Check out some of our favorite healthy recipes! Remember – when preparing your own recipes at home, use My Healthy Plate as a guide for a balanced meal. Grab your entire family (and Chef hat), head into the kitchen, and start cooking!
Tuna Pasta Bowl
Calling all pasta lovers! Do we have a recipe for you! This tuna pasta bowl is not only delicious but packed with plenty of healthy protein and grains. Did you know tuna is low in cholesterol? It is also low in saturated fat. Your body needs healthy fats for energy and other functions, but too much saturated fat can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, tuna is also a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is significant because it promotes healthy bone health for both children and adults. Although this recipe appears to have a lot of ingredients, you can pick and choose which pens you and your child would like most. Grab your pot, bowl, chopping board, and set of measuring cups and start cooking! With a prep and cooking time of only 30 minutes, you’ll be enjoying this meal together with your family in no time!
Bean & Cheese Quesadilla
Now who doesn’t love a good ol’ quesadilla!? But here at Gasol Foundation, we like to keep things fresh and healthy. So, allow us to introduce this delicious, full vegetarian quesadilla! This vegetarian dish has protein, grains and vegetables all in one meal! Did you know legumes such as beans provide both protein for muscle health and carbohydrates for energy? A meal that contains both protein and carbohydrates is ideal to help stabilize blood sugar levels, thus stabilizing our mood. Low blood sugar or sugar crashes can cause tiredness, fatigue, confusion, irritability and changes in mood. This meal gives you the perfect combo of healthy and nutritious. And of course- it’s fun for kids of all ages!
Who said vegan food can’t be healthy and delicious? This Vegan Taco recipe will have you wishing every day is Taco Tuesday! Start off with your usual taco basics – tortillas, salsa, and beans- but add a bit of a twist when it comes to your protein. While meat is a great source of protein, plant-based protein can be just as good. Contrary to popular belief, plant-based protein often has just as much, if not more protein, without the high amount of cholesterol found in red meat. When serving this dish to your child, you can even play a little game to see if they even notice the difference. With how great this recipe is, there’s a chance they might just enjoy this healthy version much more than the traditional taco recipe!
This delicious Chicken Kabob recipe can be prepared in just minutes – making it a simple everyday recipe that requires minimal prep and clean up. More importantly, it is healthy and provides a flavorful source of protein. Chicken is a lean source of protein that can leave you feeling full and satisfied. For this particular recipe, you can use skinless and boneless chicken breasts. You can also make these skewers with thighs – but keep in mind using the latter may take a little longer to cook through. Don’t forget to add vegetables like bell peppers to your grilled chicken skewers as well! The vegetables add some fiber and extra vitamins and minerals, as well as a great pop of flavor and color. Feel free to add rice or another type of grain to complete your meal. Enjoy!
COOKING TIP: If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes to prevent them from burning on the grill or pan.
BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALAD
Did you know black beans can reduce your risk of several serious medical conditions and help your body to process calories more effectively? Or that yellow corn is rich in Vitamin C? This Black Bean and Corn Salad recipe is jam packed with black beans, corn, and other nutritious ingredients to provide one healthy and refreshing dish. Not to mention, this recipe is very simple to make. Prepare it at home with your family for lunch or dinner.
ROASTED VEGETABLE QUINOA BOWL
Hungry? How about giving this healthy and delicious Roasted Quinoa Bowl a try? You won’t be disappointed! Did you know quinoa is part of the grain food group along with bread, rice and potatoes? Quinoa is a good source of protein, fiber, iron, and healthy carbohydrates. Including a healthy amount of carbs in your meal not only gives you energy but can also improve your mood. A lack of carbohydrates can cause you to feel irritable, weak, tired, or upset. You can prevent that by using My Healthy Plate as a guide to complete this meal by adding fruit on the side or some chicken or beans for extra protein. Get creative and add any other fresh vegetables you may have on hand like broccoli, bell pepper or cauliflower. This dish can be served warm or cold. Enjoy!
These Healthy Pinwheels are easy to make and fun to eat! They are much healthier than your average tortilla wrap and just as delicious. Not to mention they’re the perfect recipe to get the little ones in the kitchen! They may need help rolling, but the rest can be done by them with minimal supervision. With mere minutes of prep time, this versatile recipe delivers flavors everyone will love in a bite-sized rollup. Enjoy!
PEANUT BUTTER STUFFED DATES
If you’re craving a delicious and healthy snack or dessert, look no further! This Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates recipe is very tasty and also packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Not to mention, it is super easy to make-only requiring 2 ingredients (you can add additional toppings if desired.) In fact, this is a great recipe to prepare together at home with the kids!