Post # 1
I remember recently commenting on a post where the OP was asking for tricks in cooking to make things healthier i.e. I posted that I use Greek yogurt in any recipe that calls for cream cheese or sour cream.
I’ve been using ground turkey in tacos for a while now, and am always happy with how they come out. Last night, I didn’t know what to make so I used ground turkey in place of beef for angel hair fradiavolo. IT WAS/IS SO GOOD (I’m having it for lunch right now). I don’t know why I never thought of this to begin with! Plus, it’s half the fat and calories of red meat. Win/win!
There use to be a show like this called “Cook Yourself Thin” where these nutritional experts would modifiy people’s personal recipes and make them healthier. I wonder whatever happened to that show.
Anyway, please feel free to add! I’d love to try different things!
Post # 3
Coconut/almond/soy milk instead of cow’s milk.
Applesauce instead of sugar and oil in baked goods.
Banana instead of eggs in baked goods/pancakes.
Coconut milk yogurt instead of dairy yogurt.
Seitan in place of red meat, tofu/tempeh instead of poultry/pork.
Mushrooms are also a filling, hearty meat alternative.
A lot of these are just how I cook regularly (vegan ).
Post # 4
Oops, looks like my phone changed the font size and it’s not letting me fix it. Sorry about that.
Post # 5
I sub out mayo in just about everything (I’ll use avocado or hummus as options if I want something creamy). I also find when I omit cheese, I don’t really miss it.
Post # 6
Awesome…all good stuff, keep ’em coming!!
Post # 7
@BurlapnLace: love ground turkey as an alternative to ground beef!
i also like kale chips or dried seaweed (nori) as an alternative to unhealthy snack foods or chips.
honey or (even better) agave syrup as a sweetener for tea
Post # 8
I use honey instead of sugar in pretty much everything that I can. I also always use whole wheat tortillas to make wraps instead of bread for sandwiches.
I also use mushrooms as a filler for anything because they are hearty (for example, I use them in pasta dishes instead of meat)
Post # 9
i use spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti or you can also use shreaded zucchini.
Post # 10
@LilliePad: Meh, I wish I liked mushrooms. I should try a grilled portobello, I heard it’s like a burger and I’ll eat ANYTHING grilled!!
Post # 11
@BurlapnLace: I personally think portobellos taste different than regular mushrooms, so I think it’s definitely worth it to try. I love them grilled with balsamic vinegar. Or, I love to make little pizzas out of them, using them instead of pizza crusts. I also like to bread them and use them as the “chicken” in chicken parmasean. SOO good.
Post # 12
I use ground turkey all the time, hardly ever buy ground beef anymore. For chili, for pasta sauce, for turkey meat loaf! I find that ground turkey doesn’t dry out as much as ground beef…if that even makes sense.
Sometimes when I’m feeling domestic and if I’m craving something pizza tasting, I’ll make zucchini boats instead! No dough and more filling I find.
I sometimes will use an oil, either olive or avocado oil instead of butter/margarine in some recipes. I also cook like everything with oil. I don’t think it saves many calories but it just feels healthier.
Post # 13
I use flaxseed (1 tbsp) and water in place of eggs when I bake!
Post # 14
My worst food related bad habbit would be chips. I don’t really care for soda, or desserts, or deep fried foods… but I love me some chips.
Lately I have been making kale chips and I love them! Plus they’re really easy to make. I put olive oil on a baking sheet, spread out a bunch of kale leaves, sprinkle with Cayenne Pepper (although you can do any seasoning you want!) and bake for about 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
I also really love turkey tacos rather than beef. I’m not really a red-meat fan anyway, so it’s also just personal preference.
If I’m craving candy I like to buy frozen raspberries. If I just feel like having a quick snack I like carrots with ranch, or deviled eggs, or edamame, or peanuts, etc.
Also I am a huge pasta lover, but I try to limit my pasta intake to the weekends and usually either have it for breakfast or lunch so I have all day to be active and work it off. In fact, I often don’t stick to the norms when it comes to meals and timing. Especially when my husband is away.