Flirting with healthier recipes
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The one thing I have always had trouble with is not wanting to give up my favorite home cooked meals (comfort foods). But lately I have been taking my family recipes and trying to update them with some healthier choices. I have also tried some things that a good ole country girl wouldn't have grown up cooking. So far there are no complaints from the herd.
The biggest change is fresher or more whole ingredients. This probably wasn't the best year to start this, due to the drought in our area, but I have been making due. I am also learning to replace some ingredients with healthier choices (ie ground beef/ground turkey).
The best part of all is that my family is probably more resistant to change than myself. That's when you know you're getting it right....when they can't tell. I recently made a meatloaf with half ground beef and half ground turkey. Not only could they not tell the difference, my husband complimented me on how well the flavors were. I honestly believe you can taste more of the flavor when it is not smothered in grease.
I am learning more about using frozen vegetables over canned. I have also started making alot more stir-fry typed meals. We don't use any kind of starch (my husband is on low carb) so I just increase the protein to 1 1/2 and use a little corn starch to thicken it.
I'm also learning how to use more herbs and spices to my advantage. I am experimenting with things like cumin, taragon and saffron. Not always successfully, but always interestingly.
Anyway, I'm just glad that I have started taking these steps. I really believe this will help me and my family to healthier eating. And I already know that when I'm eating healthier, I feel more like being more active.