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Healthy Takes on Classic Winter Recipes

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

There’s nothing like classic comfort food when the cold weather rolls in. While many seasonal dishes are high in fat and cholesterol, these easy changes suggested by New Hampshire elder care professionals can make your aging loved one’s favorite recipes both healthy and filling.

Healthy Beef Stew

Beef stew is the perfect meal on a cold day, but it’s often loaded with sodium and fat. You can make a healthier stew by using the leanest cut of beef possible, preparing the stew with reduced-sodium broth, and more veggies, including onion, three potatoes with skin (or sweet potatoes), carrots, celery, mushrooms, escarole, and butternut squash, for a filling, heart-healthy meal.

Improved Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is one of those meals we never outgrow, but this doesn’t mean the meal itself can’t grow up with us. Rather than making mac and cheese out of the box, make the meal from scratch and use ingredients that add nutrients and reduce the calories. Here are some ideas:

  • Greek yogurt macaroni and cheese made with whole-wheat pasta, cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt, and fresh spinach
  • Squash macaroni and cheese with spinach or broccoli, butternut squash, walnuts, and Greek yogurt
  • Quinoa and cheese with protein-heavy quinoa and leafy greens like spinach

Light Pot Pie

Pot pie is traditionally made with a great deal of butter and dairy. This lighter recipe makes a delicious, hearty meal without the unnecessary salt and fat. Make the pie using two unbaked whole wheat pie crusts, and then make the filling with lean meat like chicken or turkey, fresh or frozen carrots and peas (avoid canned veggies, which are usually high in sodium), celery, chopped onion, whole wheat flour, and seasonings. Be sure to use low-sodium chicken broth and nonfat milk as well.

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