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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.

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    I'm going to have to try the Sofrito. I have a lot of fun because my son will eat anything. My hubby on the other hand, not so much. LOL
    2117 days ago
    i give you a lot of credit. i'm fine to cook healthy meals, but have never ventured to turn my "comforts" into healthier alternatives. i guess deep down i figured if they can't be how i like them, what's the point. but you're right, maybe they'll taste even better.

    the only vegetable i have ever used in a can is corn, and that is rare. my freezer is packed with frozen organic bags. i just come home, add meat or tofu to a skillet with some type of marinade and then add my bag of frozen veggies. cover the skillet, put a low flame and stir every now and then. in 20 minutes or so it's a quick meal. the options are endless really!

    last night i put a little bit of olive oil, with garlic, basil and onions to simmer. then added bag of frozen chopped spinach and some extra firm tofu. sprinkled with parmesean cheese for flavor and that was dinner.

    If you're into trying new flavors, I highly recommend buying a jar of Sofrito by Goya. I add a tablespoon (or more) to almost everything now and it gives a great, Spanish flavor. I mix a can or two of organic beans (any type you like) in a saucepan with a spoon of sofrito, garlic powder and a small can of organic tomato sauce. in 10 minutes you have a yummy side dish with few carbs and lots of protein. I never group of with Sofrito so finding it in adulthood was awesome.
    2118 days ago
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    2118 days ago
    emoticon The meat loaf sounds good I am going to try that thanks for the idea. Keep up the good work , you are on the right track. I agree food taste better without the greese. I cook a lot of stir-fry and do not use oil. I use chicken broth to "fry" it.
    2118 days ago
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