Fool ’em!

by Ashley on January 11, 2011

Lately, I have been getting a lot of questions about how to eat healthy when you just don’t like the way some healthy foods taste, vegetables for instance.  One of my good friends is trying to help her husband eat a little healthier but there’s just one problem… he only likes about 3 vegetables: green beans, corn, and peas.  This can be rather challenging.

I am here to tell you there is good news!  If you are in this situation, and are in charge of providing (cooking) the meal, you can fool them into thinking they are eating the same old stuff, grandma’s recipe exactly (Shhh… it can be our secret!)!

Dustin thinks he has the world figured out.  His famous quote is, “If it taste terrible, it’s good for you!”  Come on, Dustin! You don’t like the way an apple tastes??  I know, I know, sometimes apple pie can be a little more enticing.  

Just because something taste good doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy.  By fooling your family or anyone you are cooking for, you are not only doing their health a favor, but you are also indirectly showing them healthy food can taste good too!

Tonight Dustin and I are back home at my parents house so, as expected, my mom and I worked together in the kitchen.  The planning and prepping of dinner usually starts around midday here and sometimes a little later, like today.  At around 4 o’clock my mom said, “What should we have for dinner?”  And that’s where the fun begins.  

On tonight’s menu: filets, collard greens, twice baked potatoes/ twice baked sweet potatoes, and homemade bread.  So your thinking, what do you mean “fool ‘em,” Ashley?  Filets, no trickery there.  Collard greens?  Nope.  Homemade bread?  There’s nothing to not like about warm, fresh, homemade bread.  Twice baked potatoes/ twice baked sweet potatoes?  You bet cha!  I’m here to introduce you to a new, old fashioned favorite. 

Normally, whenever I make twice baked potatoes, I just throw a sweet potato in the oven for me since I usually prefer the orange over the white.  However, tonight, I wanted in on the twice baked action too!

Twice Baked Potatoes the Healthy Way

Ingredients:

Baked Potatoes (Cooked for about an hour @ 375)

0% Plain Greek Yogurt

Skim Milk

Shredded 2% Cheese

Turkey Bacon

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Parsley

Once baked potatoes have cooked, take them out of the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.  Cut each potato in half.  With a melon ball scooper, ice cream scooper, or spoon and scoop the middle out of each potato, leaving only about a 1 cm ring of potato attached to the outside skin, placing potato insides into a mixing bowl.

Add cheese, milk, Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, parsley, and garlic powder to the same mixing bowl.  Mix potatoes and other ingredients making a mashed potato like dish.  

Add potato mixture back to potato skin, bake for about 20 more minutes.  Take out of the oven and sprinkle with turkey bacon crumbles and a little more cheese.

Also, at the end, right before serving you can add a dollop of Greek yogurt if you (or those your are tricking helping) like sour cream usually.  They’ll never know the difference!


Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 

Ingredients:

Sweet potatoes (baked for about an hour at 375)

0% Plain Greek yogurt

Cinnamon

Chopped Walnuts

Truvia

Once sweet potatoes have cooked, take them out of the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.  Cut each sweet potato in half.  With a melon ball scooper, ice cream scooper, or spoon and scoop the middle out of each sweet potato, leaving only about a 1 cm ring of sweet potato attached to the outside skin, placing sweet potato insides into a mixing bowl.

Add sweet potato scoopings, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts to a mixing bowl.  Mix together until evenly distributed.  Add potato mixture back to sweet potato skin, bake for about 20 more minutes.  Take out of the oven and sprinkle with a little bit of Truvia for a sweet touch.

I didn’t give measurements above because depending upon how many potatoes you are making the measurements will all be different.  For example, for my family we made seven, therefore if you are only cooking for two, I don’t want you to follow my measurements.  Eyeballing it always works best in situations like these!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Dustin and I are enjoying our last few nights at home before we had back to Statesboro for our second semester back in school! Out to the fire pit we go; finally going to burn the Christmas tree!  Have a wonderful night!

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