Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Foods

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Healthy food can be delicious too
Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Foods
Christine Ma/Cherry on my Sundae

A few easy dishes that will satisfy your cravings without wrecking your diet.

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to jump-start your new, healthy lifestyle goals. You’ve taken on the challenge to make this year the healthiest one yet and the first place to start working on your resolution is in the kitchen.

The hard part of a resolution is sticking to it; walking to the gym gets old really quickly when it’s snowing out, and salads are never as filling as they should be. Finding delicious meal options can become a tedious task, which makes it the perfect choice for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).

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We put the Culinary Content Network to the test to come up with healthy versions of their favorite foods, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Diane Balch of Simple Living and Eating uses sliced onions as a replacement for pasta in a gluten-free take on carbonara.
  • Justine Fontinell of Full Belly Sisters batters and bakes these cauliflower bites for a healthy take on your favorite game-day snack, Buffalo chicken wings.
  • This week’s winner comes from Christine Ma of Cherry on My Sundae, who turns cauliflower into fried “rice.”

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

Raspberry Lemon Curd Muffins

Raspberry Lemon Curd Muffins

(Credit: Kit Graham/The Kittchen)

Lemon curd (pre-made or store-bought) is the secret to these delicious breakfast muffins; the sweet-tart lemon curd adds a bright, citrusy flavor to the muffin and replaces any fat that normally would  have been used. Click here to see the recipe.

Porcini Fettuccine Alfredo (Light Version)

Procini Fettuccine Alfredo (Light Version)

(Credit: Anna Voloshyna/Divine Cuisine)

Alfredo isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking of something healthy to eat, but this whole-wheat pasta version is made creamy and rich with light whipped cream cheese. Click here to see the recipe.

Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.