Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Works for Me Wednesday: Backwards Edition

This week's Works for Me Wednesday is a themed "backward" edition, where I get to ask YOU for solutions to problems that I'm having.  Yay!  After years of not really caring what I ate, I've been very excited to try out lots of new, healthy recipes.  My family and I have found several new favorites, but I'm still having trouble coming up with a variety of healthy meals that we all like.  I'd love it if you'd share your favorite healthy recipe.  You can either leave it in the comments or leave a link to where you've posted it on your blog.

I'm looking forward to trying your faves! Visit Kristin at We Are That Family for more Works for Me Wednesday tips (or to offer you suggestions this week).


  1. yogurt is very healthy but not when it has lots of sweeteners, natural or artificial. so I have started eating plain yogurt for breakfast with some fruit cut up in it, whatever you like. then I drizzle a small bead of honey over the whole thing. you could top with granola too if you like. not a "recipe" I guess, but it's worked for me :)

    oh wait, I just made this black bean soup for dinner and it was so good!! you can make beans from scratch or canned I used two big cans because the store was out of dried, then I added one quart of veg stock, cut up some carrots, celery, and green pepper, onion, garlic. add a few dashes of balsamic vinegar, some chili powder, cumen, oregano, salt and pepper. It was all very made up, then I tweeked it to taste.

    very healthy. (not with the dollup of sour cream I put on the top and not when I ate 3 bowls full) but it was very yummy.

  2. 3C cubed cooked chicken
    3C bite sized pieces broccoli
    2 cans Mushroom soup
    1C milk
    1C cooked rice
    1 can chopped mushrooms

    mix together and bake at 350 for 30-45min.

    All measurements are merely suggestions. Bump up whatever you want more of, or omit what you want less of.

    Enjoy! And thanks for all your possitivity and great ideas.


  3. Hi! I can't say I have an actual favorite recipe, but I do have a favorite "thing". Smoothies. Wholesome, yummy, good for you, mostly raw smoothies. I've challenged myself to drink one quart each day for all of 2010 and I'm blogging all about it. Come stop by! I hope I can inspire you to get some more fuits and veggies by DRINKING them! Yay!!

  4. There is an award for you on my blog!

  5. Balsamic Chicken with Peppers:

    Sprinkile thinly sliced cutlets with salt, pepper and rosemary. Saute till almost cooked and slightly browned, remove from plan and set aside. Add in thinly sliced red, yellow and orange peppers, saute till crisp tender. Add back in the chicken along with several tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Let cook for a few more minutes, till chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with a tossed salad and brown rice (if your not watching your carbs :)).

    Hope you enjoy, it's a favorite of ours. Also, if you use a nonstick skillet you don't have to use any oil to cook it!

  6. Click my name for an index of my recipes, mostly pretty healthy! There are 2 I especially want to bring to your attention:

    Honey Baked Lentils is easy to make from cheap, shelf-stable ingredients; then it's in the oven for an hour or so while you do something else. Bake sweet potatoes or winter squash with it for a delicious, balanced meal. Lentils are a great source of fiber and protein.

    I've found lots of ways to use kale, which is extremely nutritious and affordable year-round. Every time I get a bunch, I use some fresh and freeze the rest in small bags. It's very convenient!

    Enjoy your healthy eating!

  7. I agree with Deanna, I love yogurt AND you can make it in your crockpot at home so you can make it as sweet (or unsweet) as you like. Not to mention it is cheaper that way.

    With us doing gluten-free and dairy-free I am having to relearn cooking and meal planning because most of my old favorites were centered around pasta, bread and cheese. I am learning though, that we are eating better than we were just because I am changing that focus.

    Last night for example, I had a headache and 2 months ago it would have been ramen or mac&cheese because I didn't feel like cooking. I made a Cabbage and Lentil Soup that was really good and not much more effort than the mac and cheese would have been.

    Another one is a vegetarian shepherds pie. The hardest part is the mashed potato topping and you can use left-overs or go by the fried chicken place. If you are making the potatoes at home, you can use a mix of sweet and baking potatoes to up the nutritional value.

    My daughter is going to 4-H district food competition with this dish It is butternut squash (it uses a whole one so there won't be any left over) with chicken and pasta. The butternut squash is naturally sweet (like sweet potatoes) so kids will love this.

    Those are may favorites right now.

  8. This isn't a recipe, but a tip for making healthy soup more satisfying.
    I also highly recommend making a huge pot of vegetarian chili topped with a little cheese at the beginning of the week and eating that for lunch all week.

    I find eating healthy food is easiest if there's a little fat mixed into it.

  9. Most of our favorite meals are healthy! I have several healthy dinners on my other blog. If you go to and look on the sidebar at my labels, you can click on dinners (or breakfasts, side dishes, etc) to see them. Always nice to get a variety - I love looking at healthy cookbooks!

  10. My favourite healthy muffin is "Bran Flax Muffins" (trust me, they're good! the recipe is on my website:

    I also make a lot of homemade popsicles to help my daughter (and me!) eat more fruit and veggies:


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