Eat X, not Y
June 9, 2011 1:30 PM Subscribe
Recommend versions of my favorite foods, or alternatives to them, that are healthful, low-calorie, and nonetheless tasty.
posted by foursentences to Food & Drink (26 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
I am aware of the "Eat This, Not That" books; my interest is in compiling a personalized version of them, tailored to my own go-to foods.
- Assume price is no object.
- Assume sodium level is only a moderate object.
- Of course this is subjective, but I'd rather avoid foods so healthful that you're reminded that they're healthful with every bite. For example, Amy's Unsalted Souplike Disaster Fluid. I want foods I'll still look forward to eating.
- I don't love fish, though other seafood is fine.
Examples of the sorts of conversions I'm looking for:
Ice cream >> brown rice pudding
Cheez doodles >> puffed white-cheddar rice snacks
Eggs >> egg beaters
Coffee coolata >> Minute Maid Light
Ramen noodles >> seasoned quinoa
Bleu cheese >> bleu cheese yogurt dressing
Lo mein >> soy-drenched steamed garlic broccoli
Snickers bar >> trail mix
Macaroni and cheese >> brown rice risotto
Note that the substitutes don't always have to be close counterparts to the original foods, just similar foods that will still be pleasurable.
Buffalo wings >> ?
Pizza >> ?
Chicken nuggets with ketchup >> ?
Spare ribs >> ?
Chicken cordon bleu >> ?
General Tsao's chicken >> ?
Groundnut soup >> ?
Eggplant parmesan >> ?
Chinese garlic eggplant >> ?
Olive tapenade >> ?
Pringles >> ?
Potatoes au gratin >> ?
Chinese dumplings >> ?
Guacamole >> ?
Seven-layer nachos >> ?
Feta cheese >> ?
Jordan almonds >> ?
White chocolate >> ?
Peanut butter and jelly >> ?
Yoo Hoo >> ?
Bagel with cream cheese >> ?
Thanks in advance!