Who doesn’t like traditional recipes? Those that fill the house with an irresistible smell, that mothers or grandmothers prepare, that are handed down from generation to generation and are part of the gastronomy of every country? Today we want to offer you very appetizing light versions of some traditional Spanish recipes well known in Italy too.
At a time when the most common dishes are those that are prepared quickly and without wasting so much time, we suggest you go and recover some European culinary tradition. While most of these dishes are high in fat, they can also have a number of benefits.
We are going to overturn some recipes to present you light versions of traditional Spanish recipes . Take note and enjoy these typical dishes while continuing to lead a healthy life.
Traditional Spanish recipes: Russian salad
The true origin of the Russian salad is disputed, but definitely very common in Spain. We find it in any bar and it is one of the most famous tapas of Spanish gastronomy. Although it is a dish based on vegetables, these are mixed with mayonnaise. In this way the dish becomes unhealthy, one that we should eat only in small portions.
If you are on a diet and you want to taste this tasty dish, here is a recipe to prepare a light Russian salad:
- Boil two carrots, two small potatoes, a handful of green beans and a handful of peas. If you cut them into small pieces before cooking, they will be ready in less time.
- Once cooked, drain and let them cool.
- Mix the mayonnaise with the Greek yogurt. Mix well until the sauce becomes uniform and then add the cooked vegetables.
By adding more Greek yogurt than mayonnaise, you will get a dish with fewer calories. This is a very easy method of making a light Russian salad that tastes almost entirely like the one from the original recipe. This advice applies to all dishes that contain mayonnaise, such as patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy sauce) or squid.
Traditional Spanish recipes: Ham croquettes
Croquettes seem to be the forbidden dish par excellence in all diets. But this is absolutely not the case, we offer you the light version of this traditional Spanish recipe. The most important thing is not to fry them, but to bake them in the oven. We have chosen to offer you the recipe for ham croquettes, but you can also prepare those with turkey or chicken breast.
- Fry a small chopped onion and at the right moment add the pieces of ham. Try to use only the lean part of the ham to avoid excess fat.
- At the right moment, add three glasses of flour and three glasses of skim milk.
- When the dough becomes uniform and comes off well from the edges of the pan, put it on a plate to cool.
- Then shape the croquettes and bread them with egg and breadcrumbs.
- Finally, put them in the oven at 170 degrees until you get the classic browning.
We advise you to prepare enough dough, enough to make three or four portions of kibble. Once prepared and breaded, you can freeze them and keep them ready to cook for other occasions.
Traditional Spanish recipes: Vegetable paella
Is there anything more typically Spanish than paella? It is the dish present at every self-respecting dinner. It is the typical dish of the Spanish regions of the coast, but it is eaten throughout the country. It can be prepared with seafood, vegetables or meat.
In any version you want to taste it, paella is a complete and very tasty dish. Here are the precautions to take to prepare a real light version of paella :
- Reduce the amount of rice and add more vegetables.
- Prepare a vegetable or seafood paella. If you opt for meat instead, use the leaner one.
With these two simple tricks, which do not change the taste much compared to traditional paella, we will have saved a lot of calories without sacrificing pleasure.