Easy Healthy Recipes, Hints & Videos
Eating healthy is a great way to make long term changes in your lifestyle. Along with exercise, it will ensure you stay active long into old age. Unfortunately, not only do healthy recipes often not taste good but they can take hours to prepare. At Recipe4Living we know you want to put healthy meals on the table in a hurry so we've put together a few of our favorite easy to make and healthy recipes.
Easy Healthy Soup Recipes
Potato, Corn, and Leek Chowder
A great combination of ingredients, this soup can help lower blood pressure through calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Serve with hot sauce.
2 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 1/2 C. coarsely chopped leek (about 1 lg. leek)
1/2 C. finely chopped celery
1/2 C. finely chopped red bell pepper
2 C. whole milk
3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
3 C. fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
2 C. fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears)
2 lb. cubed peeled Yukon gold or red potatoes
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 C. finely chopped fresh parsley
3 Tbs. chopped fresh chives
Heat butter and oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek, celery, and bell pepper; cook 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Combine milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Slowly add milk mixture to pan, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, corn, potato, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Stir in parsley and chives.
Easy Healthy Main Course Recipes
Whole Wheat Pizza
This is a quick and simple recipe that makes a good pizza that is healthy for you.
3/4 C. warm water
1 pkg. dry yeast
2 C. whole wheat flour
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 pinch sugar
1/2 tsp. honey
1 bag shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
6 oz. pizza sauce
Toppings of your choice
Mix together yeast water, sugar and honey. Add flour. Knead. Put oil on bottom of your bowl and place dough on top. Roll around in the oil and cover. Let set and rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pizza pan. Roll out dough to size and roll up the edges of the dough to form a wall so your toppings don't spread out of the pizza. Poke holes on bottom of the dough. Pour sauce and spread out. Cover with 1/3 of the cheese. Put half the toppings. Put another 1/3 of the cheese, the rest of the toppings and then the rest of the cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Easy Healthy Dessert Recipes
Apricot Upside-Down Cake
By substituting apricot puree for all the oil and most of the butter, the calorie content is greatly reduced in this recipe.
2 cans 15 1/4 oz. each almond-flavored apricot halves, drained
4 Tbs. butter
¾ C. brown sugar
1 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
3 Tbs. butter, softened
7/8 C. sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C. low-fat milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain liquid from the apricots. Take 5-6 apricot halves and puree in blender or food processor until smooth to make 1/3 C. puree. Reserve the remaining apricots. Place the 4 Tbs. of butter with the brown sugar in 9" round cake pan. Slowly heat the cake pan on top of the stove. Stir the butter-sugar mixture until hot and mixture has turned into a caramel. Cool. Evenly distribute the apricot halves cut side up on top of the caramel. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Cream the 3 Tbs. of butter with the sugar. Add the 1/3 C. apricot puree and mix until smooth.
Add the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla. Alternately, stir in the flour mixture and the milk, stirring until the batter is smooth. Pour the cake batter over the apricot halves. Using a spatula gently spread the mixture with a spatula evenly over the apricots. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cake. When done, the toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes then turn the cake upside down onto a cake platter.
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