Still there are those magic products we are all crazy about - comfort foods which our moms cooked us in the childhood and keep cooking when the family gather together. Foods that bring nice emotions inside, foods we rely on like a sedative when we are not feeling okay. Crispy baked potatoes? A big burger? A bag of chocolates? Macaroni and cheese? I love these things too, I just don't want to agree that this should be totally useless food comforting your soul and meanwhile destructing your beautiful body.
I understand you can't give it 100% of health but you definitely can not make it 100% useless. Add fresh light pesto to baked potatoes. Take a whole wheat bun for your burger. Substitute a part of your cheese with mashed vegetables in mac and cheese. At least balance your meal with a good portion of green salad! It's still your favourite comfort food, just made with a little hint of health, try it and you will see it's worth it!
Ingredients (serves 2):
2 1/2 cups dry pasta
2 cups frozen green beans
200 g light cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons milk
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
good quality olive oil
Cook your pasta according to the instructions until al dente.
To make the sauce pulse your frozen beans in a food processor. Finely chop your garlic, heat a little of olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan, add garlic and thyme leaves and stir for a moment for the oil to incorporate the flavor. Add your beans and continue stirring for a couple of minutes, then add grated cheese and about 4 tablespoons milk. Continue stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
Mix the sauce into your pasta and enjoy!