With a little smart meal planning, flavor doesn’t have to take a back seat to smarter eating. As our contestants found out when they sat down to sample some delicious alternatives with trainers Erica and Steve, it’s all about swapping out the right ingredients — not trying to deprive yourself!
As Steve explains in this bonus scene, crash dieting that’s too restrictive has a tendency to wear you down, and can even invite those pounds to come right back when deprivation time’s over. But if you sit down to amazing meals like our Biggest Loser-approved whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs, turkey burgers with sweet potato fries, or tomato-topped cauliflower-crust pizza, you’ll be too busy savoring the taste to feel like you’re giving up any of the good stuff.
Need proof? Just check out the reaction from fried chicken fan Kyle, once he’s tasted the lightly-crusted alternative. Recipes like our “fried” chicken, which ditches the oil to bake in the crispness instead, are a great starting point to get you thinking about how to make smart (and delicious!) food swaps.
Here are the recipes for the entrees featured in the video — along with some easy side dishes to make your meal complete:
Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken with Brussels Sprouts Slaw
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