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I'm looking for non-margarine spread ideas for bread, rolls, crackers, etc... My spouse and I are trying to cut the more unhealthy fats out of our diet and he's having a hard time letting go of margarine.<br><br><br><br>
So far, I've been making hummus and a few other bean spreads, but I'm looking for other ideas. Maybe something soy, nut butter or vegetable-based?<br><br><br><br>
What types of things do you folks make that you like to put on bread?
 

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well hummus is my favourite and most used spread, but i also use almond or peanut butter (they're pretty high in fat though so you probably wont want to use them), pesto, and this yummy sweetpepper and tomato sauce.
 

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I really like pesto on grilled bread when I'm making pasta. I used to eat peanut butter a lot, but I got sick of that. Like allison said, almond butter and hommus are both good. Spreadable fruit is good on toast.<br><br>
If it's the hydrogenated oil in margarine that you're looking to avoid, there's a good non-hydrogenated brand I just found not too long ago. It's called Soy Garden and it's a blend of expeller-pressed soy, palm, and olive oils; it has no animal-based ingredients either. While the palm makes the saturated fat content some-what high (3.5g), it's still better for you than the hydrogenated crap and should be fine if you limit the use.
 

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Thanks folks. We're primarily looking to cut back on empty calories as well as to avoid hydrogenated oils. Also, it's nearly impossible to find vegan margarine around here (everything seems to contain dairy products of some sort).
 

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Earth Balance vegan margarine does not contain hydrogenated oils. If your health food store does not carry it most will order it for you. It also is free of GMO's and the oils are all expeller pressed. You can also use it for baking.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tsila</i><br><br><b>I'm looking for non-margarine spread ideas for bread, rolls, crackers, etc... My spouse and I are trying to cut the more unhealthy fats out of our diet and he's having a hard time letting go of margarine.</b></div>
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Margarine? Blech! Havent used that stuff in years!<br><br><br><br>
Here's the list of my top 10 favorite things to put on bread, crostini, pita, and crackers.<br><br>
If you can make it yourself, fresh is always preferred, but I have listed my favorite brands for convenience.<br><br><br><br><b>1. Fat Free Nayonnaise</b><br><br><a href="http://www.vitasoy-usa.com/nasoya/nasoya_product_dressing.php3?bn=Nasoya&pn=Nayonaise&gn=Dressing" target="_blank">http://www.vitasoy-usa.com/nasoya/na...se&gn=Dressing</a><br><br>
Also availabe in regular and dijon style.<br><br>
I've heard that Vegannaise is even better, but has twice the fat.<br><br><br><br><b>2. Sorrel & Ridge Boysenberry Preserves</b><br><br><a href="http://www.sorrellridge.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.sorrellridge.com/index.html</a><br><br>
Fruit sweetened with no added sugar, this flavor is just fantastic (Wild Blueberry also rocks)!<br><br>
If unavailable, I would use another flavor, or Polaner brand All Fruit spread. Apple butter is also a great fruit spread.<br><br><br><br><b>3. Dessert Pepper Salsas</b><br><br><a href="http://www2.mailordercentral.com/elpasochileco/products.asp?dept=6&d_name=Desert+Pepper+Trading+Company" target="_blank">http://www2.mailordercentral.com/elp...rading+Company</a><br><br>
If you dont have time to make your salsa fresh, this is the next best thing! Peach mango & Green salsa are the BEST<br><br>
(I have been known to mix a little with Nayonnaise for a creamy spicy type of dressing - the best!<br><br><br><br><b>4. Annie's Natural Sea Veggies & Sesame Dressing</b><br><br><a href="http://www.anniesnaturals.com/Merchant/Pages/prodseaveg.htm" target="_blank">http://www.anniesnaturals.com/Mercha...prodseaveg.htm</a><br><br>
If you're in the mood for seafood, this stuff will satisfy your craving! If you are vegan check the labels on their other brands, some contain honey.<br><br><br><br><b>5. Tribe of 2 Sheiks 40 Spices or Roasted Red Pepper Hummus</b><br><br><a href="http://www.ritefoods.com/hummus.html" target="_blank">http://www.ritefoods.com/hummus.html</a><br><br>
For packaged hummus, this stuff is the best. Lots of flavors and a wonderful rich creamy consistancy. Another great brand is Yogo's Hommus in Roasted Red Pepper.<br><br><br><br><b>6. Vegan Cream Cheese</b><br><br><a href="http://www.galaxyfoods.com/soyco.html#1" target="_blank">http://www.galaxyfoods.com/soyco.html#1</a><br><br>
From Soymage, the makers of Vegan Singles.<br><br>
Casein free, this product does not contains sugar or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil like the Tofutti brand vesion.<br><br>
On its own it can be a bit pastey, but spread on warm cinnamon raisin toast, its as good as the real thing!<br><br><br><br><b>7. Better n' Peanut Butter</b><br><br><a href="http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com/" target="_blank">http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com/</a><br><br>
This product has only 2.5 grams of fat per serving, compared to regular p.b's whopping 16.<br><br>
It isnt as thick as regular natural p.b, but it has a great taste and goes down reallll easy (and quickly) spread on a banana with some soymilk to wash it down -there is nothing better!<br><br><br><br><b>8. Enrico's Pasta Sauce</b><br><br><a href="http://www.alishan-organic-center.com/products/pages_e/M80.html" target="_blank">http://www.alishan-organic-center.co...ges_e/M80.html</a><br><br>
It has no added sugar, is fat free and all natural. Heat it up and dunk some crusty bread in for a delicious snack!<br><br><br><br><b>9. Chalice Olive Tapenade</b><br><br><a href="http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/sect_gen/FSPT.html" target="_blank">http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-..._gen/FSPT.html</a><br><br>
A lighter, healthier tapenade that doesnt have an overpowering vinegar taste.<br><br><br><br><b>10. Peloponesse Baba Ganoush</b><br><br><a href="http://www.low-carb.com/pelbabganaps.html" target="_blank">http://www.low-carb.com/pelbabganaps.html</a><br><br>
If you cant make it yourself, this brand makes a pretty good product. Traditional eggplant dip flavored with tahini, garlic and lemon. Delicious!<br><br><br><br>
(Pending) Better n' P.B Chocolate Spread<br><br><a href="http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com/product.htm" target="_blank">http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com/product.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
(Pending) Soybean Hummus<br><br><a href="http://www.ritefoods.com/soybean_hummus.html" target="_blank">http://www.ritefoods.com/soybean_hummus.html</a><br><br><br><br>
(Pending) Calvia Spread<br><br><a href="http://www.calvia.co.uk/index.asp" target="_blank">http://www.calvia.co.uk/index.asp</a>
 

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Hummus is one of my favorites too. I also like Baba Ganouj. I eat both on almost anything. With both spreads you can add many things to adapt to certain meals and 'cravings'. Whenever I'm looking for something new I just hop on over to Kreeli's site for yummy recipes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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earth balance is yummy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> but is rather solid, takes some coaxing to spread it around and get it to melt, but it's worth it. i need to go buy some<br><br><br><br>
i've been using jams a lot more lately too, i like keeping a couple of different flavours around to suit my moods and cravings<br><br><br><br>
you can make your own spreads with tofu too though, tofu mixed with fresh berries is really nice on bagels, or mash it up with banana. or both.
 

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I like peanut butter. It has a lot of fat but it is low in saturated fat. Saturated fat is what is bad for you and I think peanut butter is ok for you because it has some of the minerals you need in your diet.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by SouthernBelle</i><br><br><b>Hummus is one of my favorites too. I also like Baba Ganouj.</b></div>
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yes, both are good. but my favorite is eggplant salad, it's similiar to bana ganouj (has no tahini) but has more of an onion-y, garlic-y taste. it's simply delicious! i eat it on pita bread and crackers and just about anything. mmm so good..<br><br><br><br>
there's also so other good mediterranean spreads.. taboule, ezme, etc..
 

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How about roasting some vegetables - onions, garlic, red pepper, eggplant, zucchini and then mashing them up with olive oil and sea salt?<br><br><br><br>
Mmm... I think I might try that.
 

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Herself, Vegnaise has "follow your heart" written on it...is that what you mean?<br><br><br><br>
I am another hummus fan...but I end up eating lots because no one else in my family really likes it.
 

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Oops! I DID mean Vegenaise...not Mayonnaise. Sorry....yeah the Grapeseed one is so delicious on a sandwich. I usually make one with mashed avocado, sliced cucumber, fresh basil leaves and alfalfa sprouts (sometimes I use snow pea sprouts)...the best bread I've ever had is Food for Life's Genesis 1:29 bread. It's sprouted grain & seed bread. MMMMM...sandwich.
 

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I like putting almond butter on bread, black rice crackers, or rice cakes.<br><br>
Try making a hummus with black beans instead of chickpeas. add some chili pepper or cayenne.<br><br>
Or make a white bean spread with garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper.<br><br>
How about a black, or green olive tapenade.<br><br>
I like the Earth Balance too.
 

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...or are you interested in recipes for spreads.... like sandwich spread recipes... ? (only thing is, get ready for lots of vegetable chopping...)<br><br><br><br>
my all-time favorite sandwich spread recipe is tofu - cucumber salad. it's better to make in summertime (when veggies are in season) but i like it all year round too...<br><br><br><br>
anyway if you are interested... i'll post it...<br><br><br><br>
~elizabeth
 

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ok i posted it in another thread about sandwich fillers... so here's the link if anyone is interested:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&action=showpost&postid=61324" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...t&postid=61324</a><br><br><br><br>
~elizabeth
 
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