More Meal Ideas!

on Apr 11, 2011 @ 03:21 pm

Having only been married for about 9 months now, I'm still constantly trying to find meal ideas (healthy ones) that me and my husband can enjoy. I do use some ideas from my mom but not all of the receipes she used are exactly healthy. I just found a great recipe today that I am very excited to try for sweet potato tacos!

Does anybody have any dinner ideas that are healthy and popular in their house? 

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reinventing classics on Apr 11, 2011 @ 03:42 pm

I usually just take tried & true recipes and attempt to make them healthier. So for example, I make my family's fave meatballs with ground turkey, lasagne with whole grain pasta and extra veggies (hidden, of course!), and pasta tossed with fresh roasted garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese instead of alfredo or whatever.

I've tried buying vegetarian cookbooks or other lean cooking books, but find that generally I fail because they are either too different from what we enjoy eating or they call for ingredients I can't always readily find.

My overall plan that we've been following for a long time is to try to bring cooking back to basics, a well rounded menu (4 food groups, proper # of servings, variety), and pair those with a good lifestyle of adequate exercise and sleep. I find that the closer you keep it true to what you like, the more likely you'll be able to stick with it!

I can't wait to start cooking again on Apr 12, 2011 @ 09:55 am

I just discovered how fun turkey meatballs are to make (and how good they taste). I have one simple rule when it comes to cooking: eat less out of a box and more whole foods. Mumaluv is right, stick to the basics and choose healthy alternatives when it comes to choosing your meat and grains.

I'm getting hungry! on Apr 12, 2011 @ 10:39 am

Thanks for the ideas ladies. I didn't even know ground turkey existed! I will investigate that. We like turkey bacon so I'm sure we'll like ground turkey as well.

I also want to get into the habit of preparing a part of the meal the day before as well as take advantage of my slow cooker! When I get home after a long day, it's so easy to just make some KD and salad. lol But for the most part we do pretty good. We eat lean meats, lots of veggies, etc. But eventually you just need more creative ideas! Eating the same foods on a 3-4 week cycle gets boring. I love to cook so I'm always excited to try new ideas.

Here's yet another excuse to go shopping.... on Apr 13, 2011 @ 03:12 pm

If you and your hubby go over to Chapters you could pick out a cookbook together (there are so many healthy eating cookbooks available now) and you could have fun trying a new recipe every week.

ground turkey... on Apr 13, 2011 @ 03:29 pm

Not only is ground turkey better for you, it'll probably be cheaper to buy. At my regular grocer, I can buy it fresh or frozen (in 1 pound packages - convenient!). It's cheaper than the most economical ground beef, and considering that when I buy gr. beef I'm always choosing the lean or extra lean, it's an even bigger savings!

I don't personally love turkey bacon, but I find that ground turkey tastes much closer to ground beef than turkey bacon does to regular bacon. It's a super easy switch that your family might not even realize you've done!

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