Healthy Recipes

Megan - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi, I am in the process of changing my eating habits and I need some good,easy and healthy recipes. I have an 11 year old and a 6 month old, so I want to make healthier meals not just for me, but for my husband and children. Please share any recipes or suggestions you may have!!

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Vilma - posted on 03/13/2010

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Its very easy to eat heathily without the expense, all you do is a simple game of how extra veggies or fruit can I add to recipe to make it healthier? Eg:



Spaghetti Bolognese, dont just add tomatoes, onion. Add extra veggies, such as grated carrot, mushrooms, capsicum, grated zucchini (courgettes), chopped eggplant (Aubergine). This makes it healthier, without kids or hubby knowing.



Same with curries, add peas, carrots, pumpkin, cauliflower, beans.



Serve a platter of fruit as a dessert when after a meal, (if you love watching the TV. bring it out then with some water cracker biscuits and some cheese cubes (real cheese not plastic cheese) this will get wafted down. Kids love the different colours and textures.



When you go shopping, involve the kids, get them to pick out the fruit and veggies, say to them " you can pick out a new fruit or vegie that we havent tried before and make a fuss about it saying " this is Christies new fruit and she wants everyone to try it". Kids love to be involved in cooking if you allow them and yes, you do have to be a bit patient, but the earlier you involve them the more they want to help. My kids were involved as toddlers, sprinkling seasoning on potatoes, peeling and picking out what vegies to eat for dinner or selecting fruit. If kids dont like a certain vegie or fruit, just say : "Thats ok, when you are get bigger or big girl or big boy you will like it" This worked for me.



So in a nutshell (excuse the pun) add fruit where you can, add veggies where you can, cook them a bit differently (I even hate boiled vegies, buf if you stirfry them or eat them raw as a dip accompanient, add to curries, salads with nuts, or cook or present them differently etc, they become more interesting and tasty.



Aussie style Spaghetti Bolognese:



300gms Kangaroo meat (if you dont have this thats ok, use beef mince) but kangaroo is higher in protein, low fat, higher in iron and it does taste really nice. Sorry if you dont like the idea of eating a cute animal, but here in Australia we do eat it. Similiar in taste to venison but not as strong.



Brown mince, add I chopped onion, 1 chopped capsicum, when its brown, add 1 grated carrot, 1 small grated zucchini (courgette), chopped mushrooms, about a small handful of chopped or diced eggplant (aburgine), stir until softened. Add a can (440gm) of crushed tomatoes, about 1-2 tablespoons of tomatoe paste, fresh basil (yes fresh!, grow it the back yard or on the windowsill, fresh basil is great for a lot of dishes, and the kids can go and pick it :) some oregano to taste, salt pepper to taste. Cook for 20 minutes.

Cook the pasta as per insructions (if you want to be healthier make it wholemeal).

Serve with grated parmesan cheese.



Also, check out a book by Julie Stafford called "Taste for life" she has a series of them, and they are a great reference or starting point for healthy eating. Good luck and Bon apetit.

Mirdza - posted on 01/22/2010

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Lunch, breakfast, or dinner? Here are some:



Whole Wheat Pancakes:

1 c whole wheat flour

1/2 c organic milk

1/2 c almond milk

2 eggs

1 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract



When you eat them, substitute butter for organic coconut oil, and use 100% real maple syrup. =)



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Lemon Chicken



2 chicken breasts

1 tsp organic, unsalted butter

juice of a lemon

salt and pepper to taste. (Add lemon pepper, if you have it.)



For best results, and moister chicken, wrap all ingredients in aluminum foil and put in pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30- 45 minutes.

Angela - posted on 04/17/2010

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Use your Crockpots!!! So much healthier!! I've been trying to eat right, too!! I started posting all the Crockpot meals that turn out really well.... Look up "Crockpot Cooking" in communities, I've posted about 50 recipes so far!

Hope this helps!

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Vilma - posted on 10/08/2010

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Hi Amy

I have a few curry recipes (we actually eat quite a lot of them) but this one should be a hit with the kids.

I will write as i make it.
Get a large frypan, chop up an med onion, throw it in the pan with some oil. Cook a bit. Add chunks of capsium (red pepper if in in the USA the mild one), then add cubed chicken breast, cook it till its nearly all cooked through. Add a teaspoon of ground cummin, a teaspoon of ground coriander, about 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, a bay leaf, chopped garlic about a clove is fine. Then add cubed pumpkin, handfull of frozen peas. (also at this stage you should be starting off your rice in another pot) I like Jasmine rice it has a lovely flavour rather than basmati. Then add to the curry, chopped carrot, and if you want some cauliflower cut into florets. Then add a small tin (400ml) of chopped tomatoes, and a smaller tin about 100mls of coconut milk. Let this cook over a gentle heat while the rice is cooking. (about 20mins) If you want to kids to eat it they should be fine, but I find if you make chappatis as well, the kids go nuts over it.
Chappatis, about a cup of self raising flour, add about 1/4 cup of oil (peanut or olive oil is fine) add hot water to mix it together to a dough about a cup, but add it bit by bit, If its too dry add more water, too wet more flour. Roll out into little balls about the size of apple, then flatten with a rolling pin, cook it on a heavy based pan and watch it puff up a bit, turn it over and let it puff up a bit again. Throw it on a plate and keep a tea towel on it to keep them soft and warm. Serve it all up together with some indian pickles (most supermarkets have them now) and get the kids to grab a chappati and eat the rice and curry with their hands, They love the tactile meal, and dont fuss about the mess. Get them to make the chappatis too and they will have a ball. Good Luck :)

Amy - posted on 09/12/2010

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Vilma, can I get a recipe for a good curry? My husband loves them, but I've never found one that my kids enjoy.

Kristen - posted on 08/16/2010

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Super yummy Zucchini Brownie (http://wp.me/pRa1N-7U) And guess what? Two main ingredients are whole-wheat flour and 1 large zucchini. My husband didn't even know it was healthy for him and he was raving to all of his friends how great it tasted :)

Misty - posted on 03/30/2010

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HI there are alot of great recipes on a web site I use alot www.mommysavers.com its a great website =) hope it helps

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Crock pots are awesome for bust moms who want to be eating healthier!! There are some great cook books you can find with easy, low fat recipes!! (Lean Meats and lots of veggies!)
One way to improve your diet and rev up your metabloism is to have healthy snacks available throughout the day. Fruit, granola, a healthy homemade smoothy with some ground flax, or almonds are good choices.

Mirdza - posted on 01/23/2010

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Using the crockpot is an excellent idea! Use chicken and a can of crushed tomatoes, and lots of veggies, in your recipe =)

Angela - posted on 01/23/2010

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Use your crockpot!! It sounds like you're a typical busy mom & using my crockpot really frees me up in the evenings, which are especailly busy for me! I started putting recipes on a Circle of Moms page that me & my family like. So, they have been tested!! Most of them are very healthy or easy to adjust to make them less fattening! It's called Crockpot Cooking. Hope this helps!

Sandra - posted on 01/16/2010

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I, too, would love healthy recipes! Ones that have ordinary and inexpensive ingredients as we have a tight budget and my family won't eat the fancy stuff. The quicker and easier, the better. lol

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