Favorite Healthy Recipes

saladI get asked two things regularly…for healthy recipe ideas and for quick, healthy meal ideas. People that know me know that I am always searching for new recipes to try. Although I don’t often create my own recipes from scratch, I do often experiment with subtle changes to recipes I try. I enjoy reading recipe ideas and planning meals, which is tedious to some people, so maybe some of these ideas will inspire you or for those that don’t enjoy cooking like I do, make it easier to eat healthy.

Recipe Ideas are by Meal and Quick Ideas are in Red – 15 minutes or less to prep. About half of the recipes have links included to the recipe – red underlined or blue have links.

Disclaimer: I am not an advocate of packaged/processed food as a regular part of my everyday diet. I don’t like the added chemicals and reduced amounts of nutrients that come from processing food. I believe that a healthy diet involves eating mainly whole foods or clean eating. However, I do keep some of the healthier versions on hand, so we don’t opt for something really unhealthy like fast food. Those items are included below.

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • Self Magazine English Muffin Melt
  • Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burger on a Thomas English Muffin with Light Cheese
  • Baked Potato (topped with cottage cheese, horseradish or salsa, roasted veggies, sometimes chicken)
  • Mason Jar Salads
  • Chili (made with ground turkey)
  • Burritos (seasoned ground turkey, red peppers, salsa, light Greek yogurt, tomatoes, lettuce)
  • Go Picnic Lunch Kits (available at Target)
  • Red Pepper Hummus with Organic Tortilla Chips and Sliced Veggies

Dinner:
I pair most meals with either a salad or roasted veggies unless it has lots of veggies in the recipe.

  • Pita Pizzas (topped with spaghetti sauce, turkey pepperoni, green peppers, light mozzarella cheese)
    • I make different variations of pita pizzas (BBQ Chicken sub BBQ sauce for spaghetti sauce)
  • Salad with Grilled Chicken, Light Cheese, Veggies, Slivered Almonds or Sunflower seeds (and any other toppings I want to include)
    • Picture above includes lettuce, turkey pepperoni, light mozzarella cheese, black olives, whole grain pasta, tomatoes
  • Turkey Burgers (from Trader Joes on a Thomas Light English Muffin)
  • Grilled Chicken, Baked Potato, Roasted Veggies
  • Dashing Dish Taco Soup
  • Vegan Mac-n-Cheese
  • Dashing Dish Lasagna Soup
  • Lighter Grilled Cheese Version with Pacific Organic Tomato Soup
  • Skinny Taste Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  • Skinny Taste Quesadilla Burger

Snacks:

  • Celery & Peanut Butter
  • Fresh Fruit (grapefruit, oranges & strawberries, pears)
  • Carbmaster Yogurt (Kroger) or Meijer brand sweetened with Splenda not Nutrasweet
  • Nuts: Pistachios, Cashews, Almonds
  • Lowfat Cottage Cheese
  • Kale Chips

Desserts:

What recipes I make regularly change from month to month, so I will try to keep updating this page. You may want to pin it, so you can check back for updates! Also, you can check out my quick and healthy meal ideas for details on some of my favorites or my post about eating healthy on-the-go. 

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