Southern classic dishes with a healthy twist to start the new year in Alabama

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We tried this Southern “fried” chicken (Bham Now)

One of the best ways to start the new year off on the right foot is by being thoughtful about the food we eat. Here in Alabama, there’s no denying our Southern favorites—like fried chicken or mac and cheese—aren’t always the healthiest. We reached out to the folks at Chews Wisely Alabama to find out how we could make some familiar dishes a bit healthier. Here’s what we learned.

1. Southern “Fried” Chicken

This baked “fried” chicken is so delicious (Chews Wisely Alabama)

I know what you’re thinking—how on earth can you make fried chicken healthier? There are a few tricks to this recipe, including getting skinless chicken, baking instead of deep frying and using egg whites in your batter.

While it may not be exactly how your mom or your granny taught you, when you try this dish—hot and crispy—out of your oven, you’ll realize that healthier really can taste incredible.

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2. Alabama Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese—high on flavor, low on fat and calories (Chews Wisely Alabama)

Who doesn’t love a hearty serving of mac and cheese with their fried chicken? But we all know that tasty goodness comes laden with fat, and white pasta isn’t the healthiest choice.

This recipe subs whole wheat pasta for white. Don’t worry, you’ll hardly notice once you’ve slathered it with a yummy combo of Greek yogurt, sour cream and reduced-fat cheese. Top your creation with Panko breadcrumbs, and ta-dah! Delicious.

3. Southern Corn Casserole

Please pass the corn casserole (Chews Wisely Alabama)

When you want the familiar, comforting taste of corn casserole, this recipe features sweetcorn and reduced-fat Greek yogurt.

4. French Onion Chicken Skillet Saute

French Onion Chicken Skillet Saute, Healthy Eating
French Onion Chicken Skillet Saute (Chews Wisely Alabama)

And now for something completely different—if you love French Onion Soup, you’ve got to try this quick and easy French Onion Chicken Skillet Saute. This one is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day.

We’d love to hear from you. What favorite Southern dishes would you like to find healthier ways to make? Tag us on social @thebamabuzz and let us know, and follow Chews Wisely Alabama for more.

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Sharron Swain
Sharron Swain

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