Bagels are the traditional accompaniment to lox and cream cheese, but since you can’t eat bagels until later on the diet, here’s an amazing alternative that will satisfy your taste buds while waiting. From The 17 Day Diet Cookbook by Dr. Mike Moreno.
4 ounces thinly sliced lox or smoked salmon
1/2 cup yogurt cheese made from fat-free, plain Greek yogurt (see recipe here)
1/2 teaspoon fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 large cucumber, sliced into 1/4-inch disks
1. Lay a large piece of wax paper on your work surface. Lay the smoked salmon slices on the wax paper, overlapping them to make a large rectangle. Spread the yogurt cheese on top of the salmon; sprinkle evenly with the dill, lemon zest, and garlic powder. Using the wax paper to lift the salmon up, roll the fish like a jelly roll, taking care that the wax paper is only a guide and doesn’t get caught inside the roll. Wrap the log in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
2. Unwrap the roll; lay on a cutting board. Use a serrated knife to slice into 1/2-inch-thick pinwheels. Place each piece on top of a cucumber disk.
YIELD: 2 servings
TIP: Make ahead, slice off as much of the log as you want, then rewrap the rest of the log and refrigerate
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