Fall and Winter Foods
When fall and winter arrives, many of us crave warm, cozy, comfort foods, especially given the recent weather we have been having. This can cause anxiety for those who equate these choices with lots of calories. Rich, saucy foods are indeed typical for the season: creamy mashed potatoes, gravies, cheese sauces and stews. But these foods aren’t the only way to get that comfort food feeling. There are ways to reduce the calories, but not the flavour of these traditional foods, making them health-inducing, not guilt-inducing. Here are a few ideas to get you cooking in a more healthful way this fall and winter.
Make creamy mashed potatoes by using Yukon Gold potatoes, low fat sour cream and a small amount of salt and butter or margarine. The yellow colour of the potatoes will give a buttery appearance, and the sour cream will lend a creamy texture, but without the fat of butter and cream.
Yummy Roasted Root Vegetables
There really is nothing quite like the smell of food roasting in the oven to fill your home with warmth. Take your favourite root vegetables and chop them into 1 inch (approximate) cubes. Place them in a glass baking dish and coat them with the following marinade:
4 TBsp olive oil
1 TBsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp oregano, thyme and rosemary
Yams, sweet potatoes, fennel, sunchokes, any colour potato (including blue), turnip, parsnip, carrots, onions, garlic are all great choices for this recipe:
Let sit for 20 minutes then cover dish with aluminum foil and place in a 400 F oven for 15 minutes. Remove foil and leave for 10 more minutes. It may take up to an hour to cook your vegetables depending on which you chose, but keep turning them with a spatula to ensure they don’t stick to the sides of the dish.