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Heirloom Food Hacks - Summer Edition


I'm a food hacker. I love to take a dish and find out how I can hack it into healthfulness. With the myriad of diseases and food "sensitivities" (which sounds so delicate, but we all know what ugly terror these little sensitivities bring) that are plaguing us humans, we've all been forced to get a little creative with our dinners. The other night, I successfully (read: didn't burn it, totally ate it) hacked a Shepherd's Pie - I substituted the ground beef for mushrooms and edamame and changed the mashed potatoes to mashed cauliflower and turnip. It was delicious! I honestly believe you don't have to "miss" anything when you change the way you eat. Any favourite recipe can be hacked. I've included some of my favourite recipes that I've collected from our Pinterest board that offer a different take on a classic dish. Spinach Burgers (or Spurgers, maybe...? No? Come on...)

Source: thevillagecook.com via The Cottage Gardener on Pinterest

Source: thevillagecook.com via The Cottage Gardener on Pinterest

Let's be honest. I like me a good ol' fashioned burger. I'm pretty sure the folks down at Five Guys Burgers know me by toppings "No onion? Extra mushrooms? Welcome again, my friend." But there is only so much I can take before the chronic meat sweats kick in. That's why I love these Spurgers. Yes, I will keep using that term until you use it too.
Spaghetti Squash Boats with Meatballs (or "Cheatballs", using Quinoa or Veggie Ground Round)

Source: alaskafromscratch.com via The Cottage Gardener on Pinterest

Where I grew up, there was a stream that ran the length of the street where our home was located. Every spring, when it thawed, my family had the Annual Spaghetti Boat Run. My brother and I would take hollowed out spaghetti squash halves and create our own unique boat, complete with masts and flags, and stick-person crew. Then we would put them in the water and race them to the bottom of the hill. Winner got bragging rights. You, too, can get bragging rights by making this dish.
Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

(with Heirloom Tomato Ketchup!)

Source: bakenoir.com via The Cottage Gardener on Pinterest

These are AMAZING. They taste kind of buttery, too, and if you add Parmesan cheese, then they taste buttery AND cheesy. You can't lose. If I wanted to be SUPER healthy, I would serve these with my Spurgers.

Cauliflower & Turnip Mashed Fauxtatoes (It sure BEETS the original. That's one for all you veggie lovers out there. I'm here all night.)

Source: kitchenparade.com via The Cottage Gardener on Pinterest

I make this all the time. Sometimes, if I'm feeling fancy, I'll add a beet so that they turn this awesome pinky colour which is really attention-getting, especially for a dinner party where you want your friends to be impressed and jealous of your mad kitchen skills.

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