When it comes to Healthier recipes, there is often a misconception about taste, complexity, and of course creativity stemmed more toward a positive light. Sometimes we think that eating healthy is accompanied by the displeasurable sacrifice of eating plain ole’ veggies, drinking a horrid tasting concussion of a smoothie/drink, or even the depressing exclusion of anything sweet or enjoyable for that matter. Low and behold, eating healthy is far from boring or debilitating. Rather, I’ve found that healthy recipes are much more interesting and requires a greater level of creativity (which pays off by the way) to not only keep you on your toes, but also, those picky tastebuds happy! I know that my tastebuds are picky and are often the “flavor police” whenever I’m eating a meal. Haha!
Therefore, I’ve compiled a few of my personal favorite Healthy recipes that I’ve had the pleasure of making thus far on my new food journey + lifestyle. Enjoy!
Yummy Energy Bites
These lovelies are absolutely fun + bursting with great flavor. In this recipe, I used Chocolate chips, honey, oatmeal, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, crunchy peanut butter, raisins, vanilla extract, and a few fingertips full of walnuts. However, you can mix + match as you please, to make this awesome breakfast treat or your very own personal snack throughout the day. To find Recipe: Click Here!
2. Quinoa Mexican Bowl
Quinoa is a grain that is definitely much lighter than rice and it’s packed with tons of protein! There’s also fiber, Iron, and a load of other good stuff! With this bowl, simply add your beans, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and cheese (Oh & Avocado if you love it!) and you got yourself a nice, easy meal. Hearty and healthy! To find Recipe: Click Here!
3. Mexican Vegetarian Pizza
This version of taco pizza includes flour tortillas, black beans (to substitute for meat), spinach, tomatoes, cheese, onions, green bell pepper, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Although this version is based on my Vegetarian diet, you can still enjoy this by adding your favorite meat (whether that includes turkey meat, beef, chicken, you name it!) instead of beans, which I’m sure will be just as great (if not better for all my meat-lovers!). To find Recipe: Click Here!
4. Curry Chickpeas + Roasted Sweet Potato
Along with my chickpeas, I chose to make Basmati Brown Rice (I try to stay away from white rice since I find this option to be healthier) and roasted Sweet Potato. Everything married together WELL and the play on sweet from the sweet potatoes and bit of heat from the curry was nice! Overall, this recipe took a short amount of time—all but 20-25 minutes or so. To find Recipe: Click Here!
5. Veggie Mexican Wheat Tortilla Bowl
This recipe took all but 15 minutes or less to assemble together (after the beans were cooked) and the longest part was the beans cooking time, simply because I decided to use dry beans as usual instead of canned. And keep in mind, that like with most of my other recipes, you can always mix and match or substitute for your favorite ingredient if you don’t feel like using everything that I’ve used here. It’s just left up to you and your tastebuds. To find Recipe: Click Here!
6. Dismantled Mixed Veggie Lasagna
This recipe is full of flavor through the different veggies present inside and as usual, you can mix and match with the veggies that you decide to include based on your tastebuds. The added zucchini was a refreshing twist and super soft. Plus, my hint of chili powder with the red pepper flakes gave it that hint of spiciness that I just love! All in all, this recipe is a great way to introduce veggies to your little ones (without making veggies seem scary or uncool) as well as to anyone who may be a bit hesitant to truly eat only veggies and no meat. You can fully load your lasagna with a ton more veggies if you’d like to ensure that everyone gets a full plate. Healthy and Tastey—all in one. To find Recipe: Click Here!
7. Tofu Stir Fry
I’ve heard a ton of negative things about Tofu—-It’s bland, soggy, doesn’t taste great, just to name a few! But I must tell you that this Tofu Stir Fry is DYNAMITE! Pair it with veggies like onions, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and string beans (OR whatever else you prefer), along with an Asian sauce and you got a nice meal with Tofu being the main star. To find Recipe: Click Here!
8. Spaghetti + Zucchini
A nice play on “Spaghetti + Meatballs” without the meat! Light, flavorful, and healthy. This dish, I might add, is super easy and only took about 30 minutes (or less) completely. It’s definitely a great dish to make on your busy day after work or after a day filled with chores (or Mommy duties). To find Recipe: Click Here!
9. Extra Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
These extra Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower bites are a guaranteed showstopper! At first glance, these beauties truly remind you of buffalo boneless chicken (and trust me, they taste just as good, if not better!). However, they aren’t! Just know that your tastebuds won’t be able to tell the difference either! To find Recipe: Click Here!
10. Chickpea Tacos (Vegetarian)
Interestingly enough, chickpea is a great addition to many dishes (as I’ve done my research) and the nutty taste and great texture, certainly adds a great element to this dish. I truly enjoy T-A-C-O-S and these did not disappoint AT ALL! To find Recipe: Click Here!
11. Roasted Veggies + Mashed Sweet Potato
Brussels sprouts are rich in many valuable nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are a very good source of numerous other nutrients including folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. These Brussel Sprouts actually had a great “meaty” texture and feel to this dish and would remind me of a great mushroom substitute, if you’re not a mushroom lover or haven’t gone down that route yet! To find Recipe: Click Here!
12. Maple Walnut + Pecan Encrusted Salmon Salad
Something a bit sweeter and crunchier than the usual garlic and butter-based recipes for any typical Salmon dish. With just a few ingredients and literally 20 minutes or so to spare, I had a nice, quick dinner that was by far my EASIEST + major burst of flavor meal yet. To find Recipe: Click Here!
13. Spicy Shrimp Soft Tacos w/ Avocado Salsa + Sour Cream Cilantro Sauce
As many of you may know, I’m a lover of spice so I definitely had to go with a recipe that included spiciness to the shrimp. Lastly, to top it all off, this recipe was super easy and quick! Win, Win! Plus, what better way to eat tacos than with a soft tortilla? To find Recipe: Click Here!
14. Black Bean Burgers + Baked Cheesy Zucchini Chips
Usually, I would enjoy a chicken burger or maybe turkey (and in my last days as a meat-eater, I loved actual beef burgers). But now that I no longer eat meat, I do love a good Black bean burger! Personally, these burgers are a lot more filing to me than actual meat and they are just as good flavor wise as well (especially if you season EVERYTHING like I do). Plus, let’s not talk about these Zucchini chips. Just think cheesy, tender, and full of flavor! Yum! To find Recipe: Click Here!