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post #1 of 13
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I've been only lurking more than posting on the board mostly since I haven't been cooking anything really new.

I've been on a diet all summer (lost 20 lbs) and I'm on a major workout push so I'm going with the eating 6 small balanced meals a day.

With my work the ONLY way this would work easily for me is making sandwiches by the bulk.

The sandwich.

1/2-1/3 chicken breast, marinated in Cajun/chippotle/pepper/salt/garlic/olive oil grilled.
Caramelized onion
tomato
whole grain bread
and...
Chippotle mayo.

The only thing 'bad' on the sandwich is the mayo, but I can't find a good substitute. I tried using plain yogurt, I tried using greek style yogurt, but it was just meh.

This is a VERY tasty sandwich, but the mayo adds a ton of calories I'd avoid if I could, so any suggestions?
post #2 of 13
Frankly, given that combo, I don't see much need to moisten the sandwich any further. Sometimes we do things out of habit, rather than because we need to; such as spreading mayo-butter-mustard-ketchup-whatever on a sandwich.

That said, I notice you are comparing chipotle mayo with plain yogurt. What's wrong with flavoring the yogurt and comparing apples to apples? Grind up a chipople and mix it in with the yogurt. Or just use some of the Cajun seasoning. Etc. The end result will still have more tang than mayo provides---that's the nature of yogurt. But it should serve as a fair substitute.

For even less tang, try something like small-curd cottage cheese, also flavored with the other spices, and mashed smoother.

In a real pinch, you can use tofu, which takes on the flavors of whatever it is mixed with.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #3 of 13
There are two companies that make fat free mayonnaise:
President Choice and Kraft

If you prefer another choice you could always make this fat free dressing which is pretty tasty.

1/3 cup of Fat Free Sour Cream
1 1/2 tbsp Capers
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
Pinch of Cayenne or Black Pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or a blender for 30 seconds and enjoy.

You can always add a different spice depending on your taste, like dill or terragon, its up to you.

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post #4 of 13
Well done on your weightloss....bet that feels heaps better :)

Have you looked into the 99% fat free mayos and add a little hot sauce?

Or maybe change to a nice spicy jar salsa? They are pretty low in both fats and sugar.

You like spicy food - why not try a horseradish relish (next to the mustards here anyway in the supermarket)... I reckon that could work.

Keep up the good work
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post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
I didn't write it all out but I did try that first actually. It was my disappointment with the yogurt/chipotle that made me just give in on the mayo.

That sounds interesting.

Not sure if capers are the way to go flavor wise. I love capers but instinctively seems to not work with the spice I have. Worth a shot though.

I've used the 'light' mayo which is about 1/2 and its ok, the problem I find is that as you get closer to 'fat free' you get more sweet. To me something like Miracle whip is a crime against nature flavor wise. That being said its worth a shot, I haven't seen the 99% fat free mayo (and being mayo is all fat, I have to wonder how thats done), so its worth a try.

Thanks for the advice everyone! :lips:
post #6 of 13
Take weight watchers aor another brand no oil mayo, cut it with h20 and drop lemon juice, drop cayenne and a 1/2 package of knox dissolved for a cup then whip and let set, then whip again,. You have just cut posted calories in 1/2.
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post #7 of 13
One tablespoon of mayonnaise has 90 calories. You don't use that much on a sandwich, do you? Of course not, especially if the mayo is mixed with chipotle puree. One teaspoon of the mixture is probably sufficient for flavor, divided between the two slices of bread. So you're worrying about less than 30 calories, and at most 3 grams of fat? Please.

Most likely the reason those non-mayo substitutes like yogurt have been unsatisfactory is because they don't supply the taste you expect. If you must, switch to a reduced-fat mayo, and add a few drops of lemon juice or more chipotle puree to counteract the excessive sweetness. Please don't go through all that mumbo-jumbo of whipping in gelatine (EdB: are you a child of WWII? I've got booklets from then that advise doing that to "stretch your butter" :eek:) or using fat-free anything or no-oil mayo, which is NOT mayonnaise no matter what the name on the label is. That stuff's not real food.

Get the nutritional analysis of comparable products here by entering "mayonnaise" and selecting "Fats & Oils" and do your own comparisons. And then figure out which one offers the flavor you want and go with it. Don't sweat the small stuff, which this is. It's great that you've gotten as far as you have, but if eating becomes less of a pleasure, what's the point?

For a point of comparison, I too have lost about 20 pounds in the last few months, but not by eating phony food. I've done it by eating less of the real food I refuse to give up. If my sandwich tastes "right" (i.e., what I'm used to) only with real mayonnaise, I'll use just enough for flavor, not slather it on. But I'll also use less meat in the filling, and maybe only one slice of good toasted bread. The meat still has flavor, the bread still has flavor, so I don't feel like I have to eat a half-pound of flavorless meat and four slices of cottony bread to be satisfied (not that I ever did that! :suprise:).
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post #8 of 13
Along those lines, Suzanne, is one reason to not buy pre-sliced bread. When you start with a whole loaf you can cut the bread much thinner and still have a great sandwich.

Depending on your desires and knife skills, you can reduce the bread intake by 1/3 to 1/2 and still have a satisfying sandwich.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #9 of 13
try 3 parts yogurt and one part sour cream

or 2 parts yogurt one part sourcream flavored however

or try yogurt with olive oil swirled in

make a home made mayo out of olive oil? voila!

how about labne (condensed yogurt "cheese) with olive oil swirled in

i disagree with low fat cooking though...

but i need to go get my cholesterol levels checked out.

my philosophy is to have a balanced life, mentally, emotionally, with lots of exercise, lots of good food and good fats, but no lack of the good stuff, sugar, white flour, white rice, and red meat or lard

just balanced and happy!

the exercise and food type balance is as important as stress, happiness, mental state, job and intellectual satisfaction. if i could get laid ore i think i would live forever!
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Actually this is the attitude I'm following. I'm not really worried or obsessing about the mayo, but if someone had a trick that worked I'd be willing to try it.

I'm aiming for hard body mode so every little bit helps, but I'm not crazy enough to make living unpleasant ;)
post #11 of 13
Sounds like you have a layered sandwich doc. Perhaps if you chopped it all up n mixed it all together, like KYH says you shouldnt need anything else. However, mixing a wee bit of dijon mustard with a smidgen of honey and a few drops of of soy sauce might give it a low cal zing.

Koudos to you for the progress so far
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post #12 of 13
I've lost nearly 40lbs since May and I can tell you that as someone with a lifelong love of mayo I can easily spread 3tbsp of the stuff on any sandwich. Your question makes me laugh because I far exceed that amount when I'm being bad.

I also don't buy into the low-fat versions of anything because they lower the fat content but add sugar which is worse in my mind. I have reduced my mayo consumption but I have not eliminated it and I often replaced it with horseradish mustard which is quite creamy and strong enough to only use a little.

The best way I have reduced sandwich calories is with the bread. Pepperidge Farm now makes 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich bread, it's called "Very Thin" and it's literally half the thickness of a regular slice of bread and only packs 40 calories per slice. It's been a savior for me and allows me to keep my beloved mayo.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #13 of 13
Try vegenaise, it's good and tasty
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