Hang on to your mouth because you’re about to drool!
I was browsing around online earlier this week and came across a site called Skinnytaste. I’ve clicked through countless pages of recipes, and am still clicking and saving along the way. I have a list about THIS long now of things I want to try. Benjamin was nice enough to make one of the meals for us earlier in the week. Eating healthy was a big concern of mine before we came out to Hawaii. I wasn’t sure how we were going to do it. Benjamin came out about a week before I did and was told to report to me what our living arrangements where going to be like. You can’t imagine my joy when he sent me a picture of a full kitchen. You see, our temporary housing was only supposed to have a fridge and microwave. A full kitchen makes a big difference. Granted, its an outdoor kitchen, and pretty poorly stocked but its ok. We bought some dishes from Goodwill and have been making do with that. I’m just happy that we can cook our own food.
I have a very sensitive stomach and have to make sure I’m eating as wholesome as possible (i.e. no preservatives, additives, high fructose corn syrup, etc.). Ideally, everything I eat should be as pure as possible. So for example, if I wanted to eat a roasted chicken it’s ingredients should be just chicken, oil or butter, spices, and some chicken broth for gravy. It’s shocking how much crap goes into all the food we eat, but that’s a whole other can of worms. But, if you are interested the book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is a great read. His writing is objective and informative, much different than Morgan Spurlock’s movie Supersize Me. Everyone’s response is usually the same when I suggest the book: “Oh yeah, I’ve seen the movie, the Supersize Me one.” Let me tell you that this book is far better and explores in depth the awful stuff we put in our food. Eating healthy can do MILES more for your health and weight loss than any diet program.
Back to where I was. Yes, the chicken. I’m so sensitive to these additives that I can get a serious stomach ache if I happen to eat them. My mom bought a roasted chicken from Albertson’s a few months ago, which is a rarity because she usually makes her own. She was saying how delicious it was and what an easy meal it is until I picked it up and started reading the ingredients to her. You really don’t want to know. Next time you’re at your local grocery store though go ahead and pick up a roasted chicken and start reading the ingredients, you’d be surprised. (One exception is Whole Foods, last time I checked their chicken was good to go). I always make it a point to know what I’m eating and how my food is made. By no means do I eat super healthy though. I’m an extremely picky eater. Like, REALLY picky. There are a total of about 3 vegetables that I’ll eat. And I’m a total carnivore and carbo-holic. My favorite foods are high in fat, carbs, and sugar. Or probably all three. But, I just can’t say no to pasta drenched in a luscious cream sauce. Or donuts…
Needless to say, I was so thrilled to find this site. There are so many healthier options of my favorite foods and even more of foods I want to try. She has recipes for everything from green smoothies to martinis, salads to desserts, thanksgiving to cinco de mayo, and so much more. We’ve only had the Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana but will definitely be trying much more in the very near future. You’ll see I’m a little obsessed with chicken and shrimp. Any of the chicken recipes could easily substitute turkey breast as well, another favorite of mine. Keep in mind that I’m not a fan of vegetables, but she does have a million options (maybe not literally, but a lot!) if you do like them. Here are some of my top picks:
- Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana (This. Was. So. Freaking. Yummy.)
- Farro with Feta, Cucumbers and Sun-dried Tomatoes (I want to try this with couscous)
- Skinny Coconut Shrimp
- Chicken Francese, Lightened Up
- Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro
- Spring Stir Fried Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas and Carrots
- Spring Asparagus Risotto (I’m NOT an asparagus fan, but would love to try this with shrimp or roasted red pepper)
- Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Skinny Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Chives
- Lavash Flatbread Pizzas (throw some veggies on top, if you’re into that kind of thing)
- Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce
- Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas
- Thai Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry
- Watermelon Martinis (talk about refreshing)
- Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets (great as a finger food for parties and can also easily be frozen and reheated)
- Swedish Meatballs
- Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
- Tomato Bisque (would be delicious with my Parmesan Croutons on top…check back soon for the recipe)
- Skinny Loaded Nachos with Turkey, Beans and Cheese (can you say Cinco de Mayo or Super Bowl?)
- Mushroom Risotto
- Seared Scallops over Wilted Spinach and Parmesan Risotto (Don’t be fooled, I only want to try the risotto)
- Cilantro Lime Rice (yup, just like at Chipotle)
One of the best parts is that she includes nutritional information with her recipes. So you’ll know how many calories are in what you’re eating, along with protein, carbs, fiber, sugar, and sodium. For anyone in Weight Watchers, she also includes their points system.
Let me know if you try any of the recipes!