggies as well.

Italian Herbal Dressing
2 Large Tomatoes
1/2 peeled Cucumber
1 chopped Yellow Onion
1 Clove Garlic (or Garlic Powder)
1 tsp. Dill
2 Tbsp. of Organic Lemon Juice
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Sea Salt
Pinch of White & Black Pepper
2 Tbsp. of Olive Oil (optional, but I think you need it)
Mix in blender. Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve.

Remember this; Dressings aren't just for salads anymore!  They can be used over your steamed veggies, over your protein, or over a side of sliced raw veggies as well! 
Please note: If you suffer from IBS, you should avoid the recipes that call for onions, or you can substitute with onion powder. Everyone is different, but most people with IBS cannot tolerate onions, or raw garlic.  I do well however, with both garlic & onion powder.
Enjoy these yummy Dressing/Sauce recipes while getting lean & healthy!!

Until next time,
Be Well :)