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« Reply #70 on: April 30, 2013 05:06:10 PM »

Does anyone have any tips for easy and healthy meals? Keep in mind that I am super beginner... My stepmom never bothered trying to teach me how to cook -.- Or clean. I know a lot of kids think it's annoying when their parents give them chores to do but how else are you going to learn for when you move out?

What do you guys like to eat? When I was younger I cooked everything on my George Foreman grill, it's great for chicken, turkey burgers, salmon, salmon burgers, veggies like zucchini or eggplant. I think cooking/grilling a few chicken breasts and hard boiling some eggs to have on hand is nice to top salads with. Find a tasty low cal dressing or make your own. I love Trader Joe's Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette.
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« Reply #71 on: April 30, 2013 05:24:27 PM »

I love to make homemade baked mac and cheese, but that's full of carbs. I make the cheese sauce and everything though.

Does anyone have any tips for easy and healthy meals?

Have you tried those veggies noodles?  You could substitute those for the regular noodles in your baked mac n' cheese.  My hubby is picky about those kind of things but he actually really loves the veggie noodles and you can hardly taste a difference.  That way you are sneaking in some veggies into something that wouldn't normally have 'em. 
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« Reply #72 on: April 30, 2013 10:44:30 PM »

Have you tried those veggies noodles?  You could substitute those for the regular noodles in your baked mac n' cheese.  My hubby is picky about those kind of things but he actually really loves the veggie noodles and you can hardly taste a difference.  That way you are sneaking in some veggies into something that wouldn't normally have 'em. 

Oh, I add frozen vegetables to everything I can get them into! I haven't heard of veggie noodles before. I'll look for them next time we grocery shop!

We don't have much money at the moment, so we don't buy fresh meat anymore (We used to do a low carb diet) but when we do we always grill them.

Thanks you guys!
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« Reply #73 on: April 30, 2013 10:59:22 PM »

Beans are cheap and healthy! Especially cheap if you buy dried ones and soak and boil, but even canned beans are pretty affordable. Like veggies they're good to add to so many things--soups, salads, I have a pasta recipe that has a bean sauce that is so good. Roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks and you can flavor them different ways.

Basic Roasted Chickpeas

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (it seems like a lot, but they shrink down when they cook, if you only do 1 can you'll be sad Smiley )
1-2 Tablespoons oil or omit and just use Pam spray
Sea salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder/granulated garlic, optional
1/2 teaspoon or more red pepper flakes, optional

Preheat oven to 425*F. Spray rimmed sheet pan with Pam or drizzle with oil. In bowl (or just on the pan) mix chickpeas, seasoning, and additional oil if using. Bake, stirring every 10-15 minutes. After 25-30 minutes begin tasting. You want them to be pleasantly crunchy and brown, no longer mealy, but not burned.

Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas
http://ohsheglows.com/2010/08/03/easy-salt-vinegar-roasted-chick-peas/
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« Reply #74 on: May 11, 2013 09:26:44 PM »

Hey all! Let's get back on the healthy eating train and share our finds/experiments! I messaged my ex-roommate a while back to see if she still had an awesome recipe we used to make about once a week. It's soooo good. And vegetarian! Vegan if you omit the sour cream.

Black bean pasta

I finally got the recipe for spicy black bean pasta, sorry it took so long!!!

1-onion
lots of garlic
1-tbl. veg oil
1-15oz can black beans
1-16 oz can stewed tomatoes (W/ mexican sesoning)
1/2 C. picante sauce
1-tbl. chili powder
2- tsp. ground cumin
1-tsp crushed oregano

Cooked Rotini Pasta

Chopped cilantro
Spanish peanuts
Sour cream

Saute onions and garlic in vegetable oil in a large pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Serve over pasta. Top with chopped cilantro, sour cream, and spanish peanuts


I've got this in the fridge firming up right now, I'm excited to try some in the morning!

http://www.oatmealwithafork.com/2013/03/20/no-bake-almond-butter-bars/
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« Reply #75 on: May 13, 2013 11:11:31 AM »

I LOVE black beans. They are not so fond of me though, ha ha. I don't know how to make them less, erm, gassy so I only eat them when I know I don't have anywhere to go the next day. They are so delish, they're nearly irresistible.

Still making morning smoothies full of fruit, spinach, chia and hemp. Cooking massive amounts of onions, garlic and celery and freezing portions to use for quick soup, stew, etc. The crock pot is my best friend these days, it's getting a lot of regular use. And the freezer is full of hummus made from dry chickpeas that I sprouted before lightly cooking, got lots of seeds in there too. I'm working on some gluten free cracker, bread and crust recipes. I'm not into xanthan gum or the like but have read coconut or flax flour can be substituted with varying degrees of success so we shall see!
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« Reply #76 on: May 13, 2013 11:22:29 AM »

Sounds good! I made some almond flour crackers with sesame seeds a while back and they were yummy! I have several gluten free friends so we try to have snacks for everyone at our guild meetings.
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« Reply #77 on: May 13, 2013 04:40:38 PM »

I made some crackers the other day from sunflower seeds, parmesan cheese and water all blended up, smooshed into a pan and baked for ~30 minutes. They turned out pretty tasty!

I finally tried these quinoa pizza bites that I've been seeing around pinterest for months....http://fitsuccess.blogspot.com/2013/02/healthy-snack-quinoa-pizza-bites.html. They were a little bland but still a fun snack. I'd make them again.
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« Reply #78 on: May 13, 2013 05:36:23 PM »

Yum! I always forget about quinoa!
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« Reply #79 on: May 25, 2013 03:16:41 PM »

I made these lettuce wraps for dinner the other night. They were really yummy. I doubled the sauce because it was extra delicious Smiley.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/hoisin-peanut-lettuce-wraps-50400000121404/

If you don't like tofu, I'm sure you could replace it with ground chicken.
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