One of the biggest requests I have been getting from readers “what can I make for the holiday season”……….oh my! My response “what can’t you make”. By choosing low fat options, you are not saying can’t but can. Like, I can eat that if I do this or I can eat that if it’s prepared like this. PLEASE do not look at the world of delectable foods and think the word can’t!
Here is an example of how we can change a recipe so that we can eat it with pleasure. I used to always make a warm clam dip for gatherings in the fall and winter. I love this dip (you do have to like clams) and it taste heavenly. All I had to do to change the recipe was to use Fat Free Philadelphia Cream Cheese and wha la, it was good bye fat and hello clam dip! This recipe is easy and if you like clams you will love this dip.
Warm Clam Dip
1 can of minced or whole clams drained (reserve 1-2 tlb of juice)
1 8oz block of Fat Free Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 green onion finely chopped using greens too
1/8- 1/4 cup beer
dash of garlic salt
In a bowl stir cream cheese, clams, onion and garlic salt together. Gradually add 1-2 tlb. of clam juice. Because no fat cream cheese is not as dense and thick as cream cheese with all the fat in, how much beer you add will vary. Remember as this bakes it will thicken up but you do not want the dip to be like soup when you bake it (the dip will not thicken up that much). Add your beer slowly and keep stirring until the dip is the consistency of instant pudding. If you are having problems and add too much liquid – don’t panic, just add a bit more cream cheese or if you don’t have any more block then use some of the no fat whipped from the tub you keep on hand 🙂
Bake the dip in a heat proof bowl at 275 degrees or put the dip into a small crock pot on low for about 30-40 min. Serve with Snack Factory Pretzel Thins. Either use the plain or the everything. I also like to make homemade pita chips with low fat pita bread that I have cut into triangles, sprayed with olive oil spray, sprinkled with sea salt and baked till they are crisp tender. ENJOY 🙂
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