Friday, February 01, 2008

Thursday Thirteen 1/31/08

Thirteen Healthy-ish Recipes I Love
(and Thirteen More I'm Trying Soon)

First there was the whole starting Chantix and then quitting smoking thing (today is smoke-free day 228) that at first didn't include weight gain... until it did include weight gain a little further down the path. Then there was an attempt to do better shortly after the new year, but then there was the trip to Tulsa where it all went out the window once again because how do you not eat local cuisine like little hot dogs at Coney I-Lander when offered on vacation? Not to do so would be rude and offensive to the local hosts.

Now that we are past all that, it's time to re-focus again. I don't believe in eating stuff that just doesn't taste good, so these are a handful (13, actually) of my favorites that are within the realm of healthy (more so than what people tend to hand to me out of a window, anyway). Of course, then I guess I'm theoretically supposed to eat smaller portions of each. Maybe that's why people who eat not good tasting "health food" do better at this whole thing because they don't want any more after a few bites. Whatever, here's what I like (the name of each is a link to the recipe on Recipezaar, one of my favorite places, ever, and all pictures are ones I've personally taken and posted on the 'Zaar, as it's called by the cool people - all of these are also in my I Made It Cookbook over there with my reviews):

1. Fusion Avocado!- Such a simple thing, really, but so very good. Even reduced sodium soy works, if you are into that kind of thing. I know that avocado has fat, the healthier monounsaturated kind, but avocados fit my idea that if it looks like nature made it, it's a very good thing!

2. Flax Seed Cracker Bread - Really easy and makes for a nice little snack. Kind of like a cracker, but kind of like a bread, this holds me over between meals. (Not seeing double, this was in a previous post, too!)

Super Hummus Salad - Quick and yummy to go on the side, or equally delicious inside of a whole wheat pita (though it gets a little messy.

4. Edamame - I find it almost comical that my favorite bar snack from Japan has gone almost mainstream in America as health food. I mean, it *is* healthy, but these also taste best with beer.

5. Hearty 3-Grain Porridge - If oatmeal is good for you and makes for a wonderful breakfast, then this stuff is all that and then some. One bowl of this, and I am content for hours. Now if only I could actually get myself to eat breakfast on a more consistent basis...

6. Gingery Lentil Soup - Made this last night, and it was really divine. Served with some kind of healthy-ish bread (or not quite as healthy - we had corn fritters...), it's fabulous. I did add more of the ginger, garlic and curry powder, but I also needed another can of broth to get the lentils fully cooked.

7. One-Pan Chicken Parmigiana - It's Chicken Parmigiana, so you already know that it's got to be delicious! Baked, not fried, and still just as good. Where it says "tomato sauce," I took it too literally the first time, so the next time with spaghetti sauce, it was even better! (Yes, I've mentioned this recipe in a previous post).

8. Mexican-Style Pasta With Chicken and Peppers - Just so yummy and hearty and good! It's also versatile enough that you can do vermicelli or pasta or whole wheat pasta or whatever makes you smile. Tom really loves this one! (Yep, also not new, was in a previous post).

9. Chicken Pepper Skillet (Diabetic Friendly) - I expected this to taste good, but I also thought I knew just what kind of flavor it would have while tasting good. Turns out that the wonderful flavors were not quite as expected, but even yummier!

10. Speedy Mexican Chicken - I found this on the 'Zaar after having seen the same in one of my first and favorite cookbooks, The Kitchen Survival Guide by Lora Brody, and I've rediscovered it as an old new favorite. Using something like 2% milk cheese or a little less of a sharper cheddar for more flavor bang for your less fat buck (a favorite trick I've adopted after reading it somewhere) make it even more guilt free.

11. Spiced Tilapia With Mango Black Bean Salsa - Oh. Dear. God. This is just good in so many ways. The spice rub involved is fabulous and tastes excellent on even grilled chicken. The salsa is fabulous and fresh and tastes good alone or as a little dip for something like the Flax Seed Cracker Bread mentioned above. (I have raved about this twice previously, and will likely do so again)

12. Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps - How can that not taste absolutely wonderful? These were so good and so messy. I added flax seed because we were on a flax seed kick at our house when I made these and took the picture. (Yes, these also have been part of a previous post)

Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas - It's like all the yummy badness, minus all the bad things about badness. Easy and versatile enough to make these with another kind of meat, and they even freeze really well. It's true love. If you shop right, you can find fabulous refried beans that are also low in fat and super healthy to go with these.

Since I'm this far in and feeling a little over ambitious this morning, here are 13 more healthy-ish recipes I intend to try soon (in fact, some already scheduled and already have ingredients bought).

13 more healthy-ish recipes I intend to try soon:
  1. Turkish Chicken Thighs
  2. Tilapia With Dill and Paprika
  3. Cooking Light Ginger Beef
  4. Baked Chicken Teriyaki
  5. Mediterranean Lentil Patties
  6. Sesame Beef Spinach and Broccoli
  7. Greek Chicken
  8. Southwestern Chicken
  9. Creamy Chickpea and Tahini Casserole
  10. The Best Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry
  11. Green Beans With Lemon and Pine Nuts
  12. Lebanese Lentil Salad
  13. Easy Healthy Baked Apple
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  1. Wow. What a great list of recipes. The three grain porridge sounds interesting. The ginger lentil soup sounds good, and different.

  2. Great list, I'll have to try a few of those. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Mmmm those sound very good, will have to try some too.

    Great list. Happy TT!!!

  4. Yummy yummy yummy - fun, fun, fun! chimichangas - killer!! Thx for your visit and happy TT :)

  5. Wow your list is making me hungry! LOL - Happy TT.

  6. Oops. I just drooled on your post. Here - let me wipe that up. Sorry.

  7. First of all, a big congratulations to you for getting rid of that bad habit :-) You're doing great!

    Secondly, some of those recipes sound DELISH, and I'm on a new day of eating change myself. I read the barley one, and thought you might like this, too:

    It's yummy! I make it without the eggs sometimes and with meatless breakfast sausage and still. Yum!

    Lastly, I'm totally adding you to my list of blogs to read. Gotta keep up with your recipes.

    Thanks for visiting :-)

  8. Drooling over the tilapia and black bean salsa here! What a great I'm going to eat thank you :)

  9. Congrats on quitting smoking! I quit this past August and it was the best thing I ever did for me! Blessings, Cricket

  10. I will have to try those lettuce wraps, they look yummilicious!!

    Thanks for visiting my TT.

  11. I had tilapia tonight. Yum-o!

    Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope you will be back again.

  12. Love those recipes! Isn't recipezar the best?!

    Thanks for dropping by.

  13. Mmmm...I want the baked apple NOW :-) I love hummus and especially mexican! I've got to try those baked chimichangas...I usually fry them so they're SOoo not good for you.

    I haven't heard of Chantix, but congratulations!!! I'll be joining you soon and I'll have to get a "quitmeter" of my own :-)

    The amount of money saved is motivation in itself!!!


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