French cooking has a bad reputation for being unhealthy and full of butter and margarines that ultimately adds up to your calorie intake. As a matter of fact, French cooking can be taken to a whole new level by omitting some ingredients from recipes and replacing them with healthier ones. Just like replacing the butter with olive oil and grape seed. Similarly, using low fat creams as whip creams and icings. Additionally French cooking involves the use of crispy natural products, vegetables, fish, and meats like chicken. So, here are few of the healthier dishes that are part of French Cuisine;
French Onion Soup
This involves preparing your own homemade broth and then finally make your very own onion soup with it. When doing its topping you can opt for whole wheat breads instead of baguettes. This will convert your high calories onion soup to a healthier soup.
Classic French Omelet
This is a simple omelet that is paired with healthy salads. Omelet can also be topped with baked asparagus or mushrooms to add tastes and flavors in Omelet.
Scallops a la Provencal
This is a healthy food that appears to be rich in ingredients but it really has low calories and has a healthy impact on health. After baking they can be paired with tomatoes and garlic in roasted form with less oiling used.
Tuna au Poivre with Lemon-Caper Lentils
This is cooked with lentils and tuna to form a delicious and healthier steak that can be sprinkled with lemon or lime juice to get an amazing aroma.
Vegetable Soup With Basil Paste
As the name indicates, it is made with vegetables which can be decided on your own personal taste and then finally mixed with basil paste. Apart from this, Pistou can be used to add quality taste in it.
One of the most famous dishes in the world. It is full of vegetables in red sauce. It is prepared with sautéed vegetables in red sauce. Its richness in vegetables and wonderful aroma makes it an appetizer, a side dish or even a stand-alone dish. You can use shredded meat on its top to add more flavors in it.
Coq au Vin
This is a chicken cooked in wine. It can be turned into a healthier recipe by adding vegetables and reducing the amount of oiling in it. Chicken can also be converted in healthier ingredient by coating it with whole wheat flour. It has no huge amounts of calories in it and is delicious on the other hand.
This is another half of Coq au Vin. The only difference here is that meat is used instead of chicken. Abundance of vegetables make it even more delicious and healthier.
Grilled Halibut Nicoise Salad
This is a healthy salad that uses tuna as its main ingredient that is topped with mustard vinaigrette. Using abundant quantity of green vegetables and cutting off potatoes will make it a healthier side dish.
So here were few dishes that are either already healthier or can be made healthier by slight modifications.