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Posted on Jan 31, 2007 at 10:56 AM

Here's several recipes made from excellent for you healthy food choices loaded with vitamins and minerals that are easy to fix (most in 15 minutes or less) and offer a variety of tastes so you don't easily burn out on eating the same foods day after day. Enjoy! Cranberry Sauce Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 12oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries 1 cup fresh orange juice 1 tsp minced fresh ginger 1 tsp minced orange zest ? tsp cinnamon ? cup crushed pineapple ? cup honey Directions: Bring orange juice, ginger, zest and cinnamon to a boil on high heat in a medium saucepan. Rinse cranberries and add once liquid is boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes. Add crushed pineapple and honey. Remove from heat and cool. Yields 2 cups ************************** 10 Minute Fresh Berry Dessert with Yogurt & Chocolate This 10 minute dessert combines our favorite flavors in a quick and easy way that is rich tasting, yet healthier than many desserts. The chocolate is a great complement to berries and yogurt. It is perfect for those moments when you want to enjoy this wonderful combination of flavors. Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 basket fresh raspberries or strawberries 8oz low fat vanilla yogurt 2 oz melted dark chocolate Directions: Fold together yogurt and berries. Melt chocolate in a double boiler with heat on medium. Place berries and yogurt in individual bowls and drizzle with melted chocolate. * For a more formal presentation you may want to pour a pool of yogurt on a plate and place berries on top of pool. Drizzle chocolate over berries. **************************** Chocolate Balls A nice little dessert treat that is pretty quick to throw together 1/2 cup sesame butter(tahini),organic,1/4 cup honey,1/2 cup carob chips(or pure chocolate chips),1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts , 1/4 cup raisins ,1/4 cup medium shredded coconut --mix all together.Form into balls.Roll balls into fine coconut or fine ground nuts so they are coated all around.Eat and enjoy.You can use any other organic nut butters--chunky peanut butter works good too. Refridgerate if not consumed right away.For variation try also adding about 1/4 cup diced dry apple or fresh if you are consuming right away,or same quantity of apricots,dried or any other dried fruit. ********************************** Orange Tahini Dressing A delightful light dressing that only takes a few minutes to make. Its simplicity invites variation. Try adding 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and 1-2 teaspoons tamari. Or, add 2 teaspoons poppy seeds and 1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder. 2 tablespoons tahini 1/2 cup fresh orange juice pinch sea salt 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon dulse flakes 1/8 teaspoon curry powder In bowl, add orange juice gradually to tahini, stirring after each addition. Add salt. Dressing tastes fine as is, or add spices to taste. Yields approximately 1/2 cup. ******************************** Salad Dressing 1/2 cup organic apple cider 1-2 TB raw honey 1/3 cup virgin olive oil 1 tbsp fresh herbs or a pinch of dried 1/2 tsp Braggs liquid aminos 1-2 cloves garlic ****************************** Miso walnut dressing ----2 tbls. of miso(get a light one made of barley or wheat)1/3 cup freshh raw walnuts,1/4 cup sesame oil,1 tbls.raw or unpasturized honey,2 1/2 tbls.brown rice vinegar. Blend all ingred, together in a blender untill smooth.If you like a thinner consistancy than add a little water.Serve immediately or refridgerate.(makes a yummy vegie dip for raw vegies too.) ********************************* 10 Minute Fruit & Cheese Salad Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: ? cup green seedless grapes 3 fresh apricots, cut into eighths 3 dried figs sliced medium thick ? lb mixed salad greens 2 TBS fresh lemon juice salt and cracked black pepper to taste extra virgin olive oil to taste 3oz goat or gorgonzola cheese *optional ( ? lb sliced turkey breast cut into bite size pieces) Directions: Toss all ingredients together and serve. Top with goat or gorgonzola cheese. Serves 2 ********************************* Oriental Lettuce Wraps dice small or grate: carrots, celery, brocoli stalks, cauliflaur, mushrooms, or any variety of veggies that you prefer. Toss with a good oyster sauce or an organic tamari. Add fresh bean sprouts and toss. Spoon veggies into fresh, washed lettuce leaves of your choice. Roll cabbage roll style and enjoy.Also wonderful for an appetizer when serving a multi-course meal. ******************************** Greek Lettuce Wraps dice small: tomatoes, cucmbers, onion, (a little smashed garlic) toss with a good oil (I prefer extra virgin olive)a little lemon juice, add fresh basil or any herbs that you prefer. Spoon veggies into fresh, washed lettuce leaves. Add a few good olives and grated firm tofu. Roll cabbage roll style and voila!! a greek roll. ******************************* Mexican Wraps smash soaked beans of your choice. add a little cumin, chili powder, garlic or whatever your preference. dice small: tomatoes and add to beans. Now be creative. Add some soft or firm tofu, peppers or whatever your tastebuds would like. Roll in washed lettuce leaves. ********************************* Rosemary Lamb Chops Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 12 lamb chops 6 TBS fresh lemon juice 3 TBS chopped fresh rosemary, 3 medium cloves garlic pressed, ? tsp salt ? tsp black pepper Directions: Mix together lemon juice, rosemary, pressed garlic, salt and pepper. Rub lamb chops with mixture. Set aside on plate. (you might want to prepare the rest of your meal at this point) Preheat broiler on high heat, and place a metal oven-proof pan big enough to hold lamb chops under heat to get hot, about 5-7 inches from the heat source. Heat pan for about 10 minutes. Once pan is hot, place lamb chops in pan, and return to broiler for about 4-5 minutes, depending on thickness of lamb. Lamb is cooked quickly as it is cooking on both sides at the same time. Serves 4 ********************************* Roast Turkey Breast with Chipolte Chili Sauce Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: Sliced cooked Turkey Breast Sauce: 1 medium onion, minced fine 4 medium cloves garlic, minced fine 1-2 canned chipotle chilis, depending on desired spiciness, minced fine 3 TBS prepared Dijon mustard 3 TBS tomato paste 3 TBS molasses 1? cup + 1 TBS chicken broth 1 TBS chopped fresh oregano salt to taste Directions: Heat 1 TBS broth in a stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Healthy Saut? onion in broth for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add garlic and continue to saut? for another minute. Add rest of ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes, letting it thicken slightly. Slice turkey and serve with sauce. (For a smoother consistency for your sauce you can strain if desired before serving) ********************************* 15 Minute Braised Fennel Salmon Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs salmon fillet cut into 8 pieces skin and bones removed 1/4 cup + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth 1 large fennel bulb sliced thin, save 1 TBS chopped green tops to use for garnish 2 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste Directions: Season salmon with a little salt and white pepper. Set aside. Heat 1 TBS broth in 10-12 inch stainless steel skillet. Healthy Saut? fennel bulb in broth over medium heat for 1 minute stirring constantly. Add ? cup broth, lemon juice, pinch salt and pepper, and place salmon on top. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes. Do not over cook fennel, or it will lose its flavor. Sprinkle with chopped green fennel tops. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve. Serves 4 ******************************** 10 Minute Seared Tuna Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 12 oz of tuna cut into 2 steaks 2 TBS mirin rice wine, (can be found in Asian section of supermarket) 1 + 1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 TBS soy sauce 1 TBS minced fresh ginger 3 TBS minced scallion salt & white pepper to taste Directions: Preheat 10-12 inch stainless steel skillet over medium high heat for 2 minutes. While pan is preheating, rub tuna with 1 TBS lemon juice, season with a little salt and white pepper, and prepare ginger and scallion. Cook tuna for 1-2 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, and remove from pan. 1 minute will cook it rare. Place on a plate. Turn heat down to medium and add rest of ingredients to pan in order given, and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over tuna and serve. Serves 2

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