Food is part of who we are. I know. I eat. Because of this, when you change the way you eat it sometimes feels like you’re betraying part of who you are, or at least who you were. The smells and tastes of things are completely involved in our memories. Don’t forget them. They got you to where you are today. And today, you make new memories. One of them could be quinoa hawaiian haystacks.
You might say you can’t ever change this “family recipe” or exclude that “one ingredient.” I think you should try. It feels good to eat lighter and leaner. It feels good to have energy, eating what you need rather than what you think you want. The food addiction is fierce, but we’re stronger than that.
Give your children the memories of salad with dinner every night. Give them the snack bowl full of veggies rather than m&m’s. Bribe with green smoothies rather than ice cream. Don’t buy pop tarts, break out the bananas and peanut butter. Heck, do the same for yourself!
So what do you do with all these recipes that you know and legitimately love? You’ve crafted and tested some of them over 50 times. This is where the fun part comes in.
Twist them. See what you can add or take away or turn sideways, making the dish more interesting. It will have new layers and deeper meaning because you know this dish and now you’re experimenting with it. It suddenly becomes personal.
Will some of these experiments be gross? Yes. Definitely. Will some be amazing? Yes. Definitely. Is a 50/50 chance worth it? Yes.
Here is one of those experiments.
Haystacks can be made with a slew of toppings. I used what I had on-hand. But the one thing that can never be left out…pineapple. This lacks the cream of (blank) sauce that I typically mixed with milk and drenched on top. Is that sauce good? Yes. Good for you? Not as good as other things are. Was this good without it? It’s already on the menu list for next week.
This is a dish that is easy to tweak to your fancy. The toppings can get as creative as you want.