Condiments have always posed a bit of a challenge for me; I can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. I love to dip my vegetables or drench my salads in dressing; I love to drown my noodles in sauce, and I love to spread a nice thick layer of icing on my cake. The trouble is, those luxuries can add unnecessary calories to the involved food items incredibly quickly, especially when using potentially high-fat condiments such as mayonnaise. A tasteless, dry salad can be avoided, however, with a few simple modifications.
I have developed this Bottomless Stomach-friendly dressing that is rather basic, yet quite versatile in its uses. It works in most recipes that include mayonnaise, such as sandwiches and creamy salads (tuna or egg, for instance). It can also be used as a dressing for lettuce salads, or a dip for whatever you see fit for dipping.
The use of egg whites instead of whole eggs and silken tofu instead of oil creates a low-calorie, high-protein mayonnaise substitute. One tablespoon contains only 4 calories (compared to full-fat mayonnaise, which has about 100 calories per tablespoon)! This sauce also makes a great base to combine with additional seasonings to suit whatever recipe it is used for.
Next time you find yourself contemplating whether or not you want to spend excess calories on condiments, whip of a batch of this mayonnaise alternative, give yourself permission to slather it on like there is no tomorrow, and have no remorse.
Makes: Approximately 3 cups (24 ounces/48 tablespoons)
Equipment: Food processor or immersion blender
18 ounces light silken tofu, drained and patted dry
1/2 cup pasteurized liquid egg whites
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons glucomannan powder
15 drops liquid stevia
Combine all ingredients except glucomannan powder in a large bowl (if using immersion blender) or food processor. Blend thoroughly until smooth.
Sprinkle in the glucomannan and continue blending immediately (to avoid clumping) until mixture begins to thicken.
Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Per tablespoon — 4 calories (1 from fat); 0.1g total fat (0g saturated); 44mg sodium; 6mg potassium; 0.3g total carbohydrate (0.1g dietary fiber, 0g sugar) 1g protein
Nutritional information provided by caloriecount.com