Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Healthy, Easy Eats

I've been trying out a few new meals that I thought I'd share with you. They're all pretty easy, filling, and healthy.

Last week I used some mini pitas to make pizza's for dinner. Since it was my first try with this, there are a few things I'd change for next time, but overall, both Woody and I really enjoyed this dinner.
On the pizza - cooked squash, zuchini, onion and tomato (added for the last few minutes only), feta and olive oil. The veggies were cooked then placed on the pita, which had been brushed with EVOO, and feta put on top. Then baked in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. The veggies were seasoned just with pepper.
The salad - some extra veggies plus cooked turnips.

This week I decided to make a rice bowl for dinner. I actually did this both Monday and Tuesday night, but the picture from Monday did not turn out well (my camera isn't great in low light). I cooked a pot of long grain brown rice and added combinations of cooked veggies.
Monday - brown rice, spinach, broccoli, chick peas, sliced almonds and a little avocado.
Tuesday - brown rice, carrots, green beans, chick peas, sliced almonds and some avocado.
The mix is delicious and nutritious! I've been hearing a lot of great things about chickpeas and decided it was about time to incorporate them into more of my meals. They're high in protein and fiber so they fill you up. It's also low in cholesterol and sodium. (quick tip: if using canned beans, drain and rinse them before using to get rid of some of the sodium and extra calories).

For lunch yesterday I tried something a little different. When at home over the weekend my Mom and I were at a grocery store picking up ingredients for lunch that I was cooking and we found this cool flatbread called Flatout. Have you seen these? We picked them up for me to make chips to go with hummus, but I brought one back to NY with me. I was going to smear some pb on it while in the airport waiting for my plane, but that didn't end up happening. Instead, I used half of one for my lunch yesterday. I cooked up some spinach and an egg (eggwhite & half the yolk) in the microwave and two very mini sweet potatoes in the oven. Using half the flatbread I spread the sweetpotato on the bread and added the egg & spinach. I have to say, it was pretty great.
I paired it with some veggies and my daily apple! I have to find these Flatouts here in the city!

What is your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes?

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Workout Stats -
13mi bike
2 mi elliptical (first time in 3+ weeks. okay, but bothered my heel a tiny bit)
3x10 (ea side) weighted twists
3x10 overhead bicep extensions
3x10 (ea side) tricep kick backs
3x10 tricep dips
100 crunches
stretching and foam roller

9 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Wow, all of those look really really good

Barbara said...

I love sweeet potatoes any way I can get them. We will put Hormel's vegetarian chili ( I Know.... ) on plain sps when we're in a hurry. Hard to find the vegtarian chili , tho . No butter.. don't need it. Also , know it's probably terrible for me , but CAN'T resist sweet potato fries when we go out. Once in a while won't kill me . Plus , there's something to be said for enjoying treats once in a while.

Garden Runner said...

Yes, I've purchased Flatouts bread many times. I love those things!! Perfect consistency and blend between mushy carb lovers bread and a wrap. So good with a huge smear of hummus,sprouts, shredded carrots, cucumbers and a sprinkle of s & p. Mmmmmmmmm!

peanutbutterfingers said...

sweet potato casserole is the jam! but i also love sweet potato fries. so tasty!

Christy said...

Great recipes! I tried roasting sweet potatoes last night, lol...didn't work so well! I think I was just hungry and impatient!

Barbara said...

Just tried Private Selection Sweet potato Spears from Krogers. Strips washed and ready to microwave. Spayed them with a tiny bit of Olive Oil... 150 calories for the entire bag.. filling and good !!!! Plus , quick to fix.

emily4616 said...

steamed sweet potatoes are the best! peel the potato, cut into bit-sized pieces, steam for about 15 minutes. at this point the potatoes are fork-tender and can easily be mashed up for a "mashed potato" dish with no fat!

Gina said...

I'm glad you enjoyed my blog post today, and thanks for the RT :)

I love the flatout wraps, but now that I don't eat wheat I can't eat them, bummer. I am looking for some wheat free alternatives.

Favorite way to eat sweet potatoes; PLAIN!! I eat them whole after cooking them and getting them nice and soft. They are so sweet and delicious by themselves!

Sarah said...

Oh YUM! Those pita pizzas look great. Thanks for sharing!