Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese
If not everyone, at least every American loves Mac and Cheese once in a while. It's the ultimate comfort food and extremely convenient, but let's be honest, the already prepared stuff in the box isn't doing you any nutritional favors. If you love easy and cheesy, look no further than this homemade dish. Some of the cheddar gets replaced by Greek yogurt, keeping the proteins included and it boasts spinach for added color and fiber. Did we mention it takes just 10 minutes to throw together?
Ingredients: elbow pasta, shredded cheese, plain greek yogurt, fresh spinach, salt & pepper, onion and garlic powder
Cook the macaroni according to the package’s instructions. Place the spinach leaves in the bottom of a strainer, and pour the pasta over top. Add water to the pot, and stir in the cheese until melted. Stir in the greek yogurt, onion and garlic powder, salt, and pepper, until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.
Chickpea and Vegetable Stir-Fry
People grew fond of chickpeas in the close past. It’s healthy and delicious if prepared in a good way. Whether you choose to eat it over rice or on its own, you'll be perfectly satisfied either way.
Ingredients: half red onion, half red bell pepper, Brussels sprouts, can of chickpeas, sesame seeds + For the sauce: water, soy sauce or tamari, coconut or cane sugar, cornstarch, sriracha sauce to taste
Pour some boiling water into a wok and cook the veggies over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain them and set aside. Place all the ingredients of the sauce in the wok and cook them over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. After, add the veggies and the chickpeas and cook over medium-high heat for another 2 minutes.
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp and Zucchini Mix
With one main vegetable, one protein, and just two types of seasoning other than salt and pepper, this is as easy as it can get. That's not to say it's boring, though! Zucchini and shrimp make a unique pair. Add as much or as little chili sauce as you want, and you've got dinner that looks, tastes, and is better for you than any takeout dish.
Ingredients: vegetable oil, garlic cloves, zucchini, soy sauce, black pepper, shrimps, salt, sweet chili sauce
Heat up a wok or a large frying pan to high heat. Swirl in the vegetable oil. Add the garlic and the zucchini slices and drizzle the soy sauce on top. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes or until tender. Season with a little ground pepper, to taste. Push the zucchini to the side of the pan. If the pan is quite dry at this point, add a little more oil. Place the shrimp in one layer. Let it cook for 1 minute without stirring. Season with a little salt and mix everything together. Add the chili sauce and serve immediately with some freshly cooked rice.
Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
If you're brand new in the kitchen and need a familiar dish to ease your way into cooking, try this healthier version of cheesy chicken and broccoli. Bake the mix for just 20 minutes before you want to dig into this delicious dinner.
Ingredients: small onion, olive oil, sliced mushrooms, uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes, flour, milk, broccoli, plain Greek yogurt, light mayonnaise, salt, pepper and cheese blend
Preheat the 180 Celsius. Cook broccoli and heat olive oil over medium-high heat, add onion and mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are starting to get tender. Add cubed chicken. Sprinkle flour over chicken & mushroom mixture and stir constantly, stir in milk. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes, or until thick and bubbly.
Stir in cooked broccoli, add yogurt, mayo, salt and pepper, stirring lightly to combine. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese melts and it's bubbly around the edges. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato, Corn, and Feta Salad
This salad relies on root veggies and corn to create a fiber-filled and satisfying main meal. A crumble of feta over the top is more than just color contrast—it provides the protein for the dish. A light drizzle of lemon olive oil dressing checks off the healthy fat box.
Ingredients: 4 red California sweet potatoes, olive oil, black pepper, 3 pieces of corn on the cob, crumbled feta, fresh dill, lemon vinaigrette, lemon, champagne vinegar and salt
In a medium bowl, combine the cubed California sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Divide the sweet potato mixture amongst the 4 sheets of aluminum foil and fold the sides up on both ends so you create a securely wrapped “bowl” for the potatoes. Place the 4 parcels on the grill and cover. Let the potatoes cook for about 10 minutes on each side.
Once the sweet potatoes are fully cooked, carefully remove the sweet potato parcels from the grill and transfer them to a bowl. Transfer the cob with olive oil to the grill. Cook until slightly blackened. Remove the corn from the kernel and add to the bowl of sweet potatoes. Add the feta cheese and fresh dill and toss to combine. Whisk together with the lemon vinaigrette and drizzle with salt and pepper and serve.
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