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*Gasp* No Pizza Zone! Share Your Healthy Recipes Here

Discussion in 'Social Discussion' started by Maria Tortilla, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. Maria Tortilla

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    Ok, if you have a healthy pizza recipe that'd be great (and not one with a cauliflower crust!). I see that there are several threads that have to do with fitness and exercise, but we don't have a thread yet specifically about healthy food. Gross. Boring. Whatever, let's hear your recipes or snack ideas. I've had a problem with mindless snacking while turking all winter so I'm stopping that now!

    I'll start:
    Since I love chips so much, I've just been making chips at home instead of buying potato chips. So far I made sweet potato chips (pretty good), turnip chips (a little weird but alright), and homemade whole wheat tortilla chips (of course those are good but I don't know if they're really any better for you than store bought tortilla chips. All you do is slice em up, brush a little olive oil and salt on them and put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.

    Now let's hear your ideas!! :D
     
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    So there was a time when I was very, very broke. I needed a way to feed myself as healthfully as possible on a ~$50/month budget, without it being just rice and beans. (okay, rice, but not so much beans yuck.) So I got some websites for ya'll.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/EatCheapAndHealthy/ - a subreddit that started it all for me.
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/ynlygozezyz/redditfoodpdf.pdf - a PDF based on an askreddit thread, tons of good stuff. Not all healthy, but all cheap and made with the college student in mind. I still reference this occasionally!
    https://mymealprepsunday.com/2015/03/09/hello-world/ - another way to look at eating healthy is to make it as easy as possible on yourself. Spend time once a week prepping all your snacks and such so all you have to do is grab it out of the fridge. The recipes here are really good too!


    - Something I used to eat a lot that was nice and quick was this rice veggie thing. Make a bunch of white rice, then throw in a bag of frozen veggies, (peas and carrots was my fav.) cook up a pack of bacon and chop it up nice. mix it all together. Then before I'd eat it I'd pull some out, crack an egg and mix it all together before microwaving for a bit. tasty and quick, great when you're short on time at work or whatever.


    - OATMEAL: go to sprouts or wherever you can get oats in BULK! No Quaker's packets, those are awful for you. I get them for like 1.50 a lb where I am, the quick cooking kind too which is nice. It's important to remember you can microwave any kind of oats, you just have to go for longer depending on what type they are. Anyways, get yourself some fruit on sale, I love strawberries, blueberries, bananas, mangoes. Whatever you like that you can get for cheap. Then chop those suckers up and freeze them! For really wet fruits like strawberries and mangoes, freeze them in an ice cube tray then pop them out into a bag, otherwise you'll just have an unusable frozen fruit mass. Get your oatmeal and add your favorite milk, then throw some banana's + whatever fruit you like. I find that banana's are really sweet, so you don't need any added sugar! Yay!


    - Curry: Really cheap and tasty, but spicy. Get your curry paste/coconut milk from the local Asian market, not the grocery store, it sucks and is way too expensive. Curry makes a great fridge cleaner, just throw in whatever protein you want, tofu, shrimp, beef, chicken, etc. Any veggies you got or whatever's in the freezer. Then you can add potato, but I stay away from the extra starch if I'm going to put it over rice.


    - Once you get more comfortable with eating healthier (if you're just starting out) start looking at the ingredients list of things you already buy. Nutritional information too but I find the ingredients themselves are much more telling. They put the list in order of how much is in there, so there's more of ingredient #1 then ingredient #2 in a serving, and so on. So people will tell you peanut butter is awesome and healthy for you, but then you look at a jar of skippy and it's essentially sugar peanut paste. So PB is great, but you have to make sure it's actually just peanut butter, and not skippy or jif haha. I personally keep sugar and HFCS out of the top 5 ingredients in my processed foods.


    I've got more but I really should get back to work lol.
     
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    I love all these ideas (now that I'm more awake and could actually read all of that). I am guilty of having those awful Quaker oatmeal packets in my cupboard, and I'm throwing them out today. I like curry but I usually make it over brown rice or quinoa. I'm trying not to eat anything white (breads, rice, potatoes, snack foods, etc) for now and even not eating those things for only the past 5 days, I feel much better.

    One of my favorite quick lunches is "burrito filling". All you do is cook chicken breast, tomatoes, black beans, jalapeno, onion, lime juice and cilantro. I usually eat it just like that but sometimes I'll add brown rice or you could even put it in a tortilla shell.

    Also, I made this super quick and easy to make soup this week and it's awesome! It's definitely going into my lunch rotation. It uses zucchini "noodles" instead of regular noodles. (But if you eat it for a few days in a row, you'll want to keep the zucchini in a separate container because if it's in the soup it'll turn to mush). (I'm not on any specific "diet" but I got this off the Paleo website. Not even sure what that is.)

    http://thepaleodiet.com/chicken-and-mushroom-ramen-soup/#.Vw22p_krLIU
     
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    I don't really have recipes. Just like...food type tips. I guess.

    - I'm not much of a soda drinker, but I also can't stand plain water. I dunno, it just makes me gag. So I throw 2-3 cut strawberries in a jug with my water and it makes all the difference in the world. Infused waters are a great way to get more water in your system and avoid being dehydrated... which is good for obvious reasons, and because avoiding dehydration is really important when you're trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight. A lot of fruits lend themselves to it. I use berries, but I've also done oranges, lemons, limes, and even used frozen mango chunks. Some vegetables work pretty well too. Basically you can make your own Vitamin Water that actually has...vitamins.

    http://www.infusedwaters.com/

    That site has a bunch of fancier recipes.

    - Wheat germ. It's amazing stuff. It's good for you, and it tastes good. I add it to yogurt and it makes my yogurt taste like pie. It's one of those things that you can buy and sprinkle on a lot of different foods for extra nutrition and flavor without a lot of calories
     
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    I got another, a pretty quick, somewhat healthy dip/snack I do is 1 part cottage cheese and 1 part salsa with tortilla chips. Cottage cheese is chock full of protein, and I tend to go for the 2% lowfat one. Salsa is basically nothing, just a few carbs from the veggies. The only thing I really worry about is all the sodium, so if you're watching salt intake I wouldn't suggest this lol.
     
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    So here's a weird one. It's a dessert recipe for chocolate pie that uses...TOFU.


    13 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
    1/3 cup coffee liqueur
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 pound silken tofu, drained
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 9-inch prepared chocolate wafer crust (store-bought is fine)

    Instructions
    Place enough water in the bottom of a 4-quart saucepan to come 1 inch up the sides. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
    Melt the chocolate chips with the liqueur and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over the simmering water, stirring often with a rubber or silicone spatula.
    Combine the tofu, honey and chocolate mixture in a blender or food processor and spin until smooth ( about 1 minute).
    Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until the filling sets firm.


    You can of course make your own crust if you want. Since this is PIE, I can't argue that it counts as a health food, but it's loads better than a traditional chocolate pie, and it's tasty.
     
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    alternative pizza crust ideas:

    https://www.josephsbakery.com/shop/
    these are made in MA, so i can find them almost everywhere in the deli section (not with the bread)
    they are super low carb, and make okay pizza crust! my kids eat these without making a face :)

    disclaimer:
    I'VE NEVER TRIED THIS.
    http://www.ditchthecarbs.com/2015/04/23/fat-head-pizza/
    a lot of people in my keto groups love it though. i can imagine what it would be like, and since i'm not a huge flax fan, i'll stick to cauli crust.

    and last but not least: oopsie rolls. they are super versatile, i mainly use them for burger buns though.
    i bet they could be used as pizza crust too though.
    http://yourlighterside.com/2009/05/gluten-free-low-carb-buns-aka-oopsie-rolls/
     
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    http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/mississippi-roast/
    i don't add the peppers. i halve the flavour packets. and don't add water.

    http://damndelicious.net/2014/12/31/lemon-butter-chicken/
    great with pretty much every veg.

    http://userealbutter.com/2014/05/14/chicken-teriyaki-bowl-recipe/
    http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2016/04/mexican-frittata.html
    http://therecipecritic.com/2016/04/one-pan-southwest-blackened-cajun-chicken-with-rice/
    http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/
    http://www.laurenslatest.com/category/food/recipe-index/ (awesome site, no particular fave recipes, theyre all good)

    http://minimalistbaker.com/overnight-chocolate-chia-seed-pudding/
    chia seeds! i've never made this, but if you like tapioca, it might be good.

    http://cavemanketo.com/spaghetti-squash-meat-sauce/
    i like the flavour of spaghetti squash and will usually eat it with some kerrygold, salt, and pepper.
    i don't think it is an alternative for pasta. at all. you might not either.

    speaking of noodles, zucchini noodles. not a very good sub either.
    http://hurrythefoodup.com/zoodle-zucchini-pasta-recipes/

    shirataki noodles are probably going to be your best bet with it comes to mimicking pasta.
    http://www.thekitchn.com/why-its-worth-getting-to-know-zero-calorie-shirataki-noodles-221166
    they are in the produce section (usually) with the tofu and meatless products.

    this article mentions dry frying, which imo is key.
    http://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2015/03/26/how-to-cook-and-like-shirataki-noodles

    the thing i miss most of all is potatoes. jicama, turnip, and radish are /okay/ subs. i love roasted veg with Montreal steak seasoning. i put that on everyyything.
     
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    My BF is not into chicken breast like at all, but he got some super cheap and didn't know what to do with it. So I improvised and he fell in love with it. Chicken breast, as @Roscoe E Goldchain@Roscoe E Goldchain can probably tell you, is like the ultimate swole food. High protein, low fat, no carb. Chicken breast, is also, disgustingly rubbery and dry, and I don't eat meat. So take this on my BF's word that it's juicy and good.

    -Flour
    -Eggs
    -Panko or other breadcrumbs (panko is really the ultimate breadcrumb though)
    -seasonings. salt+pepper+whatever you like. I'm trying to use up the rest of this crappy italian seasoning right now.

    Preheat oven to 425ish. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set up your breading station. Beat a few eggs in one bowl, pour flour in another, and panko + seasonings in the last. Grab tongs (club fingers suck) And ONE AT A TIME dip your chicken into your egg, let most of it run off. Dip your chicken in your flour, shake most of it off. Then BACK INTO THE EGG your chicken goes, again let most of the egg run off. Then roll in your breadcrumbs. Put all your chicken into the preheated oven for around 30-40 minutes, or until internal temp reaches 155 F, juices run clear, etc.

    He's been eating straight, or chopping it up cold to put on salad.
     
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    I thought I was the only weird person that did this.
     
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    There's a really awful name for it that I'm leaving out lol. are you aware of the nasty name too!?
     
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    No, I'm not. lol
     
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    Catguts :blech:
     
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    I got more swole food for @Roscoe E Goldchain@Roscoe E Goldchain.
    I make these little egg muffins as a meal/snack thing. They're a bit tedious, but relatively easy and very nice for when you're in a hurry and need something to eat.

    -10-12 eggs
    - salt, pepper, and garlic powder (add chili flakes or chili powder for a little kick)
    -veggies.
    -(optional) breakfast meats (bacon, breakfast sausage, chorizo. I usually leave them out because it takes away from the healthy.)
    -(optional) cheese

    VEGGIE CHOICES
    -whatever's in the fridge.
    -whatever you like in omlettes
    -spinach, kale, whatever dark leafy greens you like
    -mushrooms
    -onion, garlic
    -bell peppers
    -jalapeno, other chilis.

    Grease a muffin tin. set oven to 400F or so. Chop up your veggies/meats and put them in the cups. Beat your eggs, season, and pour them over your filling. Top with cheese if desired. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they're done. do the toothpick thingy.

    I pop them out onto a paper towel or cooling rack, because they're a bit wet. I don't add milk or water for this reason, and stay away from wet veggies like tomatoes too. They're great cold, and microwave very well. They're like little to-go omelette discs.
     
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    Spinach, mushroom, and a little feta cheese is my favorite.
     
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    My weird dip choice, guacamole and cottage cheese mixed together. I get the weirdest looks but it is pretty amazing.
     
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    I like both of these things, but I'm just so unsure about trying this. lol
     
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