Regional Favorites: Southern Foods We Love
Just mention Southern food, and watch others’ eyes glaze over as their thoughts wander to mouthwatering comfort foods like fried chicken, corn bread, spicy Creole dishes, gumbo, key lime pie and spoon bread.
Those watching their calories might shun these and other favorites from this region—but they’d be missing out unnecessarily. Southern food is delicious, and just as much so when you “lighten up” old classics. Try these tricks to enjoy Southern favorites that are tasty and decadent . . . and healthier than you might expect.
Shrimp po’ boy: While this traditional Louisiana sandwich typically gets its crunch from deep-fried shrimp, the great taste—and crunch—comes through with grilled shrimp and a grilled whole wheat roll, like in this recipe from Eating Well. Try stirring some Kretschmer Wheat Germ in with the mayonnaise mixture for a little extra texture and nutrition.
Baked “fried” chicken: Speaking of crunch, lots of moms trying to offer their kids the great comfort of Southern fried chicken do so by coating chicken pieces with a flavorful breading and baking it until it crunches. Next time you’re shaking and baking, substitute some wheat germ for the bread crumbs for a more healthful serving.
Crispy crab cakes: Incorporating wheat germ into favorite recipes goes way back, as this gem from a St. Petersburg Independent article shows: It comes all the way from 1967! Adjust the tartar sauce for a healthier version by using nonfat sour cream and reduced-fat mayonnaise—or just skip the sauce altogether.
Key lime pie: Originating in the Florida Keys in the late 1800s, key lime pie offers up a dreamy flavor sensation that can create nearly rabid fans. This Key “Light” Pie from Southern Living reveals a way to enjoy it that will have your arteries singing. Instead of using a store-bought crust, make your own graham cracker crust, adding a tablespoon or two of our Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ. Our Key Lime Tarts offer another delicious way to enjoy this sweet treat that’s perfect for a party, or when you need a quick and easy key-lime fix.