2011 Healthy Recipe Round Up

Last year I included 10 of my favorite healthy recipes with my Christmas recap, and this year I’m doing it again. First, Christmas and Boxing Day!

I finished Ellie’s stocking with 24 hours to spare. It’s not perfect, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Christmas morning, we went to Mike’s sister’s house to open presents. Ellie got some good stuff (but not too much, thank God. We really want to avoid the huge piles of plastic crap; so far, so good.)

After hanging out with the cousins for the morning, we took Ellie for a walk through town in the afternoon. It was completely deserted, but really pretty.

The next morning, we woke up bright and early for a 10 mile run (8:48 min/mile). Mike’s parents babysat so we could go on a running date. It was fantastic. After breakfast and a shower, we went out to the beach.

I refuse to live in a place where a Boxing Day Beach visit can’t happen.

I definitely indulged in plenty of sweets these past few days (or, um, weeks). Now I’m totally craving a break from sugar and I need to put lots more vegetables into my diet. If you’re feeling like that too, here are 10 of my favorite healthy recipes from the blog this year:

1. Miso-Curry Roasted Vegetables with Tofu – Potatoes, zucchini and tofu in a delicious mixture of miso and red curry paste. It sounds like kind of a weird combo, but it totally works.

2. Black Beans with Poblanos and Corn - Super quick but really flavorful, this is great on its own or would be awesome in burritos.

3. French Green Lentils with Tomatoes – Nothing says “healthy” like lentils! This is a perfect winter comfort food, but it’s not too heavy

4. Vegetable Quinoa Bowls with Dragon Sauce – I just made this again the other night and am now pretty convinced I need to keep a jar of dragon sauce in the fridge at all times. Who knew garlic, nutritional yeast, and maple syrup could go together so well?

5. Seitan with Spinach – Whenever I want to clean up my diet, adding more greens is one of the first things I do. This is super quick and easy if you use store-bought seitan (but it’s also fun to make your own!)

6. Red Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions – Lentils, like greens, are totally healthy, and they get a ton of flavor in this soup with caramelized onions and lemon juice

7. Coconut-Cilantro Quinoa Bowls – A great mix of quinoa, tofu, and raw vegetables, with a super delicious sauce

8. Lentil Salad with Fennel and Artichoke Hearts – This is a simple recipe with a not-too-common mix of ingredients. It would be great to mix up a big bowl of this to keep in the fridge for easy lunches all week long.

9. Eggplant and Chickpea Curry – Roasted eggplant tossed with chickpeas, fire roasted tomatoes, and plenty of spices. Lots of flavor and plenty of protein.

10. Quinoa, Lentil, and Kale Salad – I basically just took all the healthiest ingredients I had and put them together in one amazing salad.

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