You don’t have to be a terrific cook to make some really tasty yet healthy recipes for lunch and dinner, using many basic ingredients from your local grocery store. Remember to take some of your old favorite recipes and try to substitute healthier ingredients, you can make small, gradual changes which will really make a big difference to your overall health and well being.
Let’s take a look at a couple of examples, but don’t forget to be creative and not be afraid to try out new ingredients. Go on, you might just surprise yourself.
NB – You’ll notice that none of these recipes really have names, they’re just kinda’ creations which I’ve come up with over the years which I love, especially the fact that they’re so good for me. I hope you’ll love ‘em too!
Recipe #1 – Grilled Salad with Brown Rice
Take a big mixing bowl and fill it with asparagus, mushrooms, onion, cabbage, Tempe (a soy based meat substitute from TJoes), sprouts plus whatever else you have to hand. Add some olive oil, a little sesame oil, fresh garlic and black pepper . . . give it a good mix and pop it into a grill basket. Grill until the veggies are al dente and serve over brown rice or Quinoa. . . it’s g-o-o-o-o-d!
Recipe #2 – Brown Rice with Veggie Meatballs
Put the brown rice in a rice cooker and cook until it’s about 75% ready, after 30 minutes or so, then add some Veggie meatballs (Trader Joes has great veggie meatballs) and spinach (this will steam), then add some Bragg Fresh Garlic and . . . if you dare – some hot sauce. Handle with care . . .
Recipe #3 – Veggie Meatballs with Spaghetti Sauce
Get some spaghetti squash and add Basil or Garlic spaghetti sauce from Henrys or Trader Joes, and veggie meatballs, steamed broccoli or some salad and enjoy. There’s no reason why healthy food can’t be real tasty. It’s a good idea to seek out all of the vegan foods you can (which don’t contain any animal or dairy) . . . it can be a challenge but it’s also fun, especially once you’ve beaten the system. It will take time but it will be worth it in the end.
Of course, you can always make your own veggie meatballs if you have the time!
Recipe #4 – Baked Potato with Salsa
Baked potatoes are one of my favorites, and there’s no end to the varieties of salsa you can add to spice them up a bit. Remember to use tomato, garlic, onion based salsas for the healthiest alternatives, but don’t forget to try out new, healthy ingredients too.