10 Healthy Recipes for 2017
This is the second part of my New Year’s Resolutions series. Aside from being better with money, getting healthy is always at the top of the resolutions. There is no magic cure for being overweight. I don’t believe in cutting out certain food groups, and I don’t believe in diet fads. I only believe in calories in and calories out. If I splurge and eat cookies for breakfast (it happens more than it should), then maybe I don’t have lunch, or maybe just a small bowl (like, kid-sized) of some leftovers. Mostly white scrambles are one of my favorite dinners when I’m trying to eat light for dinner.
In addition to these recipes, here are some of my own favorites:
Here’s my list of 10 Healthy Recipes for 2017 (in no particular order):
- Cookie and Kate: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Veggie Burgers. I made these last winter with baked sweet potato fries. Of course, nothing can replicate a beef burger, but do you always want to do that? With plenty of your favorite toppings, this can be a healthy, satisfying and budget-friendly dinner for everyone.
- Kalyn’s Kitchen: Thai Inspired Turkey Larb Salad. Spicy food is my favorite kind of food. Most Thai food in actually pretty healthy, and larb is no exception. It’s basically a ground turkey salad with Thai flavors. To make this kid-friendly, serve it to the little ones in flour tortillas like I did when I made a similar dish.
- Oh She Glows: Thai-Inspired Hydrating Cucumber Salad with Roasted Spiced Chickpeas. This is a great side dish for a simply-prepared fish or meat. The chickpeas make it filling, and cucumbers are one of my favorite side dishes ever. This would be perfect on one of those tricky warm days that come in the middle of winter.
- Café Delites: Caprese Frittata. Breakfast for dinner is not only budget-friendly, but can be super healthy if you do it right. I usually make bacon for our breakfast nights, but I don’t always eat it myself. I make a mostly egg white scramble for myself give everyone else traditional eggs. Why not? The last thing my kids need to do is worry about calories, especially from eggs.
- The Creative Bite: Cranberry Almond Energy Bites. I usually make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites, but I like these because the flavors remind me of my favorite cereal– Cranberry Almond Crunch. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from chocolate anyway, right?
- Gwyneth Paltrow and Julie Turshen: Salmon with Sriracha Sauce and Lime. Aside from Perfectly Cooked Brown Rice, this is my favorite recipe from Gwyneth’s cookbook “It’s All Good.” I am in love with both salmon and sriracha sauce, but I never considered putting them together. I will say this is not a kid-friendly dish, and is probably better on grown-up night.
- Ambitious Kitchen: Strawberry and Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins. Like the energy bites, muffins can be a great on-the-go healthy snack or breakfast. Don’t worry about the chocolate chips because the whole recipe only requires 1/3 cup. You could even leave them out, but I wouldn’t. These are made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, and fruit. They’re *almost* guilt-free.
- Proud Italian Cook: Zucchini Ribbon Salad. Even though Jon claims not to like zucchini, he likes it depending on how I cook it. Zucchini tends to get soggy, but if you salt it and lay it on a cloth after slicing it, the liquid will draw out into the cloth, and the zucchini won’t be soggy when it’s cooked. Plus, with a little goat cheese on the salad, how can you turn it down? Just a note, goat cheese (along with feta and fresh mozzarella) is one of the most low calorie cheeses out there.
- Williams Sonoma Blog: Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry. The only unhealthy thing about this is that it’s served on white rice. That’s an easy fix—just serve it over Perfectly Cooked Brown Rice. Before making this, I never would have been able to identify oyster sauce, but it is what gives this dish its distinctive Asian flavor.
- Amy’s Healthy Baking: Skinny Single Serving Microwave Brownie. I feel like I need to include one dessert on here. Since you substitute whole wheat flour for white and Greek yogurt for oil, you’ve actually got a pretty fair diet dessert. It would be even better with just a teensy bit of vanilla ice cream.