My diet is generally healthy-ish. The ish being that I like to eat out and have a few drinks on the weekends. It’s all about balance, right? I try to balance my love of wine and restaurants with healthy cooking during the week.
There are a few simple, healthy dishes that I have on heavy rotation for easy weeknight dinners. J and I both like to cook and we tend not to use recipes all that often, but I have tried to find recipes that closely correspond to the weekday dishes we make the most.
My strategy is generally to make enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day too. That ensures that we’re getting at least two healthy meals every time we cook and makes eating in a lot more efficient. Because let’s face it, if it’s easier to buy takeout, then we’ll end up defaulting to that. So the goal is to make eating home cooked lunches and dinners easy and automatic.
Below is my improvised recipe for turkey meatballs. We generally serve these over zoodles (zucchini noodles). And while we have a spiralizer, I’ve started seeing spiralized veggies popping up at several grocery stores. Buying them pre-made is a huge time saver, especially since I hate cleaning the spiralizer.
1.5 lbs ground turkey (93% fat free)
1/3 cup of breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated pecorino romano cheese
3 cloves of crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon each of oregano, parsley and basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Add the above ingredients to a bowl. Using your hands, mix to combine. Do not over mix. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, turning halfway to ensure even browning. Then add to a saucepan with your favorite marinara (mine is Rao’s) until the sauce is heated through. Serve over zoodles or pasta. For zoodles, saute in a little olive oil for 3-4 minutes and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Be careful not to overcook, as the zucchini will get soggy.
I’ve also included links to some of my other favorite healthy dinners below. I’d love to hear what your go to recipes are for a healthy dinner at home. Leave them in the comments (and pass the wine!)
Chicken Enchiladas (This is actually a 21 Day Fix recipe, but it’s really good and it feeds a crowd)
Dairy-Free Tomato Soup (I’m not dairy free, but this soup is really good! It uses coconut milk.)
*The chicken soft tacos recipe in my photo is from this cookbook. I highly recommend it.