Top Ten Healthy Recipes that are Still Delicious

Top Ten {Tuesday}

After completing one of the Writing Workshop prompts from Mama Kat last week, on my very new blogging endeavor, I decided that I enjoyed compiling my own Top Ten lists. It allowed me to be creative, funny, serious, or weird all in the same post! After doing a little web search I found O Amanda’s “Top Ten Tuesday” link-up (click above). So, here I am with my first official Top Ten Tuesday.

In the past 6 months I’ve lost more than 50 pounds. Trying to be more active and eat healthier can be a major challenge, especially when you have young children, and finding healthy meals that don’t taste like “health food” is especially difficult sometimes. Here are my top ten favorite healthy recipes that still taste sinfully delicious! They come from a mix of sources, to which I have included links. My daughters readily devour most of these dishes, but a few can be slightly tweeked to meet the less-sophisticated child palate, if needed.

10. Slow Cooker Chicken Paprikash – Slow cooker (or crock pot) meals are great, aren’t they? Pop in the ingredients in the morning and several hours later you have a meal all ready! For this dish, I think it needs a little extra flavor. You can add an additional bell pepper and some spices according to your taste. A little more salt, maybe a bit of cumin along with the paprika, or anything else your tastebuds might find appealing. We served this over egg noodles.

9. Cheesy Chili-Mac – This dish is a comfort-food favorite for many people. This version is healthier without sacrificing flavor. For an even healthier version, you can use whole-wheat elbow macaroni.

8. Spinach Lasagna Rolls – Lasagna rolls are a twist (haha) on classic lasagna. Instead of layering the noodles, each individual lasagna noodle serves as a single serving. Using cooked and cooled noodles you place your filling along the length of the noodle and roll it up, jelly-roll style. In the past, I have enjoyed other versions of these, but the calorie counts are so astounding that I don’t even want to share them. This one, though, has a lean 225 calories (and only 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus) per serving.

7. Chicken Pot Pie – Who doesn’t love chicken pot pie? This one doesn’t come in a box, taste like cardboard, or promise to add an inch to your waistline, but it’s still satisfying and tasty!

6. Falafel Pitas – This dish is on our menu for this week. I’m cheating a little bit and using a boxed falafel mix, which will add a few calories, but overall it’s still a really healthy, cool, satisfying vegetarian meal. For those who fear anything labeled “vegetarian” you can grill up and slice a chicken breast. The yogurt dressing tastes wonderful on the chicken, as well!

5. Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken – The adults usually nix the rice as part of the suggested serving of this dish and opt instead for fresh, shredded cabbage. My girls eat it up with the rice!

4. Layered Mexican Chicken – A much lighter version of the classic Mexican chicken casserole, this dish will be requested again and again! I added about a cup of salsa to the sour cream/chicken mixture for an extra kick. Turned out great so I’ll definitely be doing that again. Leftovers of this dish are awesome!

3. Chicken Larb – The name may not sound extremely appetizing, but let me assure you…this dish is delicious! Larb is a Thai/Laotian meat salad. This dish has ten ingredients and cooks up quickly. It is served as more of a lettuce wrap than an actual salad and would even make a great appetizer, but we usually eat it as a main dish. My oldest daughter enjoys hers in a tortilla or pita.

2. Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles – This one is one of my hubby’s favorites to make. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser! We have found that it is a MUST to use fat-free sour cream in this dish. Low-fat sour cream tended to make the sauce separate.

1. Spicy Chicken Cakes with Horseradish Aioli – I often substitute ground turkey, as it is quicker and usually more readily available if you don’t want to grind your own chicken. We serve as recommended, with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus (or other green vegetable – peas compliment the dish nicely). This is my ALL-TIME favorite!!!

I hope I’ve inspired you to seek out some leaner, healthier versions of your favorites and given you some new ones that will become part of your go-to meal ideas. Happy and healthy eating!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn E.
    May 31, 2011 @ 19:51:50

    What a great list! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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