Welcome to Kitchn's new series My Favorite Healthy Recipes, where we show you how real people around the country (and even world) eat "healthy," however they choose to define that for themselves. Maybe you'll even find a few recipes to add to your own meal plan.
Name: Erin Sutton
Location: St. Paul, MN
Occupation: Birth doula and childbirth educator
Number of people in household: Family of six, including four children ages 11, 9, 6, and 3.
What Does Healthy Mean to You?
My husband Ethan and I have had to let go of many idealistic parenting goals as our family has grown and become busy. The only thing I haven't let slide is our healthy diet. Eating healthy in our house is eating simple and fresh — no artificial ingredients, minimal added sweeteners, eating homemade meals and snacks nearly 100% of the time. Healthy is also reflected in our strictly vegetarian diet, which is a choice we made as dedicated environmentalists. Many of our family meals are vegan, since that is what pleases most everyone. Here are just a few recipes that make a frequent appearance in our meal rotation.
What Are Your Favorite "Healthy" Recipes?
1. Waffles from Betty Crocker
I make these once a week — most often on a Saturday morning to treat ourselves after a long week of oatmeal. In the summer I serve this with fresh berries. In the winter, we often have frozen wild blueberries as a topping. Half of our family loves them with Greek yogurt on top. Waffles are a great simple dinner as well.
2. 7-Ingredient Crock-Pot Black Bean Soup from Live Simply
I almost always have the ingredients I need to make this meal, so it is often made on days that I have no idea what to make. Beyond the convenience factor, everyone in my family loves this soup. I usually serve it with brown rice and everyone devours it. This recipe is still delicious when you only have onions, garlic, beans, and spices as the sole ingredients.
3. Cakey, Oaty Energy Bars Packed with Fruits & Seeds from Kitchn
This is an incredibly easy and delicious snack enjoyed by our entire family. I love making it as an after-school snack, specifically. I often substitute some chocolate chips for some of the dried fruit. If we have leftovers, I enjoy it with Greek yogurt for breakfast.
4. Lentil Soup from Dinner Was Delicious
This is another soup recipe that pleases everyone. If I have potatoes or sweet potatoes on hand, I will include those. I also add kale or spinach and frozen corn at the end. It's easy to start in the slow cooker at the beginning of the day rather than assemble at the end of the day.
Thanks so much for sharing your favorite healthy recipes, Erin! Want to share what healthy means to you? See how here.