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20 Healthy Eating Recipes Even the Pickiest People Will Love

20 Healthy Eating Recipes Even the Pickiest People Will Love

Every Friday night before I go to bed, my husband and I discuss the dreaded question about what to meal prep for the upcoming week.

As someone who eats more protein and vegetables than the average woman, I decide my protein options first, then pick out my vegetables and starch.

Often in the interest of time, I will make the same recipes twice in a month for the week because I already have the ingredients from the first time I made it.

The recipes in this article are staples in my household because they taste delicious, are easy to scale to make larger portions, refrigerate well so they taste great as leftovers, and most importantly they are healthy.

I do apologize that these are not vegetarian friendly and are geared towards someone who is looking to incorporate more healthy high protein options into their life. Hope these healthy eating recipes jazz up your household menu!

Poultry Recipes

1. Chicken Piccata

    Often times the leanness of chicken breast makes it difficult to swallow because it’s so dry that I like to add a sauce of some sort to make it more palatable. Piccata sauce is an absolute favorite and requires only 4 ingredients to make the sauce. Enjoy this simple, easy, and delicious recipe!

    ~ Check out the recipe here!

    2. Chicken Teriyaki

      This is a local favorite of mine growing up in Hawaii where Asian influences are everywhere. You can use either chicken thighs or chicken breast for this one and if you don’t have a grill a hot, nonstick pan can be substituted. Great recipe to pair with some Jasmine rice for a scrumptious lunch!

      ~ Check out the recipe here!

      3. Turkey, Spinach, and Cheese Meatballs

        Classic dinner recipe that everyone will love and you can easily scale up and freeze for future meals. The recipe does call for ground turkey and Italian sausage but when I’m lazy I just use ground turkey. The addition of mozzarella cheese keeps the meatball moist so you don’t have to worry about drying it out and it’s a great meatball to just eat by itself without marinara.

        ~ Check out the recipe here!

        4. Pounded Lemongrass Chicken

          This recipe reminds me of my vacation in Chiang Mai. The lime juice, lemongrass and fish sauce will make you house smell just like the street food in Thailand.

          It’s a simple marinade that you can make ahead of time and store in the fridge when you’re ready to cook. If you’re using chicken breast make sure to use the meat pounder to help tenderize the meat and help marinate infuse its flavor more easily. A recipe staple in my household!

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          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          5. Parmesan Crusted Chicken

            Who doesn’t love a delicious parmesan chicken? This recipe teaches you how to make it right without a lot of added oils and with ingredients you have right in your kitchen. I like to eat this with a good Pesto sauce to kick it up a notch. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

            ~ Check out the recipe here!

            Beef Recipes

            6. Skirt Steak

              Being on a high protein diet can get expensive so I try to buy what’s on sale at my local grocery store and plan my weekly meals around it. A few weeks ago, skirt steak was on sale at Whole Foods and I found this awesome, simple, delicious recipe for marinating skirt steak.

              Skirt steak is definitely a tougher cut of beef can but the secret is to cut the skirt steak against the grain when you eat it. After I found this recipe, I’ve been loving skirt steak!

              ~ Check out the recipe here!

              7. Low Carb Shepard’s Pie

                If you’re time starved in the kitchen, skip this recipe because it takes more prep work. But if you want a delicious, hot meal at the end of a long work day, this recipe is worth making ahead of time and cooking when you’re ready to eat.

                It’s healthy, satisfying and wholesome. Perfect meal on a Friday night with your favorite episode of Netflix.

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                8. Italian Meatloaf

                  Nothing like a hearty marinara with a slice of meatloaf to start out the day and this is one of the best recipes out there! I would advise that you pull out the ground beef at least an hour before you make this recipe because your hands will freeze from mixing ground beef with the rest of the ingredients.

                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                  9. One Pot Basil Bison Chili

                    When you cook as much as I do in the kitchen, it’s all about time management and planning ahead. One less pot or pan to wash makes it that much easier to clean up. If I can make a meal using one pot, this recipe is it!

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                    You simply cannot go wrong with good ole fashion chili. This recipe calls for bison which is leaner and lower in calories than beef. Bison is raised in a safer manner and have less of an environmental impact.

                    In addition, you can guarantee that your bison is free from antibiotics and hormones because it is illegal to administer it on them.

                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                    10. Bison Burgers with Cabernet Onions and Wisconsin Cheddar

                      Sometimes what I crave is a burger but I hesitate to eat burgers at restaurants because I know they are loaded with fat and grease so I prefer to make my own.

                      This recipe makes your burgers taste as good as if you got it at a high end restaurant but keeps ingredients list simple. The Wisconsin cheddar and Dijion mustard makes this burger recipe stand out.

                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                      Fish and Seafood Recipes

                      11. Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard and Pecan Panko Crust

                        I’m honestly not a fan of salmon and would prefer to get my omega-3s through a can of sardines. But once I found this salmon recipe, salmon disappears in my household. This recipe is a salmon game changer and I will only eat salmon when I make it this way.

                        The prep is simple and cleanup is easy making this my #1 go-to fish recipe. Go ahead and try it maybe it’ll be your #1 go-to as well.

                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                        12. Southwestern Smoked White Fish

                          If you’re not a fan of the fatty fish, then try this recipe! You can use your favorite white fish. I prefer cod or rockfish but halibut works just as well.

                          Requiring just 5 seasonings, this is another healthy delicious recipe that requires one pan and easy cleanup.

                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                          13. Hi Protein Hearty Tuna Salad

                            When I was working with my coach, I needed to eat 175 grams of protein daily. I was very meticulous about planning to get the most protein out of my food choices.

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                            Yellow fin tuna was one of the high protein foods I incorporated into my diet. I found this recipe helps to add a little variety than just mixing it with mayo though I intentionally omitted the celery because I just don’t like it.

                            The rest of the ingredients like cranberries help to keep tuna an interesting snack in my repertoire.

                            ~ Check out the recipe here!

                            14. Nobu’s Miso-Marinated Black Cod Recipe

                              This is one of my childhood favorites that my grandma used to make. The cod comes out so buttery that it will melt in your mouth when you eat it.

                              It is a simple four ingredient recipe that requires marinating the fish overnight and baking it in the oven. Another one pan recipe with easy clean up!

                              ~ Check out the recipe here!

                              15. Honey Garlic Shrimp

                                I’m normally not a big fan of shrimp but this recipe kicks butt! To make it a little bit spicier, I will add additional garlic and a hint of chili pepper flakes.

                                You can either marinate the shrimp with the shell on or off. I usually always peel it off beforehand so I won’t have to worry about it when I eat it.

                                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                Vegetables

                                16. Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan

                                  Remember those overcooked broccoli you got at school lunches? Well this recipe is 100 times better! For the most part, I will steam a big bag of broccoli and salt it for flavor if I’m in rush. But if I’m tired of steamed broccoli, this is my go to recipe.

                                  The extra touch of lemon juice, parmesan and chopped garlic brings out an amazing flavor in this vegetable!

                                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                  17. Eggplant Side Dish

                                    I have always been a fan of Chinese eggplant dishes until I realized how much oil it took to cook eggplant until it was soft. Not anymore when I realized that the secret to soften eggplant is in steaming it beforehand!

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                                    Add some garlic, chili pepper flakes, soy sauce and fish sauce; you will have a fragrant delicious Asian style eggplant. This is not to miss if you love eggplant but don’t want the fat!

                                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                    18. Beet Carpaccio with Goat Cheese and Mint Vinaigrette

                                      I got to admit that when I first bought a beet at a farmer’s market, I had no idea what to do with it and figured that I’d roast it. Many years later, I realized how delicious beets are when you steam them instead.

                                      Though this recipe calls for baked beets, you can just as easily steam them for 30 minutes for a tenderer, smoother texture.

                                      If you love beets like I do, this recipe will make you feel like you’re eating a slice of heaven.

                                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                      19. Sauteed Kale

                                        My favorite green leafy vegetable is kale. Although the most common ones you see in your grocery stores are the common curly versions, my favorite is the Red Russian kale. It cooks faster and when you use this recipe and combine it with beet greens, this dish tops my list as my favorite vegetable dish.

                                        I always add lots of extra garlic because I love it but this recipe helps to cut back on the cooking time that kale takes because of its leafy texture.

                                        ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                        20. Piquant Bell Peppers

                                          Nothing is more colorful than a dish of sautéed peppers! One thing I found that really helped with the long cooking time peppers usually take is that the addition of sugar helps get it wilt faster on the stove.

                                          If you love the sweetness of peppers, then you will love this recipe for a fast, easy side dish of vegetables.

                                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                          Hopefully your tastebuds will enjoy these recipes as much as I do!

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                                          Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                          Boundaries are limits

                                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                          • When do you want to be alone?
                                          • How much space do you need?

                                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                          Sample language:

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                                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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