Healthy Meal Recipe Tips: How To Prepare Healthy Dishes That Look Good and Taste Good

Healthy Meal Recipe Tips: Healthy Meals That Also Taste Good

Healthy Doesn't Mean Tasteless

"My food has to taste good." That's what I told a friend just the other day. When I talk about eating healthy, people automatically assume that I'm saying "sacrifice taste" and that's not the case.

Thin Kitchen: Ingredients for Healthy Living

It's important to know that you can eat healthy meals that look and taste good. You just have to know how to prepare it. That's where recipes come in. Thank God for them. (smile) If I had to come up with a healthy meal recipe on my own, I don't think I would be very successful. Thankfully for you and me, there are tons of resources out there already.

Healthy And Delicious Meals

People who do know how to prepare healthy delicious meals know how to present food that tastes good and is made with natural healthy ingredients that are good for you. This doesn't mean that you have to completely throw out the classic recipes and dishes that mom used to make-not all of them anyway (smile). Here are a few healthy meal recipe tips that I've learned that have helped with me meet my weight loss goals:

Controling Portion Size

You can help control weight gain by being wary of portion size. If you're serving meat, for example, the recommended portion size is no larger than a deck of cards. Now that's easy to remember right? I know it sounds very small, but what helps is if you fill the rest of plate with vegetables and whole grains. This way it doesn't look like your plate is empty and you won't be tempted to pile on more than you need.

Using Side Dishes To Curb Overeating

Serve something on the side that will help fill you up. Something healthy like vegetable soup or a side salad. Eat the healthy side before your meal to fill up on healthy foods as opposed to the less nutritious foods that may be on the day's menu. Another trick I use quite often is to drink a glass of water before my dessert. I end up being less hungry than I thought and rarely finish the entire desert. I've heard that our bodies sometimes mistake thirst for hunger. So next time drink a glass of water first, then eat. Try it and see what happens.

Cooking and Preparation Tips

Another change I made regarding my meal planning was to use nonstick cooking oil spray instead of cooking oils. For instance, I use an olive oil cooking spray when I prepare baked french fry potatos. Cooking Spray is also a healthier alternative to high-saturated-fat products such as butter or margarine. It tastes good and gets the job done. Cooking sprays come in a variety of flavors: canola oil, extra virgin olive oil and natural butter flavors. Not to mention cooking oils can be cholesterol free and have 0g trans fat.

Use the cooking spray to add flavor when grilling sandwiches, making popcorn, holding seasonings in place on meats and vegetables, sauteing, pan searing seafood and chicken, flipping pancakes and browning foods in the microwave, etc. The sky is the limit!

Healthy Meal Recipe Tips Continued...

Here's an example of a healty meal recipe you can try:

Seasoned Roasted Potatoes

2 lbs mini red or golden potatoes

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

2 teaspoons rosemary, dry

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

Mazola Pure Cooking Spray -Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.

2. Spray 9" x 13" baking pan with olive oil spray.

3. Combine garlic, rosemary, Kosher salt, and black pepper to make seasoning blend. Set aside.

4. Under cold running water, scrub potatoes to remove excess skin.

5. Cut potatoes into approximately 1" x 1" cubes. If using very small potatoes, do not cut.

6. Place potatoes in baking pan and spray with olive oil cooking spray until potatoes are coated. Mix potatoes after spraying to ensure even coating.

7. Add reserved seasoning blend and Parmesan cheese, and mix well. Spread mixture in a single layer and spray tops again, lightly with additional spray to help browning.

8. Bake at 450ºF for 25 to 30 minutes.

Serves: 6

PrepTime: 10 minutes

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