My mom is admittedly not a very good cook, except she is. She is VERY brave and just laughs off failure. When we were kids she would take any recipe she found, remove 1/2 the sugar and whatever other ingredients she didn't approve of and call it good. This was before Pinterest and Keto and Paleo. (We ate rice cakes and tofu before you could buy them at a typical grocery store). Eventually, we (the daughters) convinced her that she couldn't bake. She can, we just no longer wanted "sweets" that were not sweet. My mom will still tell us that applesauce is dessert and that honey nut cherrios are too sweet. She is right, I now tell my own kids this wonderful truth.
So to my great suprise when we visited her last year she sent us home with a big bowl of Pasta Salad to eat in the car. (Because my mom also thinks ANY food is travel food). Hubby and I ate the ENTIRE bowl in the first minutes of our trip. It was so good!
I called her for the recipe and in my mom's typical response she said she would have to think about it. She had made it from a recipe but had changed things (oh, no). But she texted me what she did. I texted back MULTIPLE times to confirm. The dressing to this recipe had a CUP of sugar in it (IN SALAD!) and she said "oh yes, that is what makes it so good". Well, I'm not sure what has happened to my mother and her acceptance that sugar is okay, but I started making that recipe right away and I CUT THE SUGAR IN HALF! Just like my mother did when I was young....and then I added it right back in. Because it is what makes it so good. It's crunchy, full of veggies and you can make it gluten and dairy free.
I have been making this recipe often. It makes a LOT, stores for a few days and is filling. That is what I need right now. We are all home, we are all hungry and we need to remember to eat some veggies with our CUP OF SUGAR.
Here is the recipe if you would like to make it too. Call your mom, she might surprise you with a new recipe.
PS-Professionally I am working on a couple of projects you can check them out here:
Fitness and Nutrtion Group
Wondering and Wise Mid-Life Womens Group