Saturday, January 9, 2016

Recipes by Marty Allen: Spring Salad Yogurt Dip; Stuffed Celery; Stuffed Pepper with Crab Meat; Tuna Salad in Cucumber

Marty Allen's Spring Salad Yogurt Dip

1/3 cup yogurt
1 small peeled cucumber, chopped
4 scallions (white part only), finely chopped
6 radishes, finely chopped
Freshly ground pepper
Vegetable salt (or lemon to taste)

To yogurt, add chopped vegetables. Season to taste with vegetable salt (or lemon). Use as dip with celery or carrot sticks. Makes about one cup. Two tablespoons equals about 15 calories.

Marty Allen's Stuffed Celery

1 cup cottage cheese (skimmed if dieting is strenuous)
1/4 minced green pepper
Chopped herbs (parsley, dill or chives optional)
Vegetable salt to taste
Ground pepper to taste
Hearts of celery (or celery stalks)

Combine cottage cheese, green pepper and chopped herbs. Add vegetable salt and pepper to taste. Stuff cleaned hearts of celery (or stalks) with cheese filling. Chill well before serving. One large stalk filled with about 2 tablespoons of filling equals about 30 calories.

Marty Allen's Stuffed Pepper with Crab Meat

1 cup crab meat (fresh or canned)
About 2 teaspoons diet mayonnaise
Few drops lemon juice, optional
Green pepper
Freshly ground pepper

Mix crab meat with enough diet mayonnaise to moisten well. Add few drops lemon. Wash, steam and scoop out seeds from green pepper. Cut pepper in sixths. Fill with crab salad. Chill well before serving. Top with a dusting of ground black pepper. Makes 6 servings; each portion equals about 28 calories.

Marty Allen's Tuna Salad in Cucumber

1 cup canned tuna (water pack, or rinse oil-packed tuna well under running water)
2/3 teaspoons diet mayonnaise to taste
1 hard-cooked egg
Few tablespoons minced celery (optional)
4 cherry tomatoes, chopped
Vegetable salt (or salt substitute) (or lemon)
1  large cucumber

Flake tuna, add diet mayonnaise, sieved hard-cooked egg, celery, tomatoes, vegetable salt (or lemon) to taste. Cut peeled cucumber into 6 slices crosswise. Top with tuna. Chill before serving. Makes 6 portions. Each portion equals about 60 calories.

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