Healthy Food Recipe Definition
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We've all overdone it at one time or another. When you need to redress the balance of your diet, make sure you don't surgically remove the flavour. It's all about healthy recipes that are balanced, varied and a pleasure to eat. Let BBC Food show you how.
Don't be swayed by claims like 'fat-free' and 'only 50 calories'. Look for what they don't tell you and try to compare them with similar products to make sure they're not giving the misleading impression that they’re healthier than they really are.
Some 'healthy' ready meals are high in salt - sometimes higher than the standard version. Low-fat desserts can be full of sugar. Don't assume household brand-names or economy packs compare unfavourably with supposedly 'healthier' foods either. Often foods marketed at slimmers are not very nutritious.
Healthy ingredients and substitutions
The healthiest food you can buy - fresh fruit and vegetables - doesn't come with a label. Fresh ingredients won't list their nutrients, additives (or absence of) or boast that they're good for you (they don't need to).
Where possible, prepare foods yourself. You'll know exactly what you're eating and nothing with a 'healthy choice' label emblazoned on it is likely to be as virtuous - or as delicious.
Give your food an extra kick. If you're bored with your dinner, then you'll either eat too much of it, or eat too much of something else after it, so the best idea is to not get bored in the first place. That means:
• shop seasonally (food in season is at its height of flavour and nutritional value)
• use fresh herbs and herb oils for instant flavour
• add zing with chilli, garlic, relishes and mustards
• cook with wine instead of fats, reducing it down and using its wonderful flavour to add depth and complexity to stews
• use lemons to add a citrus tang, roasting them alongside chicken, grilling them with fish, and squeezing their juice over green vegetables and salads
• lighten up a simple fish or chicken dish by turning it into a soup: the broth fills you up yet is very light
In a bowl put the dates, baking soda, Wattie's Simply Diced Apple , crystallised ginger, ground ginger and boiling water. Stir well.
In another bowl mix the butter and sugar together and then beat in the egg. Gradually blend in the date mixture and sifted flour.
Spoon into a greased and floured 25cm x 11cm loaf tin.
Bake at 180°C for 1 hour or until the cake is cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cake rack to cool.
Serve sliced with butter or a slice of cheddar cheese for a change.
Main dishes are the heart and soul of any healthy diet. Main dishes provide protein, which gives you energy to stay healthy and active throughout the day. Without main dishes such as lean meats and beans, meals are incomplete and lack essential nutrients. Look below for great ideas on main dishes that kick up the flavor and the nutrition!
BBQ Turkey Mini-Burgers
Black Bean Quesadillas
Corn and Black Bean Pizza
Chicken Coconut Curry
Chicken with Cilantro Sauce
Chicken, Tomato, Mozzarella
Chicken Tacos with Gaucamole
Curry Fried Rice
Curry Mustard Greens
Dirty Rice with Salmon
Eggplant with Sausage
Greens & Sausage Stew
Mexican Rice Skillet
Roasted Vegetable Pasta
Roasted Sweet Potato, Apple & Scallions
Sautéed Collards with Smoked Turkey, White Beans & Garlic
Skillet Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli
Skillet Sausage, Rice and Zucchini
Southwestern Turkey Burgers
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Sweet Potato Curry
Tilapia with Apple Tartar
Turkey, Sweet Potato & Kidney Bean Chili
Zucchini Scallion Patties
Side dishes offer the extra nutrients needed to make a complete meal. Add one of these dishes to your plate and you have a complete meal. Also, side dishes such as brown rice or sautéed vegetables are packed with fiber, calcium, and protein. Check out the side dishes below for great ideas on how to make a healthy complete meal that is still budget-friendly.
Apple & Red Cabbage Slaw
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Butternut Squash Risotto
Cauliflower with Lemon Parmesan Sauce
Chipotle Corn Sauté
Curried Peas & Cauliflower
Mexican Black Beans
Roasted Root Vegetables
Stewed Black-eyed Peas
Sweet Potato Hash
Swiss Chard Frittata
Turnip & Sweet Potato Mash
White Beans with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes
Soups & Salads
Soups and salads are a great way to have complete one-dish meals that are easy to make and nutrient packed. Add proteins such as grilled chicken or hardboiled eggs to any salad for a complete meal. Don’t think soups are just for wintertime! When made from scratch, soups can be nutrient and protein rich. Want some ideas? The soups and salads below are perfect for side dishes or healthy meals.
Asian Cabbage Slaw
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Black Eyed Pea Salad
Chicken Vegetable Soup
Citrus Rice Salad
Curried Chicken Salad
Green Bean Salad with Sesame Dressing
Mediterranean Potato Salad
Salad with Basic Vinaigrette
Salad with Tart Dressing
Salmon and Bean Salad
Sausage, White Bean & Cabbage Soup
Tangy Chicken Salad
Three Bean Salad
Tomato & Bean Salad
Tuna & Bean Salad
White Bean Salad
Veggie and Bean Salad
Warm Pea & Potato Salad
Dessert and Snacks
Hungry in between meals or craving something sweet? Whip up one of these healthy snacks or desserts to keep your energy levels high. We are often told to stay away from desserts and snacks, but don’t fret, we have plenty of healthy ideas here. No need to fill your stomachs with un-necessary sugar, salt and fat; keep desserts and snacks light and energy- filled.
Brown Rice & Raisin Pudding
Candied Oats & Nuts
Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca
Sauces and Dressings
Meals without sauces and dressings can be bland, but you can enhance the flavor of any dish by adding a healthy sauce or dressing. Store bought dressings are often filled with additives, so check out the recipes below for ideas on how to cut back on sugar, fat, and sodium while still tasting delicious.
Canned Tomato Salsa
Spaghetti Meat Sauce