A couple years ago, I went to a local wellness establishment to seek out nutritional and naturopathic advice for my overall health and diet, and I'll admit: I fell off the wagon. Recently, I've invested deeper in my health and honoring self with healthy food recipes and habits.
This is my mini series covering my healthier cooking choices for my own purpose of documentation and to hopefully provide YOU with some yummy new recipes! I've never been much of a cook, so this is a new experience for me cooking every night! ;) Each week, I'm sharing the best dinner recipes I've found along the way and the snacks that have been keeping me company.
DINNER RECIPE #1:
CUBAN BLACK BEANS + RICE
A great mix of spices and flavors, this dish was super easy to make + exciting to eat.
This made enough for two servings for each of us, so 4 total and we even had some rice leftover that we used for lunches (note that I cooked about a cup)!
We aren't the biggest radish fans, so if we had to make this all over again (which I'm sure we will), we would minus the radishes and keep the generous amount of cilantro that you see pictured here (we LOVE cilantro!).
LUNCH RECIPE #1:
SMASHED WHITE BEAN + AVOCADO CLUB
Recipe via RealSimple.com
Taking away the hefty, wheat-heavy regular bread, I use Trader Joe's gluten-free multigrain bread to create this beautiful lunch sandwich!
I also added hummus to this recipe for extra flavor. I didn't have an onion with me, which would've added a nice flavor, in addition to the mini sprouts. Don't forget!
DINNER RECIPE #2:
ZUCCHINI CRUST PIZZA
Recipe via Moosewood Cookbook
*This is a good variation!
I was fortunate enough to be a guest at my folks' house for dinner when my dad decided to cook this pizza recipe with zucchini crust. This crust recipe is out of the Moosewood cookbook, then my dad tops his masterpiece with plenty of cheese, bell peppers, pineapples, olives and the standard marinara sauce. Sometimes he also opts to use pesto as a sauce.
I highly recommend trying this crust! While it does taste different from bread, it's not like you're struggling to eat it - it actually tastes GOOD and you can hardly tell it's zucchini!
BREAKFAST/LUNCH RECIPE #2:
I adore avocado toast and this balance is just right! I use Trader Joe's gluten-free multigrain bread as usual, then I add a dash of both ground Himalayan sea salt and black pepper on top.
If you want to get a bit more creative, you can add a dash of lemon or lime juice. Yum!
DINNER RECIPE #3:
SPINACH + RICOTTA
Recipe via RealSimple.com
Oh. My. Word.
This recipe is EVERYTHING.
Super simple, you just pop the shells into boiling water and cook them until soft like any other pasta. Then you lay down some marinara sauce in a deep dish pan, adding the shells stuffed with spinach, ricotta and a few other items right on top. I chose to indulge in a little gluten for this recipe, but using a gluten-free shell pasta is an option.
I suggest adding more cheese than this recipe calls for, but that's just my taste ;)
WHAT I'VE BEEN SNACKING ON LATELY:
- The new Crispy Crunchy Mochi Rice Nuggets from Trader Joe's are so addicting! While you do need to watch the amount you eat because the carbs add up fast, a handful every now and then is just the right treat. Buttery and crunchy, I couldn't imagine a better afternoon snack that satisfies all the cravings!
- Cottage cheese with fresh pineapple and mango slices. While I often use this as a lovely breakfast, it also makes a great protein-filled afternoon/evening snack.
- Trader Joe's Sweet Plantain Chips have been satisfying my sweet, junk food cravings this past week. Even though I'm more of a salty than a sweet lover, I am LOVING plantains. One of my favorite things is our local Latin street food foodtruck that serves their dishes with cooked plantains, so I knew I'd fall in love with these when my nutritionist told me about them. She says they even work for nachos!
What recipes have you cooked up lately? What are you munchin' on!?
This blog post is part of the series "Honoring Self with Healthy Food Recipes" - click here to read more in the series!
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BLOGGER: KATHRYN COFFMAN
Kathryn is the lead contributor + founder at FashionablyFrank.com. Obsessed with leading a life of balance, she started the blog in 2013. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2016, she is now a digital marketing specialist through her business, Fashionably Frank Marketing. She believes a cup of coffee is the answer to all of life's problems + that all women should strive to embrace a #girlboss mantra.