I’m Not a Health Nut…I’m a Health Nista! How About You?

by on ‎01-24-2014 04:06 PM

You know me. I am ALL about the comfort food! And more so than ever this time of year, when the ice and snow make me just want to curl up with something ooey-gooey and delicious. Mac and Cheese was invented for this time of year, don’t you agree?

But there comes a time – usually a week or two after all that holiday feasting - when my clothes start feeling a little more snug than they used to. And there’s nothing comfortable about that!

Add QVC’s Cook Event on top of that – with all my recipes to test (and sample) – and I might as well throw in the towel!

Of course, I could break out my super soft and stretchy lounge pants. Or nibble on carrot sticks and celery all day long. But, again, you know me…I want to have my comfort food and eat it too! 

That’s why I started taking a close look at some of my favorite recipes and figuring out how to enjoy the best of both worlds. This time of year, we can all use something that’s as good for us as it is scrumptious.   

I was hesitant at first. But with a few simple substitutions, I was able to cut a surprising number of calories and keep all the yumminess. I even managed to retain that bubbly, melty, cheesiness that is such an important part of comfort food. Before you knew it, I had given plenty of my favorite Temp-tations recipes my own Health Nista twist!

Below is one of my very favorite healthier recipes. It’s even got some green in it. Smiley Wink So delish, you’ll want to eat it up with a spoon…just like the original. But without a smidge of guilt!

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli “Spoonbread”

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli "Spoonbread"

Shopping List

Nonstick Cooking Spray

16 oz cubed ham

14 oz frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained

2 cups reduced-fat shredded Cheddar Cheese

3 cups reduced-fat Bisquick baking mix

1 ¾ cups milk

2 large eggs

¼ tsp onion powder


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 3.5 quart temp-tations baker with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Place cubed ham, broccoli florets and cheddar cheese into the greased baker and toss lightly to combine.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine Bisquick, milk and eggs, stirring until a thick batter is created. Pour batter over top all in baking dish and then spread evenly.

  4. Sprinkle onion powder over top of the batter.

  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until top is golden brown and center feels mostly springy. Let cool before serving…with a spoon!

So who’s with me in 2014? I’m calling all my fellow Health Nistas: Tell me about your favorite recipes, slimmed down for the New Year! I can’t wait to try them!