How to Cook Healthy Meals with Healthy Flavors

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It’s so easy to fall into unhealthy cooking habits. Several years ago when I was a diligent Weight Watcher I knew how to cook healthy meals and I knew all the tricks to keep the pounds off. Over time, what I came to learn was that it wasn’t about knowing all those tricks and tips. It was about incorporating them into your daily cooking in such a way that you don’t even notice them; they stop being tricks and tips and start being the way you cook.

But sadly, that way of cooking healthily can slowly slide over time. I stopped carefully measuring the olive oil and started estimating a big swirl around the pan. I stopped finely shredding my cheese and started slicing it. I stopped automatically reaching for the brown rice and whole wheat pasta and started grabbing the white stuff. And I stopped maintaining my nice little figure and started getting bigger. And bigger. And bigger.

I’m not about to join up on any diets again now. I remember that being VERY time-consuming and now, with the two little ones underfoot, I barely have time to shower, let alone giving hours to all that addition and subtraction of points.

I am however making little changes. You can read about some of the things I’m doing in this month’s newsletter, which you can see here (subscribe to get the monthly newsletter in your email inbox here).

One big change is to start thinking about healthy flavors. Instead of reaching for butter, oil, salt or sugar, I’m adding a variety of healthier falvors to our family meals. Find out about what I’m doing and get great tips from Dianna of The Kitchen Prep and  Katie of Katie’s Cucina in our video chat called “C&K Talk Healthy Flavors for Healthy Food w/ The Kitchen Prep”:

 

 

How to cook healthy meals? You can start with these healthy and delicious recipes:

 

Thai Inspired Noodle Soup by The Kitchen Prep

Baked Buffalo Queso Fresco Wings

Winter Tabbouleh with Red Inca Quinoa and Feta Cheese

Asian Chicken Rice Soup

Coconut Curry Shrimp

Wilted Spinach with Raisins and Garlic

Skillet Cajun Spiced Flounder w/ Tomatoes

Thai Inspired Noodle Soup

North African Meatballs with Brown Date Rice

 A recipe that uses fresh basil and low fat (or non-fat) cottage cheese to sastisfy the craving for a creamy dip

Barley with Leeks and Mushrooms

A fish recipe that uses both yogurt and spices for extra flavor

And a pasta dish that uses healthy fats (avocado, nuts) and herbs to create a rich, creamy sauce without all the guilt.

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