Will you be tuning in to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50? If so, you might want to avoid the pitfalls of typical football party fare. Chips and dip, pizza, wings and beer can pack in more than 2,500 calories—more than you need in an entire day! Try these 5 winning substitutions that are full of favor, not calories.
With cold weather and football season underway, the demand for warm, cheesy dishes and snacks is high. Dips are the perfect snack to serve a crowd, especially when everyone craves something hearty and comforting but a full meal is out of the question. Unfortunately, those decadent snacks are often packed with fat, calories, and sodium. Luckily, a few alterations can transform any dip recipe by reducing calories, fat, and other bad stuff.
Aside from the familiar white variety, cauliflower can be golden orange, purple, or light green (a cross between cauliflower and broccoli sometimes called broccoflower). Orange cauliflower contains more vitamin A than white, while purple is rich in the same healthy flavonoid found in red wine.
Mark Twain once wrote, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” And, indeed, the bumpy head of a cauliflower does look like a brain (and is also called, appetizingly, the curd). Look for heads that are tight and compact, with no dark spots and fresh, firm leaves fanning around them. If there are any small blemishes, gently rub them away with a grater or a microplane.
This is a quick & delicious recipe that will allow you to empty your fridge of all those things you don’t know what to do with. As usual, this recipe is a guide – no exact amounts need to be used, no lists of ingredients, and you are the boss: add or omit whatever ingredients/spices that you don’t like. The goal of “My cheap simple healthy recipes” is simply to inspire you to eat a little bit healthier, to understand what ingredients are better than others & why, as well as to show you that a healthy recipe can be simple, inexpensive and delicious. Happy eating! ❤
For 4 people:
Step 1: Sauté 2 diced bell peppers (any color), 1 minced garlic and 1 diced onion in a a small amount of butter and oil.
I add a fresh herb I want to use up – as you can see, this time I added fresh chopped chives. Continue reading
For 4 people:
Step 1: Grate 5-8 tomatoes into a pan. (Grating tomatoes is much faster than peeling their skin by boiling and cooling them, and it gives you the same result.) Continue reading
Following my several previous cooking posts, you now understand how my partner and I cook. We don’t mess around, and we like it easy, healthy and tasty 🙂
As usual, feel free to modify this recipe to your liking!
For 4 people:
Step 1: Brown 4 chicken breasts in a large pan (with or without skin) on high heat then set aside.
Step 2: Chop 3 leeks and 3 onions into small pieces and sauté them in a little bit of oil and butter. When ready, mix in a tbsp of Balsamic vinegar and set aside.
Step 3: Make the sauce in the pan by adding 1 cup of my homemade chicken broth (or store-bought broth), some minced garlic, 2 tbsp of Dijon mustard, 1 cup of low-fat Ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup of milk and 1 tbsp of artificial sweetener. (the credit for this sauce goes to my partner… it tastes like heaven and you don’t even realize how little calories and fat it has!)
Step 4: Bring the sauce to boil, then add the 4 chicken breasts and season with parsley, +/- paprika, +/- oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Continue reading
I love to eat, and I love to eat good tasty creamy succulent food! Recipes don’t have to be exact and precise, they just have to taste good and be healthy!
If you have read my blog before, you know that I don’t mess around. I say it how it is and I do things the way they should be done. I don’t try to lure you into misconceptions and “healthy” diets, and I cook simple and cheap, especially since I started cooking school! Continue reading
Source: Mussels | Food & Wine
With garlic, fennel, tomatoes, and a bit of orange zest, this soup has a nice Provençal feeling. And with cultivated mussels, which barely need to be cleaned, it’s a snap to prepare. If you can’t find mussels, try a fairly firm white fish, such as cod, instead—the soup will be different, but equally good.
Find the recipe here.
Hosting a Halloween party this year? Treat friends to fun homemade goodies—these 14 recipes are a bit healthier, much cuter, and way more inventive than prepackaged candies. From fresh fruit to low-fat cheese, these tasty All Hallow’s Eve recipes from around the web won’t send you running to the dentist.
Start the evening with a nutritious, protein-rich dinner that will keep you fueled through hours of Trick or Treating (or Monster Mashing). Add some fiber by subbing in whole-wheat tortillas.
Eating good food that’s both healthy and cheap seems to be an unattainable golden trifecta to most people. Student author Leanne Brown took up the challenge to find a way to eat well for $4 a day. The result is a a cookbook that you can download for free.
The book was inspired by the typical SNAP (read: food stamp) budget. While the program may vary from family to family, the budget is still a challenging guideline. The book includes recipes for soups, pastas, chicken, drinks, even cookies. There’s no magic recipe that makes lobster and steak cost $1, but the amount of meals that can be made on a super-tight budget is impressive. If nothing else, it can serve as a starting place for your budget-friendly meal planning.
The book is licensed under Creative Commons, so you can download it for free and pass it along to anyone you know who needs some cheap, tasty meals.
This is great as a party appetizer or a full meal. Tasty, full of flavor and good for you. The crunchy crust is what I really like! You can play with the veggie toppings and cheeses for a great meal that is fast and delicious! Our favorite quick meal!
Get the recipe here: Spinach and Feta Pita Bake Recipe – Allrecipes.com
This is an easy chili recipe that you can throw in the slow cooker and forget about all day. Great topped with Cheddar cheese, crushed corn chips, and a dollop of sour cream.
Get the recipe here: Laura’s Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe – Allrecipes.com
Beer battered cod are the star of these fresh and tasty fish tacos, served in corn tortillas with shredded cabbage and a zesty white sauce.
Click here: Fish Tacos Recipe – Allrecipes.com
Source: Roasted Vegetables | Food & Wine
For extra flavor, bloggers Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley toss their vegetables in chicken or duck fat before roasting, then top them with a bright, lemony mix of parsley and minced garlic.
Mimi Thorisson tops sweet roasted peppers with her deliciously garlicky and salty homemade breadcrumbs.
Cookbook author Tara Duggan is a master of root-to-stalk vegetable cooking. She uses both the broccoli stalk and the florets for this spicy, tangy recipe. Continue reading
While everyone loves a good pasta, filling up on a ton of carbs isn’t what we’re always going for. Thankfully, there are a lot of healthy and tasty alternatives in the form of vegetables, and we’re here to show you how you can eat pasta without any guilt. And while the spiralizer is a great invention, it’s something most people don’t own, so we’re going to show a few different ways to achieve the same noodle with various kitchen appliances.
Watch the different ways that you can make voodles (vegetable noodles) here
I’ve always assumed that the banana peel’s only purpose was to provide cheap, slapstick laughs at the cost of some poor klutz, but it turns out that you can (and should!) eat the slippery bastards.
Not only are banana peels edible, but they’re pretty good for you, and contain fiber, vitamins C and B-6, potassium, and magnesium. They can be blended into smoothies (along with the rest of the banana), fermented into vinegar, or cooked into tasty recipes like banana peel thoran or banana skins with blacked eyed peas. The riper the banana, the easier they will be to chew, but even the tougher ones can be softened with ten minutes of boiling (or frying, or baking).
Before even starting, I have to warn you: there are only 5 steps, but this recipe takes 4-5h in total if you plan to make EVERYTHING from scratch like I do. It’s not a lot of work, but there are a lot of “let simmer for 2h”, “1h in the oven”, and “simmer again for 1h” steps. So if it’s the weekend, and you want to make something healthy and heart-warming, this is the recipe for you.
My recipes are always “about”, “approximately”, “to your liking”… because it’s impossible to make it taste bad by adding a little bit less or more of something (at least, that’s what cooking school says). Just follow your gut – if you like something, put more of it, and vice versa.
It really doesn’t get any healthier than this, and the taste is so smooth that I made this soup 3x in the last 2 weeks (and when I make it, I make 5L of it!). Continue reading
I have already talked about why you should make your own broth (hint: it’s MUCH cheaper and MUCH healthier!) and shared my own homemade chicken stock recipe that I learned in cooking school. Today, I am sharing my brown stock (aka broth) recipe with you. People usually make brown broth with pork or beef but any meat works, really. I make mine with chicken, because it’s healthier… and because when I buy 4 whole chickens I can’t make 16L of only white stock! 🙂
Brown stock has more flavor than white stock and is used in darker stronger tasting soups such as beef & barley soup or french onion soup. People think that making your own stock is complicated and time-consuming… it is not! It takes about 10min of hands on (with experience) and then you just let things simmer or brown in the oven!
1. Stuffed olives
Sure, you can buy already-stuffed olives, but they taste so much better when you do it yourself. Fill pitted green olives with best quality anchovies, Marcona almonds or roasted peppers.
Did you know that some foods can boost your health in more ways than one? New research shows that certain pantry staples have surprising health benefits — beyond what you may already know. These ‘double duty’ foods may help prevent or alleviate multiple conditions, so you’ll be getting a huge health bang for your nutritional buck. Here are 5 foods you won’t want to miss.
It’s well known that prunes can help with digestive health. That’s because they contain fiber and also sorbitol, a naturally occurring sugar-like compound that helps regulate digestion. Continue reading
Ok, I don’t say this very often, but friends, cauliflower “couscous” or “rice” is mind-blowing. Zero exaggeration. It’s light and fluffy. It takes five minutes to make. It can replace couscous or rice in any dish, hot or cold, side dish or otherwise. Talk about a food crush.
Don’t wait a second more: here’s a step-by-step recipe that shows how you can make cauliflower rice, too.
I’m so excited to share The Skinnytaste Meal Planner with all of you!
Craving comfort foods, but don’t want to chomp into calorie bombs? Check out these recipes for comfort-food meal makeovers that’ll help you indulge and feel good. Enjoy biscuits and gravy, mac and cheese, jambalaya, falafel and much more, all under 400 calories per serving! Continue reading
Source: Slow-Cooker Lemon Greek Chicken
(source: Food & Wine)
Now that chilly fall weather is here, you’re probably tempted to indulge in hearty stews and creamy casseroles. Our suggestion? Go with it. But on the side, make sure to serve one of these crunchy, colorful and good-for-you salads made with fresh fall produce.
1. Fall Harvest Salad
This salad epitomizes fall flavors, with its chunks of butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, pecans and greens.
2. Roasted Root-Vegetable Salad with Persimmons
When they’re ripe, Fuyu persimmons are as sweet as sugar. Chef Tom Fundaro features them in this satisfying and nicely bitter fall salad.
3. Escarole Salad with Apples, Blue Cheese and Pecans
This classic salad features fall flavors dressed with a light and tangy mustard-shallot vinaigrette. Continue reading
- Leeks have tons of vitamin K which is necessary for clotting (aka preventing bleeding in your body).
- It’s a green vegetable, and as such it contains a lot of fiber.
- It improves your digestive health and helps you be more regular, whether you have a tendency towards diarrhea or constipation.
- Along with some other fruits and vegetables, it plays an important role in preventing colon cancer.
- It prevents anemia because it contains iron, which is especially important for women of reproductive age.
- It contains folate, which is mostly important for pregnant women.
- Many of the vitamins in leeks are good for your heart.
OK, I agree: this sounds like a fake title. However, it’s the title of an article that Yahoo Health made that apparently features the 50 healthiest recipes ever. Although I don’t agree with the fact that they are the healthiest recipes ever, I agree that they are very healthy and look very tasty. And I absolutely agree with the fact that what you make yourself is healthier than what you buy! Continue reading
However, after learning how to do it quickly and easily in my first day of cooking school, I have never bought a broth again! In my previous post, I talk about the many advantages of making your own broth, explaining why it’s healthier, (much!) cheaper and tastier. Continue reading
I love cooking, and I love eating even more. However, eating healthy is not always easy, especially with my occasional hot dog and foie gras cravings! I started cooking school a few weeks ago which encourages me even more than before to cook from scratch, and cook healthy. I want to share my passion for healthy & tasty food with you, and give you some tricks to eat better and at a lower cost! Continue reading