Healthy Recipe Ideas

When you’re determined to start living a healthy lifestyle, one of the things that can be difficult is coming up with healthy recipe ideas.

Much to the amusement of my husband, I love experimenting with different recipe ideas.

I haven’t tried everything I’ve mentioned in the articles, but there is now a considerable collection of healthy recipe ideas on this site.

In the articles below, I present healthy recipe ideas that in many cases can be used to help you lose weight.

I’ve shortlisted three of the more popular articles weight loss ideas, and the rest follow…

10 Ways to Make Vegetables Taste Good

Low Fat Desserts

Simple Vegetarian Recipes

Note: You might be interested in the five part series on Vegetarianism I wrote some time ago.

Someone once said, “Simplicity is the keynote of good taste and saves a lot of time.”

An apt observation, don’t you think, which applies as much to what we eat, as it does in other areas of our lives?

At present I’m in the process of moving from South Australia, back to the UK. We’re staying in Perth for a couple of weeks, and circumstances have again reminded me that eating a simple diet is key to maintaining good health.

Some of the simplest, healthiest foods available have to be oats, peas, beans and barley.
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Do you tend to stick with ingredients you know well when cooking? There’s often a tendency to avoid new recipes, however this can result in mealtimes becoming stagnant and lacking in variety.

Having recently got my hands on a couple of delightful cookbooks, I’ve been pouring over them ever since.

Just flicking through recipe books can give you tons of inspiration. If you don’t want to buy new cookbooks, why not borrow them from the library? Most library’s have a great selection of cuisine from all over the world that are sure to give you new ideas!

Here are a few of the charming ingredients I’ve re-discovered recently:

#1 Pears


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5 Ingredients or Less

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Not everyone can keep a lot of different ingredients in the cupboards. And not everyone loves to spend a lot of time whipping up complex meals.

For that reason, I’ve complied a list of 25 meals with just 5 ingredients or less to inspire your creativity, and enable you to enjoy simple, and easy meals at home for the whole family.

It’s not for everyone perhaps, but if you sometimes struggle to come up with a varied weekly menu for your family, or if you just want to keep your cooking simple, these healthy meals with 5 ingredients or less, could provide the perfect option for you.

5 ingredient meals by Fish, Poultry, Red Meat, Pork, and Vegetarian.

Important: Flour, water, oil, butter, salt, and pepper are not included in the 5 ingredients (or less) ingredient count. Click to read more…

If you’re tired of slaving away in the kitchen on Christmas day help is at hand! Eating Well have produced a fabulous collection of healthy Christmas recipes and menus, giving you more time to spend with your family and friends this year.

The collection includes sample menus, “make-ahead” dishes, and even a menu planner of what to do, and when to do it!

Check out the site for yourself for more fab recipe suggestions: Eating Well.

(Thanks to Ruth at Eating Fabulous for writing about this great site.)

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Recently I made a wonderful discovery on the web – while Stumbling through, I came across Start by Kathy Maister.

Kathy’s site teaches the basics of cooking with short videos and step-by-step photo tutorials. It’s an absolutely wonderful resource, with heaps of “how to” articles, and recipe suggestions.

If you’re new to cooking, or just looking for some creative cooking tips, this site is for you. I think there’s something for everyone!

Here are Kathy’s top 10 start cooking tips:

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Banana bread

My husband thinks I’m particularly odd since I only eat bananas when they’re verging on green. Unfortunately, I can’t excuse myself by saying it’s for a specific health conscious reason – it’s just me!

So, when a friend of ours recently gave us a rather large bag of bananas I knew I’d have to do something with them pretty soon. I decided to made banana bread, and this one is a real winner. It’s very moist, and simply delicious. And, it’s had a bit of a low fat makeover to boot.

Banana, Date and Pecan Bread

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Healthy Granola Bars

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For many people, snack time has unfortunately become junk food time. But, it doesn’t have to be when you could be eating some delicious and healthy granola bars.

Over at Meal Makeover Mums they’ve posted a great recipe for ‘Grab-and-Go Breakfast Bars,’ which they describe as a makeover for store-bought granola bars. I recently tried this recipe out, and they taste great – very moist, and a little bit chewy!

If you’re a bit stuck for healthy snack ideas for you and your family, why not give this healthy granola bar recipe a try?

Note: I’ve also got another 20 Healthy Snack Ideas for you to enjoy, as well as 10 Easy Snacks and 22 Snacks Under 200 Calories.


Grab-and-Go Breakfast Bars
Makes 16 bars
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