4 Healthy Ingredient Swaps You Haven't Thought Of

Changing just one ingredient can make all the difference.

January 28, 2020

Get The All-New Food Network Kitchen App

Download Food Network Kitchen now to sign up and take advantage of the latest offer and get 40+ live classes a week, hundreds of on-demand cooking classes, in-app grocery ordering and so much more.

In this series, we're showing off some of the coolest recipes, tips and tricks we've learned from chefs in the all-new Food Network Kitchen app.

Sometimes, turning a beloved recipe into something on the healthier side is all about changing one ingredient. Adding a veggie or a different flour to a dish can make it that much better for your body without the hassle of oddball ingredients or a total overhaul of your favorite meal. On the Food Network Kitchen app, you'll find plenty of recipes that sound familiar, but with one or two healthy twists. These dishes taste extremely similar to the fried rice or pasta you know and love, and you'll feel good about eating them over and over again.

The Class: Zucchini Enchiladas (pictured above)

The Swap: Zucchini

Everyone loves enchilada night, and this class is a way to add a low-carb spin to them. Dana Beninati shows you how to use zucchini in leiu of tortillas to wrap up a classic chicken enchilada filling before baking it all in the oven for the perfect Tex-Mex-inspired meal.

The Swap: Eggplant

Ever wish you could incorporate more plants into your diet? In this class, Bobby shows you how to make a flavorful bolognese that's 100% vegetarian! Using eggplant in place of ground meat, this Italian classic is transformed into something more plant-forward without sacrificing flavor. We suggest making a double-batch and freezing some for easy weeknight meals.

Sarah Copeland's Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Pancakes, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Lauren Volo

Lauren Volo

The Swap: Buckwheat Flour

You've probably had a whole wheat pancake or two, and now it's time to give buckwheat a try. Buckwheat is a seed known for its high antioxidant content that can be ground into a flour, like the buckwheat flour used in this recipe. It's not wheat-derived, making it a gluten-free solution to the perfect short stack.

Mushroom carbonara, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.

Photo by: Scott Gries

Scott Gries

The Class: Mushroom Carbonara

The Swap: Mushrooms

Gabriela Rodiles shows you that carbonara can be delicious even without the bacon. She swaps chopped baby bella mushrooms for bacon in this simple weeknight pasta. Mushrooms provide plenty of umami flavor to the sauce without tons of added fat. And, there's still copious amounts of cheese to bring the whole recipe together.

Related Links:

Next Up

Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Honey-Cherry Stuffing

This easy stuffing recipe is sure to please everyone at your table -- it's gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan, but your guests will know it as just "delicious."

Mini Green Pizzas

There’s tons of nutrition information swirling around out there; how do you know what to believe? Look for these red flags to know when to be a skeptic.

5 Recipes For Enjoying Tofu the Crispy Way

Tofu lasts for months, is affordable, and is so versatile — especially when it comes to crisping it up.

Are Plant-Based Meat and Fish Healthier Than the Real Thing?

We break down whether you should eat the meat or not.

The Truth Behind These Super-Common Sports Nutrition Myths

Is pickle juice really a muscle cramp cure-all?

Does a Plant-Based Diet Mean Eating Vegetarian?

Our resident nutritionist examines what it really means to follow a plant-based diet.

These Are the Nutrition Trends Coming Your Way in 2019

Here's how we'll all be staying healthy in the future.

For the First Time Ever, Experts Offer Nutrition Advice for Babies

For one thing, research suggests parents may be able to reduce their child's risk of certain food allergies through diet.

"Creamy" Tarragon Pasta Salad

This dairy-and-gluten-free picnic salad gets its creamy texture from dairy-free yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

Robin's Healthy Take: A Menu for a Fabulous Fourth

Robin Miller's menu for a healthy, festive fourth includes spicy turkey burgers, Asian-slaw, grilled corn and a twist on strawberry shortcake.