You might have go-to recipes on your meal-prepped lunches and weeknight dinners, however have thought-about easy methods to shake them up so as to add some extra vitamin? For a low raise, you can provide your favourite meals a significant dietary enhance.
Do you often add mayo to your Caesar salad? Attempt utilizing avocado as an alternative to infuse the dish with heart-healthy fat. And as an alternative of topping that salad along with your typical croutons, strive getting your crunch issue from antioxidant-rich pecans (toasted, after all).
In the event you sometimes use cream cheese and/or bitter cream to make your spinach-artichoke dip, strive subbing in Greek yogurt to attain that tangy creaminess with some added protein.
The world is your swappable oyster.
1. Mayo → mashed avocado
Avocados provide creamy-dreamy goodness with a hearty dose of fiber, heart-healthy fat and potassium. The green-hued fruit has plain star energy that shines by way of in nearly any dish. As when you wanted extra proof than guac, there are salads with avocado and avocado toast … I might go on and on. So, I’ll! Mashed avocado makes for a delicious unfold for sammies and wraps. One necessary word: It needs to be ripe so it’s creamy sufficient to unfold. (In the event you discover it’s too stiff, it’s possible you’ll must mash it in a bowl with a fork earlier than spreading.) I exploit about 1/4 to 1/3 avocado per wrap, and you’ll slather it proper down the middle or across the total perimeter. In the event you select to apply it to a sandwich, it’s possible you’ll need to toast your bread first so the bread doesn’t break aside. And don’t inform anybody: I even use avocado as an alternative of mayo in my Caesar Dressing.
2. Croutons → toasted pecans
Crunch! Crunch! That’s the sound of crispy satisfaction coming straight out of your salad bowl. No, they’re not croutons, they’re toasted pecans, which supply an identical texture and really feel however with heart-healthy fat and antioxidants. And the flavour? Buttery, nutty and gently candy. Word that toasting pecans intensifies the flavour and crunch, so it’s a should. Here is the simplest strategy to make toasted pecans.
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3. Brown rice → farro
Brown rice is an apparent winner. The entire grain delivers nutritional vitamins, minerals and some fiber, and it’s versatile sufficient to enhance to only about any meal. Whereas brown rice has earned an everyday spot in lots of houses, farro is an historical grain price attending to know. That’s as a result of it offers greater than double the quantity of fiber and protein in comparison with brown rice and is simply as simple to make. It has a lighter taste than brown rice, barely nutty and a bit candy (some even say with refined hints of cinnamon). I love its texture — it’s chewy and puffy, so it’s fairly filling and satisfying. It’s a really perfect facet to meat, rooster and fish, however it’s additionally nice chilled and added to any form of chilly salad. In actual fact, I make a Farro Pilaf with varied aromatics and attractive mix-ins like pistachios and dried cranberries that’s at all times a crowd-pleaser.
4. Bitter cream → Greek yogurt
Bitter cream is the topping of selection for baked potatoes, chilis, tacos and nachos. However I personally have a factor for Greek yogurt when my dish wants a dollop of deliciousness. In contrast to common yogurt, Greek yogurt is strained, making it thicker, tangier and extra just like bitter cream in texture and style, with the added perk of additional protein. Add a spoonful or two to those Loaded Candy Potatoes or this Butternut Squash Chili, and dig in!
5. Canned tuna → canned salmon
In the event you’re going to go fish, why not strive canned salmon? All canned fish are filled with protein and are a budget-friendly strategy to hit your weekly fish quota. And naturally, there’s no want for canned tuna to be canned for good, however swapping to salmon presents an a variety of benefits, together with extra heart-healthy omega-3 fat and bone-strengthening vitamin D. Now that’s the reel deal! Do this Wild Salmon and Chickpea Salad for a delicious repair.