My big goal right now is to find quick, easy, HEALTHY meals to add to our usual rotation of meals. Quick meals aren’t always the best for you. Healthy meals contribute a chunk of change to your monthly food bill, for sure. It is so important to find a balance, however.
Caroline really doesn’t tend to like and eat meat that is offered to her. As a result, I’m really trying to find ways to boost her iron and protein intake. Sometimes that is as simple as giving her peanut butter or beans in her diet. But I’m trying to be more creative with this, since we can all benefit from the added iron. We really aren’t a big meat eating family to begin with, so all of us can use a little boost!
I am also focusing on trying to reduce dairy and gluten. I have fibromyalgia and it is causing me to have a lot of pain and fatigue. Diet is pretty much the only thing left I have to try as something to help me with this journey. I’m being realistic in that I can’t do an all out elimination diet- not right now. But I can focus on changing up our meals to be healthier. I’m hoping to do an elimination diet this winter, but it’s just not in the cards as a right now solution for me. Small changes can make a huge difference, however. So I’m starting something now.
I wanted to share with you some of the meals that I have already tried or am planning to try.
Some of my favorites that we’ve tried already:
Oatmeal cups– these are amazing and super easy to customize to your liking! The next time we make these, we are adding chia seeds for even more iron. I tried topping them with raisins, blueberries, raspberries, and dark chocolate chips. ALL of these options were great. The raisin flavor is a great addition, so I’m also going to just mix raisins into the batter next time with additional toppings. My favorite topping is the dark chocolate morsels, of course!
Summer Chicken Bake- this recipe I made up with a little Pinterest inspiration. I layered a casserole dish with zucchini, yellow squash, and tomato slices. Then placed a chicken breast on top. Covered the chicken breast in pesto. Sprinkled everything with a little parmesan cheese. Bake until the chicken is done. YUM!
Stuffed avocados– Avocados are a really good fat to have in your diet. If you use lean hamburger and drain it, this meal stays pretty healthy! This is an amazing Mexican dish without the tortilla/carbs/gluten.
Cold Quinoa salad- I got my inspiration from this recipe. Cooked quinoa mixed with onion, tomato and any leftover veggies you happen to have cooked up. Mix with balsamic vinegar and let it chill in the fridge. This was really good.
Things I’m excited to try:
Gluten free chocolate zucchini bread– I’ve really liked zucchini bread in the past when I’ve had it. Super healthy, since it’s packed with veggies, and the addition of chocolate simply adds antioxidants. Dark chocolate is a good thing and yummy too!
Pasta with avocado sauce– Simply looks delicious with tons of veggies!
Zucchini Ravioli (noodleless)!
I’d love to hear from you with some of your favorite, healthy recipes! I’m obviously not doing all gluten free or all dairy free, but I hope that with a focus on eating more healthy foods I’ll help myself and my family move forward with a new recipe box full of healthy meals as a part of our new normal. Feel free to share your recipes in the comments!