Heading to the grocery… What HEALTHY dinner/snack recipes do you swear by?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Barbiestylez:   i like cooking chicken fillets pan fried with olive oil. I add pan fried onions and garlic and season with Chinese 5 spice and fish sauce and soy sauce. Combine with noodles and you have a quick, healthy and tasty dinner! you can also add mushrooms, peppers and beansprouts.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  londonchick.
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Chicken soft tacos! 

Cook a few chicken breasts in the crock pot with a jar of cheap salsa and a package of taco seasoning. Once cooked throw it in the kitchen aid with the batter blade and shred (or by hand with forks). I use flour tortillas and taco toppings. So good. There is usually tons of meat leftover so I use it with olive oil mayonnaise on top of half a tomato, as a sandwich, or on top of avocados. We’ve found all sorts of ways to use it. It’s really good to on top of salads too. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Depending on what you consider “healthy,” I tend to just eat in moderation and call that healthy. I don’t cut out sugars or carbs or anything crazy like that. That being said, some of my favorite things are:

  • Pasta with fresh pesto
  • Strawberries (or numerous other fruits) and whip cream for dessert – sweet and low in calories
  • Grilled steak or chicken in a salad
  • Rice stuffed baked peppers
  • Crock pot dinners (beef stew, split pea, BBQ pulled pork)
  • Home made pizza – I buy the dough from the store and add my own toppings

I try to make fresh food and from scratch when ever I can. I like to substitute healthier things into the recipies. I use half the salt in a lot of things, less butter, etc. I don’t “hate” processed foods, but there is something to be said for knowing what is in your food.

Hope this gives you some ideas 🙂

Post # 5
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I also buy bags of frozen pollack filets to keep in the freezer. I cook them on foil at 400 with some Blackened seasoning or whatever you want, lemon pepper is good too. Only takes about 10-15 minutes then I serve with frozen broccoli or something like that. Fast, tastes good, inexpensive, and low calorie yet still good for you. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

my favorite healthy recipe is pretty easy, can be used with just about any veggies you have on hand, and is super yummy!

Hummus Crusted Chicken Bake:

I just get a ton of veggies cut to my liking (usually some mix of squash, zuccini, broccoli, peppers, etc.) and mix them well wtih some lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper, paprika, garlic, ginger, and some greek/italian seasonings. Put them in a glass dish and slice lemons very thin and lay on top. Put your raw chicken breast on top of the lemon slices, then top the chicken with a thick layer of hummus, and top it all off with some more salt & pepper, lemon juice, & paprika. Put in the oven at 375 to cook until chicken is done about 30min. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

 

Barbiestylez:  My FI and I are always making different kinds of hashes/skillets, and they always happen to be a hit. The last one I made went as follows:

 

Cube up sweet potatoes and put them in skillet on medium heat with some olive oil. You’ll want these in first for at least 15 minutes since they take so long to cook. I sprinkled a little bit of Cayenne pepper and paprika on mine.

THrow in more veggies. I had sliced onion, sliced red and green bell pepper, sliced mushrooms.

Throw in some spinach leaves. You’ll want to contastantly stir to get the leaves mixed in with the food. You’ll know when they’re done when they’re shriveled.

Crack two eggs and scramble those in.

when eggs are almost finished, add in sliced avocado. Sounds weird, but avocado heated is actually really, really good.

Throughout, while adding veggies, I added more of the spices I listed above. I also added more olive oil as needed.

You can do several variations of this…sometimes we add ground turkey or ground beef. I was in San Francisco this weekend and went to a vegan/gluten-free restaurant…they had a hash similar to the one I mentioned above, but they had shredded brussel sprouts in theirs. AMAZING.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Zucchini soup! Chop 2-3 large zucchini and put them in a pot with 2-3 small cloves of garlic and some olive oil and salt, stir until is starts smelling gorgeous, then pour in enough water to cover the zuchinni, bring it to a boil and leave it to cook until the zuchinni is tender (about 5 minutes). Take it off the stove and blend the zucchini with a stick blender until there are no pieces left. The soup should be nice and creamy but it gets really yummy if you add a splash of milk. Bring to a boil again, add some chopped parsley and serve with whole wheat toast and goat cheese on the side. You can also add a dollop of sour cream into your soup. Yummy! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Barbiestylez:  I used to eat almost the same thing every night because it was healthy: baked chicken or fish, sauteed bell pepper and onion, and broccoli. BORRRRINNNGGGG. I fell off that wagon so fast!

What I would encourage you to do is 2 things: 

1. make it a lifestyle change and not a “diet.” Don’t restrict yourself just so you can look awesome on your wedding day. You’ll look beautiful regardless! Make this change so that you’ll be healthy for years and years to come 🙂 Research (nothing crazy, I promise) actual food; try watching some Netflix documentaries like Food, Inc. or Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Find out why it’s important to eat healthy, whole foods…and decide why it matters to YOU!

2. get creative! We swear by Cooking Light’s cookbook, and now that we’ve exhausted it, I use their website. It’s got great versions of your favorite dishes, all of which are lightened up for guilt free eating! Plus, their recipes make it really easy to use fresh, whole ingredients. Sit down one night a week before you grocery shop and make a menu, and a grocery list. Don’t deviate from that. I promise, if you’re having healthy, tasty, no-repeat meals each night, eating healthy will just become…eating. And you won’t want the bad foods pretty soon.

 

Also, stay away from anything packaged if at all possible. I know everyone’s day to day life is different, so what works for me might not work for others. But buy whole where you can: if you need chopped tomatoes, buy 2 tomatoes and chop them yourself. Don’t buy a can full of preservatives. It’ll be a lifestyle in no time! 🙂 If you ever need recipes or support, feel free to PM me! 🙂

Post # 11
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864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

MsMeow:  that. sounds. so. yummy!!! 

 

*adds zucchini soup to the menu for the week…

Post # 12
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858 posts
Busy bee

Found a recipe on pinterest for energy balls and i have just been playing with the recipe to try different things and my super picky FI and i love them.

 

Milled Flax seed(disgestable, versus full you cant)

Chia Seeds and or Hemp seeds

Natural Peanut Butter

Honey

Cinnoman

Oats

Coconut Oil

 

Mix up to cookie dough batter light, make into balls, freeze them and then store in fridge. They are fantastic. Again, change up ingredients and try somethign new!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Yummy food, ladies! So many tasty ideas here. Thanks, Barbiestylez, you always have such great ideas for threads! 🙂

 

MrsHalpert:  Hehe, thanks, if you decide to make it and need any tips or tricks, just PM me 🙂 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

Our favorites:

  • turkey chili
  • baked chicken with asparagus/ broccoli/ brussels sprouts
  • chicken spinach / bean soup
  • Mexican casserole- heave on the beans and veggies, light on the corn tortillas
  • greep wraps with lo carm wraps and lots of veggies
  • coconut chicken curry in the crockpot
  • salmon with veggies
  • vegitarian black bean chili
  • quinoa sweet poato soup

All found by googling or Pinterest

 

Try to not buy anything in a package and you’ll be fine 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I don’t know what you consider healthy, but I’m big on fruit and vegetables. I spend most of my time at the grocery store in the produce aisles, then just grab a few other things before heading out.

I looooove a good quinoa salad bowl. I make the quinoa, and top it with chopped kale or spinach (or both!), diced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, chickpeas, different kinds of sprouts, sesame seeds, and anything else I have on hand. I usually put some crumbled feta on mine and my FI prefers some crumbled goat cheese on his. 

We eat fish once a week. This week, we had salmon (smaller tail piece for me, big salmon steak for him), with a side of steamed broccoli, and a curry couscous medley with beans. FI’s salmon steak was grilled in a grill pan, and mine was wrapped in a foil packet with some spices/olive oil/onions and put in the oven.

And on nights that FI wants to eat a big plate of pasta with meatballs or other carb heavy high fat foods, I make my own version of Miami Juice’s fruit bowl. I’d like to move to Miami just so I can have this every day. I just googled a picture and put it below. It’s so filling! I buy the cococut pieces from Whole Foods and keep them on hand for snacks. They’re like shaved pieces, as if they used a wire slicer on the inside of a coconut. I tend to mix walnuts, strawberries, apples, bananas, papaya, almonds, oranges, blueberries, and anything else I have. Sometimes I’ll drizzle some honey on top, but the coconut slices make it so good and filling.

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