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Healthier Eating for Easter

Healthier Eating on Easter

Fat, salt and cholesterol, how do you avoid them but still keep everyone’s favorite flavors of Easter? What goes well in place of ham? Your questions answered with health on the mind.

Ham, Lamb & Side Dish FAQs
Egg FAQs
Entertaining FAQs


Q:  Many of my baking recipes call for sour cream (in cheesecake, quick breads, etc).  Is there a substitute?
Q: Many breakfast recipes have eggs in them, is there anything I can substitute?
Q: My family loves eating sausage for breakfast; what can I swap it with that’s a little healthier?
Q:  I am trying to reduce the amount of salt that I’m eating.  Any tips on how to do this?
Q:  I’m having friends to my house for dinner.  Are there any ‘meaty’ vegetarian dishes that my non-vegetarian friends would like as well?
Q:  I am hosting a dinner with vegan guests. Any tips on what I can or can’t cook?




1) Many of my baking recipes call for sour cream (in cheesecake, quick breads, etc).  Is there a substitute?

A:
 Plain Greek yogurt is loaded with nutrients and is an alternative to sour cream, but be sure to use yogurt with the same fat content as the type of sour cream (full fat yogurt for regular sour cream, 2% for light sour cream and fat-free for fat-free sour cream).  Greek yogurt tends to be thicker, mimicking the thick, creamy texture of sour cream. 




2) Many breakfast recipes have eggs in them, is there anything I can substitute?

A:
 Absolutely! Fat-free egg substitutes work great.  Check package directions for the amount to substitute for 1 egg.

 

3) My family loves eating sausage for breakfast; what can I swap it with that’s a little healthier?

A:
There are many varieties of lean breakfast sausage on the market; try substituting lean turkey or soy breakfast sausage for traditional pork breakfast sausage.

 

4) I am trying to reduce the amount of salt that I’m eating.  Any tips on how to do this?

A:
 Look for reduced-sodium or no-salted-added products, more and more are hitting the shelves. You can also try tricking your taste buds. Finish a dish with a squeeze of lemon juice for a boost of flavor in lieu of salt.
Also, caramelized onions are a great topping to dishes such as burgers, instead of adding salt to the meat mixture.  Check out our recipe for Caramelized Onions—Reference new Big Red Caramelized Onions p. 598

 

5) I’m having friends to my house for dinner.  Are there any ‘meaty’ vegetarian dishes that my non-vegetarian friends would like as well?

A: Absolutely. A tried-and-true favorite is eggplant Parmesan. It has a nice, meaty texture, which makes it both filling and delicious. Grilled or sautéed portabella mushrooms are another terrific meat substitute and can be flavored any way you want.

6) I am hosting a dinner with vegan guests. Any tips on what I can or can’t cook?

A:
 Vegans avoid animal products such as meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy products and foods containing animal products like seafood broth, lard or gelatin. Some vegans don’t eat honey. Vegans do eat vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds. Whole grain dishes like this one made with quinoa are a great choice. Add a veggie side dish and a fruit salad for dessert for a wonderful meal!

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