Making the cut for a title of this magnitude, “The Top 3 Gelatin Recipe Staples,” when there are so many good gelatin recipes to choose from, required that each recipe was:
3. Quick to make
A staple is something you eat routinely, and that calorie for calorie, gives you a lot of nutritional benefit. On a VLCD we need staples that are low-cal with great nutritional benefit, but that also keep you un-hungry (which is different than full). Gelatin is perfect for that. I put it in all my drinks, either by letting it bloom right in the cup (add 1/4 c cool water, sprinkle a half tablespoon over the water, let it bloom, then add hot liquid), or by adding a couple of spoonfuls of prepared gelatin into hot liquids.
Adding gelatin to my daily food plan is the single most important thing I did when I lost my weight and got my health back on track, and it keeps me in that same healthy place. So whether you’re losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
You’ll love these recipes. They come together very quickly, they’re delicious and light, and they cost pennies per serving.
1. Sugar-Free, Aspartame-Free Jello
When you need a between meal snack to put the hunger out, or if you just want a little something after a meal, this little treat is perfect. Top it with lite non-dairy topping to make it really special.
3 T gelatin Note: the NOW brand retains the protein during processing, but the kind from the grocery store does not.
2 c room temperature water
2 packets any flavor Kool-Aid packets (the .20 kind)
2/3 c Truvia, the recipe-ready, scoop-able kind, or, several packets to suit your taste
Pour 2 c room temperature or cool water into an 8-cup bowl. I have this one and love it because it has a lid, because sometimes you just need to stack things in the fridge.
Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of gelatin around the surface of the water and wait for it to “bloom,” that is, wait
until water is absorbed into the granules. Then, sprinkle the Kool-Aid and the Truvia over the gelatin and let it sit for a minute or two.
Put 4 cups of water on to boil. If you don’t already have one, here’s a great deal on an electric water kettle (I use mine several times a day.)
Once the water has boiled, pour it slowly into the pitcher/bowl with the bloomed gelatin, Kool Aid and Truvia, and whisk well, breaking up any lumps of gelatin that remain. Now fill the pitcher up to the 8-cup mark with cool water and let it sit on the counter til it comes to room temperature. Then refrigerate til set, and serve.
Since there are 35 calories per tablespoon of gelatin and you get eight servings out of the recipe, that comes out to 13 calories per serving. It’s the perfect between-meal snack.
It was really hard finding a mayo that would work on my VLCD. All oils have 100 calories per tablespoon, so no matter what kind I bought or used to make homemade mayo, it didn’t take much to blow the calorie cap in my recipes. The lite version you can buy has just 35 calories in a tablespoon, but it also contains starch and mystery ingredients.
So one day I decided to try to make a mayo out of a blend of lite and regular mayo, and gelatin. While I preferred to not use the store-bought lite version, I included it to keep the calorie count down. The result is that the blend, plus fresh herbs (when they’re available), makes this mayonnaise an absolute treat. It tastes light and fresh instead of greasy, and you can even use it as a dip for fresh veggies.
1 jar of plain, prepared, gelatin
1/3 c regular mayo, your favorite brand
2/3 c light mayo, with 35 calories per T
Salt, pepper, fresh herbs, diced green onions, True Lemon crystals, etc. or whatever sounds good.
Combine the gelatin and mayonnaises in your food processor and blend well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and your favorite spices, if desired, and mix it again.
That’s it! This makes a fabulous very low calorie dip or salad dressing.
Calorie counts: gelatin has 35 calories + 100 calories from regular mayo + 210 from the lite mayo = 345 in the recipe. The food processor reduces the volume of the gelatin so that it works out to be about 1 1/2 cups of mayo, which comes to 29 calories per tablespoon.
Chicken, Turkey, Ham, or Egg Salad
As long as you have boiled eggs or any leftover meat, gelatin, and vlcd mayo in the fridge, you always have something wonderful to eat. This comes together quickly, and again, keeps you un-hungry so you can keep your mind off food and on being productive.
1-2 cups of cooked chicken, turkey, ham, or boiled eggs
1/2 jar of plain, prepared gelatin
1/2 c VLCD mayo (or more if desired)
Dice finely or puree the meat or egg in your food processor. (Here’s the model closest to mine, which is old as the hills, so I can vouch that it lasts!) Then add 1/2 jar of gelatin and vlcd mayo to taste. Add salt and pepper, plus more eggs, chopped spring onion, grapes, grape tomatoes, thinly sliced celery, bacon bits, or whatever you enjoy. For a dash of scrumptuousness, add 1/4 t curry to the final product. Enjoy on a lettuce wedge or a slice of low calorie bread.
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