Five Steps I Utilize to Bring a Tasty Recipe to Healthy

bowl of pumpkin soup after substituting healthier ingredients maintaining tasty flavor
This pumpkin soup is not only tasty, but healthy after altering the original butter and cream-filled recipe

Five Steps I Utilize to Bring a Tasty Recipe to a Healthy Recipe

Figuring out how to bring a tasty recipe to a healthy recipe is essential when deciding to limit processed foods, added sugar, and added salt in my diet.  Friends and good food are two things rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cannot take away from me!  They are truly spices to my life.

Even before my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis I learned that what I eat can express itself as inflammation in my body.  At that point I could actually feel the heat in my body, in addition to the pain and swelling.

We are basically talking about the anti-inflammatory diet, which has many renditions.  I chose to keep it simple by reading labels and limiting processed foods, added sugar and salt.  I felt better within days when I started eating this way.

I felt better, but I stilled craved the chips and pastries.  If I was going to give them up, or at least severely limit them, I needed a good replacement.  That is where I learned to rework my tasty recipes to make them a healthy ones.

Just like every other aspect of living successfully with RA, replacing old ways, like enjoying tasty sugar and fat laden recipes, with new, healthy ways is a process.

And this is where Five Steps I Utilize to Bring a Tasty Recipe to a Healthy Recipe comes in handy!

Five Steps to a Healthy Tasty Recipe:

  1. Find a recipe for what you are craving.  My example is squash or pumpkin soup.  I’ve had this thing for squash soup lately since the temperatures dropped.  I would order it whenever it was on the menu, but I decided I wanted it at home, too.
  2. Look at the ingredients and decide where you can make healthy substitutions.  It is easy to make a good squash soup if you include lots of butter and cream, but I wanted to up the healthy quotient.  I decided to sauté my veggies in olive oil instead of butter.  I eliminated the heavy cream and increased the amount of broth in the recipe.  I added carrots and celery to add variety to my veggie lineup.
  3. Test the results.  In this case I wasn’t all that happy with the results.  It tasted bland and the celery flavor, which I love, was too strong.
  4. Make adjustments to the recipe.  Next time I will leave out the celery and add a sweet potato.  I’m also planning to adjust the spices used.  Like adding cinnamon to add a little surprise to this savory dish.
  5. Test again and continue to adjust until it is just what you want.

I do have to say my palate has changed since eating whole, clean food.  A little bit of sweetness goes a long way.  I prefer feeling good over indulging by eating whatever I want.  And my thoughts naturally go to a healthier choice these days when choosing from a menu or shopping at the grocery store.

What is your strategy for creating healthier recipes?  I’d love to hear your suggestions!  Leave a comment!

By the way, I will share my recipe when I get it to where it needs to be.  Until then, take good care.

And that is using Arthritis Wisdom!

XX00  Cathy

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