You can create healthy and delicious restaurant-inspired meals at home with just a few ingredient swaps. And watch for these key ingredients as you scan restaurant menus to find better-for-you entrées when dining out!
Lighten-Up with Veggies
Adding vegetables to favorite recipes can help reduce the calories and fat without changing the portion. For example, make an array of colorful seasonal vegetables and sun-dried tomatoes the focal point of the dish-like classic pasta primavera. California Sun Dry® takes juicy, ripe California tomatoes and sun dries them for up to 10 days. This slow sun-drying process produces a bright red, sweet and full-bodied dried tomato. Use them straight from the pouch on pizza or pasta, in salads, soups and more. Or eat them when craving a savory snack! Compared to fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes supply 12 times the amount of the antioxidant lycopene.
Use Smart Fats
Pass on the butter and margarine when cooking, baking or spreading and choose olive oil instead. Filippo Berio® Olive Oils originated in the heart of Tuscany and deliver nothing but old-world flavor in every pour. The types of fat found in olive and canola oils supply healthful monounsaturated fats that help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol as part of an overall heart-healthy diet. Try the full-bodied Extra Virgin variety in soups, stews, salads or for dipping; use Olive Oil as an all-purpose oil in sautés, sauces and grilling; and use Extra Light Tasting for stir-frying and baking.
For an authentic fine dining experience in your own home, use Bertolli® Sauces in your family’s favorite Italian recipes. Their collection of Traditional Red Sauces is created by professional chefs using fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and premium oils, herbs and spices. When you’re in the mood for a more sophisticated dish, try Vineyard Premium Collection Sauces or the newest additions to the Bertolli® Alfredo Sauce family—Light Alfredo and Garlic Alfredo—which contain half the fat and calories of classic alfredo sauces.
Upgrade Your Grains
The average American eats 20 pounds of pasta each year! If you’re a pasta lover too, but haven’t made the switch to a whole-grain variety, give Barilla® Plus a try instead. It’s made from golden semolina flour, ground flaxseed, oats, barley and legumes. The texture is comparable to traditional white pasta, yet it supplies a good source of fiber, heart-healthy ALA omega-3s and 40% more protein. Look for Barilla Plus® in popular pasta shapes like Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows and Farfalle. Try using Farfalle ‘bow-tie’ pasta in our recipe for Primavera Pasta Salad that you can serve hot or cold.
Cut the Fat
Fat contributes to the rich flavor and texture of meals. To savor the creaminess of soups, casseroles, sauces and desserts without the waistline worry, try cooking with Horizon Organic® 1% Lowfat Milk. Compared to cream, using Lowfat Milk trims a whopping 358 calories and over 43 grams of fat per half cup while giving your recipe a calcium, vitamin D and protein boost. Look for their entire line of organic milks including Plain and Chocolate, Whole, 2% Reduced Fat, 1% Lowfat and Fat- Free and special DHA-fortified varieties.
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