Stubborn Italian meets Healthy Alternatives

If you have ever tried to convince a stubborn Italian male to start eating less red meat, processed carbohydrates and bad fats (I gave up on ‘less alcohol’ a long time ago) then you will know how hard it is.

Due to a change in my Father’s health I have recently been searching for healthier ways to cook old faithful dishes, that I know he will enjoy, but will put my mind at ease. “Put down the pastrami!!! (or the focacia, or the butter) the doctor said you can’t have it” is replied to with “chi se ne frega” – So unless I actually ply it out of his hands – there’s not much hope apart from tempting him into eating a healthier alternative. Talk about parent/child role reversal :p

I thought I would share some of the tips and recipe ideas I have found, I can speak from experience when I say some of them are really tasty (what kind of daughter would I be if I made him eat them alone) so perhaps they can be of use to you.

  • Tuna Carpaccio 

Firsty, I have started to use a lot more fish. Unlike red meat, it’s high in nutrients as opposed to heart clogging compounds (If it sounds like I am regurgitating a health book then its probably because I am). So instead of Steak Carpaccio, i’ve started to use tuna, which actually goes down pretty well.

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(All photo’s not my own)

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