It seemed the world was needing more Meal Swaps – Eat This // Not That recipes. As someone who needs a mountain of veggies in order to feel full this was right up my alley. High volume, low calorie meals are my lifestyle. Every meal needs to be a feast in my world.
This recipes are low calorie but happens to be low carb, low fat and keto friendly (depending on the recipe below). These are gluten free and super delicious.
Vegan Un-Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap – 193 Calories!
Anyone ever try to eat a “lettuce wrap” where its not exactly wrapped? When I eat a messy pile of lettuce pretending to take the place of bread it annoys me 100% of the time. It’s messy and I hate managing a meal instead of simply enjoying it. And I say manage because the piles of lettuce keep falling everywhere & the foods that it’s holding keeps jumping off the lettuce. It drives me up the wall. BUT!!! laying out a sheet of parchment paper and making a huge tortilla sized overlay of lettuce, rolling it tight and holding it together with paper is AHHHH-MAZ-ING. I’m soooo into this. I can’t even describe! I wish everywhere that sold burritos had this option. I understand why they don’t. You have to have a huge head of iceberg (I’ve heard other lettuce don’t work as well) blah blah blah. When you eat this peel the paper off one bite at a time so your wrap stays secure.
The calories on this huge wrap are for ALL of the veggies and half of the un-chicken salad mix. I found Just Mayo (that’s the brand name) is half the calories as Follow Your Heart mayo brand so now I can use twice as much (thank god).
1 can hearts of palm, 4 TB vegan mayo (60g), spices/salt (onion, garlic & celery seed), 188g iceberg lettuce leaves, 20g shredded carrots, 1 sheet parchment paper + condiments like pickles or banana peppers
- Chop hearts of palm and mix with spices, salt and mayo. You can use your fork to break the hearts of palm into smaller pieces if needed.
- Remove the root core piece from a whole head of iceberg lettuce. Lay a TON of lettuce over the parchment paper so that they create a large circle.
- Add your fillings (I used half the hearts of palm mixture) and carefully fold the lettuce over the filling. Use the parchment paper to tighten, tuck and roll everything closed. Watch video for demo. ENJOY
Vegan Low Calories Banana Smoothie – 16 oz for 130 Calories!
The photo doesn’t show all 16 oz because I spilled half of it. If you want a low calorie smoothie that’s thick and NOT WATERY (sorry for yelling) then buy xanthan gum. It’s a little pricey at whole foods but you really only need 1/8 ts for this recipe so it will last you a long time. I found a super cheap bag at natural groceries in their bulk area where the bags are store labeled.
Chocolate Drink: I make these MASSIVE drinks in the blender where I take a whole tray of ice, 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, cold water, dash of cocoa powder, alternative sweetener & xanthan gum. It’s sooo thick and filling. It makes 1 quart + 1 pint for 80 calories. I’ll drink it over the course of day as an afternoon snack and a post dinner sweet drink.
Plus its 16 oz of almond milk, 8 oz of cold water and 12 oz of ice. It’s the greatest way for me to get hydrated when I’m resisting drinking another glass of water. But I showed a smaller version of that in 10 Vegan Snacks Under 250 Calories so I debated if I should show it again in todays video. Now that I have a great blender I think I make it a little differently than what I showed in the past.
*Quick word of caution* for anyone using xanthan gum. Start small! I’m talking use 1/8 ts to start. Depending on the amount of liquid your using 1/8 ts could be perfect while using twice as much (1/4 ts) might make it crazy thick and jelly like. Thick sounds good but when it’s thick with no fat it’s kind of….. gross.
226g frozen strawberries, 12 oz vanilla almond milk (unsweetened), 1/8 ts xanthan gum, alternative sweetener of choice (using a frozen banana and/or agave makes this even better but adds calories so I’ll leave that up to you)
- Blend everything together in a high speed blender. Add more liquid if needed to blend smoothly in a cheap blender. ENJOY
Vegan Fresh Spring Rolls – 74 Calories (both, no dipping sauce)
I love these with an almond butter “peanut” sauce! But I have 7 Vegan Dipping Sauces (3 Creamy/4 Fat Free) if you need options. While the spring rolls are a bit plain on their own the wrappers have a nice saltiness to them, the raw veggies are really refreshing and additions like pickled veggies can add a lot. I love these and don’t know why I don’t eat them more often. Rice paper is so fancy. I hope to up my skills and make beautiful and dazzling spring rolls one day.
2 rice paper wrappers, 50g shredded lettuce, 8g shredded carrots + pickled veggies, fresh herbs
- Wet rice paper under warm running water til soft. This takes less than a minute.
- Add filling, wrap and roll. ENJOY
Vegan Eggless Egg Salad + Greens – 182 Calories Total
How have I never had vegan egg salad? And how have I never cooked vegan follow your heart eggs in the microwave before? Dude, sooo easy. Sign me up for less work and less clean up any day of the year. I haven’t tried the new Follow Your Heart egg powder since they changed their recipe. Such an easy recipes 🙂
1 vegan egg (2 TB follow your heart powder), 1/2 cold water, 2 TB vegan mayo, 1 TB mustard, lettuce, couple tomatoes, fresh dill garnish
- Mix egg powder with water. Pour into oil sprayed bowl and microwave about two minutes or until cooked.
- Carefully cut up hot vegan egg and let cool in fridge
- Mix cool egg with vegan mayo, mustard. Place egg salad on lettuce and garnish with tomatoes and fresh herbs. ENJOY