Healthy eating is an important part of staying physically and mentally fit. Of course, this can have its challenges such as finding meals, prep, time for healthy options outside the home, and using the money for nicer things. Fortunately, we can consider the benefits of cooking healthy recipes at home which also saves your money and make an overall healthy eating lifestyle, more enjoyable. Let’s see how.
Healthy recipes – Veggie ‘Throw Together’ Salad
If you want to develop your skills in the kitchen there are many cooking recipe articles and tutorials that show you different techniques and ingredients that you can incorporate into your healthy diet.
Check out the list of ingredients required for the recipe
For the salad:
- 1 medium sweet potato
- ⅝ cup (120g) chickpeas, drained
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 9 oz. (250g) asparagus
- 1 cup (30g) spinach
- 1 cup (30g) kale
- 1 cup (30g) rocket
For the dressing:
- 1 tsp. mustard
- 1 tbsp. tahini
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. honey
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Wash and chop the potato into bite size pieces, then place on a baking tray with the chickpeas. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes. Add the asparagus in the last 10 minutes of roasting.
- In the meantime, prepare the dressing by mixing all the dressing.
- Place spinach, kale and rocket in a bowl and rub the dressing into the leaves.
- Once the roasted veggies are ready, divide the salad between bowls and top with the baked potato, chickpeas and asparagus. Serve hot or cold.
- Preparation Time – 10 Mins
- Cooking Time – 30 mins
- Serves – 3
Nutritional Intake per serving
- Calories – 343 Kcal
- Carbs – 40 (g)
- Fats – 15 (g)
- Protein – 13 (g)
- Gluten free
- Diet free
- Meal prep/Freezer friendly
Benefits of homemade healthy recipes
Homemade healthy recipes can be great ideas for dinner, breakfast, lunch, snacks, smoothies, etc. It will help you create a healthy and affordable lifestyle.
- It saves time– When you’re in a hurry, eating a takeaway from your local supermarket or nearby restaurant may seem like a quick fix. In fact, it is sometimes much faster to cook something at home especially when planning ahead. There are many meals that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
- Portion Control– Many restaurants and fast-food outlets serve larger portions than recommended. And the problem is that you can eat the food when it’s right in front of you. You can adjust the amount of food served at dinner when you eat to eliminate unnecessary temptations. Do you know these eating patterns can actually impact you daily? Know more.
- Healthy Ingredients– Many commercial foods are high in fat, salt, and sugar. When we prepare our food, we know what the ingredients are and what each one does in our food.
- Avoid food allergies and sensitivities– Preparing meals at home can be especially helpful if you or a family member has food allergies (1). You can reduce the problem of allergies because you can control them in your own kitchen.
- Bring the family together – Eating at home gives the whole family time to talk about their day. Involving your kids in food preparation is not only fun but wonderful. Also, a way to learn healthy eating habits.
- Save Money – Eating a home-cooked meal is much cheaper than eating out at a restaurant or buying processed food from the market. You pay not only your bill but also the costs of running your business. Water, lights, and staff in the building – except for the food we eat. The same goes for ready-made and frozen foods at the grocery store.
“Eating healthy, clean and nutrient-rich food fills your body with energy, nutrients, and antioxidants. Imagine your cells smiling back at you saying thanks!!”