Comfort food favourites with health in mind
As the cold weather sets in, many people will enjoy hearty comfort foods to help them warm up. And with 35 per cent of Canadians reporting that their eating habits have worsened since being asked to stay at home earlier this year, having healthier alternatives to seasonal comfort food recipes is sure to be a satisfying way to indulge. Here are a few simple ways you can feel better about enjoying hearty comfort foods:
Substitute refined processed foods with more nutrient-rich ingredients. Look to limit red meat with leaner protein and vegetarian options, while swapping out heavier cream elements with whole or skim milk.
There’s no denying that fried foods are delicious, but they’re also high in trans fats and very greasy. Air-frying allows you to enjoy favourites like crispy chicken wings, fresh-cut fries or charred brussels sprouts without the guilt. Looking for an appliance that can do it all without added countertop clutter– check out the LG AirFry Range with ThinQ technology, which achieves that perfect desired crispy texture by circulating hot, fast-moving air. Your food will be crispy, less greasy and packed with flavour.
Mix in more veggies
Incorporate in-season fall vegetables into your recipes. Sweet potatoes, butternut squash and pumpkin are rich in fibre and full of flavour for hearty meals. Chilis, soups and stews are all meals where you can add these kinds of veggies and can also be made without meat and dairy if you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan option. You can also make a leafy green salad.