Sunday, January 8, 2012

What the Health? Some Healthy Food Ideas

Ok, as I‘m sure you all have noticed it is totally January.  And with all the talk about resolutions, we probably all have thought about eating healthier, right?

Well, I thought I’d try out a little weekend segment where I talk about some healthy meal ideas.

I’ve actually been amped up about eating more whole foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins for a couple of weeks now and I feel a definite change in my energy levels and overall health.

The reason I started writing a blog is to post about things that I would want to read about.  I have been kicking the idea around for a while to start posting what I eat, but felt like maybe people might not want to read about it.  Then I realized, it is my blog, so whatever.  At least I’ll just limit it to one day a week.

I like to get ideas from other blogs about new healthy foods, so hopefully you will get some ideas from me and think about trying some of them ;)

My favorite healthy meals from this past week are:

1. Zucchini "Pasta"
This is my favorite out of the bunch.  It is so quick to put together!

As I have said before, there really is no substitute for delicious, carb-y pasta.  And I love pasta, don’t get me wrong.  Surprisingly, this zucchini peeled with a vegetable peeler and topped with ground turkey and sauce really satisfied my craving for Italian food, though.  You just peel the zucchini down to the seeds, then top with whatever topping and microwave for 2-3 minutes.

      2. Barley Risotto with Kale and Acorn Squash
Comfort food in a bowl, people.  That’s what this is.

Oh, and barley is super healthy for your bod, too.  I used this recipe, but subbed medium barley for the farro (they did not have it at my grocery store) and lessened the amount of butter.  This was actually pretty time consuming and took about an hour to cook (next time I’ll get the quick barley), but it turned out great.

      3. Tortilla Pizza

Tortillas are great for making a thin crust pizza.  I used the Ole Xtreme Wellness wheat tortilla topped with laughing cow cheese, roasted Brussels sprouts, red pepper and fat free feta.  I also drizzled a balsamic reduction for extra fanciness.  Top the tortilla with your desired (precooked) toppings and cheese and bake for about 15 minutes on 400 degrees.

Here's a pic of the tortilla I used, in case you are interested: 

So there you have it: my healthy ideas for the week.  If you want more inspiration (or should I say pin-spiration~groan), you could check out my Hardcore pinboard on Pinterest.

I feel inclined to mention that recipes that you see on this blog will be varied.  I am not just going to post healthy stuff~don't worry!  I have a giant cookie coming your way on Monday :)

Have a great weekend!!!


Scott at Real Epicurean said...

I have *so* skipped the whole healthy thing this January. Your recipes look so delicious though - that tortilla pizza just has to be tried.

Anonymous said...

Zucchini pasta! Fave. I love making carb alternatives with veg, like cauliflower rice, zucchini pasta and cauliflower pizza crust! Great ideas :D -Kyra

Elizabeth Madison said...

Really creative recipes!

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