I’m not a big fan of low-fat or fat-free versions of foods.
My food philosophy is simple: I’d rather eat something with full fat in moderation than partake in something made from not-so-real ingredients.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with trying to make a classic dish better for you and your waistline. That’s why I also like “healthifying” some of my favorite dishes using real, better-for-you ingredients. Forget fat-free yogurt or low-fat butter; if I can make a dish taste delicious using half the amount of fatty ingredients (but still keep them real), I’m all for it.
One of my favorite “healthified” dishes is this Skinny Cauliflower Gratin
. It’s my lower-fat, lower-calorie take on the classic potato gratin side dish. Instead of carb-loaded potatoes, I use fiber-rich cauliflower; instead of heavy cream, I use yogurt; and instead of cheddar cheese, I use mozzarella and Gruyere. Of course, there’s still butter in the dish – but a lot less than you’d use in the regular version. The best part? The skinny version is just as tasty.
I don’t claim to be an expert on creating nutritious food. Believe me, I’m the first person to admit that I’m a sucker for potato chips and peanut butter and chocolate-flavored, well, anything. But I do have common sense – and for me, cutting out unnecessary fat and calories and replacing them with wholesome, healthy ingredients is a great way to create a nutritious recipe that isn’t lacking in flavor.
So the next time you need a filling, yet healthy, side dish for dinnertime, try this recipe. It’ll leave behind nothing but smiles -- and a much happier waistline!
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