Often, people assume that eating lighter and/or healthier will take the joy out of eating. We don’t believe better-for-you will deliver on flavor, which continues to be a top driver of food preferences for a majority of people. Even back when convenience foods first made their debuts, it didn’t matter how quick-and-easy a product was – if it didn’t deliver on flavor, it’s menu or shelf life was most likely limited.
Expanding Our Horizons
Today, we see people more likely to experiment with healthier foods, not only because aging or health issues require them to, but because they deliver on flavor. While a person might not go all-in vegan or vegetarian, they may incorporate those dishes in rotation with other, more indulgent foods during the week – flexitarian in nature. Exposure to authentic ethnic cuisines and flavors from other cultures have made our palates more adventurous and our minds more open to a variety of foods in our diets.
Time For A Makeover
One trend we’ve been watching for some time is chefs or food bloggers who take traditional or classic dishes and lighten them up to create something with more contemporary appeal. Such is the case with The Lighten Up Cookbook: 103 Easy, Slimmed-Down Favorites for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Everyone Will Love, by author Addie Gundry, who was also a winner of the TV Food Network‘s Cutthroat Kitchen in 2015. She obviously doesn’t shy away from a challenge and in her new book she gives some classic American dishes a lighter makeover. The book is published by St. Martin’s Griffin.
Addie’s philosophy is that you can incorporate easy, healthy recipes into your diet without giving up the foods you love. She uses tricks like substituting cauliflower for starchy breads or baking, instead of frying, chicken. You’ll find a variety of recipes in her book with chapters for Breakfast and Smoothies; Soups, Salads and Sandwiches; Appetizers; Meat and Poultry; Seafood, Pasta and Vegetarian; Sides; and Desserts.
To give you a flavor of her new cookbook, she’s graciously agreed to share four recipes with our audience. You’ll find links to those below. Go ahead, give it a whirl, you might be very surprised at how good healthy can taste!