Healthy Recipes – My Journey to 31 Healthy Meals (Part 2)

After this weekend, I can say that I have completed only two more recipes. So, I have some work to do, though I feel this session can be described as quality over quantity. Both recipes took a bit of preparation, and both were very good. And without further ado, here are my thoughts in the second session on making 31 healthy recipes during National Nutrition Month. (You can find my first post here.)

Spinach and Mushroom Frittata

Spinach Mushroom FrittataThere are many positives to this recipe! First, this will be the first time I am able to say I have cooked eggs. Usually the adjectives I associate with eggs are fried, scrambled, and boiled. So, it was fun to try a new method!

Second, if you are cooking breakfast for a group or family, this is a fantastic recipe. Most of the work is in the preparation. Once you have the eggs separated and veggies cut, it is all cooking and waiting. This allowed me to clean up my mess by the time the eggs were ready to eat! And I love not having to clean up after I’m done eating, especially when feeding a group. This recipe scored points before I even had the chance to take a bite!

Now that the kitchen is clean, I sat down to relax with a slice of the frittata, and it was great! The oven slowly cooked the eggs to perfection! The mushrooms and spinach were a great combination, and the inclusion of the gooey feta cheese was a nice change in texture. This is a recipe I can see myself making on a weekend morning! Especially, as the recipe has the protein and veggies to start my day correctly.

My only edit to the recipe (and really, its just preference), I would switch the grilled onions to fresh green onions. Don’t get me wrong, I love grilled onions. I just feel the grilled onions and mushrooms blend together. That, and I have always enjoyed green onions and eggs – It’s a dangerous combination.

Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo Pasta SaladEach week, you will see me prepare a salad for my lunch at the office. For me, it is a great way to make sure I eat nutritiously, especially when my options to purchase a nutritious to-go meal are limited.

So here I am, writing this blog while lunching on my orzo pasta salad. I love the flavor of the orzo. It is full of chicken broth flavor, which complements the vinaigrette very well. Also, the tomatoes, basil, and mint give the salad great bursts of flavor, without having the same bite twice.

My only hesitation is the garbanzo beans. I like a good humus, but I am not the biggest fan eating these particular beans whole. Though, I do love the nutritional value these beans add to the salad. Garbanzo beans, as well as many other legumes, are loaded with fiber, complex carbohydrates, antioxidants, and protein! This fact keeps me including these in the salad, or at minimum, finding a close substitute.

If you are patient enough to wait for the orzo to cool while prepping this salad, it is a great way to add carbohydrates and other great nutrients to your lunch!

I hope you enjoy these two great recipes! I have 24 more recipes to try on this journey, and I already feel good about the nutrition I have added to my diet! Not to mention that I have really enjoyed these recipes!

If you have tried one of our healthy recipes, please let me know your thoughts!

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     /  April 10, 2015

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