I pretty much replace ground beef with ground turkey or chicken in every recipe. Chili, tacos, meatloaf and some meatballs. Meatballs can be tricky and I often look up a recipe specifically for turkey or chicken. For example we love these turkey meatballs.
I struggle with making my own turkey or chicken burgers – frankly, I over cook them. We rarely eat burgers – more of a summer treat on the grill so I don’t mess with it much.
Leaving out the egg
This is nothing against eggs, they are a great source of protein, but they are unnecessary in a lasagne as there are plenty of protein sources in the dish. I have never put it in ricotta – ever and it’s still delicious!
I almost never dredge my chicken. The best alternative is mustard. I often use mustard on my chicken before coating. Sometimes I play with the mustard, yellow, brown, honey mustard, etc depending on the flavor I want. A less healthy alternative is ranch dressing. I do this for “ranch chicken”. I coat the chicken in ranch then coat in breadcrumbs before baking.
I rarely buy them. Sometimes I keep panko breadcrumbs in the house for specific recipes, otherwise I use whole wheat bread in the food processor. This is a great way to add flavors such as garlic cloves, and herbs plus you control the amount of salt.
Fruit and veggies everywhere
Ok, maybe not everywhere, but easily accessible. From fall through spring there is at last one bowl of fruit on my counter (fruit flies in the summer so it goes to the fridge). This makes it easy to grab. The boys’ friends also grab fruit at will, often apples.
I put out fruit or veggies with each meal and often snack. When their friends are over I put out junk and fruit or veggies, it’s always devoured.
Where I don’t substitute
French fries. I know some of you just laughed out loud 😉 I’m sorry, but veggies baked in bread crumbs are not the same. I would truly rather have celery sticks or a salad. I’ll even make veggie fries but I don’t call them fries. Perhaps these work for you and that’s great!
As I mentioned earlier, I like a good burger. These are both foods I don’t eat often and frankly, I’m not giving them up.
The beauty is you don’t have to give up something you love either. Maybe change the frequency or portion size but you don’t have to give it up completely.
What are some of your healthy tricks?