Friday, January 3, 2014

10 Healthy Southern-Style Dishes

We've only been here in Arkansas about six weeks and I'm already trying out lots of new foods we've never eaten. I'm finding that, while we are loving traditional Southern food, I'm going to either need to back off a bit or lighten up! Luckily, Pinterest came to the rescue with lots of great ideas on cooking Southern in a healthier way. Here are 10 favorites I found. Let me know if you try any of them!

This Healthy Fried Chicken recipe uses nut flours and delicious apricot preserves for a lower fat, baked version of this favorite. 

I fell in love with everything on this website, but Live Simply's Perfectly Seasoned Collard Greens looked especially delicious! 

 I can't wait to try these Sweet Potato Biscuits from Slim Pickin's Kitchen. She offers Weight Watchers points too, which is really helpful.

This one looked so good that I actually took the time to double check the nutrition info on this very awesome Oven Fried Fish recipe. Sure enough, it has significantly less fat and carbs than traditional pan fried fish. YUM!

I don't yet understand the South's obsession with Macaroni and Cheese, but I'm sure willing to find out for myself! This healthy one from Castle Blake looks quite a bit tastier than the ol' boxed stuff, doesn't it?

Southern Girl Eats Clean posted this delicious recipe for Potato Salad that sounds so fresh and yummy! Can't wait to try it out! 

I like how the author of Week of Menus points out that ribs probably aren't all that bad---it's the sides we put with them that pack on the extra calories. These directions for Ultimate BBQ Ribs sound divine! 

Our whole family has really acquired a taste for sweet potatoes this year. I'm thinking these {not really candied} Candied Yams from A Dash of Soul are going to be a new favorite. Aren't they gorgeous?

Now I'll be honest. I really don't know if I can give up my sugary Sweet Tea. But, if I do, this is the one I'll try for sure. On The Way Home put up a great alternative to the sugar sweetened tea that I grew up on. I admit, it does sound absolutely wonderful!

Lastly, I found this great lower fat recipe for Turkey Chili---and even better, it's a crockpot recipe! Yum!

What are some of your favorite Southern-Style dishes? Do you have a great, lightened-up recipe to share?

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  1. Thanks Sarah, these look great!!

  2. I sure will be trying some of these! This makes me want to move south.

  3. Makes my mouth water! Pinned! Visiting from IBN. :-)

    PS you should link this to Family Fun Friday if you have time.

  4. These look absolutely amazing! I love fried chicken and collards. I actually just tried chicken and waffles that I will posting today on the blog...not so sure how lite it is though :)! Have a great weekend!
    -Natasha @ Lovely You

  5. oh yummy looks so good would never believe it is healthy
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  6. Southern food is so delicious - I'll have to try some of these! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,


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