Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Resolution-worthy recipes!

As I've panned facebook over the past week, I've seen an overwhelming number of people asking for "healthy," "meatless," and "low-fat" recipes. I've got a pretty good arsenal of recipes and I pull out things in these categories from time to time. The hard part is, for my family, it has to be something fulfilling enough where you don't actually miss the indulgent (fried, red-meat, cheesy, etc) part of the meal. It also has to be kid-friendly because I am not a fan of cooking a meal for the adults and a separate one for the kids. We're trying out some new ones too and I'll try to post some updates on here as we try those out.

Here are my "tried-and-true" favorite recipes. I'll link recipes where I can or list them simply. If you are reading this and want more details, I'm happy to give them!

Meat-Free favorites
*Lentil Tacos
*Stuffed shells (scroll about half way down the page for this one)
*Bean Burritos (I also like to mix a little taco sauce with the beans)
*Vegetable Pot Pie
*Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
*Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook)
*Vegetable Fried Rice (from the Hungry Girl cookbook)

Healthier Options
*White Chicken Chili (chicken breast chunks, chicken stock, green chiles, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, white beans cooked in the crock pot, served with tortilla chips or Mexican cornbread)
*Stir Fry
*Crock-pot pork loin with veggies (just as good as a beef pot roast, but far less fat and calories!)
*BBQ chicken pizza (with homemade whole wheat crust, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, chopped red peppers, chopped pineapple, cooked, chopped chicken, and part-skim mozzerella cheese)...note, I make a batch of these pizza crusts ahead and freeze them for easy and quick meals!
*Turkey chili (1 lb ground turkey, browned; can chili beans in mild sauce, can tomato sauce, can diced tomatoes, package chili seasoning, 1 cup water)

I will try to add some more as I think of them. Feel free to post your favorites with links too!