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: Ingrid Beer
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Recipe developer, blogger (The Cozy Apron), personal chef
Number of people in household: 2 during the week (hubby and myself); 3 on the weekends (when our son comes home to visit).
What Does Healthy Mean to You?
For me, "healthy" is feeling my best physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Being a food blogger, I enjoy all sorts of food. I'm constantly looking for inspiration, and the best place for me to begin is often with my own cravings.
While I do tend to favor recipes with a slightly lighter slant, I don't really consider anything "off limits" when it comes to eating. I love to indulge in a delicious dessert from time to time and eat the occasional fast-food burger and fries. But I mainly try to listen to what my body is telling me when it comes to what to eat and drink.
I don't follow any particular diet and never really have, but I do exercise regularly in the form of power walking, typically five days per week, and love how energized I feel afterwards.
When I'm cooking for us at home during the week, soups and stews are something that I often make because they're very easy to prepare, and filled with all sorts of comforting, satisfying, and good-for-you ingredients.
We love hearty salads, full of lots of texture and little surprises. We also enjoy tasty wraps, hot or cold, with greens and veggies and bold, flavorful sauces to drizzle or dollop over — anything that'll help us feel energized and ready to tackle everything on our plate, so to speak.
What Are Your Favorite "Healthy" Recipes?
1. Summer Fruit Crostata from The Cozy Apron
I absolutely adore fruit, and don't need much convincing to enjoy a homemade fruit pie or crostata. Crostatas are ideal because they're so rustic and beautiful, and so fun to make using your favorite type of fruit, or a combination of fruits, such as this summer fruit crostata.
2. Quinoa Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce from Simply Quinoa
Eggplant is one of my favorite types of produce — it's so meaty and hearty, so you don't miss the meat, and it also acts as an amazing "vessel" when some of the flesh is scooped out and it's roasted. This simple-yet-hearty meal with fluffy quinoa, tomatoes, herbs, and spices is deliciously loaded with bold flavor.
3. Chicken Kebab Wraps with Easy Tzatziki Sauce from The Cozy Apron
One of my all-time favorite types of cuisine is Middle Eastern, and I always enjoy a good wrap. It's portable, and when filled with lots of fresh greens and other veggies and slathered in a zippy sauce like this easy tzatziki, I'm a happy camper. I always feel good after eating a meal like this!
4. Perfect Roast Chicken from Barefoot Contessa
I've always been a huge fan of Ina's recipes because her cooking style resonates with me a lot. This basic recipe for perfect roasted chicken truly is perfect — I love the fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon (I'm a "lemon head" and put lemon in so many things!), so this chicken is a perfect pick for a savory meal. Serve with crusty bread and good wine, and you'll need nothing more.
5. Zesty Mexican Chicken Stew from The Cozy Apron
For me, this is the best example of the type of soup or stew I love. It's full of lots of spicy, zesty flavor, loads of veggies, and a little protein in the way of chicken (I like to use rotisserie to save time). Soups and stews are my go-to comfort food, whether it's winter or summer.
Thanks so much for sharing your favorite healthy recipes, Ingrid! Want to share what healthy means to you? See how here.