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So…who’s relieved all those holidays are over? I know I am. Less food to cook. Life back to normal. Time to diet, am I right?
I was all set to post a couple of new recipes here, including some fabulous new desserts and an amazing new side dish for shabbos. But then I was thinking. If most of you are trying to eat better after the holidays, I should probably help you out with some healthy recipes, right?
With all of the delicious holiday food I’ve been sharing lately, combined with the phenomenal treats in my cookbook, Something Sweet, it’s easy to forget that the archives here at Overtime Cook are jam-packed with recipes that are easy, delicious and healthy. That’s how I cook, for myself. No fuss, nothing too fancy. Just yummy food that you can make in limited time, that your family will love. Plus, as a life-long dieter, I decided to share a few of my favorite tips with you. So scroll down and enjoy!
Firstly, it’s important for you to know that I’ve got a recipe index, listing over 300 recipes by category. I’ve even added the sections on top, where you can easily click and skip straight to the section you like.
But in order to help you, I figured I would point out some helpful links and favorite recipes – and help you find the easy, healthy recipes on my site.
For starters, round-ups:
Top Ten Healthy Veggie Dishes
15 Recipes That Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds
Over 50 Meatless Meal Ideas (Not all of these are healthy, but many are, and it’ll help all of you vegetarians!)
Now, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes that are both healthy and easy!
Veggie Sides: [Diet Tip: I find it easiest to stick to a diet when you have lots of delicious food, and thus you don’t feel deprived. Make plenty of a yummy veggie side, and don’t feel bad about taking lots of it. Most – or even all – of the sides mentioned below can get their oil cut, if your plan doesn’t allow for the amount the recipe calls for.]
Pesto Roasted Carrot Fries (save time by using baby carrots, halved, instead of cutting carrots)
Roasted Sesame Broccoli
Two Colored Squash with Shallots and Herbs
Spicy Carrot Chips (save time by using frozen crinkle cut carrots)
Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower
Baked Butternut Squash Fries
Healthy Mock Breaded Cauliflower
Spicy Baked Zucchini Sticks
Dijon Roasted Broccoli
Roasted Green Beans with Onions and Garlic (save time by using minced, dried onions, instead of cutting a fresh one)
Italian Grilled Zucchini (use other veggies, such as peppers and eggplant, in the same marinade)
Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Cherry Tomatoes
Garlic and Basil Spaghetti Squash (not the easiest dish listed, but worth a mention because some of you may be cutting out pasta!)
Breakfast: [Diet Tip: Start the day right and stay on track for the whole day. I know, it’s a total cliche, but there’s a good reason that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I actually like the following recipes cold, so you can make them the night before and enjoy on the go.]
Healthy Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Healthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes
Healthy Apple Berry Crumble
Healthy Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes (great way to get your protein in the morning!)
Baked Goods and Drinks: [Diet Tip: These recipes might sound contradictory to healthful eating, but if you feel a need to treat yourself, realize that you don’t have to go overboard with a calorie-laden recipe. These muffins and baked goods are a great way to enjoy something on the sweet side, without feeling the guilt. Additionally, drinks are a great way to treat yourself without breaking the (calorie) bank. C’mon, you’re totally worth it!]
Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
Healthy Orange Carrot Muffins (sneak veggies into a healthy muffin!)
World’s Best Healthy Oatmeal Protein Cookies
Healthy Apple Spice Muffins (use those plentiful apples this time of year!)
Skinny Iced Vanilla Latte
Skinny Mocha Frappe
Soups: [Diet Tip: Soups are the best diet-aid! Before you dig into your meal, enjoy a bowl of filling soup, and you’ll eat way less. My best soup-related tip is to make a big pot of your favorite and freeze it in individual portion sized containers. That way, when you don’t have time to make yourself a healthy option at supper, or you need a filling and healthy lunch, you pull one out and microwave it, and you’re all set.]
Hearty Split Pea Soup (Fat Free!) (this soup is so filling!)
Roasted Red Pepper Soup (sneak some protein into your soup!)
Zucchini and Broccoli Soup
Chunky Vegetable Soup (this soup isn’t the easiest, because it requires lots of cutting, but it’s so filling that it’s worth a mention.)
Roasted Carrot and Vegetable Soup
Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup (use frozen squash for a super-easy soup!)
Lots of salad ideas to choose from – browse this link for your favorites! One of my favorite diet tricks is to keep a container of delicious salad dressing in the fridge, and pull it out whenever you want a great salad. Here’s my go-to, favorite homemade dressing. Another trick is to use this veggie-based Roasted Red Pepper Dip as a dressing. You can add a little bit of low-fat mayo, or simply use it as is!
Mains: [Diet Tip: I’ve chosen family-friendly recipes that just happen to be healthy, so you can enjoy them without having to cook twice. If you are cooking separately for yourself, plan smartly. Marinate a few pieces of chicken, then grill one each night for a fresh supper.]
Quick and Easy Grilled Chicken in Mustard Sauce (make some extra to cube into a salad for lunch the next day!)
Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken (make some extra to cube into a salad for lunch the next day!)
Award Winning Turkey Veggie Meatloaf
Grilled Chicken and Portobello Wraps (if you’re cutting out carbs, you can make the chicken and mushrooms, then eat them over lettuce as a salad instead!
Zucchini Chicken Pinwheels (easy enough for weekdays, nice enough for shabbos!)
Spinach Stuffed Roasted Chicken
Healthy Crockpot Turkey Meatballs in Spinach and Tomato Sauce
Spaghetti Cheese and Spinach Pie (Not the healthiest option in the world, but really good as a family-friendly pasta dish that’s better than lots of other options. Serve it with a big salad!)
Quick and Easy BBQ Tofu
If you have my cookbook, don’t miss the following healthi(er) recipes:
Healthy Mocha Muffins (chapter 3)
Healthy Apple Spice Muffins (chapter 3)
Healthy Chocolate Rugelach (chapter 3)
Healthy Summer Fruit Crumbles (chapter 5)
Coffee Drinks (chapter 7)
Fruit Drinks (chapter 7)
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