My Favorite Healthy Recipes: Solange from Auckland, New Zealand

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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: Solange
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Age: 33
Occupation: Marketing manager
Number of people in household: 2 (my partner and me)

What does healthy mean to you?

Healthy to me is about eating fresh and wholesome ingredients. I tend to keep sugar, gluten, and dairy products at a minimum, but it is not a strict rule. Generally I stick to the edges of the supermarket instead of the aisles, and prefer shopping at specialty providers such as butchers and grocers.

I like to keep a well-stocked spice pantry and always have essentials like mustard, vinegar, and butter for adding flavor to simple dishes. When cooking for myself I’ll throw together a quick stir-fry or steamed greens with chicken or fish; when my partner is home I like to make a slow-cooked meat with a side of kumara mash and steamed greens.

Part of being healthy for me is making sure I enjoy what I eat. I will not deny myself a treat — especially if it’s dark chocolate or red wine. To ensure that I’m getting everything my body needs I supplement with Vitamin D and probiotics daily, and other vitamins as needed.

What Are Your Favorite “Healthy” Recipes?

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1. Healthful Double Chocolate Cookies from 101 Cookbooks

These cookies are so delicious just out of the oven! I swap out the ground sunflower seeds for almond meal and use large dark chocolate chips. These are perfect for using up bananas.

2. Energizer Salad from Lifespark

This recipe is so easy and goes well with chicken or steak. I always add grated beetroot and I like to dress it with a splash of ponzu dressing if I don’t have lemons on hand.

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3. Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork from Simply Recipes

To me, this meal is the perfect blend of comfort and health. The pulled pork is tasty and juicy. I serve it with tortillas, sliced cabbage, sliced avocado, and a salsa made with tomato, coriander, garlic, onion, hot sauce, and lime juice.

4. Fennel, Green Apple and Feta Salad from Jamie Oliver

This salad is so easy to make and it packs a lot of flavor. It goes well with a pork dish, and is always well-received at barbecues. For extra crunch you can add some toasted walnuts.

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