Healthy, hearty bulk recipes to beat the holiday bloat?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

Tonight I’m making a meal I got out of cooking light magazine:  Ground turkey sloppy joes served over a baked potato!

How to make:

  • You brown the ground turkey (on sale this week where I live), and I usually chop up some onion and bell pepper while browning the meat.  The actual recipe calls for carrots too, and I usually chop them up really small if I have them on hand so that they can get tender.
  • After the veggies are tender and the turkey is cooked, you open up a can of manwich (the original that is only 35 cals a serving), let that cook through (sometimes I add spices to it and let it simmer), then you nuke a potato in the microwave and serve this directly over the potato.

Entire meal is about 390-430 cals depending on the size of your potato and how many veggies you add.  Low calorie, tasty and FILLING!

Post # 7
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


This is my favorite beef stew recipe! The cinnamon is an amazing touch and not to be missed. I modify the recipe and include a large can of seasoned diced tomatoes and their juice, and I buy pre-cubed sweet potatoes from the Harris Teeter grocery store here. I also throw in some extra kale at the end for more green 🙂 It’s really quick and easy to make (especially with the pre-cubed sweet potatoes.)

Post # 8
3677 posts
Sugar bee

Curried Chick Peas with Onions

(Tip: make a batch of brown rice at the same time and have them together, all week long)

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 thinly sliced onions

2 cloves minced garlic (I usually add more)

2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

1 Tbsp. curry powder


black pepper

2 16 oz. cans chick peas, or 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight & boiled tender

3 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. soy sauce/tamari

3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley


Thinly slice onions & cook in olive oil until soft, about 20-25 min. Add garlic halfway through. Add sesame seeds, curry, salt & pepper (*you may not need any extra salt if using canned chick peas – might be best to wait until the end of cooking and taste before adding. With dried soaked chickpeas you will want to add some salt.) Cook 5 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally (curry will be thick and pasty.)

If using canned chick peas, reserve 1/2 C. liquid from the can and rinse the rest of the peas well. If using dried & soaked beans, reserve 1/2 C. of the cooking liquid. Add chickpeas and liquid to the curry mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, until peas are hot and liquid is mostly evaporated. Stir in lemon juice, soy/tamari, and parsley.

Serve with rice for a delicious and filling vegetarian entree. Or add chicken, etc, as desired.

Post # 9
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I make a lot of soups! My current fave (just because it’s sooooo easy) is broccoli & cauliflower. Maybe not INSANELY healthy but decent. I’m bad at recipes because I literally eyeball everything.

I chop up broccolis, cauliflower and onions… i put coconut oil in a pot and let the veggies simmer a bit until they’re tender and browned. then in a bowl i whisk almond milk, low sodium chicken broth, and a bit of low fat parmesan cheese… the recipe i originally found called for sour cream  but i’m not a fan so i used low fat cream cheese but then i found it wasn’t necessary and was just as delicious without so i forego that now. then i add the whisked liquids to the pot and let it simmer a while until it’s hot. then i put it in the blender and mix it up! It is seriously yummy and so great for winter. i’ll usually have it with a chicken breast on the side to get some protein.

Post # 10
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsBuesleBee:Thanks for starting this thread! When it’s cold all I want are hot meals, which I feel are harder to make healthy than go to salads and sandwiches.

I made this last week and it was surprisingly delicious despite accidentally overcooking my pork.

Pork taco bowls

4 Slow cooked pork loin chops rubbed with a package of taco seasoning- shredded

I had some cooked quinoa probably ~2 cups

I added salsa, chopped green pepper, corn, black beans, some jalepenos and melted chesse on top. I also mixed a mashed avocado with light sour cream and lime juice and threw some on top when it was done heating. If I had cilantro at the time, I definitely would of added some.

I ended up with ~4 large meals size servings. And FI who is very picky loved it!  

Post # 12
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsBuesleBee:  That stir fry sounds SUPER! DH will love it – eggs are his favorite food. 😀

Post # 14
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

LOVE chilli this time of year, super easy if you have a slow cooker.  I like looking at for some healthy and filling recipes! She even has calories/fat/carbs/fibre/protein for information 🙂

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