Due to my New Year’s resolution to start eating more healthy and lose some weight, I ran into a little problem. You see, our household is mostly eat-at-home and most of the recipes that I make are traditional Romanian. Which means lots of fat and sugar or both. And that doesn’t bode well for my new diet. So I am starting on a journey to make traditional Romanian food more healthy. I don’t expect this to be an easy feat especially since Romanian food takes pride in being heavy and fat-laden and sugar-full (makes everything taste better though!).
My first attempt was this recipe that I have made before–I actually didn’t change that much on it because it was relatively fat free to begin with. An easy one first!
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 lb Braunschweiger
- 2 large potatoes
- 5 eggs
- 1 bundle green chives
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp Vegeta
- 1 cup rice
Put 3 eggs to boil. Put one cup of rice to cook.
Fry the onions in a large pot in the 2 Tablespoons oil. Set them aside. Peel and shred the potatoes into the pot with the onions. Chop up the green onions and add to the pot.
Take the Braunschweiger from the package and add to the pot. Use a potato masher or a whisk to break up the Braunschweiger so that there are no large clumps.
Add the rest of the spices to the pot.
Once the eggs are boiled, shred them and add to the pot. Also add the cooked rice to the mix. Mix everything very well and pour into an 8″ by 11″ pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Pat it down and whisk the last two eggs then spread on top of the mix.
Once setting it in the pan, this is what is should more or less look like.
Set in the oven for 45-50 minutes at 375F. The finished product looks like the picture below!