I love this time of year. Fall is awesome, not just because it’s football season, but because of the food. My husband loves to sit down and watch a game, and while I don’t mind joining him, I need a big plate of comfort food for it to really be worth my wild.
Since we started eating “clean” it might seem like comfort food isn’t going to be on the menu this football season. WRONG! All I need for a big bowl or plate of awesome is to make a few changes in the recipe, leave out the ingredients that are bad for me and swap in some good one and I can eat whatever I want! Yum!
To make any recipe clean I just follow these simple steps:
1. Start with a mostly clean recipe. Maybe I’m wrong, but I haven’t found a way to clean up a recipe where ALL of the ingredients are highly processed. Canned soup, velveta, and crescent dough might be replaceable, but if that’s all that’s in the recipe, do you really want to try? Instead start with a recipe full of vegetables, beans or general good for you food. That way, you won’t have to work so hard to make it clean.
2. Swap out or omit any pre-made mixes. Does a recipe call for 1 package of Taco seasoning? Instead swap out your own home-made taco seasoning. How about home-made ranch seasoning? You can find a recipe for just about anything on Allrecipes.com, and if that fails you just look on the back of the store-bought package for a list of ingredients and use those.
4. Switch “white ingredients” for whole wheat. If a recipe calls for rice, use brown rice. If it calls for pasta, use whole wheat. Same goes for flour. I find that whole wheat pastry flour has almost the same texture as all-purpose, and will usually work for anything.
5. Use organic, local products whenever possible. Get the most nutritional bang for your buck that you can by purchasing quality food. That way, not only will you love eating your comfort food, but you will be gaining nutrients from it. That’s what I call a win-win!
The thing about clean eating is just getting used to using the clean ingredients in the foods you may have been making for years. I still make cookies, but I make them with whole wheat flour and organic cane sugar. I still make yummy, cheesy football foods, I just use real ingredients instead of overly processed ones.
Here are the recipes I would LOVE to eat while watching a football game!
Baked zucchini Fries with Blooming Onion Dip use organic milk products and whole wheat breadcrumbs instead of Panko.
Bruschetta use whole wheat bread
Sausage and Bean Soup use whole Wheat pasta.
So enjoy your football, and enjoy some yummy clean food while you are at it!
disclaimer: I haven’t personally tried all these recipes, but the look good. So they must taste good, right? I mean, a picture never lies. For more football food inspiration, check out my ever-expanding pinterest board. Yum!