Guest Blog: 4 Tasty Dishes that You Won’t Believe are Healthy

Wednesday 16 July 2014

We all have our guilty food pleasures. But what if we tell you that you can eat the foods you love without a guilty conscience? As you’ll see, each of the dishes listed here involve some sort of variation or substitution on a more traditional dish. The key is to find ways to replace fattening, high-calorie ingredients with alternatives that can emulate flavour while adding more nutritional content to the meal. With that in mind, we’re going to recommend baking instead of frying, and substituting fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

So on that note, here they are - four delicious dishes that you’d swear were unhealthy..

A tuna burger with a side of chips
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It looks like a burger, feels like a burger and even tastes like a burger (well, sort of). But don’t let that give you the wrong idea. Tuna burgers weigh in with a mere 11 grams of fat (compare to 17 for a beef burger). They’re easy to make, too. All you need is a tin of tuna, another tin of sweet corn and a food processor in which to whizz together the ingredients with bread crumbs. Topped with a bit of shredded cheese and served on a wholegrain bun, tuna burgers offer plenty in terms of nutritional value without overloading you with fat and calories.

Oven Fried Chicken
Oven fried chicken
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Who can resist a savoury serving of deep-fried chicken? This is a staple of the American South, and the tastiest versions use buttermilk to create creamy (not to mention cholesterol-laden) batter. For a healthier alternative that still packs plenty of flavour, consider ditching the fryer in favour of the cooker.

Faux-fried chicken begins with bread crumbs and a little bit of grated Parmesan cheese. The chicken - which is best sourced from a farm that adheres to high food standards - is coated in a mustard-based sauce that also includes plenty of spices and herbs. Then it’s dredged in the bread crumbs and cheese before baking for roughly half an hour.

For a good recipe to work with, look to Paula Deen - the American chef who’s as famous for scandal as she is for her Southern-style cooking. Say what you will about her politics - this woman can cook. This is a tasty and much healthier alternative to southern fried chicken.

Pasta and Cauliflower
Pasta with cauliflower
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There are several variations on this dish, and some of them are more surprising than others. In any event, cauliflower is a great addition to any pasta dish. To begin with, you get the added texture of this nutritious veggie in your pasta dish and get to cut down on empty carbohydrates from the pasta in the process. As far as celebrity chefs go, Mark Bittman is a particularly strong advocate of working cauliflower into pasta dishes.

One of the most intriguing variations on this dish involves using the cauliflower to create the sauce. Begin by steaming the florets to soften them up, and then puree them in a food processer to make a base. This is then mixed with grated cheese, a bit of low-fat sour cream and a touch of Dijon mustard. You won’t believe how rich and creamy this sauce is. Not only that—you’ll also be pleasantly surprised by how many vitamins and nutrients cauliflower brings to the table.

Juice Pops
A fruit ice lolly with berries
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This is a great summer treat for the kids, and it’s much healthier than a traditional popsicle. All you need are a few 100% fruit juices, popsicle moulds and wooden popsicle sticks. You’ll purchase the latter two in craft stores, some grocery stores and through countless online shops.

If you’re really aiming to impress the kids with their juice pops, you can even add stripes of colour to each one. To accomplish this, all you need to do is build the popsicles up over the course of the day. Pour your first layer of juice in and let that firm up before adding a different coloured juice, and so on. Doing this requires being around the house for most of the day, but the final product is lots of fun.

Just remember, fruit juice may be a healthier alternative to sugary sodas and other processed sweets. However, there’s still plenty of sugar in fruit juice. With that in mind, these serve as ideal afternoon treats, but they still ought to be doled out sparingly.


People have this impression that eating healthy means eating bland or boring. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Proof of that are the four delectable dishes described above. Give them a try today and you’d be amazed at how you’ll be choosing them over the fattier versions in the future.

Author Bio
Chloe Lovette is writing on a freelance basis for Red Tractor Assurance, a small British food labelling organisation whose administrative costs are met by licence payments and assurance fees from food companies and farmers.

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