Try these lighter versions of your favorite portable dishes
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
If I had a dollar for every time someone said, "Just bring a side dish," I would be able to get that adorable pink iPod mini.
And for good reason: Whether it's a church social, a family cookout, or a neighborhood get-together, the menu always seems to work out well when guests are asked to contribute a side dish.
One thing I've learned is that if you ask people to sign up to bring either a side dish or a dessert, the dessert column always fills up first. I haven't quite figured out why that is.
At your typical potluck, you might see pasta salad, fruit salad, potato salad, green salad, coleslaw, some garlic bread, and the obligatory crock pot filled with baked beans. The dessert table might include cobbler, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, a couple of sheet cakes, and some Rice Krispies treats. Sound familiar?
Today, we're going to give a few of these favorite potluck dishes a Weight Loss Clinic Makeover. We'll start with some general tips for healthier potluck cooking, then move on to a few recipes.
Side dish/main dish makeover tips:
Dessert makeover tips:
To get you started on the road to light potlucking, here are a handful of recipes (a bread, a couple of salads, and a dessert) just perfect for your next get-together!
Garlic Cheese Bread
1/3 cup less-fat margarine (with 8 grams of fat per tablespoon)
Yield: 12 servings
Per serving: 182 calories, 9 g protein, 20 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 2.8 g saturated fat, 11 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 355 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 35%.
This is a very popular potluck recipe in some areas of the United States. Now you have a lighter version to bring, and no one will be the wiser.
Layer #1: 8 cups of shredded Romaine or green leaf lettuce
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