Sometimes I know, it’s hard to come up with some great tasting food that’s also pretty good for you. But it really can be done and it can be done without having to spend all day in the kitchen. If you are a person that is super busy and always on the go, you might be tempted to just grab some fast food or some frozen thing and pop it into the microwave. But, with some of the recipes I’ve found along the way, you really don’t have to do that. You can make some healthy food and spend less than an hour in the kitchen preparing and cooking it. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Pizza With Mushrooms, Onions and Basil
Yes, pizza is good for you, especially if you put the right stuff on it. Here’s a pizza you should love and it only takes a total of 25 minutes to prepare and cook before you can sit down and enjoy a delicious slice of pizza and not feel guilty.
Tablespoon of olive oil
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
Slice up ½ of a medium red onion
2 garlic cloves minced
A 10 ounce already baked pizza crust
1 cup of pre-made marinara sauce
¼ cup of sun dried tomatoes that have been reconstituted
1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup of fresh basil leaves, sliced
First thing to do is make sure your oven is preheated to 450° F.
Next thing is take the olive oil and heat it in a skillet making sure it’s medium heat. After the oil is heated then add the sliced mushrooms and the red onion and cook them until they are tender and you see that most of the liquid has evaporated, this should take about 5 minutes. After that stir in your garlic and take the skillet off the stove.
Now take your already baked crust and put it on a cookie sheet. Take your marinara sauce and spread it all over your crust and then take and top it with your mushroom mix and then add the sun dried tomatoes. You will then take your two cheeses and sprinkle them over the top of your pizza. Put your pizza in the oven until your cheese is well melted, this should be about 13 minutes but keep a close eye on it since all ovens cook differently. When the pizza is done remove it from the oven and then sprinkle the basil over the top and serve and enjoy!
Chicken Wraps: Waldorf Style
This little recipe takes a bit longer than the pizza about 40 minutes overall, but it’s well worth the wait especially if you a big chicken fan.
1 Cup of plain yogurt, non-fat
2 Tablespoons of mayo
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
2 Teaspoons of Dijon Mustard
¼ Teaspoon of regular salt or sea salt
1 Teaspoon of fresh thyme minced
1 Pound of skinless chicken breast that is cooked and cut into small cubes
½ Cup of sliced grapes with no seeds
¼ Cup of chopped walnuts
1 Medium apple that’s diced
Some fresh ground pepper
5 Big Romaine lettuce leaves
5 Whole wheat wraps
Take your yogurt and put it in a strainer that’s lined with a paper towel. Next take the strainer and the yogurt and put it over a bowl and let it drain. Put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so it will get thick.
Now take a small bowl and put in the thickened yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, salt, fresh thyme, Dijon Mustard and mix until it is nice and smooth. Now take your cubed chicken and fold it in with your grapes, apple pieces and walnuts. When you are done lightly season with fresh ground pepper.
Take a leaf of Romaine and put it on one of the whole wheat wraps then spoon in about ¾ cup of the chicken filling and roll the wrap around your filling. That’s it, they are ready to eat and enjoy!
Pasta With Chicken Sausage and White Beans
Here’s a good one that only takes about 25 minutes to make and enjoy.
¾ Pound of whole wheat pasta (any shape you want)
Tablespoon of olive oil
3 Minced cloves of garlic
6 Ounces of Italian sausage made with chicken (removed from casing and crumbled)
14 Ounce can of cannellini beans rinsed and drained
1 ½ Cups of low salt chicken broth
½ Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tablespoon of fresh sage chopped
1 Cup of chopped onions
Fresh Black Pepper
1 Ounce Parmesan cheese grated
Cook your pasta as the package tells you to.
Next take a large saute pan and heat the olive oil over medium heat. Put the chopped onions in the skillet and cook them until they are soft, this will take about 5 minutes. Add your garlic and cook for another minute. Then take your sausage and stir it in and cook until it is fully brown, this should be another 4 minutes. Add the beans, a cup of the broth, the sage and pepper flakes and let this mixture simmer until it is heated all the way through and some of the liquid has cooked away.
Now take your sausage mixture and add it to your already cooked pasta and toss them together well, if you need to loosen the mixture some, use some of the left over chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper to how you want. Serve in bowls and top with your grated Parmesan cheese.
I hope you will give these recipes a try and let me know what you think of them.