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: Hannah Black and Carla Perez-Gallardo
Location: Hudson, New York
Occupation: Chef-owners, Lil' Deb's Oasis
What Does Healthy Mean to You?
It's nothing new: Take the time to eat well-rounded meals that are vegetable-forward and protein heavy — and eat them sitting down. Importantly, we have no hard rules and there's no shame. Indulge in a glass of wine or two, yes. You want bread? Have some! We work hard, so there is no point in denying ourselves some of the small pleasures of life.
What Are Your Favorite Healthy Recipes?
1. Acai Bowl
This is on our lunch menu, and we love to make a little extra for ourselves as a healthy breakfast. It's super-simple to make: Just blend a pack of frozen acai, a cup of frozen blueberries, a banana, and 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Top it with whatever garnishes you like: fresh fruit, pumpkin seeds, chia, flax, coconut flake, granola. And eat it fast before it melts!
Get a similar recipe: Smoothie Breakfast Bowl with Berries & Granola
2. Chorizo Larb
This is a great high-protein, low-carb meal made with chorizo and ground pork and seasoned with brown sugar, ginger, fish sauce, fresh herbs, chili oil, and lime juice. Scoop it onto some lettuce leaves, top with more herbs, chopped peanuts, fried shallots, and a squeeze of lime!
Get a similar recipe: Mini Thai Pork Pitas
3. Sancocho de Pollo
This traditional Colombian dish is typically made with hen, but we make it with chicken. It's the perfect comfort food for when you're feeling under the weather.
Get a similar recipe: Sancocho de Gallina from My Columbia Recipes
4. "Whole40" Mezze Platter
Whole40 is our version of Whole30. It means taking the time to eat well-rounded meals that are vegetable-forward and protein heavy — and eating them sitting down. Our Whole40 mezze platter — with hard-boiled eggs, tinned sardines, crudités, feta, dates, and almonds — is perfect for a power lunch or a late-night dinner. The options are endless.
Get a similar recipe: Ortine's Mediterranean Platter
Bonus! Mate Chai Latte
We love Yerba Mate because of its clean caffeine high. It gives you energy without the edge of coffee. We use a French press to brew the mate and then add steamed milk that we simmer with cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and sugar. We often make a larger batch and chill it in the refrigerator to enjoy iced on hot days.
Get a similar recipe: How To Make Chai Latte