What is your food vice? The one food you just can't seem to give up? Post your answers and we'll all brainstorm for healthy alternatives!
Mine is pizza. I LOVE pizza, and so does Daddy Badger. We can eat an entire extra large Papa John's pizza between us. Not that I would know that or anything...anyway, we obviously know that Papa John's isn't exactly heart-healthy. So we've found a replacement that we've come to love even more!
First off, use THIS pizza dough recipe, but use whole grain flour. Since this crust is meant to be crispy, it won't affect the texture to use all-purpose whole grain. Plus it's super easy and takes like 10 minutes to make. Note: I like a flavorful crust, so I add garlic and Italian spice mix to the dough, which means you'll need a tiny bit extra water.
Then cut up some zucchini, summer squash, yellow bell pepper, onions, and/or your favorite veggies of choice. Toss them with 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and then grill them up--we use our George Foreman and just grill them until they have light grill marks on both sides. Add some sliced tomatoes and LIGHTLY sprinkle with some shredded mozzarella and bake for about 14 minutes or until cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned.
I've yet to meet an adult who didn't enjoy this pizza. I have run across some petulant teenagers who wouldn't even try it. But that's a story for another day.