Easy & Healthy Recipes
In the attempt to eat healthier, our household has discovered that it isn’t always easy. Washing, chopping, dicing, and peeling, can be time consuming. Pre-cooking brown rice or better yet, quinoa takes time. Yet, we’ve figured out what nights are good for food prep and what nights are not. I thought it would be nice to share some recipes with you, as we discover the easy, healthy ones in our home.
This can be done!
What we’ve discovered is tools, and time management is the key. So we plan our menu, do the grocery shopping, and some nights are cooking prep night, and others aren’t. Get a small Ninja Master Prep Professional and you can manage most smoothie blending, ingredient mixing, and vegetable chopping for under $40. Now, if you’re all cray in the kitchen, this cheaper model probably won’t last long. So far, so good for us.
Tropical Green Smoothie
The first recipe will have you smiling in the morning. You can cut up over-ripe bananas and freeze them. If you want to stay on the easy side, buy frozen pineapple at your store. Add all ingredients to a blender and waalaa!
2 cup pure coconut water
1 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen banana chunks
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup fresh or frozen kale
Zesty Greek Couscous Salad
Make this one the night before you’ll pack it in your lunch. Great served on a bed of your lettuce of choice.
1 pkg Near East Wheat Couscous
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp avocado oil
2 tomatoes (sliced into quarters)
1 med zucchini, halved and sliced
1/2 C fresh basil, cut into strips
1/3 C green onions
3/4 C crumbled Feta Cheese
- Prepare couscous according to package directions, except omit butter or olive oil and add black pepper with water.
- In a large bowl, combine prepared couscous, lemon juice, and avocado oil. Add zucchini, basil, tomatoes, and green onions.
- Chill 4 hours or overnight.
- Stir in cheese just before serving.
Do you remember how much you liked Cheeseburger Mac from Hamburger Helper? This would be a healthier version for sure. You’d be surprised at how easy this is to make and how yummy the cauliflower is. If you can’t go all organic with the ingredients, just do the best you can!
1 lbs. beef, ground, free-range or grass-fed, organic
1 med. cauliflower, fresh, organic
1 c. cheddar cheese, mild, raw, organic
garlic powder, organic to taste
sea salt, unrefined, & fresh ground pepper, organic to taste
Steam cauliflower until tender. While it’s steaming, brown ground beef, adding the seasonings just before the beef is done cooking. Add cauliflower and cheese. Mix it all up, stirring until the cheese is melted.
This last point is the most important. If you’re not enjoying it, how do you think your body will? Add some fun and love to your meals, and they will return the same. (A sous chef helps as well.)
Thanks for reading!