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Friday, January 22, 2010

Easy Healthy Recipes

So many times in magazines or wherever, I see these so-called easy recipes. To me, they are never that easy. There are more ingredients that I can count on both hands, and some of the ingredients I have never heard of. Now, there is definitely a time and place for trying out a new exotic and time-consuming recipe. That time and place is usually not in my kitchen with my one and half year old trying to help.

Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite easy and healthy recipes. You can make them even healthier by using organic and/or locally grown food. Don't worry if you can't use all organic, just try to replace a couple of things to start with. I hope you enjoy them, feeling fueled up and energized for anything that comes your way!

Meatless Mexican Lunch
Prep time: 33 minutes
You will need:
1/2 small organic onion, chopped
1 can (15 1/2 oz) organic crushed tomatoes
3/4 cup frozen corn kernels
1 can (3 1/2 oz) organic chopped green chile peppers
1 can (14-19 oz) organic black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup whole wheat rice
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup organic Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

Heat a medium pot coated with cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, corn and chile peppers and bring to a boil. Add the beans, rice and cumin. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Veggie Pizza
Prep time: 13 minutes
You will need:
2 whole wheat English muffins, split
1/2 cup organic tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped organic mushrooms
4 tbsp chopped organic green bell pepper
4 tbsp chopped organic onion
4 tbsp shredded organic mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. Toast the muffin halves. Evenly divide the sauce, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion and cheese between the muffin halves. Bake for three minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Easy Baked Apples
Prep time: 10 minutes
You will need:
2 organic apples, cored
2 tbsp organic brown sugar
1/4 tsp organic ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. organic plain yogurt

Place a drop of water on a microwaveable plate. Place the apples on the plate and sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over them. Microwave for five minutes, or until fork-tender. Serve topped with the yogurt.

Feel free to share with us your experience as you try them out and share this post with others who are looking for easy, healthy recipes!


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