October 21, 2018

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Comfort Food Makeover


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Featured Recipe and Video: Broccoli Cheddar Soup Classic comfort meals don’t have to derail your diet. All it takes is a few simple ingredient swaps to keep ‘em healthy. What’s the best part? They can taste just as indulgent as the originals.

Upgrade to Whole Grain

Use Barilla Plus® Pasta in recipes that call for white pasta to boost whole grains, fiber and omega-3s. Made with golden semolina, ground flaxseed, spelt, oats, barley, and legumes, Barilla Plus® supplies a good source of fiber, 40 percent more protein than regular pasta, and heart-healthy ALA omega-3s. It’s chewy texture and flavor is comparable to white pasta, so it’s a great option for even the pickiest eaters. Look for Barilla Plus® in popular pasta shapes like Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows and Farfalle.

Season Smartly

Skip the salt shaker and season classic comfort dishes with salt-free herbs and spices instead. If you are hesitant to invest in unfamiliar herbs and spices, then McCormick® Recipe Inspirations™ are just for you! These all-in-one mealtime helpers provide everything you need to get dinner on the table, including pre-measured herbs and spices, a grocery checklist and easy-to-follow recipes that are perfect for experienced home-cooks and novices alike. Add just a few fresh ingredients to create hearty meals like Country Herb Chicken and Dumplings, Apple & Sage Pork Chops, Quesadilla Casserole and more.

Trim Fat, Not Flavor

To make gooey grilled-cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese or pizza, use award-winning Cabot® Sharp Extra Light Cheddar. This award-winning cheese contains 75 percent less fat and just 60 calories per ounce. It retains its melt-ability, indulgent texture and tangy flavor better than most reduced-fat cheeses and can be used to replace full-fat cheeses. Try it in this Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe.

For comfort meals and beyond, choose leaner protein options like ground turkey breast, fish, chicken or chicken sausage. Fully-cooked Johnsonville® Chicken Sausage has 50 percent less fat than traditional sausage and is loaded with flavors like Three-Cheese Italian Style, Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese and Apple.

Better-for-You Baking

Did you know mashed Chilean Avocadoes can replace butter or oil in many of your favorite cookie, cake, quick bread and muffin recipes? Nutrient-rich avocados supply nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, plus healthful monounsaturated fats. The substitution ratio is one-to-one, though it may be necessary to add extra liquid when using avocado in place of oil. Light-colored and mild-flavored baked goods may take on a light green hue and flavor.

Munch Lighter Snacks

Mindless munching of crunchy snacks when stressed, frustrated, happy or bored may make weight loss and weight control efforts even more challenging. To stay on track, resist the urge to eat for emotional reasons and include portion-controlled snacks in your daily routine. Baked, not fried Frito-Lay® Baked!™ Snacks are a sensible snack option that contain 120 calories or less per serving. Pair baked snacks with fresh salsa, guacamole or hummus. Look for classic varieties Original Potato Crisps, Cheetos®, Doritos® and Tostitos® Scoops.™

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