We all know that we should eat healthier, whether to reach and maintain a desirable weight, or just for overall good health. Usually, that means eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and cutting down on added sugars, sodium and saturated fats, replacing some with healthier choices. And, even when eating healthy, portion control is essential. Years ago, I changed my way of cooking and not only lost weight, but I feel better. Admittedly, losing the weight was much easier than maintaining. However, since I developed better eating habits, getting back on track is as simple as eating a little less of all that delicious healthy food. Of course, I cannot resist an occasional splurge, but even then I revise the recipe as much as possible without sacrificing flavor or texture in the finished dish.
If there is a downside to healthy eating, it is that you must be prepared to cook almost every day. Restaurant and store-bought prepared foods are gradually improving because people are demanding a change. However, if you read the ingredient lists and nutritional information on the packaging, which you should do, many still use trans fats or excessive oil, white flour and other processed grains, and copious amounts of sugar, sodium and artificial ingredients. If, like me, you love to cook and experiment with new recipes, cooking healthy is a simple task and most of the recipes are quick and easy to prepare. With that in mind, I hope you will enjoy browsing through the menus below and find some that you will add to your dinner plans. The entrees and sides can be mixed and matched as desired, and you will find many more on the Healthy Cooking Recipes page, including appetizers, breads and sweet treats.