Ah, the world of Pinterest. It’s a rabbit hole. One minute, you’re looking for a healthy dish to prepare for you and your family, and the next minute you’re pinning a recipe for homemade FUNNEL CAKE FRIES.
You’ve been there too? We. feel. you.
That’s why we’ve taken a fall on the sword for you. We have bravely dived into the world of Pinterest, scrolled past the pins filled with sin and temptation, and found some eye-catcing ideas for healthy(ish) dishes to cook at home. But don’t worry, we’re coming back for the sinful, tempting pins later, aka those funnel cake fries, because we've already pinned it.
Fish Taco Rice Bowls (from Kirby)
These fish taco rice bowls will be good to keep in mind if you start missing the beach in mid-January. The recipe calls for mahi mahi, but seeing as how we’re in Middle Tennessee, salmon would make a fair substitute.
Zucchini Crust Pizza
Usually when a recipe replaces bread, I (Kelsey) immediately don’t trust it or the person behind it, because what could be better than bread? Jesus is called the bread of life after all, and we all know God makes no mistakes. However, this looks absolutely delicious. I think our bodies will be happy that we’re sneaking in another green veggie, too. If you want to go the extra mile, you don’t have to add the cheese, but you took away my bread. You’re not taking my cheese, too. I think that’s what they call “baby steps” to being healthier. Sidenote: this recipe is from a girl named “Kirbie.” Why did she spell her name wrong? Am I right, Kirby???
Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Chipotle Black Bean & Corn Salad (from Nina)
Again, they’ve taken away our bread. Is there a common theme here? Oh yeah, being healthy. Dang it. They’ve traded tortilla chips for sweet potatoes (we like sweet potato fries—does that mean we’ll like this?) in this recipe. Inside is a black bean and corn salad with some simple, healthy ingredients. Except for Adobo sauce. What is that? Do they have it at Kroger?
Vegan Quinoa & Sweet Potato Chili (from Lacey)
When the weather finally begins to cool down (ahem, are you reading, Mother Nature?), this will be one of the first recipes in the crock pot. And what’s one of the best things about crock pot recipes? You usually chop, dump, press “on,” and eat. That’s a winner right there.
Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein (from Justine)
Not only is spaghetti squash another vegetable, but it’s usually inexpensive around this time of year. This recipe is paleo and vegan, but you could definitely bend the rules a bit and add chicken. Also, some broccoli and eggs would be divine in this.
Mexican Stuffed Peppers (from Jenni)
Quinoa: the health world’s buzz word from five years ago that never really went away, and that’s good thing, especially when it’s stuffed into colorful peppers and drizzled with enchilada sauce and cheese. This also lends itself to a good vegan recipe with the omission of a couple of ingredients. And if you're just looking to make it *completely* healthy, you can take out the cheese, but you still need to live a little.