I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses to the Now Eat This! giveaway, and I thought it would be fun to try to hunt down some healthier alternatives for some of the requests. Whether these taste good, I have no clue, but they’re possibilities.
I didn’t have to look far for Sharon, Karen, and Jen, who all wished for healthier versions of lasagna. Chef Rocco offers two versions in his book: a Zucchini-Eggplant Lasagna (p. 171) and a meat-based Lasagna (p. 172). I don’t eat lasagna*, but his mixture of fat-free ricotta, reduced fat mozzarella, and parmigiano reggiano cheeses is tempting.
Colleen asked for “the sloppiest, goopiest, meat-and-cheese-and-guacamoliest plate of nachos”. Chef Rocco has a tasty-looking nacho recipe (p.25), but they don’t look very gooey and they don’t have guacamole. They might scratch that nacho-needing itch, though!
Teresa & Christine both wished for lighter versions of macaroni and cheese*. Rocco to the rescue (p. 174)! It would be rude to type the recipe here, but I’ll tell you the surprise (to me, anyway) ingredient: Greek yogurt! Who would’ve thought!
Now Eat This! also has recipe alternatives for Christina, who wants Chicken Pot Pie (p.116) and Laura, who wants Chicken and Dumplings (p.110).
I turned to our friend, Google, for some other possibilities. Again, not one clue if these are tasty possibilities, but they might be worth a click.
Leslie, here’s your turkey tetrazinni.
Milxx wishes for “a brown sauce for veggies like they do in Chinatown”, and I wonder if this recipe would do the trick.
Laurie wants chicken enchiladas ranchera, which I don’t think I’ve had before, but I did find a tasty-looking dish that might substitute.
Lori Z wants a healthy pierogi recipe. I don’t know pierogis, but this seemed promising.
TJ wants fried plantains. I haven’t really thought of these as unhealthy. Not in a fatal way, I mean. If you use healthy fat in a small amount, it seems they’d be okay for a now-and-then side dish.
Michele, here’s a possibility for the stuffed shells* you requested.
Moving along to the last group. Some of us are wishing for miracles.
Elise wants Molten Lava cake. Who doesn’t? This recipe might be worth a look.
Melissa seeks a healthier version of Texas Sheet Cake, and this one could be tasty, even if it looks kind of dry in the photo.
I even found a possibility for my beloved Swiss Rolls. I just need to find a healthy chocolate ganache for it.
Lots of linking going on there. I’ve tried to double-check, but I killed most of my brain cells at the gym today. If I flubbed a link, let me know, and I’ll fix it. If you happen to have a tried-and-true makeover recipe for any of these requests, please feel free to make like a fairy and share!
Meanwhile, the giveaway contest is open until Monday. You can’t win if you don’t enter!
*Little known Cammy-fact: I don’t eat thick pasta. Spaghetti and fettucini are about it for me, and considering that a serving is about 4 noodles, I generally just skip it completely.