Modern Twists on Your Favorite Classic Recipes

For many people, there are certain foods that immediately bring back memories of happy times, childhood and specific people in their lives. Many of these are dishes we ate as children, at family dinners or at holiday gatherings and although they tasted delicious to us at the time, our modern day appetites may be primed for some updates.

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The good news is that there a lot of simple swaps you can make to the original recipes you loved with a modern twist and maybe even sometimes, make them a bit healthier. With high quality ingredients (something we know a thing or two about) upgraded changes can be made without sacrificing the flavor you remember.

Here are a few tips for updating your favorite classic recipes:

Use a high quality stock. If you typically use broth or soup in recipes, buy high-quality stock instead or better yet, make your own. Save your veggie scraps to make broth, or thicken stock with Greek-style yogurt to mimic cream-based soups in casseroles, etc.

Try a new noodle. We’ve come a long way since elbow mac and spaghetti. Try whole-wheat noodles, gluten-free varieties or even spiralize some zucchini or squash. Looking to really update your pasta plate? Try bean-based pasta to add some extra fiber.

Choose lean meat. For meat-based dishes like meatloaf and stews, choose leaner cuts of meat or try swapping beef for turkey or chicken.

Skip the oil. When frying, make baked versions of your favorite meals like chicken tenders, country fried steak, etc. Using a crispy coating and baking in the oven will give you the same crunch as frying but will cut down on the fat.

Always add more veggies. No matter what dish you’re making, you can always sneak a few more veggies in! Try pureeing them into sauces and soups or roasting a big batch to add to salads, etc.

Make it mini. Many family dessert recipes are loaded with butter and sugar and make a large amount of dessert. Try cutting the recipe in half or baking in individual ramekins to make portion control easier!

Use these simple tips to help make your favorite recipes just a little bit healthier.

Here are some classic recipes with a modern twist:

Not Fried Chicken Nuggets

Not Fried Chicken Nuggets

Beef Stroganoff With Greek Yogurt

Beef Stroganoff With Greek Yogurt

Cabot Yogurt Curry Deviled Eggs

Cabot Yogurt Curry Deviled Eggs

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Modern Twists on Classic Recipes - Cabot Creamery

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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

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