I’ve been on a mission recently to find some healthy meals that will not only appeal to me, but be gobbled by the other mouth in the house who doesn’t have to watch his slender figure. To say that this has been a challenge is an understatement, but I think I’ve found a solution! The problem is that Mr Thin-Man needs as many calories as possible in his evening meal to satisfy his hummingbird-like metabolism. I, unfortunately, am not blessed with such a thing and my metabolism is akin to that of a turtle, or a sloth.
I refuse to buy food for two different meals because A. we’re not made of money and B. who can be bothered to cook 2 dishes per night? So to make sure that Thin-Man has enough calories and I have only what I need to function, we have implemented a portion control and replacement meal system. Sounds delicious, right?
Basically for the past few weeks we’ve been working on dividing up our meals into 3 portions: he takes 2 and then I take 1. It’s not rocket science, but it really does help to think of it this way. The other thing that I’ve personally been doing is trying to avoid all bad carbs and REPLACING rice and pasta with broccoli. I swear I’ve eaten more broccoli in the past few weeks than a person should in a lifetime. Thankfully, I’ve really developed a taste for it and I’m the kind of person who can eat the same thing over and over without getting bored – happy days!
The real challenge has been to find meals which can stick with these rules and this is where my beloved Pinterest comes in. There are thousands and thousands of ideas there fore healthy meals and I’ve been so surprised with how good some of them actually are! Here are a couple of my favourites.
Honey lime chicken skewers: Can you say delicious? These take a bit of time to prepare (marinade) but I swear it’s worth it! I have 2 skewers with broccoli and Ian has 3 with rice. I can’t wait to cook some of these on the BBQ!
Skinny Taco Stuffed Peppers: Another replacement option – get rid of the tortillas and have shelled peppers instead! These can be a little messy to eat but that are so tasty 🙂 The little dollop of sour cream is a bit of a treat but worth the extra sneaky calories.
Broccoli Beef: I add some teriyaki sauce to this broccoli beef and just avoid the noodles in favour of LOTS more broccoli (told you) and it’s really so filling! My secret is to let the beef rest before tossing it with the veg to heat.
Finally, my cheat night meal involved making these Pizzadillas – a pizza made in a tortilla! It’s a totally genius way to cut out that heavy pizza base but still enjoy all the great toppings. I have mine with homemade marinara sauce, salami millano, rocket and a bit of mozzarella.
Do you have any favourite healthy meals? I would love to hear them so any links or recipes in the comments below 🙂