People are often afraid to change their diet – they believe that anything green or low-fat tastes bad. There’s a misconception that healthy food can’t be delicious. Anything healthy is associated with extreme diets, which have mostly bland dishes with no fats or spices.
But, most healthy dishes are not like this. Various recipes provide nutrients with no harm to your health. Remember that eating in excess can damage your health, no matter the dish, and that’s why you should always be mindful of your daily calorie intake. Here are several recipes anybody can cook!
Cucumber Vinegar Salad
This dish is a dream for those who enjoy sweet and sour flavors. The cucumber vinegar salad is exceptionally crunchy and refreshing. It can be eaten right away or left for a later snack. This is a good choice when working or looking for someone to do my homework for me during study sessions. It’s a better alternative than stuffing yourself with Cheetos.
There are several needed for this recipe:
- 6 cucumbers
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of thinly cut red onion
- ¼ cup white-wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped dill
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
First, thinly slice the cucumbers to pieces that are ¼ inch thick. Cucumbers are very moist, so be sure to dry them. It’s better to let the excess water flow through a strainer. Season the cucumbers with salt and sugar. Give them a good mix so that spices are absorbed equally.
Once water is drained, toss the cucumbers in a dry bowl. Add onions, vinegar, pepper, and dill. Leave the salad at room temperature for 15 minutes. It can be stored in a fridge for 3 days.
Creamy Garlic Skillet Chicken with Spinach
This is a perfect choice for those who love chicken cutlets covered in garlic cream sauce. A dash of spinach offers a tint of color. This recipe is ideal for eating with whole grains or pasta. They are excellent at absorbing the sauce.
Sprinkle raw chicken with ¼ teaspoons of pepper and salt. Take out a large skillet, pour heating oil, and put it on medium heat. Cook the chicken until it turns brown on both sides. This will take about 6 minutes. Throw in the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
Set the heat to medium-high and pour in a little wine – cook until the wine evaporates a little. Get the heat to medium once again. Add spinach, cream, and the rest of 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Let it simmer for several minutes. Place the chicken into the pan and mix it with the sauce. Voilà!
Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew
While having a salad is good for a snack, you have to eat something more nutritious. Chickpea and spinach stew is a perfect combination of mashed chickpeas and tomato paste. They add a sour note without having to use sodium. To make the process faster, use a soup starter mix or pre-packaged chopped onions and carrots.
First, mash one can of chickpeas with a fork and a potato masher. Get a large pot and pour in the oil. Heat it over medium-high heat. Add turkey meat, oregano, fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper. Cook and stir the mix with a wooden spoon. The turkey should turn light brown after 2-3 minutes on the heat. Throw in onions, carrots, and garlic.
Cook and stir often. The vegetables should be soft to the touch. Next, add tomato paste to the mix, cook for 30 seconds. Get the broth, mashed chickpeas, salt, and pepper into the pot. Put the lid on and bring it to a simmer. Set the heat to medium and cook the stew at a brisk simmer. In about 10 minutes, the vegetables get tender, and flavors blend nicely.
Throw in the spinach and cook on high heat. It will take a couple of minutes for the spinach to cook. Turn off the heat. Each bowl can be garnished with a tablespoon of shredded parmesan.
This is a simpler recipe for those who love cream soups. It’s an excellent way to use frozen products that have been in your fridge for a while. Get a Dutch oven, throw in the butter, and heat until it melts. Throw in chopped onions and celery. Cook while occasionally stirring the vegetables until they are softened. Add thyme or garlic, cook for 10 seconds to let the smell out.
Open a can of peas and put them in the Dutch oven. Add water and broth (chicken is ideal), bring the stew to a simmer on high heat. Reduce heat and cook everything until ready. It will take about one minute. Once done, get the oven off the heat and let it cool down from boiling. Take batches of soup and blend them into a cream. Add salt and pepper to the mass.
There are two versions of this soup based on vegetarian and chicken broth. It’s better to use the chicken-based ingredient for better flavor. Vegetarians can choose the second version.
Spinach & Artichoke Dip Pasta
This recipe offers a great mix of artichoke and spinach dip with pasta. It’s an excellent dish with rich flavor and aroma. It’s made even better by the fact that it takes only 20 minutes to complete. Spinach & artichoke dip pasta is so easy; anyone can make it.
Get a large saucepan and boil water in it—cook pasta as instructed by the package. Once done, drain it with a drainer. Next, combine one tablespoon of water with spinach in a large saucepan. Set it on medium heat. Stir occasionally until the spinach wilts. Place the mix in a small bowl. Add milk and cream cheese to the pan. Whisk until the cheese melts.
Introduce parmesan, pepper, and garlic powder. Wisk the mix until it thickens. Drain the spinach as much as possible. Add the drained spinach to the sauce with pasta and artichokes. Cook until the mix is warmed through.
Any of these dishes can be prepared with ingredients from any produce store. All of them are tasty, nutritious, and good for your health. They also won’t take too much out of your pocket. Next time you think about ordering takeout, spend some time honing your culinary skills! Bon appétit.