When you have to eat right but you can’t resist the pull of nostalgic foods that don’t generally make the “healthy foods” list, go for lighter versions of the classics.
The editors at Everyday Food magazine have a few great tips for how to substitute some ingredients, cut back on a few others and still come out with a delicious result that’s sure to please the whole family.
Read on for cooking tips and recipes to help lighten everything from entrées to dessert.
Light Chicken Parmesan
o For this recipe, the secret’s in the breading: Only one side of the chicken has it.
o Plus, whole-wheat bread subs in for white bread, and an egg white replaces a whole one.
Lighter Beef Tacos
o Lean ground sirloin and low-fat corn tortillas are sensible substitutions to lighten beef tacos.
o Skip the sour cream and guacamole — opt for a fiery salsa instead.
o For the best flavor, warm the tortillas briefly in the microwave before serving.
Healthier Meat Lasagna — Transform lasagna from a guilty pleasure into a wholesome meal.
o Opt for whole-wheat noodles, low-fat cottage cheese, and lean ground sirloin.
o A topping of melted mozzarella and Parmesan keeps this dish feeling indulgent.
Lighter Chicken Potpie — A handful of tweaks turn this comfort food into a smarter choice.
o Use white-meat chicken (not dark).
o Add extra veggies.
o Use low-fat milk in the filling.
o Make a lighter crust: Brushing the phyllo with just a small amount of oil instead of butter makes it just as tasty.
Chicken and Biscuits — Get old-fashioned flavor the light way.
o Opt for low-fat milk in the “creamy” sauce.
o Use plenty of skinless white-meat chicken.
o Use some whole-wheat flour in the biscuits.
o If the stew is too thick, thin it out with a little water.
o To make brownies lower in fat and calories (but still moist and fudgy), replace some of the eggs and butter with prune puree.
o Look for the prune puree in the baby-food section.
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