We all have our favorite “unhealthy” meals but do you have some favorite healthy meals?
If you’re like me, I go to cook dinner and my mind goes blank!
Or I fall back on my old standard-protein, non starchy veggie and a starch- Chicken, green beans or broccoli and a sweet potato, potato or rice!! Which can be incredibly boring!
I do have some favorite healthy meals that are easy and tasty!
Sheet Pan Meals-
I love to make sheet pan meals!
I like these because for the most part I don’t really have to measure and I will alot of times use what ever veggies I have on hand! These consist of taking some type of meat, your favorite veggies and you can also add a starchy vegetable(s).
So, my favorite sheet pan meal is chicken, bell peppers, onions, carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and potatoes all cut up in bite size pieces. Or whatever your favorite veggies might be! I then mix about a 1/4c olive oil with garlic, oregano, chives, salt and pepper and sprinkle over the ingredients! I heat the oven on 350 degrees and cook around 30 min. If you don’t use a starchy veggie(potato or sweet potato) you could put the veggies and meat over some rice or even some whole wheat pasta. If you plan to put it over pasta you could use about 1/4c-1/2c of pesto and sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese!
Stir the meat, 1/2 of the mixed up seasoning (or packet) and 1/2 the olive oil in a bowl and spread on the sheet. Then take the veggies, rest of the seasoning and olive oil and stir together and again place on the sheet. I usually cook for about 30 minutes on 350 degrees. Until meat is cooked and veggies tender. You can then serve on tortillas or rice. It’s healthy and filling!
Insta Pot Meals-
So let me share this-I don’t have an actual Insta-Pot. Mine is a Farberware brand so just know that yours may be a little different in the set up instructions. But for the most part all electric pressure cookers have similar processes!
Another confession-I didn’t pay an arm and a leg for it either! It was $56 from Walmart! But it is the BEST $56 I have EVER spent!
One of my favorites is a simple creamy chicken dish!
I take a package of white chicken meat(breasts or tenderloin)
I add a can of 97% fat free cream of Chicken soup and add almost a cup of water. I also add a dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder!
Cook it according to your cookers chicken setting.
It will be liquidy, so after its safe to open the pot, you could add any veggies your want to cook as well. Peas, broccoli or carrots are all really good! You can also set your cooker to simmer or sauté to boil the veggies. After veggies are cooked I then mix a tablespoon or two of cornstarch with water and add to the pot. This thickens the sauce and makes it super yummy! It just seems really rich!
This is also really good over rice or whole wheat pasta. You could also do zucchini noodles too!
I have also made Potato soup as well!
I cut up about 5-6 potatoes(depending on size), add 1c water and 1c 2% or skim milk, salt, pepper and lean diced ham! You can get it at most any grocery stores where there is ham. I also add a tablespoon of butter(but optional). My pot has a soup/stew setting and I use that. After the steam is released I again mix 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1/2c water and add to thicken. Again I set it to the sauté setting for just a minute or two! It doesn’t take long! You could also add a little bit of cheddar cheese to add some richness!
There are tons of great sheet pan recipes and Insta-pot recipes!
I will be adding more recipes in the near future!!
I love to cook, but it has to be healthy and quick as most nights I am personal training and need it to stay warm for my family!
Do you have any easy healthy recipes that you’d like to share?
I am always on the hunt to try something new!!
Feel free to add some in the comments!