Quintessential Canuck classics like macaroni and cheese, meatloaf,beef stew, spaghetti and meatballs and chicken noodle soup are great in their traditional forms, but you can make them more healthful by cutting the fat and the calories while keeping the taste. See below for our 3 ways to give your favourites a makeover.
1. To lighten up your mashed potatoes, replace the heavy cream with low-sodium, store-bought chicken stock or switch to buttermilk. Despite its name, buttermilk is actually low in fat and will add a tart, buttery flavour to your dish. When choosing a potato, go for the Yukon Gold or Russet varieties since they contain more moisture and in turn will produce a creamier mash.
2. When making traditional mac and cheese, switch up regular macaroni for the whole wheat variety; a cup of whole wheat pasta provides a healthy dose of fibre. Instead of regular cheddar cheese, opt for a cheese with more kick such as Gruyere or Gouda since you only need half as much to get a powerful flavour punch. Toss in a few handfuls of baby spinach or broccoli florets into the cheesy mixture and you'll benefit from an extra kick of iron too.
3. Hearty meat dishes can always benefit from the ol' switcheroo: use leaner ground turkey, instead of ground beef; ground sirloin, instead of ground chuck; switch rib-eye steak for a leaner cut like filet mignon; and trade traditional bacon for turkey bacon or Canadian-style back bacon. Also try to reduce the amount of meat you consume in general and stretch out soups and stews with hearty seasonal vegetables like carrots, mushrooms and potatoes.