Cooler temperatures bring cravings for comfort food. But with lighter substitutions, you can make even the richest comfort food fit into your healthy eating plan. Cream-based soups turn out just as smooth when you replace half of the cream with pureed, cooked cauliflower. You’ll get additional flavor and thickness while adding some immunity-boosting nutrition. You can use the same substitution with country gravy.
Cauliflower is actually an incredibly versatile vegetable that should be a kitchen staple in your home. You can lower the carbohydrate count of your mashed potatoes and improve the taste by adding cauliflower. Steam it until tender and mash together with boiled potatoes. You can amp up the taste and health benefits by adding garlic that has been roasted or browned in butter. You can even swap out all of the potatoes and make smashed cauliflower. In addition to the normal mashed potato seasoning, try adding a tablespoon or two of sour cream for a different flavor.
Butternut squash is another versatile vegetable that can turn comfort food into something a little healthier. Roast a whole butternut squash and puree it in a food processor or with an immersion blender. You can replace some of the cheese in macaroni and cheese with the pureed squash. It’s a great way to lower the fat content and add nutrients, especially for kids who won’t eat their vegetables.
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