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    Default Healthy southern cooking

    I need some really good, healthy, low fat Southern recipes if anyone has them :-)

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    I try to cook as healthy as possible for DH and I since we're both trying to watch out weight.
    We were doing really good about going out to the park in the mornings and getting two miles worth of walking in but lately that part of our deal hasnt been going so well.. so ive been trying to watch my cooking lately.

    If i find anything fantastic, i'll be sure to share!

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    we walk almost daily but hubby and I love our Southern food so I would like to keep making it... but healthier

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    Isn't healthy southern cooking an oxymoron? LOL

    Because of living in the Middle East and my husband being Lebanese, I'm cooking a lot of Lebanese food, which is very healthy and yummy. But I'd love to really start cooking more American foods (if there really is such a thing) that doesn't break me at the store when I go grocery shopping. I'd like to find some recipes too.



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    We've tried to incorporate more salads, making them the main course with meats as a garnish on top of. When we eat our typical southern (usually fried) foods I try to use canola oil which is more heart healthy. I always look for lower fat versions of cheeses and such to cut out any that I can. We just usually eat more salads and less good ol' southern comfort foods, unfortunately.

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    Thank y'all. I was thinking maybe there were ways to bake things instead of frying and get "close" to the same taste but I doubt it. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to eat less of it. Darn.
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    I'm sure there are ways to "health up" southern cooking. It may not taste exactly the same, but will probably be close or you might like it even better.

    I've revamped a lot of "down home midwestern" family recipes. Find a good book or some good recipes to get you started then you will find you are making the substitutions on your own.

    Do a search on healthy southern cooking or healthy southern recipes. There is a lot of information out there.

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    what do you usually use as sides?
    you could even just leave your main course the same, and cut out fat and cals in your side dishes. say you usually serve fried okra and mashed potatoes with all the trimmings. you could still serve your regular main meat dish and switch the sides to a healthy tossed salad with either very little reg dressing or no dressing at all, and steamed brown rice. that way you dont feel like your short changing yourself so much and youre still getting that classic southern taste from your main meat dish.

    you could also switch yalls beverages. i know that i love to drink coke with everything. but switching from coke to a crystal lite lemonade would save me something like.. 300 calories a day, and over the course of a week thats 2100 cals! and thats just switching the beverage, not doing a thing to the meal.

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    Try these.

    http://fp1.centurytel.net/southern-r...rn_recipes.htm

    http://southernfood.about.com/librar...+for+diabetics

    http://www.southernliving.com/southe...122248,00.html

    http://southernfood.about.com/od/low..._Resources.htm

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/public...?recipeid=2689

    Hope they help you get started. You can do this -- and I think you will find you don't have to entirely give up some of the dishes and flavors you love. You'll just learn to "tweak" them a bit.

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    I've never been a big fan of the "oven fried" chicken recipes -- especially the ones with the corn flakes. I'd rather just have my chicken baked. But DH really misses his fried chicken.

    So, last night I tried the recipe on the cornmeal box. You dip your chicken in milk then in seasoned corn meal (a little paprika helps it brown and garlic and herbs make it tastey) twice. The you just bake it in a 400 degree over for about 40 minutes. The recipe says you can do the same with fish. It doesn't have the egg, oil or butter some oven fried recipes have.

    Okay it wasn't fried chicken -- but it was VERY GOOD. Nice and brown and crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. DH says it's a keeper so guess I'll be making it again. He also said he was going to go out and buy a big bunch of fish.
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    My SIL is from Mississippi. She lives in the Panhandle right now, anyway, she is the best cook! Everything she makes has a "spoonful of crisco" in it. She was teaching me to make some of her stuff! I think I gained about 5 lbs. in one weekend!

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    Isn't healthy southern cooking an oxymoron? LOL
    OMG! I was going to say the same thing....good thing I read the other posts lol!

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    I don't even bother. Absolutely every meal we have has something( or everything!) fried. Just tastes better. Sorry but baking food instead of deep frying just doesn't taste the same! Don't forget the gravy!

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