aka CILANTRO YOGURT DRESSING fat-free
How can such a deliciously creamy dressing have no fat? Unless you count the fat that’s naturally in plain plant yogurt, it doesn’t. A creamy fresh tasting cilantro dressing for all occasions. Over salad, shredded cabbage, mixed into rice, served over beans, spooned over cooked veggies, used as a mayo substitute on sandwiches or a dipping sauce for plant meat. I love the stuff!! Right out of the jar.
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Makes 3 cups
CILANTRO YOGURT DRESSING
2 c. plain plant yogurt – I used Forager brand
1 bunch fresh cilantro, washed and trimmed
• remove blemished/soiled leaves and stems and all dirt
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1 t. salt
1 T. granulated sugar
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 c. coarsely cut sweet onion
fresh grind black pepper
1- Combine all ingredients in blender container and blend till smooth, scraping insides down with a spatula every few seconds, till it’s submerged. When creamy it’s done. Salt to taste.
2- Pack into covered jars and refrigerate.
A low calorie, satisfying snack or lunch: Grill a Lightlife Smart Dog hot dog, cut into halves from end to end, then in halves crosswise. Use GREEN GOD DRESSING™ as a dipping sauce. Tastes and textures so good. I buy a lot of these low calorie, low fat plant hot dogs. I could drink this dressing!
GREEN GOD TOFU SANDWICH
Use GREEN GOD DRESSING AS A FAT-FREE MAYO SUBSTITUTE. Toast a bun, smear both halves with GGD, top one half with pan-fried tofu planks topped with thin red radish slices; top the other half with thinly sliced English cucumber and fine strips red onion. Sprinkle with fresh grind black pepper and coarse pink Himalayan salt. Close, cut and serve.
PAN-FRIED TOFU PLANKS:
14 oz. extra firm water-packed tofu, rinsed, wrapped in towel to absorb excess moisture, then cut into 1/4 inch thick planks, the short way not the long way from end to end
1- Melt 2 T. extra virgin olive oil in large non-stick skillet.
Add to melted oil:
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1/2 t. smoked paprika
- 2 t. granulated sugar
- 1/2 t. salt
- fresh ground black pepper
2- Stir well to dissolve.
3- Place planks equidistant apart in skillet, cook for about 4 minutes, then carefully turn each plank.
4- Keep cooking till all liquid evaporates, being careful not to burn the planks. Turn to evenly cook each side.
5- Adjust for salt, then remove to platter or use immediately on sandwiches.
Notes: Adding liquid to the pan with the seasonings allows them to dissolve into the liquid without having to stir around the tofu, breaking the tofu up, and more evenly season the planks. Then cook till all liquid evaporates and you have a superior seasoning coat.
GREEN GOD TOFU SALAD
Plate your favorite garden salad. Toss tofu cubes separately with GREEN GOD DRESSING™ and top the salad with the coated cubes. Add additional dressing around the greens.
For a low calorie protein boost mix pan-fried tofu cubes with cut JUMBO SMART DOG hot dogs by LIGHTLIFE. Toss with GREEN GOD DRESSING™. Top with plant parmesan shreds. I used Follow Your Heart brand.
PAN-FRIED TOFU CUBES FOR SALADS:
14 oz. extra firm water packed tofu – rinse, pat dry with towel and squeeze just a bit without breaking it, then cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 T. plant margarine
1 t. salt
fresh grind black pepper to taste
1 t. turmeric
1/2 t. dry mustard
1 t. smoked paprika
1 t. garlic powder
2 T. apple cider vinegar – the cheap kind
2 t. liquid smoke
2 t. granulated sugar
1- In large skillet, over medium heat, melt margarine. Add all ingredients except the tofu. Remove from heat and swirl around pan to wet all the seasoning with the oil, vinegar and liquid smoke.
2- Now add tofu cubes and gently stir and turn to coat all cubes.
3- Return to medium heat and cook till all liquid evaporates and surfaces dry somewhat.
- Be careful not to burn. I used a non-stick skillet with good results, but it isn’t necessary; just stay by the stove and keep an eye out.
GREEN GOD MAYO™
Now, if you want a thicker mayo this is what to do:
In blender container place:
1 c. GREEN GOD DRESSING™
12.3 oz. extra firm Silken type tofu, rinsed and broken into pieces as you place it in the unit
2 T. apple cider vinegar, the cheap kind
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. salt plus to taste
Blend till smooth, pushing down insides of container with spatula every few seconds till it blends smoothly without needing an additional push.
• Resist adding more liquid, you’ll get there.
Perfectly thick, smooth, tasty for all your sandwich needs.
Hey, howbout’ macaroni/potato/coleslaw salads? Bet it would work perfectly!
Yes, we achieved our sublime goal here!
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