MenuDirections 2013 Day 2: Recipe Revamp, Reducing Added Sugar & Steal This Healthy Idea

Celebrity chefs, dietitians, healthy ideas and a butchered pig are the stars of Day 2.

Celebrity chef Jet Tila, managing partner, manager food and beverage at The Charleston in Santa Monica, Calif., kicks the morning off with a cooking demonstration designed to take two comfort foods and make them a little bit healthier. The presentation started with classic Thai curry. Tila was able to reduce calories by substituting tofu for beef and cut salt by using aromatics as flavor boosters. The second dish was chicken friend steak, mashed potatoes and gravy. To decrease calories, Tila used cornmeal flour and cornstarch instead of pure flour for the dredge for the chicken. He also used skim milk for the gravy instead of cream and made a slurry with water and flour to add thickness. All these changes shaved off 471 calories from this classic Southern favorite.

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