Healthy, Not Boring | Recipes to Try



If you're anything like me, you'll find it difficult to eat healthy when you hang out with your friends.  There's nothing wrong with that, but it's completely true.  Think about it, social eating and drinking is just that, very social.  Every trip out to the bar or night eating out at some new restaurant has to do with the one thing we hate most about life.. calories!  I've made a couple of things over the past couple of days to remedy that problem and here's how they came out.

Fruit Plate/MYO Parfait



I definitely have to invest in a cheeseboard/fruit plate, because I don't have a nice one.  I just used a standard plate that we eat most of our meals of off in my house to display this beautifully colorful arrangement of fruit.  The apple is one that we picked a couple of days ago at Battleview Orchards.  I have been obsessed with banana everything lately, so I had to include one.  The pear was not completely rips so I was a little annoyed at that, but I love pears so it was all delicious to me.  Of course I had to throw a peach in there.  


I also had the intention of having my guest make their own parfait if they were in the mood for something else other than just fruit.  I had mason jars available so that whatever you could imagine making in your parfait, you could have.  I had vanilla yogurt, granola and spoons waiting on the counter as well.  Mine had banana and peaches and it was delicious indeed.

Honey Mustard Chicken



On a recent trip to the supermarket, I picked up a package of chicken tenderloins for a change from the normal chicken breasts that we always eat!  I mean, there are a ton of things that you can make with chicken breasts of course, but it's nice to break away from the mundane when you can and I was happy to do so.  It's a good way to try new things and just freshen up the normal meals.  I was googling around to see what I could do with the tenderloins and I ended up finding a great recipe for Honey Mustard Chicken.  I followed this recipe, substituted the thighs for tenderloins, and here's how mine came out!


First I lined all of the chicken on a pan after heating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  I sprinkled just a little bit of salt onto it, the littlest bit.   


The honey mustard sauce was made from the two obvious ingredients, honey and mustard.  I use Grey Poupon, as it has always been my favorite mustard.  I combined 1/3 cup of each in a small bowl and mixed until they were completely combined.


The sauce came to a paste consistency and tasted perfectly sweet enough without being overbearing.  The recipe says to add salt if you need it, but I didn't feel it was necessary, especially after I had put salt on the chicken already.  

I can safely say that the chicken tenderloins were delicious!  I baked them in the oven for about 25 minutes and they came out great.  I have no picture of the finished product for you because I didn't even get a chance to take one.  I guess that means everyone liked them!

Sweet Potato, Spinach Quesadillas



I'm going to go ahead and say that everyone liked these even more than they like the chicken!  I once again loosely followed this recipe.  To get started, I steamed three large sweet potatoes in the microwave.  Mine took about 15 minutes to be cooked.  After they were done, I took them out and mashed them together in a bowl with salt and pepper.



On a normal, white flour tortilla, I layered once with the sweet potato mixture, a heaping handful of fresh spinach and then a little bit of cheese sprinkled on top.  I put that tortilla side down into the pan and cooked it like a normally quesadilla with some cooking spray.


This is the money shot.  THEY WERE SO GOOD.  I made about five quesadillas and cut them up into normal size pieces so that everyone could just grab them.  Recommended with this recipe is that you make and serve your own pickled onions.  I did just that but I didn't take a photo.  They were surprisingly good and such a crisp, sour juxtaposition for the quesadillas!  

What have you been eating lately?  These are a few semi-healthy things I've been trying.  Tweet me yours!

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  1. I am a sucker for junk food and I always find it difficult to maintain a balanced diet. Thanks for sharing the post. I will definitely try these interesting recipes.

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    1. Thanks Yamini! I completely agree. I eat way too much junk food and that's the problem. Come back and let me know what you end up trying!

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