Recipes: 3 Diet-Friendly Versions of Your Favorite Comfort FoodsFood The List
Comfort food – it's the way families share traditions and bond over flavor that feels like home. Sadly, these meals are usually not as good for your body as it is for your soul. Well, until now. Chef Jeff Kraus from Crêpe Bar in Tempe, Arizona is cooking up some healthy comfort with three amazingly delicious recipes.
1. Cauliflower "Cheat-za"
Have you tried cauliflower-crusted pizza yet? If you haven't, you must! It's the perfect way to make any pizza healthier by using less flour, less wheat, less carbs, and thus – less calories. Here's the recipe to keep for those oh-so-common pizza cravings.
1 head cauliflower, medium (grated)
1 cup water
½ cup flour
Finely grate florets from half a head of a medium-sized cauliflower. Add water and mix using a food processor or stick blender. Incorporate flour and blend until smooth and mixture is the consistency of heavy cream.
On a hot 8-10 inch sauté skillet or griddle, ladle 4-5 ounces of batter – enough to cover bottom of pan – with a thin layer of the batter. Cook until bottom side is golden brown. Flip and cook other side until golden brown.
Remove from pan and top with sauce, low-fat cheese, remaining cauliflower florets and other toppings to preference. Preheat oven to 400F degrees and cook until cheese is melted. You can also be cooked on a hot grill.
2. Na-Cho Mama's Nachos
Gotta love a good pun-based recipe. Here's another a wonderful choice to beat cravings. The key to make this super healthy is to make sure you're using low-fat cheese, like Fontina, low-fat milk and whole wheat flour. Here's the full recipe.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp flour
2 cups reduced fat milk
8-12 oz reduced-fat cheese (shredded)
Pinch of salt
In a hot sauce pan, heat olive oil to a simmer, turn down heat low to medium and whisk in flour. Cook until texture is like wet sand. Add reduced-fat milk and whisk while bringing to boil. Reduce heat and add reduced-fat cheese, shredded. Add a pinch of salt and any additional seasonings of choice.
Queso can be made 2-3 days in advance. Cover with plastic wrap while cooling to room temperature. Keep chilled and warm on low-heat before use.
3. Rad Radish Brownies
Did you really think we were going to forget about dessert? These brownies incorporate radishes, which are high in Vitamin C, fiber, and anti-oxidants. It's an all-around, well-rounded, feel-good-about-yourself dessert. Here's the finger-licking delicious recipe.
¾ cups dark chocolate
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla (pure)
¼ cup butter
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ cup radishes, or vegetable of choice (grated)
1 cup flour
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp corn starch
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350F degrees and line a 9'' x 13'' baking dish with parchment paper, or use your favorite baking molds.
In a large mixing bowl, melt dark chocolate, honey and vanilla over a bain marie or in the microwave. In a second bowl add butter, brown sugar, eggs and radishes. Beat with a whisk or hand mixer until fluffy and aerated.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, corn starch and salt together.
So, there you go. Three recipes for comfort foods that will still warm the heart, while keeping on track and accountable for your weight loss goals.
Do YOU a super delicious recipe for a healthier version of your favorite comfort foods? Sound off on those comments below!