In my house I am notorious for taking a recipe and making it mine.
I will add “this” or take out “that” to fit my taste or diet. I very rarely make a recipe the way it is written.
I mainly do this because I like experimenting with recipes, especially “comfort foods”, to make them healthier yet still tasty.
I also tweak it with ingredients I have on hand.
Here is an example.
My husband and I love stuffed peppers, so this past weekend I got on my computer and started looking at recipes.
I found this one for Stuffed Peppers
But I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, such as the beef and I had already made a bunch of shredded chicken for the week, and I wanted to omit some of the cheese and add in some extra flavor with some garlic.
So that is exactly what I did!
I substituted in the chicken, I cut out 1/2 of the cheese recommended and added a whole lot of garlic. 🙂
Here is everything combined and cooking.
After cooking the “stuffing” for about 20 min, I put it in half-peppers. Again, something else I changed in the recipe. Main reason is because my portion would only be 1/2, while my husband’s would be 1 whole pepper, so he will just eat two. I also put about 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the dish.
Lastly, here is everything cooked and ready to eat!
I love tweaking recipes and making them perfect for us. I strongly urge you to do as well. Take recipes you normally wouldn’t make because it’s not on the “clean list” and make it suitable for your nutrition plan.