Eating Healthy Really Isn’t Too Hard

America has an obesity rating of 34.4%.

I want to give you recipes and ideas that will make you realize, “Oh, eating healthy isn’t that hard!” and “wow, this tastes good!” I don’t want you to resort to fast food or processed junk (although In ‘n Out is always okay and so are Wendy’s Frosty’s).  And it’s really not expensive! I would be considered poor right now and we have great home cooked meals almost every night. Here’s a few rules to live by:

1. Buy the produce on sale at the supermarket–it’s probably the ones in season. Seeing a multitude of apples and squash on sale? For really nice prices? Buy them. It’s almost like they’re yelling at us to eat what’s in season and get in with the cycle of the earth.

2. Stick to fruits and veggies. These are almost always going to be the most nutrition to value ratio every time and once again, in-season ones will not be pricey.

3. Get grains you cook yourself. Don’t get the pre-packaged stuff like ramen (though we may or may not have that in the house due to Chris’ obsession)–get the most fiber-filled rice you can at Costco for $20. What a deal.

Anyhow, above wasn’t my primary point for this post. I have an easy little-work recipe good for dinner or whenever you’d like. As most of you know we’re a weird breed of vegetarian/pescatarian so the only meat it contains is mushrooms. Which of course isn’t an actual meat. Let me spit the recipe at ya:

Ingredients

  • 5 small white mushrooms
  • 1 red pepper
  • 4 potatoes 
  • Whatever seasoning you’d like

Short list, right? Let’s move on to directions.

Directions

  • First and foremost, get the potatoes washed and cut into quarters. Then plop them in a pot full of water and set on high. We want these bad boys to boil!
  • Next, you’ll have some time. It takes around 15-20 min for the taters to boil
  • So we’ll move onto the veggies. Cut the mushrooms and red pepper into small slices. Grind some pepper and salt over them and whatever other seasoning you’d like.
  • When the potatoes are close to being boiled (say after 10 minutes), let’s cook the veggies. I sauteed them in white wine, soy sauce, and garlic (YUM). I also put some rosemary and garlic pepper in too.
  • Keep an eye on it and stir. Make sure to taste, they won’t take too long to cook, but you want all that moisture to soak in. Especially into the mushrooms
  • Drain those potatoes and put them back in the pot. Put half a teaspoon of butter in, a little soy sauce, and some garlic pepper in and mix around.
  • Serve and enjoy!

 It was super juicy and flavorful–my favorite. Didn’t last long. And was a very cheap meal, didn’t even breach $7. Cheers!

13 Responses to "Eating Healthy Really Isn’t Too Hard"

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  1. healthygirlandthecity

    October 9, 2012 at 8:28 am

    eating healthy really isn’t that hard!!! you’re right! :)

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  2. rosewithoutthorns

    October 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Yes, more of these recipes will definitely help us enjoy food more without feeling guilty!

    Thank you for sharing!!

    Felicia
    http://dishbydish.net

    thank you

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    • hungryandfit

      October 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Always :)

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  3. champydreamsboxedwinebudget

    October 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    You are so right. Eating healthy is so easy and so worth it in the long run! xx

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    • hungryandfit

      October 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      :)

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  4. thedomesticatedfeminist

    October 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

    you know I just finished dinner 10 minutes ago and I was thinking the same thing while I was eating. I came home after a long day wanting something super fast and as pre-made as possible. I boiled a handful of frozen peas, opened a can of kidney beans, chopped half an onion and tossed it together with a drizzle of oil and some salt, pepper, and vinegar to make a salad. It took 5 minutes to prepare and it contained a decent variety of nutrients without an overwhelming amount of chemicals. I think a lot of times people think of “eating healthy” as eating exclusively organic; those fancy products at whole foods are often impractical and expensive. Eating well doesn’t have to be expensive, nor does it have to be fancy. I love your recipe above because it gets precisely that point across.

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    • hungryandfit

      October 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Yes!! Love your quick meal: fast, nutritious, easy.

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  5. EverdayLivingPNW

    October 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Good pointers…it is a long term investment that is for sure!

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    • hungryandfit

      October 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Yes!!

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  6. Our Growing Paynes

    October 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    My mum always said it was best to shop along the perimeter of the grocery store and try not to go down the aisles too much. Less processed food that way!

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    • hungryandfit

      October 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Absolutely!!

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  8. ppptraining

    October 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Reblogged this on Personal Training in Miami.

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