January Wellness Challenge: Easy and Healthy Recipe Exchange

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Wellness Challenge

I usually don’t write about food for a few reasons. I’m not a registered dietitian so I’m not going to claim to know what exactly you should eat. And I’m not one of those creative food bloggers who not only invent delicious recipes but take stellar photos of food, too. But I am a mom who is responsible for feeding herself and family each day. And it’s hard to keep meal ideas fresh. So, for the January Wellness Challenge, I thought we could help each other out.

Here’s how it will work.

  • I’ll share some of my favorite go-to recipes below, plus I’m going to try a new recipe today (see the results below). All of these recipes are either “easy” or “super duper easy.” See, I’m looking out for you!
  • In the comments, share a link to one (or a few!) of your favorite easy and healthy recipes. 
  • Sometime this month, try one of my favorite recipes or one submitted by another reader.
  • That’s it! Simple, right?

Some of My Go-to Meals:

  • Oatmeal Balls (via Nutrition Twins) – Great for an on-the-go breakfast or a snack, these oatmeal balls have changed the way I grocery shop. I now buy 6-10 bananas at a time, so I can allow a few to overripen just to make these balls. (Difficulty: Super Duper Easy. Recipe Modifications: I add flax seed or chia seed for extra nutrients and usually skip the nutmeg).
  • Spicy Lentil Soup (via AllRecipes) – A few years ago, I had a delicious spicy lentil soup from Dean & Deluca and went hope and searched for a similar recipe. This one has been my go-to ever since. (Difficulty: Easy -ish.  Just takes time to chop up veggies. Recipe Modifications: I always cook my lentils before adding them into the soup. If you can get pre-cooked lentils – Trader Joe’s has them – it saves lots of time. Also, I use a lot more celery and carrots than the recipe calls for).
  • Parmesan Avocado Turkey Burgers (via Sometimes, Always, Never) – Simply adding avocado and parmesan elevates a turkey burger to another level. These are so flavorful, a bun isn’t needed. Pair with a salad, sweet potato fries or your veggie of choice. (Difficulty: Super Duper Easy. Recipe Modifications: I use a whole avocado instead of half and broil these in my oven on low. 10 minutes each side).
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup (via Gimme Some Oven) – I served this at Bunco one night (yes, I play Bunco) and had four people reach out separately asking for the recipe. I’m not a cook, so I felt so proud of myself when this happened! (Difficulty: Super Duper Easy. Recipe Modifications: I don’t use enchilada sauce).
  • Mozzarella Tomato & Basil Chicken (via My Fussy Eater) – Four ingredients. That’s it. And the final product feels fancy, although making it is anything but. (Difficulty: Super Duper Easy).
  • Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Meatballs from Trader Joe’s – Just google how to cook spaghetti squash (it’s easy) and then throw some pasta sauce on your meatballs and you’re good to go! (Difficulty: Easy).
  • Veggie & Meat Mash-up – I learned this combo from a Facebook moms group that I’m on. It’s ground beef or turkey plus zucchini, corn (I use microwave steam bags of corn), tomatoes, peppers and optional brown rice (I use microwave steam bags of rice for convenience). We either melt a little cheddar cheese on top or add plain greek yogurt for a bit more flavor. How to make: Dice and cook zucchini, peppers and tomatoes on stove top. Add corn (from microwave). Cook meat in separate skillet. Combine meat, veggies and rice. Add a little salt and pepper (and cheese or yogurt) and then you have a filling a delicious meal. (Difficulty: Easy. Recipe Notes: There’s not a perfect amount of each veggie to use. I try to use a whole zucchini, pepper and tomato but sometimes that’s too much to fit in my pan, so just play around with it).

My New Recipe:

Cinnamon Spice Muffins (via Detoxinista): I’ve been following Megan – another Kansas City gal! – on Instagram for awhile and keep telling myself I want to make one of her recipes. Well, 2018 is the year! My daughter and I made these cinnamon spice muffins that have zero grains or oils. I’ve never made a muffin without flour, etc., so it was a fun experiment to try. And they were delicious. (Difficulty: Easy. Recipe Modifications: Next time, I’ll cook mine for another minute or so and add even more walnuts. I really enjoyed the crunch of the walnut).

Muffins
My new recipe for 2018: Cinnamon Spice Muffins from Detoxinista.com. See, I told you I’m not a food/photography blogger 😉

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favorite easy and healthy recipes. Can’t wait to try some out this month.

XOXO,

Amy (@belovedbody)

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