Healthy Recipes: 3 Delicious ‘Diet’ Comfort FoodsFood The List
Recipes for healthy brownies and mac and cheese really do exist! A great way to keep your family healthy is saving them some calories by replacing the unhealthy ingredients in their favorite recipes with some more nutritious ones. We met with Chef Suzanne who provided us with a new twist on three of our favorite comfort food recipes. Now let’s see if they’re a swap or a flop!
1. Creamy Mashed Cannellini Potatoes
Try this healthy mashed potato recipe! The secret here is to substitute the dairy ingredients with white beans. Who needs butter and heavy cream when you can use Cannellini beans instead? Besides, beans provide your diet with plenty of protein and fiber without all the added fat.
4 medium Golden potatoes, peeled and cubed
8 ounces of Cannellini beans
8 roasted garlic cloves (1-2 teaspoons of roasted garlic powder can be substituted)
1 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Place drained beans and roasted garlic into a food processor. Process until beans are smooth and creamy. Place potatoes into a pot of boiling water. Boil until potatoes are fork-tender, which takes about 15-20 minutes, then drain off water. Using a ricer, rice potatoes into a large mixing bowl. If a ricer is not available, potatoes can be mashed using a potato masher. Stir in pureed garlic and beans until well incorporated. Add broth, stirring until potatoes are smooth and creamy. Add additional broth if thinner potatoes are desired. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 6-8 as a side dish.
2. Protein Packed Mac and Cheese
This healthy mac and cheese recipe will “s’mac” your taste buds right in the mouth! The secret swap here is adding lentils to your mac and cheese. We know what you’re thinking – but bare with us. Not only do lentils kick up the protein and fiber content in this dish, but once you add in some cheese, condensed milk, and turmeric for color – this dish rivals any “normal” mac and cheese recipe.
1 pound of macaroni or medium shells, cooked as directed on package
1 cup of cooked lentils, pureed until smooth in a food processor
1-2 teaspoons of turmeric
1 cup of evaporated 2% milk
½ cup of Neufchatel cream cheese (optional)
4 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large sauce pan, combine lentils, turmeric and milk, bring to a boil. Stir in cream cheese and cheddar, stirring until smooth and creamy. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Pour cheese sauce over pasta, mix until well-coated. Serves 6 as a main dish.
3. Avocado Brownies
Here’s a healthy brownie recipe that’s so delicious, you might never know it contains substitute ingredients! This brownie recipe uses avocado in place of butter or oil as used in traditional brownies. Who doesn’t love avocados? Not only does this superfood contain “good” fats, which can help lower your cholesterol – they’re also high in fiber, which keeps you satiated longer and aids your digestive health.
1 brownie mix, made as directed on box, omitting the oil or butter
½ cup of mashed avocado
After brownie batter is mixed together, stir in avocado until well incorporated. Bake as directed on box. Creates 12 brownies.
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