Choosing between the healthy and the tasty recipe is something that food lovers have struggled with for generations.
The modern diet of heavily processed foods has spoiled us into thinking that healthy eating is a chore that requires you to gird your teeth and eat something you don’t enjoy.
The idea that healthy eating is form of self-torture is very commonplace and prevents people from exploring healthy recipes that they might enjoy. Little do they know that there are thousands of delicious recipes for ridiculously healthy foods out there just waiting to be discovered.
Let’s take a look at 7easy recipes that you’ll love eating without feeling guilty afterwards.Australia has had a lot of different cultural influences when it comes to food, you can check them out on the HelloFresh food history page, so there are recipes from a few different culinary traditions included.
1. Spicy Peanut Pies
People don’t often associate pies with eating healthy but there are actually several delicious recipes that will make you see this kind of dish differently. Spicy peanut pies take about an hour or so to cook and provide a great mix of nutrition without sacrificing taste.
This is also a great dish to make in bulk and keep in the fridge for weekly leftover meals. Disguising a mixture of beans, cauliflower, peppers, seeds and tomatoes, this dish uses peanut butter to great effect.
This is also a great dish to cook with children and it gives them a broader idea of what a pie can be. It’s a great way to educate children about foodby taking something that’s normally unhealthy and giving it a nutritious twist.
2. Rustic Italian Chicken Tacos
Tacos are the quintessential Mexican dish and everyone seems to love them. However, regular mince stuffed tacos with salsa aren’t necessarily the best option if you want something healthier.
For this recipe you’ll need to start with some herbed chicken with crisp lettuce and a lovely Parmesan dressing. Stuff the ingredients inside some soft flour tortillas and watch them get quickly devoured by anyone nearby.
This dish is relatively light and is a great option for parties or picnic lunches.
3. Lighter Spaghetti & Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs is one of those classic Italian dishes that every Aussie household has relied on as a mainstay dinner choice. No one is ever disappointed when they hear they’re eating spaghetti for dinner.
If you want to make this popular dish a little healthier, go with lean pork for the meatballs and add lentils on top. It’s best to go with low-fat, low-sugar options wherever you can and you can cut a lot of calories based on the sauce you decide to use.
4. Prawn, Fennel & Rocket Risotto
If you’re a seafood lover, then you’re in luck as we have the perfect option for you. This recipe uses a mixture of finely chopped onion and fennel along with 300 grams of prawns and risotto rice.
This is one of those simple and delicious recipes that you’ll want to cook again and again. Don’t hesitate to give this dish a try at your next dinner date.
You could be forgiven for never hearing of this dish before as it’s a relatively lesser known Italian soup. The name translates to “cooked water” and is often served with a poached egg just to add some more richness.
This is a very light dish and is great for snacking if you’re trying to lose weight. It’s also really simple to cook, so you won’t have to turn your kitchen upside down making it.
6. Chicken Jalfrezi
This popular Indian dish can be easily made at home, so you don’t need to call that Indian takeaway place every time you get a craving. This recipe uses onions, garlic, green chili, red pepper tomatoes, coriander, cumin and garam masala all mixed with light chicken breast and rice.
The sauce can also be produced in large quantities so you can keep some stored away for other meals.
7. Healthy Pancakes
Similar to pies, pancakes aren’t normally associated with healthy eating and are commonly dismissed as an excuse to ‘eat cake for breakfast’. However, this recipe uses whipped egg whites to get the fluffy texture and is even healthier when you start adding berries or yogurt.
If you need to, make sure you use either wholegrain or wholemealflour along with an equal amount of self-raising flour. This is another great dish to make with kids and they won’t notice the difference from regular pancakes.
As you can see, there are plenty of delicious recipes that strike the perfect balance between taste and nutrition. The idea that the healthiest meals can’t be enjoyable is clearly misinformed, so get out there and start showing everyone how they can eat right without sacrificing taste!