Works For Me Wednesday- Backwards Edition

wfmw It’s backwards time!! I get to ask the question, my brilliant readers get to provide the answer. It’s like google for blogs. So here goes:

We are changing our eating up for the new year. I cook pretty healthy, but love new recipes. So what is your favorite healthy recipe. And it has to be tasty. Can’t be like some tofu, kale salad that tastes like butt. Lastly, I don’t want to have to buy a bunch of ingredients that are weird and I won’t use again. Geez, I’m high maintenance.

Hopefully your recipe is somewhere on the web so you can just link to it. If not, hopefully it is simple so you can put it in the comments. And tomorrow I will go right back to my low maintenence self. (shut it Dad).

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  1. Your kids will LOVE these – promise!

    Baked French Toast Sticks – http://onceamonthmom.com/toddler-french-toast-sticks/
    .-= Tricia (Once A Month Mom)´s last blog ..Why You Should Never Ask “What’s For Dinner?” Again =-.

  2. How funny. Myself included, this is the third time I’ve seen this question in this week’s WFMW posts. I like Gina’s Weight Watchers Recipes. Even though I’m not doing WW, I’ve found a lot a great recipes, that use normal foods, that my whole family has enjoyed.

  3. Apparently it’s the time of year to start eating better — looks like a few of us were having the same thoughts for backwards week! ;)
    .-= Angie @ Many Little Blessings´s last blog ..Looking for Great Low Calorie Meals =-.

  4. My favorite healthy go-to meal is easy and tasty. Both my kids will eat it which is amazing with the world’s pickiest eater!

    Easy Chili

    1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
    1 can black beans (undrained)
    1 can pinto beans (undrained)
    1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)
    2 tbsp chili powder
    2 tsp cumin
    Small diced onion
    Garlic to taste (or garlic powder)

    Put 1-2 tbsp olive oil in pan. Saute onion and garlic until onions are translucent. Add beef and brown. Add chili powder and cumin. Stir. Add beans and tomatoes. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Top with grated pepperjack or cheddar cheese and Fritos.

  5. abba12 says:

    My most recent blog post has a ‘sort of’ healthy meal. It’s no salad but there’s plenty of veggies and plenty of ways to make it healthier.
    .-= abba12´s last blog ..Recepie for Meaty Nachos =-.

  6. I don’t have any advice for you other than what the trainer at the kids school told me. If you make it yourself it will be healthier than eating something pre-packaged. LOL! Great healthy eating advice yes?
    I try to focus on things like adding more veggies and fruit and figure then there won’t be as much room for the junk.
    Your post gave me a good chuckle though.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday-Traditions =-.

  7. A quick healthy recipe? How about whole wheat penne with extra virgin olive oil, sauted garlic, chopped olives and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

    I’m sure you’ve heard this before but this is how I make sure I bring home tons of healthy stuff from the grocery: Do the majority of your shopping around the outside aisles of the grocery.
    Stuff your cart with tons of stuff from the produce section, chicken breasts, and lots of whole grain pasta. Then work with that to plan your recipes.
    .-= Sarah @ Ordinary Days´s last blog ..An Ordinary Poll (Please Vote!) =-.

  8. I’m really sure how healthy this recipe is but my family enjoys eathing “Penne with Tomato Sage Sausage Sauce” that comes from Amanda Cooks and the link is below!

    .-= Charlotte´s last blog ..Mo’ Money? =-.

  9. Rebecca says:

    Ok, this is one of my favorites, Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo from Ellie Krieger:


    Ok, really, just check out Ellie Kreiger’s two cookbooks, she’s the best!

  10. Lentil enchiladas- high in fiber!

    Other “cheats” – mix half brown rice, half white rice; half whole wheat pasta and half regular pasta.
    .-= Milehimama´s last blog ..Phones! =-.

  11. jennybek says:

    Chicken, 2-3 cans diced tomatoes, garlic & lots of basil (+ whatever other spices you like). Simmer at least 20 min. Add Balsimic vinegar at the end & serve over pasta. I usually cut up the chicken, it absorbs more flavor in small pieces. I also try to have real parmesean for this one. It’s one of my favorites!
    .-= jennybek´s last blog ..2009 ~ It was a year =-.

  12. http://modernalternativemama.blogspot.com/2009/12/baked-ravioli.html There’s a healthy, not too crazy recipe for you. Just use whole ingredients. It takes some time but so much better than something from the freezer. Speaking of which, you could make a lot and freeze it so you don’t have to make it very often.
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Health News Tuesday: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Two Foods You Should Never Eat, and B12 Deficiency Causes Coughing =-.

  13. Lat night I made a Cabbage and Lentil Soup that was really good and easy. and warm – I don’t like cold weather. The recipe just happens to be the last that I posted to it is there with the comment luv.

    Another one is http://chaos-in-the-kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/shepherdless-pie.html a vegetarian shepherds pie. The hardest part is the mashed potato topping and you can use left-overs or go by the fried chicken place.

    My daughter is going to 4-H district food competition with this dish http://chaos-in-the-kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/butternut-squash-and-chicken-pasta.html It is butternut squash (it uses a whole one so there won’t be any left over) with chicken and pasta. The butternut squash is naturally sweet (like sweet potatoes) so kids will love this.

    Those are may favorites right now.
    .-= Christi S´s last blog ..Cabbage and Lentil Soup with curry powder =-.

  14. Have you ever made Honey Baked Lentils? Click my name for the recipe. Lots of fiber and protein from cheap, shelf-stable ingredients! Mix up the recipe in 10 minutes, stick it in the oven with some sweet potatoes or winter squash (lots of Vitamin A!), go curl up in your comfy chair, and in an hour or so you’ll have a complete, healthy dinner!

    Happy new year!
    .-= ‘Becca´s last blog ..Rambling Sprawl Estates =-.

  15. I like all of the recipes in the Eating for Life cookbook. Too bad it’s not online!
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Calling all parents…share your faves! =-.

  16. My friend Kellie and I have an occasionally-updated healthy recipe blog at http://www.twocrowdedkitchens.blogspot.com. I also LOVE two cookbooks: Simply in Season and Saving Dinner. Another thought–I’m a part of a meal exchange group with three other moms. We each choose a recipe at the beginning of the month, make 8 batches (4 servings each) to freeze, and swap them. It’s a great way to streamline cooking, eat healthy, and save money. Let me konw if you want more details about that.

  17. Stir fry and pastas are my standby. My current fave is sauted chicken breast, onion, and bell pepper over whole grain pasta (I use soba noodles and they cook a lot quicker too!) mixed with a little mustard. Or do the same thing over rice with a little Soy Vey.

  18. Orange Raisin Rice
    Brown Rice
    grated zest from 1/2 an orange
    juice from 1/2 an orange
    1/2 a cup of raisins
    1 teaspoon of saffron
    Measure rice and water according to package instructions in to a pot. Add orange zest, orange juice, saffron and raisins. Cook covered until rice is done. Fluff and serve.
    Note: Raisins can be substituted with dried cranberries or dried red currents.

  19. My favorite super-duper simple recipe is:

    Take some frozen chicken breasts. Put them in a pan. Cover with one jar of salsa. Bake for an hour at 350. If you want, top with a little mozzarella or white cheddar cheese and broil for a minute until brown.

    SO YUMMY! And healthy!
    .-= Vanderbilt Wife´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: Baby Clothes =-.

  20. This is an appetizer, but I always eat the leftovers for lunch, SO GOOD! Dip carrots or any vege, or bread/pita/crackers. “Healthified” Spinach Artichoke Dip from Betty Crocker http://tinyurl.com/ycgvhxd
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..Make Your Own Cards =-.

  21. My favorite healthy and tasty recipes come from wholefoodsmarket.com – it’s a great Web site, and their recipes use “unusual ingredients” (like quinoa), but make them delicious!
    .-= Heather H´s last blog ..Uphill Pregnancy: Putting on My Hiking Boots =-.

  22. Courtney W. says:

    this is so freakin’ good and easy – it doesn’t make any sense! You would have to buy a couple of Wildtree products from me (which are natural and organic) but it would be worth it!!

    Chicken Penne Pesto

    8 ounces penne pasta

    2 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed

    1/3 cup Wildtree Basil Pesto

    1/4 cup warm water

    1/2 cup Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil

    3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

    Print Recipe


    Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, prepare basil pesto according to package directions substituting garlic grapeseed oil for the natural grapeseed oil and set aside. When pasta is cooked, drain and mix in prepared pesto and chicken. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve.

  23. Put boneless chicken and your favorite salsa in a crock pot. Let it simmer then eat on tortillas – add some cheese and rice, if you like. Easy enough?

  24. Black Bean Burgers
    * 1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
    * 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    * 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
    * 2 teaspoons dried parsley
    * 1 egg
    * 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    * 1/2 cup bread crumbs
    * Salt &black pepper
    * 4 hamburger rolls

    In blender, put in onion, garlic, 1 can beans, parsley, egg, red pepper flakes, and pulse to combine. Put into a large bowl and add the other can of beans and bread crumbs, salt & pepper, and mix until well combined.

    Divide into patties and cook on hot oiled grill or pan over meduim low heat and cook about 5 minutes on each side or until they are heated all the way through. We buy fresh hamburger buns from our local grocer. And top just like you would any other burger with your favorite toppings. Yummy!!

    How easy is that? Plus by eating a meatless meal you save lots of $$$.
    Do that once a week and maybe by the end of the year you can buy 5 extra pairs of shoes ;-)

  25. Phoebe says:

    I don’t have a lot of recipes to share because my advice is just to eat simply and naturally. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, with a little meat. Make anything you can from sratch and involve your kids so the legacy of healthy eating continues! Stay away from the processed stuff – the less ingredients the better. I will warn you though…. once you start this, I think you’ll look at couponing differently. Most of the free stuff you get isn’t the best for you. We’ve sucked it up, increased the grocery budget (although not by much!) and don’t succumb to the freebies anymore (including hygiene products) because of what is in the products.

    Over here we eat very basic – veggies and spinach with every meal, with a little of the main dish. It makes for lots of leftovers, or lots of opportunities to freeze food. My kids are young and are fine eating this way, so it can be done! We don’t do snacks, but if it’s a day where a lot of energy is spent and they are truly hungry, they get fruit or homemade granola. We drink only water, with just a bit of milk…. some good books to read are The N.D.D. book by Dr. Sears and The China Study (the author escapes me). Can you tell nutrition interests me? Good luck, have fun, and keep it super simple! You’re working towards a great thing!

  26. Phoebe says:

    EDIT! Where’s that edit button! Veggies and spinach NOT with every meal! Either lunch or dinner. We don’t do spinach for breakfast (unless it’s in a quiche or something?!) :)

  27. Yum it looks like there are a ton of good suggestions already! I like to do stuffed peppers. I have a couple recipes on my blog here:


    .-= mub´s last blog ..magicJack Giveaway =-.

  28. My favourite healthy muffin is “Bran Flax Muffins” (trust me, they’re good! the recipe is on my website:


    I also make a lot of homemade popsicles to help my daughter (and me!) eat more fruit and veggies:

    .-= SkylarKD´s last blog ..Time for games again! =-.

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