Like just about everyone else this time of year, I'm trying to eat better. One goal is to eat more veggies, but salads don't appeal to me much in winter.
I can be lured into eating more raw veggies when there's a dip to go with it.
But many creamy dips are full of fat and calories, so it defeats my purpose. Even reduced-fat sour cream is 90 calories per 1/4 cup, and 70 of those are fat. Likewise, Miracle Whip Light is 80 calories per two tablespoons, and half of it is fat.
For help, I turned to one of Devin Alexander's cookbooks, "I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening" (Broadway Books, 2010).
I met Alexander at the Pillsbury Bake-Off when it was held in Hollywood in 2004. She spoke to a group of food writers about her career as a personal chef. She had developed a following among diet-conscious movie stars for her tasty but slimming cooking.
I was able to interview her after her speech, and we've kept in touch over the years as she's shared her expertise on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and published several cookbooks, including "The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook," (Rodale, 2008).