[Live Life] 4 Easy Healthy Recipes

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Ingredients:  2 Summer Squash (one yellow, one green), 1/4 of a large onion, 1/2 a can of Garbanzo Beans (aka chickpeas), 1 medium sized bowl of finely chopped fresh parsley, fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon), 2 cloves of garlic, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.

Step 1:  Create squash pappadelle with a peeler. Place on a plate and set aside. 
Step 2:  Squeeze lemon juice, and crush garlic cloves into a bowl with parsley. Mix it.
Step 3:  Add chickpeas into the parsley and mix again. Set aside.
Step 4:  Chop onion coarsely.
Step 5:  Heat up the olive oil, saute onion until it turns golden or light brown. Then add the squash pappadelle into the sauce pan and saute for another 2 minutes. The last step is to add the parsley mixture with chickpeas and saute for another 1 or 2 minutes. Salt for taste and if you want it to be really yummy, then add some Parmesan cheese.

Pasta with Oil & Garlic

Ingredients:  pasta, virgin olive oil (1/2 cup), peeled and chopped garlic,  fresh parsley, pepper, salt

Step 1:  Cook pasta separately according to box instructions.
Step 2:  Heat olive oil and garlic under medium heat until the garlic turns golden. Remove from heat and add salt, pepper, and parsley to taste. 
Step 3:  Mix the drained pasta with oil & garlic in a separate pan, stir until pasta is coated. Serve hot.

Curried Chicken
Ingredients:  whole chicken without skin, cut into 8 pieces, paprika (1 tbsp), salt, black pepper, butter, cored and chopped apple, chopped onion, curry powder, cream of mushroom soup

Step 1:  Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
Step 2:  Season the chicken with salt, paprika, and pepper then set aside in a baking dish. 
Step 3:  Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat, add apple, onion, and season with curry powder. 
Step 4:  Add half can of the mushroom soup, cook while stirring for 7-10 minutes. Pour mix and the rest of the mushroom soup over chicken in baking dish.  Bake for 75 minutes until no longer pink. Serve.

Fruits & Spinach Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:  banana, orange, apple, watermelon, frozen berries, spinach.

It would be ideal if you have a Vitamix because it is so powerful that you can drop the entire watermelon in for processing.  I use a Cuisinart blender but still easy enough-- just remove the watermelon skin & apple cores.  

Step 1:  (Optional) Add a whey protein powder and/or chia seeds for extra nutrients.  Whey protein fights fat and builds muscle while the chia seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, fiber and calcium.
Step 2:  Drop everything into the blender.  Process and drink.  You can mix it up and choose different ingredients for different days.  This is also great for a light lunch if you had a heavy breakfast.

My husband and I have been on this healthy kick lately as we prepare for Tough Mudder, Our favorite recipes this week are super healthy and easy to make. You know you've had a great meal when you feel full and energized rather than stuffed, and that's exactly what happens when we eat these.  I especially love the squash pasta by YouTube's leading fitness personality- Zuzka Light.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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