It. Has. Been. Rough.
Two work parties, celebrating Steve's victory over the CPA exam, and thankful doctors/families that enjoy leaving large platters of sugary confections add up. So I've been logging incredible amounts of time at the gym with the determination of Lindsay Lohan to avoid jail time.
Lighten Up Holiday Baking from ABC
USE THIS GUIDE FOR RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:
INSTEAD OF butter, shortening, USE margarine (with oil as first ingredient)
INSTEAD OF 1 Tbsp margarine:, USE three-fourths Tbsp Oil (safflower, corn, soy, sunflower)
INSTEAD OF 1 cup margarine, USE three-fourths Tbsp Oil (safflower, corn, soy, sunflower)
INSTEAD OF one-half cup margarine, USE margarine (with oil as first ingredient)
INSTEAD OF Baking chocolate, 1oz, USE 3 Tbsp cocoa (mix with dry ingredients)
INSTEAD OF Whole milk, 1 cup, USE Fat-free milk, 1 cup
INSTEAD OF Evaporated milk, 1 cup, USE Evaporated skim milk, 1 cup OR 1 cup fat-free milk + 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
INSTEAD OF Whipped cream, 1 cup, Combine 1/3 cup ice water, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, three-quarters tsp. vanilla and 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder. Beat until stiff. Add 2 Tbsp sugar.
INSTEAD OF Buttermilk, 1 cup, USE 1 cup skim milk + 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar. Let stand 5 minutes. Beat briskly.
INSTEAD OF Sour Cream, 1 cup, USE 1 cup light or fat-free sour cream OR 1cup plain nonfat yogurt OR blenderize 1 cup ricotta cheese thinned with yogurt or buttermilk OR Blenderize 1 cup chilled evaporated skim milk with 1 tsp. lemon juice
INSTEAD OF Cream cheese, 1 oz, USE 1 oz light or fat-free cream cheese OR blenderize 1 cup ricotta cheese, add 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and whip until smooth. Chill.
INSTEAD OF Cream soup, 1 cup, USE Combine 2 Tbsp margarine, 2 Tbsp flour and 1 cup fat-free milk to make white sauce. Add ¼ cup celery, diced mushrooms or chicken bouillon powder OR Thicken chicken or beef broth with cornstarch OR Puree cooked rice and add spices
INSTEAD OF Egg, 1 whole, USE 2 egg whites OR one-quarter cup egg substitute
INSTEAD OF Sugar, 2 Tbsp, USE Use one-quarter to one-third less OR Reduce need for sugar by cutting back on sour or bitter flavors (lemon, vinegar) OR Increase the vanilla, cinnamon or other flavorings to give the impression of sweetness
INSTEAD OF Gelatin and pudding, 1 cup, USE Use unsweetened gelatin, fruit juice and pudding
To enhance flavors, Make use of herbs, spices (especially those with strong flavors), fruits or vegetables and their juices and de-fatted broth.