My Favorite Healthy Recipes: Casey from Herndon, Virginia

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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: Casey
Location: Herndon, VA
Age: 28
Occupation: Technical Writer in IT
Household: Two (me and my boyfriend)

What does healthy mean to you?

For me, being healthy is all about balance. It’s about eating foods that make my body feel good and nourished, but also foods that are plain delicious and feed my soul. My boyfriend and I eat organic (when possible) and are lucky that we can purchase local meat. Most of our meals and snacks are made at home with minimally processed ingredients. Making things from scratch helps us to feel better, avoid funky ingredients, and makes those nights when takeout is the only option guilt-free.

What Are Your Favorite “Healthy” Recipes?

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1. Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats from Chocolate Covered Katie

To get through my day, I need a filling and protein-packed breakfast. I love making overnight oats because I can mix up the flavors, while getting protein in the form of oats, milk, and yogurt. I use maple syrup to sweeten mine, but honey and other natural sweeteners work well too. I also make versions with fruit like bananas, strawberries, wild blueberries, and raspberries.

2. Black Beans and Sausage from Martha Stewart

Since we both work full-time, we really rely on quick recipes for weeknight dinners. This recipe is great because it’s filling, mostly plant-based, and budget friendly. We are trying to eat more meals with meat as an add-in, instead of the focus. I know topping it with yogurt may sound weird to some, but it complements the other flavors nicely!

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3. Fish Tacos from Damn Delicious

This recipe is great because I can get it on the table in 15 minutes, so it keeps me from ordering takeout. I rarely have chipotle paste on hand, so I either use some chopped up chipotles in adobo or chipotle powder. I usually serve something on the side to fill us up like hummus, salsa and chips, or even veggies and dip (best blue cheese dressing, hands-down).

4. Chocolate-Walnut Brownies from Martha Stewart

I’m definitely a person who needs a sweet treat at least a few times a week. This recipe is great because it uses less refined sugar than traditional recipes and has two types of nuts for good fat. You won’t even notice they are flourless or leaning more towards healthy!

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5. Pita Bread from The Kitchn

I’ve been trying to make my own bread more often to save money and to know what’s in my food. This pita bread has been my most successful endeavor and my boyfriend requests that I make it all the time. It’s easy, strangely cathartic, and stores well either on the counter for a few days or double-wrapped in the freezer.

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite healthy recipes, Casey! Want to share what healthy means to you? See how here.