(Closed) Fav healthy dinners?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

What foods do you especially like/dislike? That will help!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We eat a lot of chicken breasts in our house. There’s just so many ways you can cook them, it doesn’t get boring! In the skillet, in the oven, on the BBQ, etc, etc. Yummy!

My fave is lemon dill chicken. Put a tbsp of olive oil in a skillet, let it heat, then throw in some chicken breasts. Flip them when they’re browned on one side and when the other side browns, throw in some chicken broth (I never measured this stuff anymore) and a dash of lemon juice. Season the skillet with dill weed and cook until the chicken is done. It’s soo yummy!!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you ever need lunch on the go, the Healthy Choice steamers are so good! I had the red pepper chicken alfredo dish the other day and it was only ~250cal!

Post # 8
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Worker bee

I’m currently on a Boca Crumbles kick (no, not vegetarian, just trying to eat healthier). I make taco seasoning (pm if you want the recipe, i NEVER buy store bought seasoning packets anymore, this stuff is so good!), and mix in a bag of crumbles and a can of pinto beans in a pan. Heat it all through then either make enchiladas with it or put it in taco shells or just in a bowl (like me!) and garnish with your favorite topings!

Or, heat the crumbles through, dump in spaghetti sauce. Super awesome that way too. I was a little chicken at first to try them (I’m a Texas gal, what can I say, beef is a way of life here!), but I hardly even buy beef anymore, just stock up on these! I’ve had the Morning Star ones too, but I prefer the Boca. They seem to keep their texture a little better.

 

Oh, and we make bison burgers I’d say once every two weeks or so. Delicious!

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love using a slow cooker.  It’s so easy and you can make a large amount of food in only a day.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Also remember that “low calorie” and/or “low fat” does NOT mean “healthy”.

In fact, a lot of the “diet”, “low-cal”, and “low fat” versions are actually worse for you than the original version because they are full of crap to try to make it taste good.

Ingredients are far more important than calorie and fat counts.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

Here are a few of my favorite healthy dinners:

Tacos: Unfried corn tortialls, extra lean ground turkey (99% fat free), a sprinkle of cheese, tons of veggies (lettuce, tomato, bell pepper).

Cashew Chicken and brown rice

Roast Chicken and Mango Salad

Whole Wheat Pizza

Island Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

We do most of our meals with chicken breasts or extra lean ground turkey as a base and then add healthy seasonings and fruit/veggies. 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

white chicken chili is really good! you can substitute certain ingredients for the base so that it is VERY low fat. And you get a ton of protein from the chicken and the beans. it’s delicious!

you can find a lot of recipes for it at allrecipes.com

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Morningstar vegetarian patties – they come in lots of flavors, and I swear the chicken tastes like real chicken!  Only 130 calories a pop… add a side salad, and you are good to go.

We also eat lean meats – baked chicken breast or fish, with a vegetable side.

I also recommend Weight Watchers.  It makes you amazingly aware of what you are putting in to your mouth, but it really works.  I’m down 5 lbs in just 2 weeks.  10 more to go and it should only take about 5 more weeks!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

And just a note, watch your sodium! I attempt to keep my sodium around 1100-1300 mg a day which isn’t hard to do if I don’t eat processed foods. All the pre-packaged meals and meat or meat-subsitutes are generally super high in sodium/nitrates because they have to preserved somehow. You will be surprised how flat your tummy will look in about a week if you cut your sodium intake!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@abbyful: Completely agree! When I started working where I do now, I bought a lot of those lean freezer meals (generic Lean Cuisine, if you will), and I was stunned at how much fat and sodium was in them. Sure they were low calorie because the serving size was 1/2 cup, but they were not healthy at all.

@heatherrobyn: Do you have any specific white chili recipes you’ve made and would recommend? I LOVE it when the university cafeteria makes it (I know, of call places!), and I have asked for their recipe but they won’t budge. I have seen so many recipes, but none look or sound quite right. I’d love to try making it, though.

Limit processed foods. If you are making fresh foods and not dumping a lot of sauces on them, they will be healthy. If we want a quick, easy dinner, we will put thinly cut steak pieces or other lean meat, some fresh potatoes and frozen vegetables in the toaster oven for like 45 minutes and let everything bake. And watch proportions — make sure the majority of your meal is veggies then carbs and protein. Good luck!

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