Healthy recipes can be tricky to find, but once you come across some that you like, say goodbye to frozen meals and pre-made sandwiches. When we think of eating healthy, clean, or making healthy choices, many of us think it is automatically a chore, consisting of painfully restricting your diet. Well, this doesn’t have to be something dreadful. With a couple of healthier options, you can turn your mindset toward dieting around!
1. Cauliflower Roasted With Herb
This recipe involves just a handful of ingredients, and with preparation and cook time combined, you are still looking at under an hour before it is ready. This is the perfect meal to make for dinner, a side dish, or a work lunch. Start by cutting the cauliflower into bite-size pieces, spreading them on to a baking sheet. With the oven at 425 degrees, you will need olive oil, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper for flavor. Allow twenty minutes or until cauliflower is crispy, and enjoy!
2. Strawberry Salad With Poppyseed Dressing
The sound of this really sounds like summer. With a fresh bed of arugula, red onion, avocado, scallions, and of course strawberries, this perfect blend of summer and sweet will surely satisfy anyone’s taste bud. Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, and this recipe will take about 10 minutes to make. Optional to add grilled chicken or salmon. Enjoy!
3. Stuffed Peppers
This one is truly a classic. You may be more inclined to bake this in the winter months, and I don’t blame you, but these are delicious at any time or any given season. You can make these with or without meat, but be sure to substitute with beans if you don’t have any protein from meat. Use rice, corn, cheddar cheese, with green, red, or yellow pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste. For meat, you can use pulled pork or chicken, but traditionally stuffed peppers are usually made with ground beef.
4. Taco Salad With Mango Salsa
Usually, when people mention salad, we usually get bored easily. Salads don’t need to be associated with flavorless, uninteresting meals. Taco salads are a great healthy recipe and provide a lot of essential fats and proteins. You will need chopped romaine lettuce, onion, black olive, black beans, mango salsa, and your choice of meat. Add salt and pepper to perfectly season your meal. Lemon and lime juice make a perfect dressing for this type of dish!
5. Lemon Zest Chicken Roasted With Potato
A fresh grilled chicken paired with roasted potatoes goes together like PB & J. You can also add carrot, celery, or onion for additional variety and taste. Get a baking sheet and spread out the ingredients. About 1 hour of preparation time and cook time, but it is certainly worth the wait. Perfect for a fairly quick dinner post-workout, and any extras can be used for leftovers the following day.
6. Quinoa Bowl
Everyone loves burrito bowls and Mexican food, and a quinoa bowl has all of the same delicious ingredients, just a little bit healthier! After quinoa, layer, and stuff this bowl with avocado, sliced red onion, black olives, pinto beans, and an optional step is to add a sprinkle of cheese. This filling meal will leave you feeling satisfied for long, without the dreaded snacking in the late afternoons. ALSO without that gross, full, bloated, tired feeling once you overeat during lunch.
7. Stirfry With Cashews
A stirfry is a great source of protein, and let’s be honest, they are fun to make. You will need brown rice, peppers, onion, broccoli, a small amount of celery, grilled chicken, and cashews. This spicy spin on the meal will kick start your taste buds, and enjoy this freshly made meal. Great for work lunches or after-work meals. Leftovers are a must!
8. Chickpea Salad With Lemon
Calling all vegetarians, picky eaters, and, well, we’re calling everyone. This special meal will entice anyone, despite their dietary restrictions or preferences. This meal is delicious and filling, and I have brought it to work before, or even had it for dinner. Not to mention, this recipe definetly classifies as a healthy one! You will need chickpeas, of course, red onion, cucumber, spinach, sliced tomato, parmesan cheese, salt & pepper, topped off with a sprinkle of lemon juice. This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! This takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare.
9. Lettuce Wraps
These lettuce wraps are filling and delicious, and honestly, fun to make. You will need grilled chicken, carrots, onion, and of course, lettuce. Teriyaki sauce is great for seasoning, as well as salt and pepper. You can alter these to your liking. Suggested serving size is 4 lettuce wraps per person, perfect for an appetizer or meal!
10. BLT + Homemade Potato Salad
Ok, maybe a BLT doesn’t have the best rep when it comes to healthy recipes. However, in moderation, this can be the perfect lunch if combined with something else that is considered healthy. A BLT served on marble rye or whole wheat is the perfect lunch, and potato salad will give you that summer feeling. Using a light mayo, celery, sea salt, and pepper, this recipe will be ready to be served in no time! Everyone has their weaknesses, and if you are anything like me, it is hard to resist bread. Healthy eating is a balance, and it is recommended to follow a ’80/20′ rule, meaning if you eat healthy 80% of the time, it is OK to eat a variety of foods you enjoy the other 20% of the time. After all, nobody is perfect, and it is all about the balance in your diet.
Finding and preparing healthy recipes can seem like a difficult task, and I hope that this article helped to give you some tips and tricks to make healthy eating less painful. Which one of these recipes was your favorite? Comment below! Thank you so much, everyone, for reading!
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