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: Rebecca Washuta
Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Occupation: I'm getting my master's in applied nutrition, and I'm a sales manager at a biotech company to pay the bills.
Number of people in household: Four (me; my husband, Nick; and our two toy poodles, Nugget and Muffin).
What Does Healthy Mean to You?
Healthy is about eating and living in a way that makes you feel your best. It should be about balance, not calorie counting or restrictions that drive you crazy and cause you more stress. I was diagnosed with celiac disease as an infant, so for me, gluten-free is more than just a trend. I also started a vegetarian diet about six years ago, so my diet is mainly plant-based and gluten-free. That being said, we all need our vices! I have a weakness for (gluten-free) pasta and chocolate, and don't feel guilty when I want to indulge.
What Are Your Favorite "Healthy" Recipes?
1. Tomato Chickpea Salad from Kitchn
I'm fortunate that I work from home, but balancing work and school typically leaves me with very little time for lunch. This salad is perfect because it literally takes less than 10 minutes and the chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein. I like to add celery for crunch or feta to give it some bite.
2. Spicy Roasted Ratatouille with Spaghetti by Cookie + Kate
This pasta dish is so good, even die-hard meat-eaters will be impressed! With six different vegetables, it's both sophisticated and light, making it a perfect end-of-summer or early fall meal. I use brown rice or quinoa pasta and top it with Parmesan cheese (that I've freshly grated, of course).
3. Summer Berry Crisp by Happy Earthy Bites
This crisp recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and bursting with flavor. It is best served à la mode for dessert, but is also great for brunch (especially if you're hosting because you can make ahead and heat up just as guests arrive).
4. No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Bars from Bakerita
These chocolate almond butter bars will change your life. Not only is this recipe gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free, but it also requires no baking! I like to think of these as the grown-up, fancier version of my childhood favorite, Reese's Peanut Butter cups.
Thanks so much for sharing your favorite healthy recipes, Rebecca! Want to share what healthy means to you? See how here.