It’s been awhile since the new year, and a lot of us are already slipping up on our resolutions to be healthier. One of the reasons this happens? Healthy food is, well, often boring. But it doesn’t have to be!Here is 12 Healthy And Delicious Dish Ideas You Can Enjoy Without Guilt.
1. Naked Beans with Olive Oil
It provides a nutritional breakdown of green beans and an in-depth look at their possible health benefits, how to incorporate more green beans into your diet, and any potential health risks of consuming green beans.Beans are a staple food that everyone should know how to select and cook from dried, but post WWII, most of us are used to having them mushy from a can. Hint: They don’t taste the same. At all. Learning to soak and cook beans can be tricky, but it’s sooooo worth it.
2. Swiss Chard with Clams and Chili
A little kick with your greens and seafood. If you’re trying to eat a low carb diet, this is a beautiful and exciting dish to add to your kitchen.Swiss chard is milder than collard greens and cooks in a fraction of the time. It’s not as delicate in flavor as spinach, and not as soggy -so you get some texture in each bite. Even the brightly colored stems are tender and edible. Chard comes in a variety of colors, from all green to red stemmed, and even a red wine color for the whole plant.
3. Salt Roasted Beets
Roasted beets are beautiful. This is one of those dishes that will make people go “Ohh, ahhh” if you put it on the table at a holiday meal, and it’s a good way to feed your vegetarian self or guests (or self on a diet) without feeling like you’re resorting to standard utilitarian veggies. You literally only need beets, salt, and a roasting pan. If you’ve never cooked beets, or roasted anything in salt, it’s time to give it a try.
4. Rainbow Stir Fry
Rainbow Stir fries are a great way to use up vegetables that are about to go bad. If “just throwing whatever I have” in and making it into a tasty meal seems like something that’s beyond your abilities, watch and learn how. It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner that works when you don’t really have a solid “meal plan.”
5. Port Tenderloin with Squash, Tomato and Basil
If you have a small garden in the US, you likely find yourself with an abundance of tomatoes and squash in the summertime. This dish makes beautiful use of those fresh veggies with a simple stove top preparation of pork tenderloin that will have you eating a fresh homemade tasty dinner in a lot less time than you’d expect. This dish is also Paleo friendly.
6. Yemenite Chicken Soup
Yemenite Chicken soup is a classic dish that everyone should know how to make, both because it’s good and because it’s good for you. But even if you’re a pro when it comes to this dish, Chef Louis’ spice blend will take this basic to a whole different level, as she explains the how and why of toasting spices. In addition to all that spicy goodness, this soup is topped with fresh parsley and cilantro and a drizzle of tahini.
7. Beet-Green Pesto
This pesto is made with the greens or tops of beets, instead of the traditional basil, and pistachios give it a nice earthy, green flavor. This is a quick and easy way to use up a food most people would usually throw away. Plus, it makes plain pasta really fancy (which makes it great to have around for weeknight dinners). Extra pesto can be kept in the fridge up to 1 week.
8. Tomatillo Salsa
As a culture, we buy a lot of things in a jar or can at the store that we really could learn to make ourselves if we just slowed down for a few minutes to do so. Salsa is one of those things. If you’re going to slow down for a few moments to make yourself something beautiful, this is a good place to start. It’s simple, earthy, and green, using tomatillos instead of tomatoes.
9. Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore
The first word in this recipe is “Weeknight” because it’s easy; it’s quick; it only takes one pot, but it doesn’t sacrifice flavor or rely on any sort of canned “cream of” situation to do so, making it a perfect dish for weeknights. Tomatoes, Kalamata olives, some herbs, chicken, and that’s about all you need. It’s also a really good way to use up leftover tomatoes you may have laying around. Even if you’re afraid of cooking, you can do this.
10.Barley Salad with Asparagus and Mushrooms
This is an amazing grain based salad with oyster mushrooms and asparagus that’s great to make ahead and take along to a potluck or cookout. It’s very bright and healthy and gives you both a good helping of vegetables and whole grains. This video also includes a very basic, “how to dice shallots or onions” tutorial; some people are never taught how to, and there’s no shame in learning new skills.
11. Carrot Risotto
This Risotto is made with carrot stock instead of the traditional chicken stock. The first part of this video shows you exactly how to make your own carrot stock (which, if you’re someone who loves vegetable stocks, has many possibilities). This dish is vegetarian but not vegan because it does include the best part of any risotto – pecorino romano cheese (but don’t worry, you can omit it…if you must).
12. Jerk Red Snapper
This spicy jerk sauce can be used as a marinade or just drizzled directly over your cooked fish, as Chef Johnson suggests. If you’re not confident cooking fish in a pan, or if you’ve simply never tried it before, this recipe is a great one to start with as it’s pretty straightforward and delicious. It’s spicy, but not so hot that all you taste is heat. It’s heat and flavor.
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