(Closed) Recipes Spinoff: Share your tricks for making things healthier!

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Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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@iarebridezilla:  I cut the squash in half, drizzle some olive oil on it, then roast it in the oven for like 35-40 minutes. Once it’s done, you just scoop out the “noodles.” It takes some time, but mostly you’re just waiting for it to cook, so it’s not bad.

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@iarebridezilla:  THAT sounds amazing too! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

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@iarebridezilla:  I don’t see why frozen wouldn’t work – we use frozen veg to bulk up curries and stuff, it’s certainly more budget-friendly. I find spinach hard to store as well, if we’re going to use it in a recipe it has to be as soon as possible after we buy it or it starts to sweat a bit and go slimy. It may not be like as good as fresh, but I expect in reality the difference is negligible to anyone except the scientists hired by advertisers to prove fresh is best.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

Agreed on the greek yogurt! Greek yogurt is one of my favorite foods. Greek yogurt chicken is divine. Also GREEK YOGURT PANCAKES!!! Recipe I use one thing of greek yogurt (blueberry flavored is the best!!) and 1/4 cup of flour, and they turn out great! 

In general I try to be healthy by subbing vegetables for carbs. I went from having pasta with chicken to half a serving of pasta with chicken and vegetables to just chicken and vegetables. I always have frozen broccoli, onions, and green peppers on hand, so I’ll generally just sautee all that up together. But I just cook for myself, so it’s not too hard. One of my favorite foods and something I consider a treat is baked sweet potato fries! Here is an amazing sweet potato recipe.  I use very little oil so those are really healthy. And if I bring a salad for lunch, I just put a teaspoon of olive oil on it for dressing. If I want pizza, I love using roasted eggplant as the base instead of dough.

In general, I try to have 2 healthy meals a day if possible. I usually have oatmeal for breakfast, I try to have a salad and then a small amount of protein and other veggies for lunch and then I get as many veggies in for dinner as I can. Wow that sounds way healther than I actually eat…

But I do have a good number of healthy desserts on arsenal! I’m partial to banana bread since I always end up not eating bananas in time.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins (Well I made them as muffins, roommate and SO approved!)

100 Calorie Chocolate Muffins I don’t really understand these, but they are divine! 

Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread

Black Bean Chocolate Cake I was really skeptical, but this was delicious!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

We also tried out these recipes this week and they were SUPER.

 

 

Hope you can read them okay.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@lolot:  I want that lasagna!!!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think I already mentioned my sweet potato mac n cheese in your last thread; here are some of my other faves…

-zucchini cakes (similar texture to crab cakes and they’re DELISH)…there are quite a few recipes online if you google it!

-butternut squash as enchilada filling (slice the squash in half, remove seeds, place on baking sheet and bake at 375 for about an hour, then scoop out all that yumminess, season it with chili powder, salt, pepper, adobo chiles, mix it with a little light cream cheese, and use it as enchilada stuffing! Even better if you saute some seasoned black beans and tomatoes in olive oil, garlic, and onion and fold that into the squash mixture. It’s so good!

-I never use cream or whole milk in recipes…I make a rue with flour and a little butter, then just add 1% milk. Comes out nice and creamy without all the extra fat. Another place where adding a little low-fat cream cheese sweetens the deal, too!

-spaghetti squash is actually super easy…as another poster mentioned you really just cook it and scoop it out! there are great recipes online if you google it.

-I sub black beans in soooooo many areas where many would normally use ground beef…especially in Mexican cooking. This is mostly because I’m a vegetarian, but it’s healthy and packed with all sorts of great nutrients, too. I make black bean burritos that are scrumptious!

-I second the adding spinach to everything…even if you are just making a simple homemade pasta sauce…just throw it in at the end, let it get a bit wilty, and serve. Yum yum!

And keep in mind, my VERY carnivorous Fiance eats (and loves!) all this stuff! 🙂

 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I make individual cups of oatmeal and yogurt and fruit for breakfast and add chia seeds so you stay full longer and I like the texture they add. I’m sure you could add them to lots of different things

 

Here’s the recipe: http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

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@iarebridezilla:  I do it in the microwave. Cut the squash in half and put it in the microwave with a cup of water next to it for 10 to 15 minutes. Once it’s done take it out (it will be hot!) and scrape the flesh out with a fork. It will come out in strings. Then you can do whatever you like with it. Fiance and I like doing Asian style dishes with squash noodles better than Italian style, so we’ll make some sort of Pad Thai type dish. It’s good and healthy!

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Tagging in for ideas. 

The only thing I do to make things healthier is use skim milk in place of whole, like in a cheese sauce. I never really notice much of a texture or flavour difference. 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee

@iarebridezilla:  you’re right about “fat-free” foods. Theyre TERRIBLE for you! 

What you save on calories you make up for in eating more chemically laden, artificial crap. 

You feel more satisfied when you eat full fat foods, and fat is GOOD for you! Your body needs fat to thrive! So please avoid fat-free foods!

Try subbing greek yogurt for things like sour cream and cream-of-crap soups in recipes. 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just some thoughts on low fat/skim milk and dairy. In order to turn skim milk white (because it’s actually sort of a blue-ish color), some companies add powdered skim. Powdered skim (which is also added to organic low-fat milks) is added using a process that oxidizes the cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol contributes to plaque formation in the arteries and can lead to heart disease. Try increasing your consumption of butter, full fat yogurt, milk, and cheese for a few days and watch your sugar cravings and hunger dimish.

 

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