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Your Favorite Pub Food, But Better

Now that we’re into football season, you may be spending more time in your local pub watching your favorite team.  Just be careful if you’re also indulging in the standard pub fare–while really tasty, it’s almost always packed with calories and fat.  A healthier alternative is some tweaking of these recipes at home.  So, this Sunday (or Monday/Thursday night), try staying home and giving one of these recipes a try.

 

Nachos are a favorite and a staple on any pub menu.  The standard recipe calls for tortilla chips covered in lots of cheese, sour cream, chili meat, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa. Sweet Potato Nachos keeps all the basic flavors, adds in the nutrition of the sweet potatoes, plus it lessens the calorie and fat values.  You’ll use sliced sweet potatoes as your base and roast them until crispy.  Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and a good source of potassium.  Top the potatoes with lean, ground turkey, taco seasoning, a little low fat cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, chopped onion, olives, and any other veggies you like.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and enjoy.

 

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Courtesy of Slim Sanity

 

The burger is another pub menu must have.  I realize most hard core burger lovers will turn their noses up at the idea of a meatless version, but I really encourage you to try this Ultimate Veggie Burger.  This recipe uses roasted beets and quinoa to give it a nice, chewy texture.  Onion, garlic, chili flakes, and lemon juice are some of the ingredients that add flavor to your burger.  A dressing is made from avocado, tahini, lime juice, garlic, and salt.  Finally, you’ll top your burger with oven fried sweet potato fries.  Serve this burger on a chewy, whole grain bun.

 

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Courtesy of The Awesome Green

 

Potato Skins are a delicious appetizer, but again, filled with fat and calories.  Fruits & Veggies–More Matters has recreated this dish so you can enjoy it minus the guilt!  Potato Skins with Buffalo Chicken are topped with shredded chicken breast and a combination of nonfat milk, blue cheese, hot pepper sauce, and reduced fat sour cream.  Once the cooked potatoes are filled and baked, you’ll top them with diced tomatoes and green onions.  Serve celery sticks on the side.

 

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Courtesy of Fruits & Veggies–More Matters

 

Check back next week when I’ll have some easy ways for using your slow cooker to create hearty soups.

 

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