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Guilt-free comfort food
If you find yourself hankering for rich pasta or hearty potatoes once the weather gets cold, here's some good news: Many feel-good comfort foods are full of Resistant Starch (RS), the secret ingredient in Health's The CarbLovers Diet. RS is a type of fiber found in pasta, bread, and potatoes that helps boost your metabolism and keeps you feeling full longer. Treat your body to these slimming comfort recipes.
Sweet Potato Pudding
Since sweet potatoes are so naturally sweet, this recipe slashes the sugar. Speed prep time by using the sweet potato you batch-cooked earlier in the week.
Ingredients: Cooking spray, eggs, honey, low-fat milk, whole wheat bread, mashed baked peeled sweet potato, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, chopped pecans, chopped crystallized ginger, plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt
Try this recipe: Sweet Potato Pudding
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Curried Egg Salad Sandwich
The curry adds a health-promoting antioxidant jolt to this traditional comfort dish. To save prep time, batch-cook a dozen eggs at the beginning of each week, so you always have two handy.
Ingredients: Hard-cooked eggs, plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt, chopped red bell pepper, curry powder, salt, black pepper, fresh spinach, rye bread, orange
Try this recipe: Curried Egg Salad Sandwich
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Orecchiette with White Beans and Pesto
You can use any small pasta for this dish. Letting it come to room temperature before serving will boost the RS factor even higher.
Ingredients: Orecchiette or shell pasta, olive oil, garlic cloves, canned cannellini beans, plum tomatoes, prepared pesto, grated Parmesan cheese
Try this recipe: Orecchiette with White Beans and Pesto