My Favorite Healthy Recipes: Jennifer from Ontario, Canada
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: Jennifer Price
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom with part-time odd jobs
Number of people in household: 4 (myself, husband, and two sons, 3.5 and 1.5)
What Does Healthy Mean to You?
We’re omnivores, but I try to regularly include vegetarian and vegan meals because, frankly, meat can be expensive. To me, healthy is a lot about balance — both over the course of the day and day-to-day. I do nearly all of the meal planning, shopping, and cooking, so I have pretty good control over what we eat and when. If I’m planning to make burgers and fries one night, I might make a veggie meal the day before and do a salad for lunch.
Healthy, to me, is also having a relaxed attitude toward it all and (trying) to not feel guilty about food (or make others feel that way). It can be difficult, at times, with the kids — sometimes they’ll eat everything, sometimes they won’t touch their vegetables, and then sometimes the meat gets ignored. And it’s tempting to push them to finish because I want all that nutrition in their little bodies, but all I can do is just put the food on their plates and call it a day.
What Are Your Favorite “Healthy” Recipes?
1. Pink Power Detox Smoothie from Oh She Glows
I usually start the day with a smoothie of some variety, pouring myself a big glass and giving some to the kids because I usually throw vegetables in it.
2. Super Bean Burritos from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
The boys are in half-day preschool, and if I’ve been working all morning and haven’t had a chance to make something for lunch, these are super delicious and fast to pull from the freezer.
3. Zucchini Rice and Cheese Gratin from Smitten Kitchen
When I have too much zucchini this often gets made as a side dish with dinner. Leftovers are amazing with poached or fried eggs.
4. Sweet Potato Fries from Food Network
My husband loves sweet potato fries, but after too many limp, soggy results from “guaranteed crispy oven-baked” recipes, I resigned myself to the fact that they need to be battered and fried and enjoyed. And served with curried mayo.
5. Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
I made this recently and loved it. It’s nearly hands-off and just amazing. I used my Instant Pot but you can use a slow cooker, too.
6. Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Ice Cream from Cooking Channel
We have dessert nearly every night and it would be wrong to not include this house favorite.
Thanks so much for sharing your favorite healthy recipes, Jennifer! Want to share what healthy means to you? See how here.