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Healthy Meals

Healthy main and side dishes.

Why Red Beets Should Be A Part Of Your Life

I'm constantly on the lookout for recipes that call for red beets; per ounce, few foods that I'm aware of are as dense in a variety of nutrients that can help prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer, especially colon cancer. Red beets are particularly rich in B vitamins, including folate, which makes them useful for lowering blood homocysteine and preventing birth defects.

 

Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Sandwich

If you're staying away from gluten, dairy, and flesh meats but find yourself craving a filling sandwich, this one's well worth the effort of putting together for yourself and loved ones.

Portobello mushrooms are rich in niacin (vitamin B3), potassium, and selenium, while avocado delivers plenty of lutein and natural vitamin E for healthy eyes and cardiovascular support.

You'll need some gluten-free bread, which is becoming more readily available in regular grocery stores. But keep in mind that most varieties are made with rice and/or tapioca flour, and too much of either can be constipating for some.

 

How To Make Dairy and Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese

As mentioned in my post on The Best Way To Get And Stay Healthy, if you are looking to overcome any chronic health challenge, one of the best first steps that you can take is to avoid conventional dairy and grains that contain gluten. To put it simply, pasteurized and homogenized dairy and gluten are common triggers for inflammation throughout the body.

I realize that for some, it can be quite daunting to imagine a diet that doesn't include cheese and pasta. Which is why I thought it would be a good idea to share dairy and gluten-free options for macaroni and cheese.

 

How to Make Vegetarian Sushi Rolls

If you enjoy sushi rolls but haven't ventured to make your own, I hope this pictorial encourages you to give it a try. It's a lot easier than you might imagine, and the cost is minimal compared to buying sushi at a store or restaurant.

Called kim bap in Korea, sushi comes in countless varieties. Once you learn how to make a basic sushi roll, it's a snap to churn out all sorts to suit varying tastes and setttings.

 

Satisfying Pasta-Like Dish Without Flour-Based Noodles

In the mood for a pasta-like dish without a large serving of refined carbs to weigh you down? If so, you'll definitely want to give this spaghetti squash and lentil recipe a try.

 

Quinoa: One of Nature's Healthiest Protein-Rich Foods

If you're looking for a truly healthy, protein-rich food to anchor your diet, I highly recommend that you consider quinoa (pronounced keen wah). Called the "mother of grains" by the Incan empire, quinoa is native to South America, and is naturally rich in all nine essential amino acids - these are amino acids that we humans can't make from other nutrients, so must obtain from our diet. Quinoa is one of a few grains that are gluten-free, and for most people, it's easy to digest and utilize.

 

Healthy Alternative to Mashed Potatoes

Though mashed potatoes can be a nourishing side or main dish, if you tend to have high blood sugar or insulin levels, it's probably best that you limit your consumption of potatoes to a serving or two per week.

 

How to Make a Mouthwatering Risotto with Peas and Basil

Looking for a delicious, dairy-free risotto? With the right amount of time and love put into this recipe, I'm willing to bet that this creamy rice dish is as good as anything ever made by Jamie Oliver or Tyler Florence.

 

A Mouthwatering Dish of Cabbage and Beans

This is a delightful recipe that some friends shared with us several years ago. It provides a perfect blend of sweet and savory, and pairs beautifully with freshly cooked rice, quiona, or any other grain dish.

 

How to Make Healthy Mushroom Frittatas (Omelettes)

I suppose you could call them mini mushroom omelettes, but enoki mushroom frittatas has a nice ring to it, no? However you choose to name this dish, know going in that it provides a wonderfully chewy texture that makes it natural to pair with rice or noodles.

 
 
 

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