Friday, January 15, 2010

FJF My happy meals

It's a lovely day outside, somewhere around 58 degrees. It's the kind of day that makes you really want to eat healthfully, I think.

This week I will just jump into Hippie's mission and share a few of my ideas and tips.

I do have some healthy favorites which unfortunately are no longer an option for me (because of low-oxalate eating). I still want to share one of them for any of you who might find it useful: a very healthy take on PIZZA. This stuff is the best pizza I've ever eaten, and it is also the most filling. The lovely whole wheat fills you up with just a piece or two (whereas I can put down half a pizza of white flour dough and still not be full). I use this recipe at passionate homemaking, one of my favorite blogs. Please try it. It's worth the work! Your tummy will thank you.

Some of my current go-to "happy meals" (who needs McDonalds?):

Garlic rosemary chicken
  • How-to: put olive oil (I used garlic flavored), a little butter, and garlic in a skillet. Cut chicken into strips or however you like it. Turn on stove to medium-high, place chicken into skillet, and sprinkle rosemary, salt, pepper, and whatever seasonings you might like onto chicken. Turn chicken once when you can see that it is almost cooked.
  • Serve with: steamed veggies of choice, sweet potato, white or wild rice (I would choose brown to make it healthier, but I can't have it).
  • Why I like it: SO tasty! Affordable. Quick. And good for you- I like to go heavy on the garlic which has many health benefits.
Garlic (noticing a theme here?) Tilapia
  • How-to: I first browned the tilapia a little bit in a pan with butter, olive oil, and garlic. Sprinkled a little basil and parsley over it. I carefully transferred it to a greased baking dish and poured the oil and butter over the top. Cook in 375 degree oven until it is white and flakes easily.
  • Serve with: rice, veggies, whatever you fancy!
  • Why I like it: Pretty affordable. Adding that very beneficial fish into the diet for NON-FISH eaters! Tilapia just tastes like whatever you season it with, so use whatever you like!
Grilled chicken a la Paul

  • How-To: My dad grills the most delicious chicken breasts. I asked him how and it was so simple. Roll in olive oil to make the seasoning stick. Season with salt, pepper, basil, and maybe some seasoned salt. Grill as you normally would.
  • Serve with: He stir fries some veggies: red pepper, carrot, red onion, squash in simple olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Why I like it: This makes a delicious and speedy and healthy meal!
Those are just the first few that came to mind. I hope someone finds them helpful and healthy!

One last tip:

Check the produce section of the grocery for "manager's specials". I found Arugula today for $.99 when it is normally about $3.50! I also found Romaine lettuce for about half or more off the normal price! Usually the produce is still definitely good and usable. I was happy to save the money and still get fresh produce.

That's about it for now. Can't wait to hear about all of your "happy meals"!

Blessings and healthy eating,

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