31 Healthy Recipes – Fruit & Yogurt Parfait, Fruit Salad, Lemon Chicken, Black Eyed Peas & Tomato Salad, and Tomato Soup

I have some catching up on the blog after a great weekend of healthy cooking (I was a few recipes behind, and Sunday was the perfect day to do some cooking).  Here are the recipes from breakfast and lunch, on my way to 31 healthy recipes during National Nutrition Month. I will follow up with a post on my dinner! Enjoy!

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

Fruit and Yogurt ParfaitThis recipe is an easy and quick way to get nutrition in the morning! Recipes are great when they are convenient at any time, but expecially in the morning!

Also, the parfait contained the protein, fruit, dairy, and grain to get me energized for a day full of choirs and cooking. Yup, I had a very exciting day ahead of me!

Lemon Chicken

Lemon ChickenThis was a very convenient meal! I took a break from doing my Sunday choirs to marinade the chicken. Then, a few hours later, I was hungry, and the chicken was ready to grill! For a light marinade, the chicken had tons of flavor, and pairing it with the black eyed peas, I had a great meal!

Black Eyed Peas and Tomato Salad

Black Eyes Peas and Tomato SaladYou can go wrong with tomatoes and basil! Though, I was surprised by the black eye peas. I thought the can of black eyes peas was going to ruin the freshness created by the tomatoes and basil, but with the aid of the rice vinegar, the dish turned out very fresh and light!

Wholesome Tomato Soup

Wholesome Tomato SoupThis was my first time making tomato soup. I have ate it all my life, but it has always come from a box or can. So, it was a great experience to make this recipe.

After baking the veggies, I added just the right amount of spices (pepper, salt, and lots of basil). The soup turned out fantastic! Rich, creamy, nutritious, and none of the additives that come in the canned variety! I will be making this recipe again, and the variations that I can try are limitless!

PS: This is a great recipe to make on Sunday and bring to work the next few days.

My Attempt at 31 Nutritious Recipes

This March, I decided to partake in the festivities of National Nutrition Month by broadening my healthy recipe arsenal. Throughout a normal month, I cook about ten different recipes, never dabbling with ingredients like quinoa, Greek yogurt, curry, kale, or even orzo pasta. As I can always use more nutrition in my diets, I have challenged myself to try thirty-one of our healthy recipes by the end of the month!

Along with adding more nutritious ingredients to my normal cooking, I hope to find a few new recipes that will push my go-to recipe list from ten to at least a dozen! Maybe, if I’m lucky, I will make it a baker’s dozen! Yes, that is audacious!

Summer Smoothie

Summer Berry SmoothieSo, it is now March 6, and how many recipes have I tried? Five! That’s me being on track! I started the week with the Summer Smoothie, providing myself an easy recipe to guarantee a first success! Typically, when I make a smoothie, it consists of an orange juice base and frozen fruit. By switching to cranberry juice and adding Greek yogurt, I upgraded my morning nutrition (addition of protein and calcium with less sugar)!

Though, my biggest recommendation is if you’re using a blender early in the morning, begin by closing the bedroom doors of those sleeping! While the smoothie was delicious, I didn’t need to be called a punk while sipping it down!

Easy Crockpot Chili

EasyCrockpotChili-SingleNext up, easy crockpot chili. As you may have guessed, this recipe was easy as well as tasty! Chili is one of those recipes that is very difficult to screw up! I followed the instructions, only adding a bit of cayenne pepper for a little heat!  Now, I have multiple days of lunch prepared, and only need to grab an apple and carrots for an easy balanced lunch!

Chicken Basil Bowl with Basil Lemon Dressing

Basil Bowl_lemon dressingWhile the chili was simmering, I decided to go on my first adventure into broadening my food horizons. I made the chicken basil bowl with quinoa. I have had quinoa before, but it was always a cold salad purchased at a grocery deli.

Basil Bowl_lemon dressing2I boiled the quinoa as needed, but it was a bit bland without any seasonings. Thusly, I thought the basil bowl was just average. Also, if I make this recipe again, I will plate more greens and less quinoa. As for the dressing, it came out great (refreshing and easy to make), and I have plans to use the remainder on a salad.

5-Step Skewers

Of the five recipes made so far, this has been my favorite! Grilled mangos are another first for me, and I have been missing out! I marinated the pork for an hour before skewering it with the mangos and placing it on the grill. Eight minutes later I was plating the food, with Skewers_Singlesome brown rice (this time with seasonings). With the mangos and pork skewered together, I assumed the mangos would cook faster, and be overdone, but to my surprise the mangos and pork were both perfectly done! The most difficult part of the recipe is waiting the hour for the pork to marinate, which, in my opinion, is well worth the wait! Enjoy this one!

Twenty-six more recipes to try! I will keep you filled in on the journey! And, please send me your thoughts, improvements, and questions as you try these recipes for yourself, especially if you have tips for seasoning quinoa!

Take Care!

 

The Super Simple Portion Bowl Guide

Portion Bowl Guide_Chicken Cilantro Rice Bowl

Controlling your portions is a killer way to stick to a healthy eating plan. But how can you quickly measure out your portions? We won’t sugar coat it, it takes some dedication and planning when preparing meals. But don’t worry, if you’re looking for a solution to speed up the process, there are lots of new portion controlling bowls, plates, and cups with that have measurements built into them. Here’s an example: Measure Up Bowls

To spark some inspiration, we created a super simple portion bowl guide. This recipe is delicious, and if you have a portion bowl at your disposal, layering your meal is a snap. If you give it a whirl, let us know what you think. Enjoy!