When winter is here, it is all too easy to warm up with hearty meals that involve lots of butter, heavy cream and plenty of other unhealthy ingredients with a bad recipe. I do however like to keep my meals healthy as well as my lifestyle even over winter to keep me heading towards my goals.
I have prepared four hearty, healthy recipes that you can cook up at home that won’t ruin your diet or exercise plans:
1) Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese And Bacon Zucchini ‘Pasta’
If you are looking for a low-carb low-calorie recipe that tastes great and will keep you satisfied then this is it, this is a quick 5 ingredient recipe that takes 10 minutes to make and can easily be doubled or tripled to make larger portions for more people.
It is a tasty, healthy meal that provides loads of protein from the shrimp as well as micronutrients from the zucchini like folate.
2 Medium zucchini
3 Oz Cooked shrimp
1 oz roasted red pepper goat cheese
1 Slice low-sodium bacon
2 Tsp parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste
- Slice thin strips of zucchini with a spiralizer like vegetable peeler to make ‘noodles’.
- Heat a non-stick saucepan on a medium heat.
- Add bacon and cook until desired texture is reached.
- Remove bacon and add zucchini to the pan.
- Chop the bacon into small pieces whilst the zucchini is cooking.
- After 2-3 mins add the bacon and shrimp to the zucchini.
- Cook for 2 minutes.
- Mix in the goats cheese and stir until melted.
- Serve in a bowl and top with parmesan cheese.
This is based on a single serving portion.
2) Pork Tenderloin With Cinnamon Apples
Sometimes your taste buds just crave something sweet and savory at the same time. This is a delicious twist on the traditional pork tenderloin. Pair this dish with a side of steamed broccoli to enjoy a low-carb high protein meal.
1 Lb pork tenderloin.
2 Medium diced apples.
2 Tbsp sweet spreads cinnamon roll coconutter.
1/2 Small diced onion.
Salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook pork tenderloin in the oven or grill.
- In a medium non-stick pan add the onion and apple.
- Saute until tender.
- Mix the sweet spreads coconutter with apples and onions.
- Serve pork tenderloin topped with cinnamon apple mixture.
Each recipe yields four servings.
3) Cherry, Pistachio And Salmon Quinoa Salad
This is a quick dish full of protein, it has more calories and carbs than you would want in a regular meal so makes for a great post-workout snack. Perfect hot or cold so it can be taken anywhere to eat.
- 4 Oz cooked flaked salmon.
- 1/2 Cup cooked quinoa.
- 1 -2 Tbsp dried cherries, chopped.
- 1-2 Tbsp lightly salted pistachio’s.
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar.
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard.
- Salt and pepper according to taste.
- Warm quinoa in a bowl.
- Add flaked fish to quinoa.
- Mix the vinegar and mustard together in a separate bowl.
- Dress quinoa and salmon with mixture.
- Stir in the cherries and pistachios.
For one serving.
4) Butternut Squash And Apple Soup With Seared Scallops
A nice big bowl of soup is one of the most comforting meals to have during the cold winter months. Just a few ingredients can make it a healthy, high-protein soup that tastes great and fits the macros you require, you can make a big batch for a crowd or just for you.
- 1 Cup low-sodium butternut squash soup.
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened apple sauce.
- 1 Handful fresh spinach.
- 4 Oz seared scallops.
- 1/2 Tbsp Sweetspreads cinnamon roll coconutter.
- Salt and pepper according to how you like it.
- Heat the soup up on the pan or in the microwave.
- Mix in 2 tbsp of apple sauce.
- Stir in fresh spinach.
- Pour soup on bowl.
- Top it with seared scallops.
- Drizzle with the Sweetspreads cinnamon roll Coconutter.
Creates one serving.
These healthy alternative recipes to winter meals will keep your diet plan on track.