Welcome to"My Pantry"
Discover delicious healthy recipes that will satisfy your taste buds as well as your waistline! I'll be giving you all my favorite healthy hacks and tips to create simple dishes that will not only be cost efficient, but will also save you tons of time throughout the week by meal prepping like a pro!
What You'll Need!
Cooking healthy, well balanced meals for yourself can be difficult for some. Either you're not one to know your way around the kitchen, you lack the experience cooking healthy options, or it may be simply not knowing where to start.
There's a few things that I make sure is always keep stocked at home to keep me on track!
1. Lean Meats
If you're a meat eater, having the leanest cuts of meat ie. chicken breast, ground turkey, salmon, tuna etc is the way to go. these meats are quicker to be digested, provide great sources of protein, have lesser amounts of bad fats while providing the good ones.
2. Fresh Green Veggies
When it comes to veggies, you can hardly do no wrong. But, fresh green leafy veggies are the best when it comes to getting the most out of the nutrients they provide. I buy fresh or fresh frozen veggies, avoiding canned or processed vegetables. Spinach, broccoli, avocados, asparagus, cucumbers, and brussels sprouts are always on my grocery list!
3. Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruits can be a lifesaver when having a craving for something sweet. Though like veggies, they can hardly do any wrong, they still can give you unnecessary calories if you over do it in consumption because of the amount of hidden sugar in them. I buy low glycemic fruit. Berries, like: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are lowest in glycemic index and still satisfy the sweet tooth!.
4. Healthy Low Calorie Snacks
Snacks matter! Snacking is the enemy when you lack self control and the right options. so many unnecessary calories are had when munching between meals. I try to always keep things like: dry roasted almonds, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, boiled eggs, cheese sticks, baby carrots, and other protein or low calorie snacks handy.
5. Cooking Oils
Healthy fats are essential in a well balanced diet. Though I love getting my healthy fats through my eating Salmon, avocados, and nuts, I make sure that I cook my foods using extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
10 minute Meal!
Spaghetti Squash Pasta
What you'll need:
1. Large yellow squash.
2. 1-2 jars of tomato sauce of choice.
3. Kielbasa sausage of choice.
4. Olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and basil.
5. Parmesan cheese.
After washing the yellow squash, place the squash in the microwave on high for 7-10 mins depending on its size.
While the squash is in the microwave, cut kielbasa sausage in small slices and saute in a skillet with light olive oil until brown on both sides.
Mix 1 to 2 jars of tomato sauce in the skillet with the sausage until warmed.
Remove squash from microwave, it will be HOT! (Let sit if necessary)
Once cooled, cut squash in half and remove seeds by scooping it out with a spoon. The squash will be in a pasta like form. scoop the squash out of its shell into your desired serving bowl. Add salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and basil to taste. Top with sauce and Parmesan, and serve!
5 minute Meal!
I used 3 regular cans of tuna.
Strain water or oil depending on your preference.
In a bowl mix:
3 cans of tuna
1 tablespoon of mustard
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon of relish
2 to 3 boiled eggs, peeled and diced
A dash or two of:
Himalayan pink salt
Place in lettuce boats🥬
Topped with cayenne pepper if you like spice! 🌶
This will make more than what is pictured!
But you can also have as a snack with rice cakes or crackers or as a salad 😊