3 healthier cafeteria-style foods
Try these healthier, tastier versions of traditional school cafeteria food by fresh-food chef Paul Finkelstein
Knife and Fork Mushroom Burger
Eating this burger with a knife and fork means you'll take more time to enjoy it. Button mushrooms promote immune function and are a good source of B2 and B3 vitamins. Plus, unlike a pan-fried meat burger, this bun-less option is low in saturated fat and high in fibre.
Get the recipe: Knife and Fork Mushroom Burger
"Fries" with a twist
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, and phytochemicals in these Purple Viking potatoes (they have purple skins and white flesh; try those with purple flesh, too) can help lower blood pressure. Plus, because they're oven-baked, they have far fewer calories than fries, and are lower in fat, than even a small serving of the fast-food variety.
Get the recipe: "Fries" With a Twist
Kids will love this just as much as ice cream (and will get some fresh fruit to boot). And you'll love it too, especially when you realize that swapping a 1/2 cup (125 mL) serving of vanilla ice cream for this cold, creamy treat will cut more than 100 calories and 13 grams of fat. Panna¬cotta is a traditional Italian dessert. It's usually made with a full-fat cream but in this version I use skim milk. Gelatin is easy to work with, but measure carefully, as too much will make the pannacotta bounce like Jell-O. It's best to make this dessert the night before, as it should set for at least four hours.
Get the recipe: Peach-Blueberry Pannacotta