One of my favorite things about being a chef is taking an existing traditional recipe and playing around with it to make it healthier—without sacrificing any flavor. Here are my go-to swaps for when junk food cravings hit:
If you're craving Mac & Cheese, try Quinoa Pasta With Walnut Miso SauceDon't worry—mac & cheese isn't going anywhere. This savory, umami pasta will satisfy your mac & cheese need. To make it, simply make quinoa pasta according to package instructions. For the sauce, combine teaspoon ginger juice, 2 tablespoons white miso, ½ cup almonds, ½ teaspoon soy sauce, plus 2 tablespoons water in a small processor and pulse until well-combined. Toss sauce over pasta and top with chopped toasted almonds.
If you're craving Apple Pie, try Ghee Caramelized Apples With Cinnamon + Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Who needs apple pie? Not me, ever since I discovered this quick and easy version that has all the same qualities as America's favorite dessert. Heat up a little ghee in a medium-size cast-iron pan, toss in two chopped up, peeled apples and 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and cook down until caramelized, about 5 minutes. For a little crunch, top with toasted pumpkin seeds. It's sweet, tart, crunchy, and naturally gluten-free.
If you're craving French Fries, try Baked Kohlrabi Fries Kohlrabi is a protein-filled veggie that will have you forgetting what a potato is even doing on this planet. This veggie, reminiscent of an apple crossed with jicama, is incredibly crispy and can become the perfect fry substitution. How? Just cut it like you would a regular fry. Coat the pieces with avocado oil and salt, put on a baking sheet and in a 400°F oven, and 15 minutes later you've got all you need to satisfy the inner fry fanatic that you are.
If you're craving Chocolate Chip Cookies, try Warm Oatmeal With Dark Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon, and Toasted Pecans
Chocolate chip cookies for breakfast? Your morning oatmeal just got more interesting. Make plain oatmeal as usual, but add in 1 teaspoon each of dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, melted ghee, and maple syrup, and 2 teaspoons of toasted chopped pecans. It'll smell and taste just like fresh-baked cookies!