Junk food made healthy
When it comes to eating right, one of the worst things to do is treat it like a chore. And because our mentality has it that healthy food is boring, we don't even take a minute before calling for pizza. But guess what? Comfort foods, like everybody's favourite pizza, burger, or fries, can be made healthy too!
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Of course, you'll have to do away with all the bucket loads of oil and fattening ingredients that are not doing any good for your waistline. Today I'm going to share a few recipes for healthy homemade everyone's favourite junk food, which will not give you a reason to worry about your weight!
Hot'n'crispy French fries:
Who loves hot crispy fries? I do! And because I can never satiate my cravings for a huge bag full of French fries I decided to make them healthier. Here's how...
You will need:
4 large potatoes or sweet potatoes if you want extra, extra healthy
One tablespoon olive oil
Salt as per taste
Method: Wash and cut the potatoes into thin long slices (you may keep a little bit of the skin on for taste and health benefits). In a large pan, boil some water and dunk the potatoes in with some salt. Once they're done, drain them on a piece of clean cloth and give it a shake to make the edges a little rough. Drizzle a baking tray with olive oil and spread the potatoes out on the tray. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Yummy, crispy and healthy French fries are ready to serve. Don't forget the salsa dip!
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The massive hamburger:
Hamburgers top everybody's favourite foods list. When it comes to burgers, bigger is always better. But the best burger and the current favourite of mine is my mom's recipe of a good healthy homemade one. It's a must try.
You will need:
Whole grain burger buns/Sesame buns/Multigrain buns
Many slices of juicy grilled chicken ham/vegetable patties
Tangy homemade salsa sauce
Low fat mozzarella cheese/ fat-free cheddar
One teaspoon of either low fat mayo or olive oil
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Method: This one is no less than a food extravaganza. Get your chicken ham slices/veg patties and the burger buns grilled. Wash and slice the tomatoes and onions. Wash the lettuce and cabbage leaves thoroughly and pat them dry with a soft kitchen towel or simply spread them on a plate and put them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Now, once you've got all your ingredients handy, start piling them up in 2-4 layers however you like it. For a fun food session, let your family members do the stacking themselves! Vegetarians can make the same by using veg patties instead of the chicken.
Crunchy crust pizza: Pizzas may be a takeout speciality but once you try this pizza-made-healthy option you'll definitely know why it's better. Most times, the chewy pizza crust adds to the inches on our belly; so in this homemade variety I used the ever so healthy whole grain chapattis with a twist!
You will need:
For the crust:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
2 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
For the toppings:
Red/Yellow bell peppers
Dried Oregano/Dill leaves
5 sprigs of parsley/fresh coriander leaves
200 grams cottage cheese/soya chunks/chicken breast/lean minced chicken (steamed)
Boiled baby corn/corn kernels
One bowl of grated feta cheese/goat's cheese
One bowl of grated fat-free mozzarella cheese
Salsa pizza spread
Salt and pepper to taste
Method: Combine the whole wheat flour and the all purpose flour with yeast, salt and hot water in a food processor, to make a light and fluffy dough. Knead well so that the dough is soft. Lightly flour a flat surface covered with plastic wrap; let the dough rest for 30 minutes maximum. Meanwhile, chop the olives, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and the herbs. Roll out the dough in circles or rectangles and use a fork or toothpick to prick it. Spread a thick layer of salsa spread on each rolled out crust. Top the pizza crust with the chopped veggies, herbs, and cottage cheese/chicken (or whatever you are using as a main ingredient) and season it with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the feta and mozzarella cheese on top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 450 degrees C for 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.
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