Healthy January recipes
Here’s my healthy January recipe.
Come January, our bodies are usually screaming for a detox from all the cookies and carbs we consumed from the holidays. Here’s 6 great healthy meal options to keep in rotation.
1). Homemade Bone broth: yes I make my bone broth, and I consider it a meal since I fast and incorporate Mondays as food-free. It gives my body a good 36-hour window to reduce inflammation and reset. It’s a great Sunday morning recipe since it takes all day to cook on the stovetop-Oh and it’s super easy to make.
- 6 large beef bones, water, two large white onions,6 carrots, 5 cloves 0f garlic,6-8 celery stalks , a ton of fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and basil. Make sure everything is organic and cook it down for a good 10 hours. I love to use my big old chicken stock pot and I start early because once it’s finished, I let it cool and I container it up to pop in the fridge.
2). Cabbage Soup: This is an easy soup recipe that maybe your kids will like. if not this is a good go-to for meal prep and clean eating.
- One head of cabbage, one large onion, 4 celery stalks , 2 zucchini, 2 garlic, 2 lbs ground turkey, two large cans whole or crushed tomatoes. I brown my ground turkey while the onion, celery,garlic and zucchini are sauteing. Once the turkey is fully cooked. I toss everything in and add some homemade or store-bought chicken stock. This recipe I love to make monthly because I can container it up and freeze it for those busy weeknights. What’s good about it is you can add garnishes if you like it spicy like tabasco, fresh Pico, etc..
3). Rotisserie chicken: Yes, sometimes we need to phone it in and I love to always keep on hand weekly fresh Rotisserie chickens for whatever type of meal. Salad, chicken soup, or simply slice and add a fresh steamed veggie. I am all about ease for weekday meals.
4). Protein, protein and more proteins: I meal prep like there’s no tomorrow. So Sundays are my day to cook all my proteins, such as steak and my spicy chicken thighs, which are a huge family favorite. I am in the Midwest, so standing by a grill in the cold is not something I do, so my alternative is my ninja indoor grill to the rescue. Two porterhouse steaks for the week that can be put on a salad. My spicy chicken thighs are super easy, but are very spicy so you must love heat to enjoy!
- 2-3 lbs Organic thighs, a good olive oil, low sodium soy sauce, paprika, chili pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, onion and garlic powder. I don’t measure. I simply use the palm of my hand for all the spices. I start with pouring a good amount of olive oil over the chicken to give them a good coating, followed by a good cup of soy sauce. Then I add my spices: I would ballpark about a 1.5 tablespoons of each spice depending on your heat tolerance. Now I let this marinate all day and pop it into my ninja grill until fully cooked.
5). Pot roast: Being from the Midwest, I grew up on meat and potatoes, but this healthy alternative will help if you’re insulin sensitive like myself.
- 3-5 lb grass fed Chuck roast seared in olive oil with salt, pepper, and fresh garlic. I add an onion chopped up, 4 celery, 3 large organic carrots, and 10 red potatoes. Pop this in the crock pot or on top of the stove with fresh rosemary, thyme, salt,pepper, and paprika. McCormicks has a good pot roast spice packet that’s always good to keep on hand. To finish, add beef stock or bone broth and let it cook for a good day. Low and slow is key with a pot roast.
6). Salmon, Norwegian trout: I am not a huge fish eater, but both are simple and good to make. Both of them, I prefer fresh but there are a couple of frozen brands that are good as well. Either way, I add olive oil just because I like healthy fats. I drizzle it on top, followed by a good rub of old bay, salt and pepper, capers and lemon squeezed on top. Add some fresh steamed veggies and you’re ready! For leftovers, I just can’t reheat fish, so I always make sure that there’s just enough for my family to eat.
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