Some Healthy Dish Inspiration
If you find that when you think of vegetables or ‘Healthy’ dish’s what comes to your mind is a plate of lettuce or a plate or steamed soggy vegetables then let me give you some healthy options and exciting inspiration for your meals….think outside the box…it’s more fun out there 😉
Turkey/Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps
For a lighter alternative to taco shells try these lettuce taco wraps. Add your favourite toppings like low fat cheddar, natural yoghurt, chives, tomatoes or whatever you like on your tacos. Making your own taco seasoning is a healthier alternative to buying packaged taco seasoning, and uses less sodium, no sugar, no preservatives and no msg.
1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey or lean chicken mince
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt (optional)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 tbsp bell pepper, chopped
Homemade Salsa / Organic Salsa/ Homemade Tomato Sauce
6 large lettuce leaves from Iceberg lettuce
Brown turkey/chicken in a large skillet. When no longer pink add dry seasoning and mix well. Add onion, pepper, spinach, Salsa/Homemade Tomato Sauce and cover. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
Wash and dry the lettuce. Place meat in the centres of leaf and top with cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, black pepper, small pieces of jalapeno, small amount of grated lower fat cheese (optional) and salsa, small dollop of natural yoghurt(if you have made it spicy) or whatever you prefer and enjoy….mmmmm, should serve two people or one huuungry person.
Stuffed Roasted Peppers with Quinoa and Pesto Mozza
These are delicious with grilled chicken breast or a very lean steak, they are filling, contain both vegie and complex carbs components, very quick and easy to make.
Place Quinoa in pot and bring to boil, turn down and let simmer until water is absorbed. In a pan drizzle small amount of olive oil and soften chopped onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach. Crush garlic into pan with vegi’s. Cut heads of peppers, drizzle tiny amount of olive oil on and place on roasting dish and in oven and pre roast for 5 mins. Mix cooked quinoa and vegi’s in bowl with teaspoon of pesto and black pepper. Remove peppers and stuff with quinoa/vegi mix, place slice of mozza on top and back into oven, cook for 10 minutes until pepper is soft and mozza is melted. DELISH with scrambled egg whites.
This is yummy instead of your plain old salad….maybe some things you don’t always put into your salad…try it J
Squeeze of Lemon
Toss the spinach and arugula(lettuce of choice) together, mix in chopped almonds and cranberries, chop sprint onions, slice mozza thinly, dice beetroot, avocado and tomatoes, place on salad. Griddle asparagus to soften with drizzle of olive oil. In small jar mix the dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad….mmmmm too yummy with some tuna or grilled halibut.
Roasted Vegi/Chicken/Quinoa Casserole
This is hefty/vegi heart warming dish that used little additives but still gets the bulkiness of a filling dinner.
Cook off diced chicken in little olive oil, cook up the Quinoa, soften, cookies vegi’s till a little softened, mix chicken, veg, herbs, pepper, plac e in baking dish, mix breadcrumbs/quinoa/grated mozza together and scatter on top, drizzle small bit of olive oil and bake, let topping crisp ….mmmm warm and hearty!
Chicken and Vegi soup
Breast of Chicken
Classic easy dish to make, easy way to get some vegetable’s in without losing the nutrition in the water and you will be drinking the water in the soup. Filling and lovely on a cold day or you want some comforting, have a bowl of this with some smoked salmon roll-ups and melon…. Mmmm.
Cook off diced chicken, chop vegetables, cook in large pot with herbs, when veg soft, blend up to your liking and add back chicken in!!! Eat away….
If you do already have your own signature favourite salad, think about what dressing you are putting on..…a lot of dressings contain of sugar including those low fat one’s… don’t ruin your healthy meal with a sugar filled dressing.
Make your own salad dressing…..
Balsamic Vinegar/Malt vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Teeny bit of Pesto
Squeeze of Lemon
Shake it all around….OH MY ….DELISH drizzled on your salad J
So think outside the box oh how to get those vegi’s into you, don’t over cook and don’t over dress 🙂