The Midwest has great comfort food. These comforting dishes aren't the healthiest in the American Heartland.
But that's simple. Here are 13 old-fashioned Midwest recipes made with healthier ingredients. 22 Meals to Melt Belly Fat in 2022 is next.
Strawberry rhubarb pie is healthier than other iconic Midwestern pies because it uses fresh seasonal fruit (think sugar cream pie). Not any fruit, the fruit. Emma Essence, founder of EssenceEats, calls rhubarb the pie-plant in the Midwest. This tart, sweet pie is healthy and delicious.
1. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
It's paired with cheese curds, nachos, salads, and even pizza. The Forked Spoon's Jessica Randhawa makes ranch dressing. Greek yoghurt instead of buttermilk and other affordable ingredients make this healthier than store-bought, she says.
2. Ranch Dressing
Potato salad is a Midwestern staple. This recipe is lightened up with Greek yoghurt and a bit of mayo "to retain authentic taste," says Olena Osipov of ifoodreal. "The amazing taste and texture of this healthified side dish fools everyone."
3. Potato Salad
Fried chicken is a Midwestern favourite, but you can ditch the heavy cooking oil and gravy and still enjoy a delicious meal, says recipe developer Melinda Keckler. Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Strips require no frying pan. The chicken is tenderised in buttermilk, then baked.
4. Fried Chicken
Spicy meatballs. "These are the grape jelly meatballs I had at every family potluck... "These are vegetarian chickpea falafel,"
5. Chickpea Cocktail Meatballs
A Midwest Super Bowl party isn't complete without Buffalo Chicken Dip, a fan favourite but unhealthy dish. No cream cheese or bottled dressing are used in Cara Lanz's recipe. White bean hummus tops Greek yoghurt blue cheese, chicken, and co-jack cheese.
6. Chicken Buffalo Dip
Cara Lanz of Midwestern HomeLife didn't know that only Midwesterners call mint chocolate chip ice cream "peppermint bon bon" This dairy-free ice cream is made from frozen bananas, chocolate chips, and Mint Oreos. Bananas blended into ice cream.
7. Mint-chocolate-chip nice cream
Another Midwest favourite: potato skins. Load'me up or not, POM Wonderful Pomegranate Seeds help you lose weight.