Comfort foods that FILL ME WITH HEALTH AND VIGOR
June 25, 2012 5:48 AM Subscribe
I want your best recipes for turning comfort foods into health foods without
posted by Rory Marinich to Food & Drink (33 answers total) 79 users marked this as a favorite
Burgers, tacos, lo mein, oatmeal, eggs, mac and cheese, you name it. I want recipes for when I need something utterly, morbidly delicious, but which won't sink me into a pit of eating fattier and saltier foods until I'm back to bad-habit eating.
I want to keep the bar HIGH for the comfort-food-ness: the recipe should taste close enough to the ordinary brand of delicious sin food that I feel like I'm still eating my childhood favorites. Oatmeal that's savory rather than sweet is cool, but it's going to taste like a whole new kind of food, and that's not what I want. Replacing eggs with tofu? I don't mind tofu now and then, but it would take a lot to convince me tofu tastes like eggs. Nondairy mac and cheese? Yeah, no.
That said, I am all for making my comfort food less indulgent. If there's a way to slip a zillion healthy things into mac and cheese that combine to taste close enough to the original that I end up eating less pasta, less cheese, then that's totally great. Ditto if there's a way to, say, add food types that will taste equally delicious when cheesy. If my burger still tastes like a burger I don't mind if there's less meat or a whole bunch of things I'm not used to being on a burger – just keep in mind the satisfaction of biting into a juicy beef burger and try not to diminish that indulgent joy.
Cheap is better because I'm a recent college grad with limited funds. Indulgent-style foods that I haven't explicitly mentioned are more-than-welcome, especially if they're actually very healthy. These recipes are for when I need food to make me happier in the most primal, hedonistic way, though, so ultimately if it's healthy but "grown-up" food it's not what I'm looking for.
BONUS POINTS: I came upon a foodie blog a few months ago whose author would occasionally "reinvent" (I forget the phrase she used) traditional foods, such as chicken lo mein, General Tso's, chicken parmesan, but with an emphasis on lightweight, healthier recipes. For some reason I haven't been able to track it down through diligent re-Googling. Does this blog sound familiar to anybody? You'll be paid in gold doubloons.